Travel Deals – Too Good To Be True?

A recent article in the Washington Post shows how one traveler thought he was getting a great deal on flights to Puerto Rico; that turned out not to be the case. His flights actually cost him more with the additional fees charged and he soon realized that travel deals that seem too good to be true, aren’t.

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If you find a deal that interests you, do your homework before you book. Research to verify the company, location of the resort or hotel, and check online reviews. Read the fine print; here you will find hidden information such as daily resort fees, additional fees charged by rental car companies, cruise line gratuities and service charges for specialty services. All of the hidden fees can add up and make the travel deals you find too good to be true.

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This is why a travel advisor is your best advocate. We have done the research for you. Know the destinations, the resorts, and the cruise lines. Tell you upfront of any additional fees that are not included in your travel package. We only work with reputable suppliers that we know will deliver on the vacation experience that our clients want.

If you find a deal online, and it looks too good to be true, it probably is.


Booking A Trip Online Will Cost You More

The internet is a wonderful thing and all of the online travel planning sites available have made it easy for consumers to research, plan and book a trip. Did you know that booking a trip online will cost you more? More in money and especially in time spent. What is your time worth?

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Consumers get overwhelmed with all of the options available when trying to plan a trip online. Do you really want to visit 38 sites to make sure you are getting the best deal? Your travel advisor is a one-stop-shop for all the information that you need. We have already done all the work for you. We know the resorts, the best & most fun activities in your destination, and we personalize your trip itinerary just for you.


When you book online you have to pay the full cost up front no matter when you will be traveling. If you book with a travel advisor, you make a deposit and can make payments along the way interest-free until the final payment is due.


Online travel sites do not let you lock in the price or save your space until you make the full payment. A travel advisor can put your reservation on hold to give you time to confirm & coordinate with others.


ASTA (the American Society of Travel Advisors) conducted a poll. 63% of consumers responded that working with a travel advisor made their overall trip experience better. Read what some of our clients had to say about their experience working with us.


Each trip that we help plan is personalized to our clients; no two trips are exactly the same. We have access to offers & benefits not available to the general public or online travel sites because of the relationships we have with our preferred travel suppliers & partners.

Booking a trip online will cost you more, not just in money and time. Have you ever booked online and had something go wrong during travel? Were you able to get a resolution to the problem? Your travel advisor is your advocate. Our job is to help you every step of the way.

Happy travels wherever you may go!



Travel Deals Too Good To Be True

These days it’s pretty easy to find cheap travel deals online. A search of “caribbean cruises” or “all inclusive Mexico vacations” will turn up thousands and thousands of results. Do you have the time to sort through and verify all of those results? With so much information on the web, tread lightly if you don’t know the source.


Be aware of online travel scams and resort walk policies; the property booked can move you to another hotel. A professional travel advisor will help you avoid your dream vacation being turned into a nightmare.

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Online travel sites are a good resource when you are first starting to plan your next trip to get an idea of what type of resort or destination you might be looking for. Take that information and contact a travel advisor who will help you sort through it and select the best options for you. Dedicated travel professionals spend several weeks every year traveling and obsessively testing the travel products that they sell. They make the travel mistakes so you don’t have to.


There are numerous consumer complaints that have been filed regarding travel booked online. Here is just one example that caught our attention; “Booked thru Expedia for the Flamingo resort in St Martin. The pictures look great, the rooms clean and neat. Upon arrival we noticed an odor, had mosquitoes swarming us and the room was less than clean and far from the pictures we saw.”

We would not have recommended this property to our clients. Buyer beware because the travel deals you find online are not always what they seem.

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If you value your time and want a better travel experience, contact us today.