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"I contacted her with plans on doing something for my 30th birthday in the summer of 2014. I wanted to plan ahead because my birthday was in December and I was aware" that prices often go up because of the holidays. She was so patient with me as I asked for suggestions and ideas! When I finally decided I wanted to go to P****
, she immediately suggested an all inclusive resort that she knew that I will enjoy because it catered to my needs and wants! I am so grateful for her and because of her, I had the most memorable birthday week! I plan to use her EXCLUSIVELY for future travel plans!

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"This is a beautiful hotel. It only has 68 rooms, so it is like a boutique hotel. All rooms have
views with decks. What I thought was really" neat, is they have an indoor heated salt water pool.

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Ooh - BAD timing for travel to Hawaii - and if not booked by now you probably just about have to have a travel agent. Good thing this is just the honeymoon and not the wedding, if you are booking now - so an agent will be even more important to you in this case, though I guess you might get a decent deal with an airline-sponsored package deal for two as well, if any are still available.

 

My experience - a good travel agent is worth their weight in gold - we give ours a thank-you gift each year. We have one that charges $35 a person fee for all but extensive foreign travel packages (they make most of their money off booking commissions). We use her for all travel except simple mileage-plan-paid there-and-back trips when there is no rental car or motel involved, because when she does the booking she generally saves us about $25-50/day just on rental car and hotel/motel. For instance, on one Disney World trip we were able to take the 4 in the family PLUS our kid's two best friends for about 5 days there, staying on-property with preferred passes, for the same amount as just the normal two adult cost - a thousand plus in savings. We can go online and see zero mileage or discount seats available for an entire week - yet she is able to get us seats on the day we want in most cases, or at worst one day away, and almost always on mileage even though the airlines themselves say no mileage seats are available - including at high travel periods.

 

Of course, you need a conscientious one with lots of experience who knows the system ins and outs, and preferably running on the Sabre reservation system because it shows a lot more than competing systems and makes finding alternative booking easier, as I understand it.

 

Using a travel agency (preferably one with several people working there and 24-hour emergency service) also gives you a firm point of contact to solve any problems or rescheduling - we have had 10 minute rebooking several times when a flight was cancelled - generally before the airline even got around to starting to help passengers get on other flights, and an agent carries a LOT more weight with rental car agencies or hotels or airlines than you do if the reservation is screwed up by them. Oh, and our agent always gets us a free car upgrade too - typically jumped up 2 grades at no extra charge.

 

Don't leave it ALL to the agent - give a synopsis of what type of lodging and seating and such you want and things you want to visit, then let him/her come back with a concept plan for approval modification, then to a hold reservation for your approval - typically an agent can put a "hold" on reservations for 24-48 hours for your approval, though that does require you stay on top of your eMail to respond back with OK or not in time to allow cancelling or confirming the reservation within that timeframe.

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Travel Agent reviews in Escondido

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we've used them several times. They are wonderful. They took care of everything. We didn't have to worry about our luggage it was in our room waiting for us when we got to the hotel. It covered air fare,meals, and we had a tour guide that stayed with us through out the trip.
- George C.
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we've also used them in the past. They take care of all the arrangements. They're just very thorough in what they do and very easy to work with. They're travel agents are very helpful and very friendly. They're also very knowledgeable.
- Deanna A.
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We left on time. We went through a storm for 4-5 days of the trip. The seas were so bad. It was a real mess. They cancelled all the shows, nobody could eat anything because they had to get to New
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on time. They didn't care about the people on the ship, they only cared about the passengers they were picking up. The work on the ship was not completed. They had over 100 workers on the ship the whole time. The workers were putting up signs the entire trip. Nobody knew where to go, while we were on the ship.
- George W M.
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My husband received a phone call from
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asking if we were interested in getting out of our time share permanently (the
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would be transferred to a new owner(s) and we would have no more monthly maintenance fees). We were interested after our estate planning attorney suggested we get rid of the time shares (as the maintenance fees will only keep going up and our beneficiaries would not want to take on the
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of them).
We owned two separate
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Vacation Resorts time shares (one 120,000 points and the second 556,000 points). We had explored selling them back to
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and were told they did offer a buy back program called Pathways but it required us to make an additional purchase of approximately $15,000 and then hold it as well as the two we already owned for five (5) more years. At that time they would purchase back any and all of of our points for an approximate 20% of our purchase price(s). Of course the salesperson could not or would not commit to the specifics without proceeding forward to the additional purchase. It would have cost us the $15,000 plus approximately $20,000 in monthly maintenance fees for a total of at least $35,000 for the five year period. At the end we could expect to sell back for approximately $25,000. Of course, we were concerned when the five years passed they would tell us something different.
Over the phone
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asked us about our ownership status (i.e., we owned and had no loans, mortgages, liens or outstanding assessments and were up to date with maintenance fees). They reassured us that they were confident they could successfully transfer our
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and thus get us out of our time shares permanently. They scheduled us to attend an upcoming seminar in our area within the next few weeks. In the interim they emailed us some preliminary information, forms to complete and a list of items to compile and bring to the seminar.
We attended the seminar where they reviewed the pitfalls of owning timeshares. It was eye opening. They explained how they go about transferring the
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After this group presentation my husband and I met with a counselor. She reviewed our documents, and explained the timeline and steps that would occur. It was anticipated to take approximately 90 days before the transfer would occur and we needed to stay current with the maintenance fees. As it was the end of June we were hoping for an October transfer date. We paid the fee ($3,500 for each of the two time share
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) and received a 100% guarantee in writing. The counselor explained that
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e shares were somewhat desirable by their potential clients and they most likely had a purchaser already lined up.
There was some additional paper work that was mailed to us. Some required notarized signatures.
As it turned out we were told that since we had used all our points for calendar year 2014 the transfers most likely would not occur until after the first of the year. We either misunderstood or were told incorrect information at the seminar as we were under the impression that we should use all our points for 2014 and we did.
In December we received two separate letters (one for each of the two
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that the transfer of ownership for our time shares was complete.
Although it cost us $7,000 to successfully transfer our time share
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we are saving $4,142.22 in maintenance fees for 2015 alone and much, much more in the years to come. And we are relieved that our beneficiaries will not inherit life ever lasting fees for something they did not want. On the flip side we would have paid
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at least $10,000 and had use of the timeshare points for an additional five years but we were concerned that
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would find a way(s) to reduce what they would buy back the
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for.
- MAUREEN W.
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Art is always friendly and happy to work for you. He will find a way to make your vacation enjoyable and easy to manage.
- Leslie S.
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It was a JET SET Trip for me from the very start....From first class Limo service to the airport to first class seatinf on my flight down to picking up my 2014 chevy Corrvett! And then staying right on the beach in Fla. in a King Suite room on the top floor! Oh what a veiw!Had a great time and what a fun car to drive around Fla. in.
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did all of that for me with such promt service and so much more,
- Douglas K.
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My wife and I haven't used a travel agency for many years. We received an invitation to join some friends in Mazatlan for some mid-winter R&R and we had only a couple weeks to make the travel arrangements. We couldn't find the right combination of flights that would get us down and back when we needed to.
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to the rescue. She found return flights using two different airlines on the day we needed to return. And we flew to our home airport without having to take a ground shuttle from the big city airport 3 hours away, and without having to stay overnight to wait for our connecting. Because we booked late for this type of travel, we didn't have the best seats, but
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checked every day to see if something better opened up. She struck us as a go-
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, detail-oriented agent who cares. We don't use travel agents much anymore, but when we do again, we'll be calling
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- Howard B.
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I have never written a bad review for anyone before, so this is a first. I was disappointed in the professionalism the travel agent
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Gross of
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in Flower Mound, Texas, provided. I contacted her through her facebook page indicating my husband and I needed help booking train, air, and hotel for two trips in Europe this summer. She indicated she could assist me, and we met at a local Starbucks to discuss what was needed. During our meeting, I asked her if this was something she could do for us relatively quickly, and she said it would be no problem, though her family was going on vacation at the end of the week.
During our meeting, she spent some time explaining how she had helped another client book a tour of Europe with her granddaughter, and it was going to be a great trip. I left the meeting with high expectations. The next evening at 10 pm she sent an email and said she did not have authorization to book train tickets in Europe, and it would take 48 hours to get approval for that, so she would not be able to help me. I wrote back asking what this meant, was she saying she did not want to help me, as in I was being let go as a client? I asked if she could respond so I would know whether to get another travel agent. I received no response until the next day. When she responded, her reply was a very terse, We're slammed this week - no apology, no referral to another agent. So I wasted four days and was abruptly dismissed.
- Nancy B.

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American Travel Planners

1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Amigo Mexico Insurance Services

95 E San Ysidro Blvd
San Ysidro

ANDERSON TRAVEL & CRUISES

1020 W VALLEY PKWY
Escondido

aRes Travel

2445 Truxtun Rd Ste 205
San Diego

At Your Service Taxi Cab

300 carlsbad village dr
Carlsbad

AVA TRAVEL SVC

431 W 13TH AVE
Escondido

Awesome Cruises

12060 Mont Vista Dr
Auburn

BBC TRAVEL

1642 E VALLEY PKWY
Escondido

CAREFREE VACATIONS

878 Eastlake Pkwy Ste 1011
Chula Vista

CONCEPTS TRAVEL CO

1345 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas

Cruise Adventures Travel Company

100 E. San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos

CRUISE ONE

3664 TORREY VIEW CT
San Diego

CRUISE SUPERMARKET

365 W 2ND AVE
Escondido

Cruises Inc

31820 Green Oak Way
Temecula

DELUXE TOWING (619) 316-2771

13465 CAMINO CANADA #106-444
El Cajon

DONOVAN TRAVEL

1809 Cortez Ave
Escondido

DYNAMIC TRAVEL & SVC

609 N BROADWAY
Escondido

Ez Rent A Van

3338 Kettner Blvd
San Diego

GIL OFTEDAL CRUISE CONSULTANT

1476 BIRCH AVE
Escondido

Global Club Cruises

San Elijo hills

Globral Express Travel Service

401 North Parsons Ave

GRACELAND EXPRESS LIMOUSINE

1016 E LINCOLN AVE
Escondido

Hidden Valley Travel

2087 Grand View Glen
Escondido

INQUEST OF THE CLASSICS INC

504 W Mission Ave Ste 206
Escondido

Jetsetz.com

1111 6th Avenue, Suite 500
San Diego

KALLEE TRAVEL

455 E 5th Ave
Escondido

Kallee Travel

455 E 5th Ave
Escondido

Keepsake Connections

14650 Silverset Street
Poway

Loews Coronado Bay

4000 Loews Coronado Bay Rd
Coronado

Luxury Resorts Worldwide LLC

2360 Corporate Circle

Magic Castle Travel

291 E Main St

MDR Boutique

32 Broadway

MULTI SERVICE EXPRESS

635 W MISSION AVE
Escondido

Name Your Travel

65-77 Parsons Blvd

NORWEST TRAVEL

6026 DELLFERN DRIVE

OCEAN ENTERPRISES SCUBA DIVING

7710 BALBOA AVE
San Diego

Online Vacation Center

2307 W Broward Blvd

PANAMERICANA TRAVEL SYSTEM

242 W MISSION AVE
Escondido

PARADISE CRUISES & TRAVEL

332 S JUNIPER ST
Escondido

PARADISE CRUISES & TRAVEL

3440 DEL LAGO BLVD
Escondido

PLAZA TRAVEL

2192 CREST VIEW GLN
Escondido

POTHOS

2260 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego

Proto Planning, LLC

422 Mainsail Road
Oceanside

R K Hostel

642 W Hawthorn St
San Diego

Rainbow Cruises

PO Box 1042

ROYAL TRAVELER

125 N KALMIA ST
Escondido

San Diego Airport Town Car

3887 Pell Pl
San Diego

SAN DIEGO N CVB

360 N ESCONDIDO BLVD
Escondido

STARSHIP TRAVEL INC

310 West Northwest Hwy.

Sugar Pine/Avoya Travel

P O BOX 2365
Fallbrook

TRAVEL TOWN & COUNTRY

1580 Tanglewood Ln
Escondido

Travel Travel By Lynn

8332 Regents Rd
San Diego

Travels by Cindy

7297 Navajo Road
San Diego

VACATION SPIRIT

2202 AVENUE

Vacations To Go

5851 San Felipe

VINEYARD TRAVEL

663 So Rancho Santa Fe
San Marcos

www.SaveOnAloha.com

2840 FLETCHER PKWY
El Cajon

YOUR TRAVEL BIZ

1234 ORANGEWOOD DR
Escondido

Your Travel Butlers, Inc.

2817 Carrillo Way
Carlsbad

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