Greensboro travel agents give tips on booking vacations
Do you offer both online and personal service?
"Yes, we do."
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Do you plan all aspects of customers' trips?
"Yes, including dining and spa reservations."
How do you charge?
"We have fees for stand-alone reservations. Otherwise, we're paid by suppliers, except for custom itineraries which require a planning and research fee."
"There are no charges to the consumer for packaged vacations or cruises. The only fees charged are for airline tickets."
"I charge for domestic air tickets, and sometimes for customized services such as travel planning for a large group."
How far in advance should people plan trips?
"Up to one year, but there are still last-minute specials."
"In order to take advantage of discounted airline fares, they should book as far in advance as possible."
"Three to six months for cruises, air or land packages; six to nine months for international tours; and nine to 12 months for group trips."
What's the one travel tip you always give customers?
"If traveling by air, print the carrier's contract of carriage and know your rights when delayed or canceled."
"Arrive at the airport one to three hours prior to departure depending on domestic or international travel."
"Safety first! Be at least as careful and aware of your surroundings when traveling as you are when at home."
What's one place you recommend everyone should visit and why?
"Honolulu, Hawaii. to learn a new part of American history."
"Italy for the beauty, history and culture."
Everyone should visit Sedona, Ariz., for its beauty and serenity."
What's the worst or funniest travel story you've ever heard from a client?
"We know a client who travels with a puppet. She actually purchases air tickets for it!"
"A client took it upon themselves to book a trip to San Jose, Costa Rica. They called me in a panic before they left because they looked at their tickets and saw they had booked to San Jose, California instead."
"A couple planned a trip for several months, spent thousands of dollars, but declined to purchase travel insurance. The gentleman became ill and couldn't travel. They lost all their hard-earned money."