Today’s Travel Mantra: Using Dollars Wisely And Top Reasons To Use A Travel Agent

“Good going.” Two words that acknowledge significant achievement as well as tasks well done. For those of us in the travel industry where daily pursuits are aimed at getting you and others from “Point A” to “Point B,” the words have yet another connotation — one especially meaningful in light of today’s global economy. As you budget for well-deserved vacation time or business reasons in 2009, it becomes more imperative than ever that those who are your travel counselors find every possible way to help shave costs…ways that reflect “good going” and exceptional value Though global economic conditions may not have impacted on the travel intentions of Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte (a Quebec billionaire who could spend an estimated $35-million to rocket into space aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft in September), there’s the rest of us. My challenge at R.W.T. which I accept gladly, is to make absolutely certain that whatever your travel intentions, in trips long and short, the returns not only leave you with a sense of gratification but a back-at-home realization that they were dollars well spent with expenditures that mirror great savings. I’ve been providing that service for over 25 years. Give me a call, and also check out my links and previous posts of cruise specials.  And don’t forget about my online booking tool for Travel Impressions.

Top Reasons For Using A Travel Agent

1. You’ve Googled “Mexico vacation“, and come up with 17.8 million responses. Need a little help editing those choices?

2. Remember when you used that obscure website to book your hotel, and when you got there you spent your beach vacation overlooking a parking lot?

3. How many hours were you on hold with the airline when your flight was canceled because of a snowstorm?

4. Did you really mean to spend your honeymoon at that resort whose one tiny pool was filled all day with 12 screaming children?

5. Who knew that when you booked that “villa” in Tuscany, it would be a small room with a kitchenette and no air conditioning? Funny, it looked much better on your computer screen.

6. No one explained to you that in July, it’s winter time in Rio, and so you showed up there with nothing but five Hawaiian shirts and three pairs of swimming trunks.

7. How about the time you really needed a restful vacation, and you ended up in New Orleans during  and someone threw up on your shoes?

8. Yes, I guess that hotel must have used a telephoto lens when they took a picture of those guest rooms that you saw on their website.

9. I suppose contacting the Attorney General to resolve the fact that that Internet site has billed your credit card three times instead of once is the only route to take at this point.

10. It was definitely odd that there were no cab drivers at the airport at 3 o’clock in the morning when you finally landed in Costa Rica, but booking a transfer to your very remote hotel would have been a good thing to remember when you purchased your airline ticket and hotel online.

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Travel Impressions Cancel For Any Reason Travel Protection Plan

Travel Impressions’ Cancel For Any Reason Travel Protection Plan means exactly what it says. No hassles, no worries – a plan that we believe is the best in the industry. And now children can be covered at a lower price! Unlike other travel protection plans that provide reimbursement only for cancellations due to medical reasons, the Travel Impressions Plan provides your enrolled clients with a full refund in the event they need to cancel their trip for any reason right up to the departure time of the flight. The complete package is covered, including airfare regardless of ticketing penalties or airline regulations, if canceled prior to departure.

The Cancel For Any Reason Travel Protection Plan includes:

Section I – Cancel For Any Reason Waiver*

Cancel For Any Reason Waiver: Reimburses you for any cancellation penalties incurred if you cancel your trip FOR ANY REASON prior to your originally scheduled flight departure time. Travel Impressions will refund your money in full, with the exception of the cost of the plan

Section II – Travel Protection Plan**

Trip Interruption: Up to total trip cost: Reimburses the unused, non-refundable portion of your land/sea arrangement plus the cost of additional airfare or change fees to original airfare to return home or catch up to your trip should you need to interrupt your trip due to an illness, injury or death to yourself, a traveling companion or covered family member.

Medical Expenses: Up to $5,000: Reimburses you for doctor and hospital charges should you become ill or injured during your trip.

Baggage/Personal Effects: Up to $800: Reimburses you should your baggage or personal effects become lost, stolen or damaged while traveling.

Bag Delay: Up to $100: Reimburses you for the purchase of necessary personal items should your bags be delayed by the airline for more than 24 hours during your trip

How much does the Cancel For Any Reason Travel Protection Plan cost?***

Published vs. Bulk Air Protection Waiver

Effective Friday, June 29, ‘Cancel For Any Reason Travel Protection Plan’ pricing has changed. There is now separate pricing for published air vs. bulk air & land-only itineraries. On bookings with published air, the price has increased. The child rate remains the same — $45 across the board. The following holiday dates have increased by $30: 12/21/08-1/3/09, 2/14-2/22/09, 4/11-4/19/09 and 12/23/09-1/3/2010.

If Total Booking Cost Per Adult is Then Plan Cost Per Adult for Bulk & Land-Only is: Then Plan Cost Per Adult for Published Air is: And Plan Cost Per Child (Bulk or Published) is:

All Destinations except Europe/ Eastern Mediterranean

less than $999.99 $89.00 $89.00 $45.00
$1000 – $1499.99 $99.00 $114,00 $45.00
$1500 and higher $109.00 $129.00 $45.00

Europe/Eastern Mediterranean Destinations:

less than $999.99 $109.00 $109.00 $45.00
$1000 and higher $129.00 $139.00 $45.00

To enroll in the Plan, simply pay the Plan cost included on your travel invoice at the time you make your trip deposit. For additional information or to answer any questions concerning the Plan, please contact your travel agent.

* Section I Cancel For Any Reason Waiver provided by Travel Impressions.

** Section II Travel Protection Plan insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, a Pennsylvania Insurance Company (NAIC #19445), under Policy Number 9500360, with its principal place of business at 70 Pine Street, New York, NY 10270, currently authorized to transact business in all states and the District of Columbia. This is a brief description of the insurance benefits provided. Other limitations and exclusions apply. For complete terms, conditions and exclusions, please review the Plan Description pamphlet.

*** Please note that in certain states residents are not required to purchase the Travel Protection Plan insurance outlined in the Plan in order to purchase the Cancel For Any Reason Waiver. Please contact 1-877-538-3815 for details or refer to the Plan Description pamphlet for additional information.

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