Fees

When it comes to experiencing the best of the best in travel, it’s about who you know – and a Virtuoso travel advisor will connect you to the world. Some perks of using a travel advisor instead of booking on your own include:

  • Personalized Planning: the trips and experiences you want (and unforgettable moments you didn’t know were possible)
  • Travel Perks: from hotel room upgrades to complimentary breakfasts and spa treatments and more
  • VIP Access: See the Sistine Chapel after hours, skip the lines at Angkor Wat, explore the Galapagos Islands with a third-generation naturalist guide…
  • Insider Knowledge: thanks to my own travels and personal relationships with Virtuoso partners around the globe, Virtuoso travel advisors take trip recommendations well beyond the expected and mundane.
  • Peace of Mind: Leave the logistics to us and rely on your advisor for insight and support every step of the way. Last-minute cancellations, border closures, unexpected changes – travel advisors have you covered, now more than ever.

My time is valuable… just like yours. I charge a retainer (I call it a Custom Travel Planning fee) to cover my research, planning and booking if you’d like me to plan your entire trip, start to finish. The retainer means I am working for you and will guide you to the experience I think best fits what you want, not whoever will pay me the most commission.

A few notes about commission: most (not all) suppliers, like hotels and tour companies, pay me commission. You don’t pay extra to book through me and, in fact, many times I can work with my partner to offer you lower rates than what you may see online. (And, just so you know… if you book through Hotels.com or another online booking site, the website gets the commission. You’re not paying any extra to me!).

Custom Travel Planning

Once we’ve completed our Discovery Call and we’ve determined we’re a good fit, I charge a retainer (also known as a Custom Travel Planning fee) to research, plan and book your entire trip. This retainer is non-refundable because it covers my time spent researching your destination and booking for all aspects of your trip, including:

  • 30-Minute Initial Trip Consultation via phone or Zoom
  • Suggested destinations
  • Initial research of destinations
  • Flight suggestions, planning, booking and flight monitoring
  • Accommodation recommendations
  • Transport logistics:  planes, trains, car, ferry, subway, etc.
  • Suggested tours
  • Suggested activities
  • Trip insurance recommendations
  • Travel health review
  • Currency and banking preparations
  • Cell phone recommendations when traveling internationally
  • Packing lists and tips to prepare
  • Passport & Visa information
  • Trip financing and payment recommendations

Depending on your destination and length of trip, my Custom Travel Planning fee starts at $150.

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Once you’ve filled out the above questionnaire, I’ll be in touch to set up a complimentary phone call or Zoom meeting!

Please note: the most important way I get paid is through client referrals. I appreciate a referral so much that I am happy to offer you half off your next Custom Travel Planning fee if your referral turns into a new client for me!

À la carte Options

In addition to the full trip planning experience, I also offer individual services:

VIRTUOSO HOTEL-ONLY BOOKING: $30 service fee + cost of hotel

If you want to book your trip yourself but want to get access to Virtuoso benefits and other VIP perks at your hotel, I’m here to help.

* Please note: NO FEE if you already know the hotel name + dates

MILES + POINTS AIRFARE BOOKING: Starts at $150/ticket

We love to see people making the most of their miles + points. When we travel personally, we always try to use at least a percentage of miles + points in our booking to help alleviate some of the costs.

If you have points but don’t know how to use them best, we have in-depth knowledge and experience in making the most of your points. This service starts at $150 per ticket.

AIRFARE-ONLY BOOKING: $50+/person service fee

Starting at $50/person, my company’s air department can book your air tickets. The benefit to booking through our air department is if your flight is canceled or changed, you don’t have to stay on hold for hours (and hours) making the change: our air department can get you the best solution in the fastest time possible so you avoid any headaches and hassles.

* Please note: airfare booking and flight monitoring is included with every Custom Travel Planning fee.