Why Use a Travel Agent?
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, winging it alone is the last thing you want to do when it comes to travel planning these days. The CIRE Travel team has eyes and ears around the world, proactively managing your itinerary to avoid glitches along your way. Why use a travel agent? It comes down to two words: It’s Handled. Erupting volcanoes. State Department Travel Advisories. Flooded Balinese hotels. Global pandemic. Just wanting to sleep in your own bed tonight. Like the great Stevie Wonder sang, “Don’t you worry ‘bout a thing.” #CIREtotheRescue
Let Us Count the Reasons...
A flight from the US to Tahiti was cancelled. This was round 2 for this honeymoon couple, since their 2020 trip to Italy and Greece was canceled. Delta nor SkyTeam had any other flights to Tahiti from the U.S. Delta initially offered a credit for the amount of their outbound flight and allowed them to keep their return. But the couple was swimming in $2,000 worth of flight credit. They were starting medical school and didn’t need to worry about expiring credits. We were able to negotiate a major exception to refund a portion of a non-refundable ticket while keeping their return flight home, still in business class! New flights were booked in premium economy on United. Rather than potentially losing thousands, the couple enjoyed an extra night in Tahiti for $475. And, no one flew coach.
The State Department issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory, and CIRE Travel had 50 clients traveling internationally who needed to repatriate. Our team booked everyone on flights within two hours, getting them back on U.S. soil. They were definitely relieved, but no one kissed the ground as far as we know.
We were able to obtain a full refund for nine people who were scheduled to go on a group trip to Antigua in April of the pandemic. And, they didn’t pay a single penalty.
“I went to NC instead of SC!” A client booked herself to Greenville, NC instead of SC. Cheapo-Air wouldn’t help her, but guess who came to the rescue? CIRE Travel, of course.
Sure, you can book a quick flight yourself, like one client who books his own Boston to DC flights. But, one morning, he got stuck in DC due to storms. CIRE Travel was able to get him back to Boston lickety-split, despite “everything being sold out.”
Iceland volcano, part 2: a client had 3 simultaneous international roadshows that were affected by the closed European airspace. When flights out of Abu Dhabi were canceled, we got them a car to Dubai. When Sydney flights were cancelled, we got them a car to Melbourne.
A couple on their way to Bali for their dream honeymoon were mid-flight when a storm hit the island and flooding closed their hotel. Before the couple heard the news, CIRE Travel had booked another hotel for the same cost and even upgraded them from a 4-star to a 5-star accommodation. We arranged transportation before their plane touched down, so a driver was waiting to greet them with a personal note explaining what had happened before whisking them off to their luxury honeymoon. This rescue wouldn’t be possible without our close relationships with multiple industry partners.
A Midwest-based client was traveling to Bali. One missed connection would mean missing the one flight out of LAX that evening, delaying her trip by 2 days. Watching her plane, we saw it was going to be an hour late arriving to her airport. Rather than risk it, we rebooked her on an earlier flight on a different airline without additional cost. Connection made.
A week-long business trip left a client ready to be home and sleep in her own bed. After boarding, an announcement was made that the flight had been canceled. She turned on her phone to call her husband, and a voicemail was already waiting. Not from him, but from her trusted CIRE Travel agent:
“I’m sorry your flight got canceled! I got you one of the last seats on the 7:55pm flight to Boston tonight. I also have you backed up on the 9:15am to Portland tomorrow morning. I can either get you a car service from Logan home to Maine later tonight, or I can get you a hotel room for the night and you can fly directly to PWM in the morning. What do you want to do?” And, it was done.