Frequently Asked Questions
Why is travel insurance required?
2020 is a perfect reason why travel insurance was necessary. Travelers lost thousands of dollars due to COVID-19, which most vendors did not cover. Some received a refund, some a travel credit, but others were out the money entirely. While these were unusual circumstances, would you drive your car without insurance? How about health insurance? From Cancel for Any Reason options, to weather or mechanical issues, or health or work-related cancellations, travel protection can prove to be the best investment of your entire vacation. Most cruise lines and tour operators (Funjet Vacations, United Vacations, etc.) offer their own travel protection plans. There are plenty of 3rd party travel insurance companies, as well. You can also check with your credit card or personal insurance companies for coverage.
Why should I book with you instead of an online travel agency (i.e. Expedia)?
I offer complimentary travel planning services, providing 100% customer support from consultation to completion of travel. I work with you to custom-tailor larger multi-component trips and traditional vacation packages, tours, and cruises. The comfort and security of working directly with one person, instead of a 1-800 number should speak for itself! Depending on the package, full payment may not be due at booking; unlike most travel websites.
If I book with you and a promotion comes out, can you apply it?
If the promotion is valid for your package, I do everything I can do to make that happen!
How does this work?
It's very simple. Please complete the FREE QUOTE link. Once I have that basic information, I can start crafting your vacation. Check out my Facebook video on how to book your next Vacation with Cari Travels for more information!
Do you have a payment plan?
This depends on the vacation package, time-frame before travel, and promotion. You may have the ability to pay a deposit with the final payment due prior to departure (this varies by vendor). We can apply as many, or as few, individual payments as you need; though it is just as easy for you to save that money and pay the balance at one time.
Do you book air only?
I do not book air only. Airfare is only included with a vacation package (hotel, tours, etc.)
How do I pay for my vacation?
I use SECURE links to complete for passenger information, credit card authorization, and payment information. Your privacy and security is key!
I found a Groupon...
First let me say, I love Groupon. Groupon is great for restaurant discounts, spa treatments, date nights, and other such activities. I too have looked at the various vacation packages and thought, "wow, that's a great price!"...then see the fine print. Most Groupon prices are travel for one person (so you have to buy two packages, or pay a single supplement.) Typically, there are pre-set departure dates and airports. Hotels and transportation is also included, and may not be the type of service you are used to. Often you can adjust these to accommodate your needs, but there may be an additional cost. Want a/c in the summer? Or a hotel with an elevator? You may be out of luck! Need an automatic, when a manual is included? Extra cost. Want ground transfers when you land? May have to book that separately. Looking for a phone number to call with a question? I tried to find one and couldn't! So, there you have it...take a look at the fine print for the inclusions and supplemental costs. Or you can work with me for your actual vacation needs!
If you don't charge a fee, how do you make money?
I am solely commission-based. Regardless of how you book a vacation (through me or online), there is an additional fee already built into the total package cost. The difference is, either the company (ie. Expedia, Disney, hotels, cruise lines, etc.) keeps the money for themselves, or I earn that same commission. However, when you book with me, you have a person you can count on!
Do you price match?
Price matching is a tricky thing. The packages must be EXACT. The flight numbers and times, hotel accommodations, and any additional features must be the same. You must provide me a screenshot of the package you are looking at, so I can submit it. If a package is price matched, it cannot be changed or adjusted at that matched price; nor can any additional promotions be applied. (I cannot price match Groupon - but I have beaten the package offerings!)