Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need travel insurance/protection?

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.) off their own travel protection plans.  For other travel insurance options, I recommend Travel Guard:   

(This recommendation is not sponsored or endorced by Travel Guard, this is based on personal and traveler experiences.)

Why should I book with you instead of an online travel agency (i.e. Expedia)?

Good news!  You can now book directly through Cari Travels with personalized customer service!

The comfort and security of working directly with one person, instead of a 1-800 number should speak for itself!  Depending on the package, I don't always require a full payment upon booking.  I can provide the best suggestions and advice with personal experience or access to various other travel agent resources. 

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 make that happen!

Why should I book with you?​

I offer complimentary travel planning services, providing 100% customer support from consultation to completion of travel.  Offering advice and suggestions on destinations, I work with you to custom-tailor larger multi-component trips and traditional vacation packages, tours, and cruises.  I have a vested interest in ensuring you have the best service, experience, and pricing.  There is also the peace of mind to contact me directly, rather than a 1-800 number with questions, comments, and concerns.  Please check out my Facebook video on Why to Book with Cari Travels!

How does this work?

It's very simple. You tell me the who, what, where, when, and how!  Who is traveling, where are you thinking of traveling, when are you traveling, what airport are you departing, and how much are you looking to spend?  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?

Depending on how much time between the initial booking and departure date, 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?

Airfare will be included in almost all vacation packages.  I do not book any domestic air only.  International air may be booked when a vacation package (hotel, car, tours, etc.) is booked.

How do I pay for my vacation?

Once we have confirmed your vacation package and pricing, I will send you SECURE links to complete for passenger information, credit card authorization, and payment information.  Your privacy is protected!

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 I also look at the fine print.  Most Groupon prices are travel for one person (so you have to buy two Groupon packages, or pay a single supplement.)  Typically, there are specified departure dates and airports.  Usually you can adjust these to accommodate your needs, but there may be an additional cost.  Need an automatic, when a manual is included?  Extra cost.  Want ground transfers when you land?  Have to book that separately.  Not sure you like the hotels they list?  You might not have a choice.   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 directly 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, cruiselines, 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?

It depends on the company pricing the vacation package (I cannot price match Groupon - but I have beaten the package offerings!).  Price matching is a tricky thing.  The packages much 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.  

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