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UnitedVacations_mauiWhether you’ve always dreamed of becoming a travel agent or you’re an experienced travel professional, luxury vacations are a cornerstone of the industry. When people think about vacations, a common dream is first-class service, luxurious accommodations and an overall experience that pulls them out of their own lives and into something beyond their dreams, even if only for a week. Luckily, with the right planning, a luxury vacation is actually quite attainable for many budget ranges.

Choose a Destination

Changes in the economy cause more people to look for closer and affordable locations. Companies associated with top travel brands such as United Vacations, offer vacation packages to many of these popular areas, including New York, Los Cabos, Cancun, Maui and Montego Bay on the island of Jamaica. By booking these destinations through a company like United, travelers qualify for additional discounts and perks not found through other companies or services.

Travel Options

UnitedVacations_CancunWhat good is a lavish vacation without arriving to your destination in style? When booking a luxury vacation package, consider upgrades and added amenities to make flights more comfortable and enjoyable. When booking a vacation as a package deal, many companies make upgrading travelers to Business or First Class easier and in many cases more affordable. Even if flying at a standard level, companies may still offer first class airport check-in or other complimentary services in the air or on the ground at the airport.

Luxury Accommodations

A luxury trip is not complete without a highly rated hotel or resort room to retire to after a long day of seeing the sites or relaxing on the beach. When booking a package, consider what deals a travel provider has with preferred local hotels and resorts. In many cases the package may qualify for extra benefits, such as a complimentary room upgrade, late checkouts, free breakfasts, VIP check-ins, turn down service, or even complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport or other locations near the hotel.

Add the Amenities

No luxury vacation is complete without additional amenities beyond the traditional hotel or vacation package. Depending on how the vacation is booked, possible amenities can include discounted spa packages, discounts on golf or other recreational activities, discount theater tickets, concert tickets or theme park entries. Hotels may also provide special services specific to a client’s reason for traveling, such as romance packages for couples.

All-Inclusive

UnitedVacations_NYOne of the ultimate luxury additions to any vacation plan is an all-inclusive package. Keep in mind that the definition of all inclusive can vary depending on the property. In general, all inclusive means that meals and beverages are included in the price of accommodations. Viewing the fine print is important when booking all inclusive packages to understand exactly what you get for the money.

For example, some all-inclusive plans don’t include alcoholic beverages, or may have an additional charge to add these beverages to the plan. Others changes may include unexpected benefits, such as complimentary rentals of recreational equipment. All-inclusive plans may also have restrictions or added supplements for solo travelers or children.

One of the most important things to keep in mind, whether booking a high rise hotel in New York City or a beach villa in the Caribbean, is that travel vendors are more prone to provide discounts when booking package deals.

When you leverage these deals, luxury vacation prices drop, making them more affordable to a wider range of clients. Thinking outside the box ensures that travelers get the best deal for their money, resulting in not only a happy client, but also repeat business.