As an experienced professional travel advisor, I charge a consulting fee for all travel services I do, including pricing and destination information. My fees vary depending on type of service and customization of the itinerary. For someone looking for pricing options, my consulting fees are based on four quotes. Any further quotes are an additional fee. Please see an example of my fees below.
Why Do I Charge A Fee?
The travel industry has changed over the years and travel advisors and customers need to evolve as well. Most travel plans, even basic hotel and air, take time to research and finalize, especially for a traveler who is uncertain of their destination, budget, or needs. This is especially relevant for clients who are looking at multiple destinations or who have customized itineraries that require additional time. In order to create a tailor-made travel experience, I focus on building a relationship with my clients to determine their exact wants, needs, hopes, and dreams. By charging a fee, I am able to focus on my clients, not the suppliers, and extend my commitment to excellence and attention to detail.
With over 8 years as a part time and side line travel planner from corporate, leisure, and group travel, I bring comprehensive knowledge and sophisticated network experience to every travel planning session and package . My professional affiliation with TravelMakers and Signature Travel Network allows me to offer my clients additional amenities above and beyond what they would receive by booking reservations on their own, often for the same or less than they would pay direct.
While my goal is to always offer my clients the best travel plans for their budget, I am not a low-cost or budget agency and do not compete with the “big box warehouse stores” or online booking agencies. I am a luxury agency specializing in clients looking for an affordable or ultra-luxury trip.
I sometimes receive commission from a supplier for booking a particular product, such as a cruise, but it is usually a nominal fee for the time it takes to complete an itinerary. Most airlines no longer pay commission to travel agents and many hotels/tours no longer pay a competitive commission. Even pricing an itinerary for a potential client can take time, especially if a client is looking at several destinations, so charging a consulting fee allows me to focus on creating an incredible trip for my clients while still receiving compensation for my time. As with other professions, I expect to be paid for the work I do, so it is fair to ask for compensation and I appreciate those who value my time and expertise.
Service fee structure available upon request.
Each itinerary is customized with fee structure.
Consulting fee examples
Domestic Airlines Tickets - $25 per person. Domestic US airline tickets, up to four travelers.
International Airline Tickets - $50-75 per peron International air tickets. Includes passport/visa & travel safety recommendations. Price varies based on complexity of itinerary. Up to four travelers.
Basic Cruise Reservation - $75 per itinerary (Up to four travelers) Cruise, air, and three shore excursions. $15 per person for additional travelers.
Enhanced Cruise Reservation - $125 per itinerary (Up to four travelers) Cruise, air, all shore excursions, dining & drink package, concierge requests. $20 per person for additional travelers.
Basic Tour Package - $75.00 (Up to four travelers) Pre-planned air/land tour package including air, lodging, ground transportation, and tours.
Customized Tour Package - $100+ (Up to four travelers) Customized air/land tour package including air, lodging, ground transportation, tours, dining. Four up to four travelers. Additional fee for extra travelers. For groups of 10 or more, please see my group rates.
Basic Theme Park Package -$75 (Up to four travelers) Air, lodging, and theme park ticket package. $15 per person for additional travelers.
Enhanced Theme Park Package - $150+ (Up to four travelers) Air, lodging, ground transportation, theme park tickets, dining reservations, fast pass assistance. Per person fee for additional travelers.
Honeymoon Package - $150+ Air, lodging, ground transportation, and other itinerary customization. Rates vary depending on customization.
Destination Wedding - $250+ We can assist with all aspects of your destination wedding, including air, lodging, ground transportation, ceremony, and reception for you and your guests.
Group Travel (Rates Vary) Group travel is ten or more travelers traveling together. Rates vary depending on the customization of itinerary and number of cities travelers are traveling from.
Group Airline Reservations - $10 per person For groups of 10 or more travelers, we are often able to get discounted group air reservations, sometimes even for multi-city departures. Please inquire for more information.
Vacation Rentals -$50-75 per stay We work with a select group of luxury vacation rentals and vacation villa companies for vacation rental needs. We are also able to book a select group of budget vacation rentals. We are unable to book Airbnb or VRBO rentals, but if you find a rental you like, please let us know and we may still be able to book it in our system (sometimes at a reduced rate). Rental cleaning fees, deposits, and other rental fees still apply.
All fees are non-refundable but may be applied toward a future trip.
Note: As of April 9, 2020, if you have an existing trip with me, I am waiving all OpulEssence Travel change/cancellation fees for travel affected by coronavirus restrictions.
All travel is still subject to supplier change/cancellation policies.
Group travel is ten or more travelers traveling together. Change/cancellation fees vary depending on the customization of deposited itinerary.
All airline, cruise, tour package, hotel, ground transportation, and other reservations are subject to additional supplier cancellation/change penalty fees. Please see itinerary for vendor fees and
These are some of the exclusive privileges you can enjoy when you book with us:
Complimentary Hotel Upgrades
With complimentary room upgrades at select properties, you can enjoy your vacation with additional amenities, features and space during your stay.
Complimentary breakfast for two daily not only provides a great value but a great convenience when staying at your resort or hotel.
Resort and Shipboard Credits
When you plan your vacation with us, you have the added benefit of reaping rewards like complimentary resort and onboard spending credits, which you can use for souvenirs, spa treatments, activities and more.
After a long plane ride to a new destination, there’s nothing better than knowing your ride to your hotel is already waiting for you. We can arrange private transfers to and from the airport, saving you time and giving you peace of mind.
Here are just a few ways we can ease the process of planning your next vacation:
1) Firsthand Expertise and Knowledge - We’ve traveled the world, and we have the firsthand experiences and insider connections to prove it.
2) Well Connected -Thanks to our worldwide partnerships, we can create that one-of-a-kind travel experience just for you.
3) Exclusive Privileges - We can give you access to exclusive perks only available through us.
4) We Know You - Unlike the average travel booking website, we will take the time to get to know your preferences, making sure your vacation is perfectly tailored to your needs.
5) You Can Rest Assured - Let us expect the unexpected. As your advocate, we not only know your preferences before you go, but have the know-how to anticipate your needs, solve problems while you’re traveling and be here for you on your return.