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Enjoying luxury travel for less

By Art Robinson, Contributing Editor
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Enjoying luxury travel for less

Occasionally you can momentarily live like the “rich and famous” and experience the excitement of stately travel. If you have a taste for the bubbly but have to subsist on a beer budget, let’s get moving. We’ll explore a few methods on how it’s possible for you to enjoy luxury travel on a budget.

A well laid out plan will be the most vital facet of getting luxury deals and accommodations without needing to spend any more cash than a lower rated resort. Travel in style with the following techniques.

Method 1) Find Affinity And Fidelity Programs.

Gain advantage from the flexibleness and leverage you have in the extremely competitive travel industry. Many corporations desire your business and offer tons of incentives to challenge for your travel funds and to keep you as a buyer. It is well known that in the service industry, you generally keep an eye out for your best clients and give additional incentives to keep them coming back. These firms reward travelers who remain loyal to them with unpublicized specials and extras. This is the general idea behind frequent traveler programs and such.

Method 2) Choose The Right Travel Consultants to work with.

As you are researching destinations and comparing pricing online, note that all online travel sites aren’t the same. For instance, Travelaureate was recently voted one of the Top Ten Most Useful Online Travel Sites. SEE HERE

Many agencies have preferred standing with providers who can in turn pass on these deals to you. Again, this is similar to our earlier point, only this time, the corporations and providers are getting the fabulous deals to pass on to you.

Method 3) Turn Issues Into Opportunities.

Select a few top-quality firms that you’d like to use constantly so you can get commitment bonuses and deductions.

If they make a mistake, use the situation in a professional way, but do not be nasty about it. These corporations wish to maintain consistent levels of quality and depend on their clients to provide helpful feedback on service satisfaction.

If a representative wouldn’t entertain you, ask around to find someone that will.

Method 4) Just Ask.

One of the simplest and simplest methods you can do is to just ask. All they are able to say is no. Often a special day might be enough to get you a pleasant surprise. Simply do it and don’t be too shy to ask. You can simply ask for an upgraded auto, accommodation, or airline seat. It does not hurt and you are no worse off than you were before you asked. In other words, you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

Method 5) Timing Is Everything.

Keep this under consideration that travel is at its most cost prohibitive during vacations and other top times of the year. But if the time of the year to go is vital to you, for example an important event you will be attending, traveling during major vacations or college holidays, and if you’ve got a desire to get luxurious travel for the best worth you would like, try and book as far ahead as practicable. Remember the power of the web. Sites like Travelaureate can often be one of your most efficient tools in researching destinations, while getting luxury travel at reasonable prices. Better still, just sign up for Travelaureate’s newsletter and let their research team to do the heavy spadework for you. Just ignore the newsletters until you feel it’s time to travel and then grab the best deals!

Method 6) Cruise lines like airplanes and hotels hate empty cabins.

You can be in for a real bargain even with 5 and 6 star ships if you book at the last minute. Don’t be deterred if they state that the offer is only restricted to the residents of certain countries. You can use an address of a friend or relative living in that country. After all, every correspondence including the issuance of e-tickets and e-luggage tags are done through emails or the cruise line’s web site.

Method 7) Bad news is good news

Finally, whenever there is bad news in the cruising industry such as the Costa Concordia incident or the Carnival Triumph engine break down, bookings in the cruising industry would go into a downward spiral and prices would plunge as the media plays up the accident and passengers cancel their bookings!. I often perk up at times like these and have booked cruises at unheard of prices and unbelievable values! Of you book a six car cruise you can sometimes enjoy on board credits running into thousands of dollars on top of the steep price discounts! After all cruising is still the safest form of travel with the Titanic accident occurring more than a century ago!

Have a good time and enjoy your luxury travels! THE END

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