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Travel

What is the value of a travel agent?

This picture sums it all up in one sentence!

Personal Service

You will not get that from Expedia, Kayak, Hotels.com…

I could go on and on…

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Travel Universal

Universal Orlando is opening with limited capacity on June 5th

We’re excited to announce that our gates are about to reopen. Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay will welcome clients beginning June 5th.

The hotels are an important part of our guest experience and we will share details soon. We are still finalizing our reopening plans and will contact agents with current guest reservations as soon as our plans are available. This carefully managed reopening comes with stringent new health, safety, and hygiene procedures in place. So, as we enjoy our parks and hotels together again, we will all need to follow CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials, and Universal Orlando’s policies.

Universal Studios Orlando
  • Everyone is required to wear a face covering during their visit.
  • Temperature checks will be required upon arrival and guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be admitted.
  • Practice social distancing and keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) between your travel party and others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds.
Yes, there are more rules to follow now—but to play together, we also need to work together for the safety and health of all the guests and team members.

Note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we cannot guarantee that your clients will not be exposed during their visit.

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Cruise Travel

Royal Caribbean April Offer

Understandably, some of you may not be in the mood to travel given the circumstances that we are all facing. Others may be thinking about it, but with all of the restrictions, may not know what to plan for. I am posting this offer that just came out from Royal Caribbean for the month of April. This offer is good on select sailings after May 1, 2020.

Royal Caribbean April Offer

Blackout dates and exclusions apply. You can contact us for more information if you would like to plan a future vacation in the summer months after things begin to return to normal. Remember, this Royal Caribbean April offer includes “Cruise with Confidence”, so if we are still facing uncertain times and you are unable to take your trip, you will be able to receive a future cruise credit to use through the end of 2021.

Wash your hands! Practice social distancing! Stay safe and healthy and we will all get through this together! We may be on hold now, but we cannot stay on hold forever!

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Cruise Travel

Norwegian Sale

There are only 35 hours left in this Norwegian sale! It is being called the biggest sale of the decade.

And best of all, right now deposits are 50% off!

Norwegian Sale
50% off Deposits

Call us to Book Now!

Travel by Jon & Jo’El
Call or text: 706-413-2920
sales@jlapptravels.com
Or send us a message on Facebook!

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Travel

Christmas in July Trip

Christmas in July
Christmas in July

Our first small group trip!!
Christmas in July
3 nights in the Bavarian Town of Frankenmuth, Michigan.
July 24th-July 27th, 2020, 3 nights
Starting at:
$650 pp double occupancy
$538 pp triple occupancy
$485 pp quad occupancy
$150 pp deposit due 1/21/20
Flights from Atlanta to Detroit
Flights, hotel and transportation included.

Come with us and see the WORLDS largest Christmas store.
Frankenmuth is known for its serious shopping. Not only can you explore an excellent outdoor mall and the largest Christmas Store in the world – you can also go back to a time of plentiful mom and pop shops. Other places like Frankenmuth Woolen Mill and Zeilinger Wool offer high quality quilt comforters and offer tours of their historic working mills. Oh, and the food!! This is also home to St. Julian, Michigan’s oldest and largest winery.
*Prices are subject to change and space is limited.

PM or call 716-863-8205 for more details
(guys are welcome too :))

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River Cruise

Amawaterways Triple Savings Offer

Check out these great offers from our favorite River Cruise company.
“Ama” means love – and AmaWaterways puts love in everything we do. From a variety of included excursions to exquisite locally-sourced food and wine to unparalleled service, we invite you to join our family on the river – and fill your heart with Ama. Book now to receive the AmaWaterways Triple Savings Offer on select 2020 sailings!

Amawaterways Savings
Amawaterways Savings

#rivercruise #river cruise #travel #amawaterways

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Cruise

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Look what just came in! New collateral from Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Great itineraries from Norwegian Cruise Lines. Which one would you like to take? Contact us and we can send you a book so that we can discuss your next trip.

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All inclusive

Beaches Negril

The first leg of our inspection trip in Jamaica started at Beaches Negril. Over the course of this blog post, I will try to do my best at giving a blow by blow account of the first day. We started our day super early in the AM by waking up at three in order to get to the airport for the 6:30am flight. Knowing what I know now, I would have spent the extra on a direct flight to Jamaica.

Landed in Jamaica

I will spare you the details of the flight, that may be a whole other post. Our inbound experience was good. We did not have Club Mobay on the way in, which is a VIP add-on that allows you to get priority access to customs. Regardless, the entry into the country went fairly quickly and after processing through customs, we went to the Sandals lounge to get to our transfer to the resort. The staff at the lounge were very organized and helpful. They handle everything for you for the transfer and direct you to the lounge. The lounge has bathrooms, tables and chairs, beverages, snacks, etc. for those arriving. You wait in the lounge until your transfer is announced.

The Transfer

The bus was full, but was comfortable and air conditioned for the slightly over an hour drive to Beaches Negril. It was uneventful and we arrived at the resort, ready to unpack and relax. Our tours were scheduled to start on day two.

Check-in Process

The check-in process was very smooth and we were on the resort at what is called “Club” level. I will explain the different levels and then I will explain what the differences are. As you may have heard at some point in your life, you get what you pay for. Well here is were it starts. (Actually starts at Club Mobay which I will describe in greater detail in a later post) The different levels of rooms (and service) are Luxury, Club and Butler. In Luxury, you get to the resort and check in at the front desk. The waiting area is nice, but is generally open air and there is refreshments, but no AC. We were Club level, you are escorted to an air conditioned room, with refreshments and places to sit. The check in process is done on an iPad while you wait your turn in line. At the Butler level, you wait for your butler to come and get you. You will be escorted to your room and the check in is done in the room. We did not experience butler service, but I will do my best to explain it in a future post.

The remainder of our first day

After check-in, we made our way to our room and our bags were there. We unpacked and changed into something more comfortable. The rest of the day was ours until the welcome dinner that evening. Our BDM, Julie, who had put this trip together, also arranged for this dinner. I could be writing for days just on this day alone, but suffice to say, Beaches Negril, the evening, the dinner, the other agents that we met, the staff that we met, it was all fantastic! I will continue with more of the trip in further blogs over the next few days. Until then, safe travels!
#jamaica #sandals #beaches #follow #travel

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Travel

No Do Overs

No Do Overs
Use a Travel Advisor!

There are “No Do Overs” for a vaction gone wrong. You work hard, save and then plan a trip. What if the hotel you pick is not located close to the attractions? Am I close to public transportation? Am I comfortable using it? Those are the details that we, as travel advisors handle.

Sure, you can get on Expedia and book your own hotel, boy that price looks great, but… what other expenses are you going to incur because of that choice? Is it really a savings then? Let us worry about all of that for you, that way all you have to do is sit back and enjoy what your hard work has provided.

Once you are on vacation and you run into a snag, there are no do overs!

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Travel

Five myths about Travel Agents

I was doing a little research today for a potential client trip and I came across this link to an article from just under 5 years ago. Click this link to read the USA Today article. I found it to be a good read.

This article puts into words the things that Jo’El and I try to convey to all of our family and friends about travel. It answers a few of the stigmas that I know are out there and that people think when they hear that we are travel agents.

I agree wholeheartedly that anyone with a computer and a credit card can book a vacation. The problem is, when there is a problem. Who do you call? Have you found yourself in that boat? As travel professionals, we know WHO to call when there is a problem. We have contacts within the provider companies that you do not have access to. That is what you are paying for when using a travel agent. And yes, some agents charge surcharges for booking, but in 99% of the situations, we do not. I have said it before and will continue to say it until I leave this earth. We are paid by money that YOU HAVE ALREADY PAID to someone else when you booked your own vacation, simply said.

On another note, did you know that you can book your own cruise and then transfer it to us to manage for you? That’s right and there is no cost to you to do it. So find your best price on that cruise, book it yourself and then contact us to transfer management of it to us at no charge. Why not try it sometime? Have a great day, have a great week and happy traveling!

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