I love working with clients. I treat each one with respect and pamper them with exemplary service.
Unfortunately, some of my “clients” apparently don’t feel the same.
Beginning on May 1, Allure Quest Travel Experience will begin charging a $50 earnest fee for new clients using our travel expertise and resources.
If the booking carries through to completion the fee will be waived and applied to the price of the trip. An inordinate number of request changes could result in additional fees.
Preferred clients – those who have a history of booking travel with us – are exempt from the fee.
Why are we doing this?
It’s because our services don’t come cheap and we’re not in the habit of giving away our expertise.
There are people who come to us to research destinations and pricing – and then use the information to book online or give the business to Uncle Bob the family travel agent.
That’s like someone putting in an eight-hour day and not getting paid.
It takes time and money to build a business. Not only do we have monthly expenses and pay fees and taxes to do this, our specialists continue to study, attend conferences to learn the newest and best destinations … and then visit those destinations to develop the expertise our clients have come to expect.
When I sail with a church on one of my Spiritual Voyages I pay like everyone else. If I visit a Sandals resort … or a Zoetry Wellness Spa & Resort … or head to Cancun for a familiarization trip, the cost comes out of my pocket. Although I pay less than the average person, those expenses add up.
And don’t you feel a bit more confident dealing with someone who has at least set foot on that magnificent cruise ship or visited that fabulous all-inclusive resort?
I imagine that we’ll lose some possible business because of our decision, but it’s worth it so that we can devote even more time to our genuine clients – showering them with expert advice and the benefit of our considerable knowledge. It bothers me when our professional abilities are exploited and we get nothing in return.
Potential clients who want to avoid the $50 fee are free to utilize our services by booking online, as well as use all the resources we provide on our website. Simple click on the “Book Now” button at the top right of the page to get to the booking engine of your choice.
But if you want our valuable personalized professional service … you’re going to have to pay for it.
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