Why You Need a Travel Agent – Part 3

Working with travel agents demystified The top three reasons people call travel agencies today:  (1) they want advice, (2) they don't have time to plan their own travel and like the personal attention, and (3) they are confused by too many online options. How does someone become a travel agency customer? Here are some FAQ's and answers: 1.        If I use a travel agent, doesn't it cost more? Usually, it costs less because we will Read more…

My Weekend at Grand Del Mar Resort

Less than two years after opening, The Grand Del Mar Resort has earned a spot on the list of the World’s Best Places to Stay. With arched doorways, verandas overlooking the beautiful golf course and luxurious but comfortable surroundings, the resort spared no expense to create a memorable vacation experience for its guests. I was fortunate to be invited for a travel industry golf event last weekend at The Grand Del Mar, so I thoroughly Read more…

Disney – Part 2

Sheryl recently returned from Disneyland and offers a few hints to make your first trip or returning trip to Disneyland even more enjoyable. Before you go: Let Sheryl reserve your package with airline tickets, a rental car or transfers, accommodations, Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets and dining reservations. Yes – Disneyland dining is an important component of making your trip more enjoyable. She will handle all your dining requirements so you can dine with the Disney Read more…

Sea-Tac Airport Announces Short-Term Closure of Cell Phone Waiting Lot

Current lot to close Tuesday, June 9th Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will close the Cell Phone Waiting Lot for about a month in order to replace it with a location nearly double in size. Drivers waiting to pick up passengers need to be aware the old Cell Phone Parking Lot will close Tuesday, June 9th. The new location is expected to open in early July. The new location, just north on Air Cargo Road, will create Read more…

Why a wishy-washy dollar means you should go to Europe ASAP:

The surprise silver-lining story of last fall was that just as the global economic crisis went full throttle, the dollar started rebounding. And it started rebounding while travel operators were hedging currency for 2009 pricing. What that meant for travelers was great 2009 pricing in Europe, with many operators either holding prices or even reducing prices for 2009 over 2008. Now, as the industry is entering the 2010 hedging and subsequent pricing period, the dollar Read more…

Alaska Airlines Business Travel Update

Double miles credit for Alaska Airlines MVP Gold members continues to be available through 6/30/09. There is still time to sign up and get double miles credits for June travel. New Alaska Airlines group travel policies make it easier to conduct business meetings in other cities, or travel with sports teams, etc. Stellar Travel corporate advisors are group planning experts and will assist with group and meeting arrangements. 10% discount off all fare levels for Read more…

Disney – Part 1

Are you thinking of staying a little closer to home for your family vacation this summer? Disney has some GREAT values at their resorts and on Disney Cruise Line®. Stellar Travel is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and Sheryl and Denise are both graduates of the Disney College of Knowledge and can assist you in planning the perfect Disney vacation. Clink on the links below to explore everything that Disney has to offer. Then give Read more…

Airline News Roundup

Icelandair begins Seattle-Reykjavik service July 23rd on a 757 configured with 3 classes of service: Saga (business class), Economy Comfort (2×2 seating) and Economy. The flight will operate 4 days per week on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with returns on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. In addition to Iceland, they offer great connections to many Scandinavian cities as well as London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam via their Reykjavik hub. Southwest will now allow pets Read more…

Why You Need a Travel Agent – Part 2

Avoiding the pitfalls of booking online directly with rental property owners: Whether you’re thinking of renting a condo on Maui or a villa in Tuscany, there are some risks to booking online directly with property owners. We have heard some very interesting stories by self-bookers, from “it didn’t look anything like the online photos” to “we weren’t able to reach anyone to repair the broken bathrooms pipes” or, “we left after the first night and Read more…

Why You Need a Travel Agent – Part 1

Have you ever wondered how to get a hotel room upgrade? Have you ever had the experience of checking into a hotel and the person next to you is welcomed, greeted more warmly than you and, is obviously being treated like a VIP? That hotel guest’s travel agent may have made their hotel reservations. At Stellar Travel, one of the things we do is to “VIP” you when you are staying at one of our Read more…