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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay more to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay more to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

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Knowledge. Service. Value. When you plan a trip with FILLING THE NEST LUXURY TRAVEL , a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor, you’re unlocking a world of in-the-know expertise, unbelievable travel perks, and access to a well-edited portfolio of the best brands in the business, not to mention unique and exclusive experiences. The Virtuoso network brings together 20,000 of the world’s most sought-after travel advisors, and more than 1,800 elite travel companies, from five-star hotel groups and renowned cruise lines to boutique properties and high-end adventure travel outfitters around the world.  When it comes to experiencing the best of the best in travel, it’s not just what you know, it’s who you know.

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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay more to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

FIlling the nest FAQs

Personalized planning – the trips and experiences you want (and those unforgettable moments you didn’t even know were possible), tailored to your interests.
• Travel perks, from hotel room upgrades to complimentary breakfasts and spa treatments, exclusive cruise excursions, and more.
• VIP access around the globe: See the Sistine Chapel after hours, skip the lines at Angkor Wat, explore the Galápagos Islands with a third-generation naturalist guide, just to name a few.
• Insider knowledge. Thanks to our own travels and personal relationships with elite partners around the world, we can take trip recommendations well beyond the expected!
• Peace of mind – leave the logistics to us and rely on us for insight and support every step of the way. Last-minute cancellations, border closures, unexpected changes – we have you covered, now more than ever.

Bottom line? It means Expert Advice. Worry-free Planning.

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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay more to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

FIlling the nest FAQs

Out of the 20,000+ Virtuoso advisors, each professional and vetted, I am very proud to be distinguished as of one of fewer than 500 Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisors worldwide. This was a result of dedicated efforts in my professional education and training, and an important milestone for me, as it represents my level of commitment to the luxury travel industry and the Virtuoso network.

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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay  to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

FIlling the nest FAQs

At Filling the Nest Luxury Travel. we recognize the value of teamwork and connections, and we have made it our mission to affiliate with the best of the best in the luxury travel industry. We are proud to be in the NYC-based EMBARK Beyond family. EMBARK is  a Virtuoso Member agency and leader in the luxury travel industry. EMBARK is also our IATAN connection as well as our link to the most prestigious industry preferred partnerships such as Four Seasons Preferred, Rosewood Elite, Belmond Bellini, just to name a few. Click HERE to view all of EMBARK's preferred partnerships. 

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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay more to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

FIlling the nest FAQs

Depends how you define “more”. Technically, yes, my service fee starts at $250 and is non-refundable, due at the time of booking. However, due to my relationships with my luxury travel partners, my clients receive valuable amenities which always outweigh my service fee. For example, the daily breakfast amenity at a luxury hotel may be $75/day. A four-night stay means a $300 value, already outweighing my service fee. That’s the simple math, but I’ve been told you can’t put a price on the value I bring to the equation with my level of service.

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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay more to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

FIlling the nest FAQs

Quite simply, my time cannot be refunded. When I accept a new client, I immediately dedicate an amount of time for research, creative planning, and itinerary design. This happens early on, and if an adventure is unfortunately postponed or cancelled, those services have already taken place. In most cases, I allow a rollover, and should a client reschedule the same trip components but just a different date, I do not charge an additional planning fee.

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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay more to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

FIlling the nest FAQs

Admittedly, our level of service isn’t for everyone. To discover if we are a mutually good fit, we always begin with a complimentary phone call, but to give you an idea of the type of clients we usually work with, if the following fits your description, we're pretty sure we’ll make a fabulous team!

  • You are looking for your greatest adventure yet, something above typical, you want unique, but you know this takes a lot of research and effort and you don’t have the time or energy to plan it yourself.
  • You’re not interested in “budget” or “group tour” travel…you are a discerning traveler looking for more, and you recognize that travel is one of those life experiences where you get what you pay for. We are currently accepting new clients with a $1000/pp per night minimum budget (not including airfare).
  • You feel comfortable trusting a luxury travel professional to handle your personal information (credit cards, passport, and other personal details).
  • You are willing – make that thrilled and relieved – to let a luxury travel professional the reins!

We probably won’t be a good fit if…

  • oYou’re a die-hard planner, have always loved the “game” of travel planning and research and design and you’re just looking for new ideas, but don’t want someone else to make plans for you.
  • “Free” and “Deal” are your favorite four-letter words. We prefer a 5-letter word…VALUE. When it comes to travel, the greatest value is rarely the lowest price.
  • You’re looking for an assistant to jump through hoops, follow your instructions, and simply “book travel”. That's really not what we do. As trusted advisors, our clients come to us for inspiration, guidance, steering, dream-weaving, expectation-managing and reality-checking, so much more than just simply "booking travel."

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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay more to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

FIlling the nest FAQs

It depends. First Class/Business air, yes, I sure do, and my partnerships with airlines such as Delta and United often have better options than clients find booking themselves. I generally do not book Economy air unless a client is uncomfortable booking on his/her own, but I do offer advice about flights, regardless of class, as part of my service, and I can help you decide which flights to book. Many of my clients prefer to book their own flights, especially if they want to use points. I am happy to include these arrangements with the itineraries I create. My software even monitors your flights!

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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay more to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

FIlling the nest FAQs

Absolutely! Not all travel requires a fully customized itinerary, although I’ve found my “hotel only” bookings often circle back wanting dining/spa and other arrangements, and upgrade to the full plan. But if all you really want or need is a short hotel stay, then you should absolutely let me handle those arrangements. My hotel bookings are considered direct bookings, meaning I work directly with the hotel as your liaison, but you are charged directly by the hotel, there is no additional service fee, and no markups on room rate. You’ll not only get the best rate, but because your booking is attached to my name, you’ll be extended Virtuoso Amenities such as complimentary upgrade, daily breakfast, often a spa or resort credit, and more! 

Still have questions?

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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay more to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

FIlling the nest FAQs

Yes, again! In this case, I would assess the level of planning required and determine an “itinerary-only” planning fee. I can still make dining, spa, tour, transfer, etc. arrangements even if I am not booking lodging.

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Why should I work with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor v. a regular travel agent?

What can a Virtuoso Advisor do for me?

What is the difference between a Virtuoso Advisor and a Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor?

WHAT ARE YOUR AFFILIATIONS AND WHAT DO ALL THE DIFFERENT LOGOS MEAN?

Do I have to pay more to use your services?

Why is your service fee non-refundable?

How do I know if we’re a good fit?

Do you book airfare?

Can I book a hotel only, with no itinerary service, or does it have to be full-service travel planning?

Can you help me with travel plans if I’m booking my stay with points, or have other arrangements not booked through you?

Should I purchase travel insurance?

FIlling the nest FAQs

Short answer, yes. However, we don’t believe insurance is a one-size fits all, and we also don’t believe you necessarily have to insure your full trip cost. Part of our service is making sure you understand your total trip risk (which is not always the same as total trip cost) and your cancellation policies, and then advising you about your insurance options to make the selection which would best suit your needs.

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