Hint: lots and lots of perks.
Hotels and airlines aren’t the only companies rewarding their most loyal repeat customers. Some travel advisors also offer valuable extras. Here are some of the best fringe benefits offered by online and boutique travel agencies.
Best for Luxury Lovers
The Virtuoso travel network includes 15,000 specialty agents and 1,200 luxury hotels worldwide. Although it doesn’t charge a fee to join, some of its agents bill clients anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars for their services. The fees often can be applied toward the cost of the trip. Book a stay at with a Virtuoso agent — the Four Seasons in Florence or the Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize, for example—and get up to $450 worth of amenities, such as daily breakfast for two, room upgrades, and early check-in and late check-out. Some hotels offer spa and dining credits, as well as free activities like the guided mountain bike tour at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas in Phuket, Thailand or a private bird watching outing at La Lancha in Tikal, Guatemala. Cruisers also fare well: Virtuoso’s network includes 31 cruise lines with 500 sailing options, where travelers can receive $800 in ship credit.