Nearly $3,000 back from the IRS allows travelers to add on vacation upgrades
Plymouth, MN (April 6, 2017) — Many of the approximately 70% of American taxpayers who will receive a tax refund from the IRS will want to spend it to take a vacation, say Travel Leaders (TravelLeaders.com) – America’s largest retail travel agency brand with thousands of travel agents across the United States. The average refund in 2016 was $2,860 and the IRS predicts similar numbers for 2017. A sizable Federal tax refund combined with money back from state or property taxes means the average consumer is receiving at least $3,000. Travel Leaders travel agents are counseling consumers on how to increase their tax refund buying power by boosting their vacation plans to luxury experiences.
“When consumers receive a financial windfall, there’s a tendency to want to treat themselves to something nice like a vacation, or splurge on something they have been dreaming about. When travelers receive a sizable tax refund, some see it as an opportunity to upgrade the vacations they are already planning,” said Roger E. Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Network. “With an improved economic outlook, many of our travel agents’ clients have requested more adventurous and luxurious travel experiences. In fact, more than 80 percent of our luxury-focused travel agents answering our recent survey said their bookings are higher than or equal to last year for high-end hotels, luxury cruises and escorted tours, suites on cruise ships and First and Business Class air travel.”
Given the enormous personal expertise and connections Travel Leaders travel agent professionals maintain within the travel industry, they are carefully guiding travelers on options to extend standard vacation travel plans and elevate their overall experiences. Among the myriad tips Travel Leaders agents are offering as options for using all or part of tax refunds, are several in the United States:
For travelers who are ready to splurge on an international vacation, Travel Leaders’ agents are offering additional options:
“Travel Better” with Travel Leaders. Travel Leaders has travel agent specialists nationwide who provide expert advice on the perfect vacation, domestically or internationally. To find a qualified travel agent or to find the nearest Travel Leaders location, visit TravelLeaders.com or call 800-335-TRIP (8747). #iTravel Better with @TravelLeaders.
Travel Leaders is transforming travel with a name that boldly embodies our commitment to our vacation and business travel clients via a progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. As one of America’s top ten-ranked travel companies, Travel Leaders has assisted millions of travelers through our strong roots – the former Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates, TraveLeaders and Tzell Travel Group joined together in 2008 to form one of the industry’s fastest-growing and robust networks of travel agents. Travel Leaders Franchise Group can trace its beginnings to 1984 as the franchise system “Ask Mr. Foster Travel,” which itself was North America’s first travel agency chain established in 1888.