Winter Weather Wonders: Grounded Travelers Got Liftoff Thanks to These Travel Agents

January 10, 2018

That’s what sets apart a trip planned by our agents: They come with the reassurance that our clients have someone to call if things go wrong

Travel Leaders Luxury Brands agents share their stories of shoveling out clients this week.


New York, NY (Jan. 10, 2018) — The “bomb cyclone” stranded travelers at airports across the United States last week, but travel advisors with Travel Leaders Luxury Brands, Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group were in luck because their agents were on call to shovel them out.


Last week, airlines canceled 9,794 and delayed 46,487 flights with more bad weather on the way for much of the country. During the two days after the storm, Travel Leaders Group’s Airline Relations department handled more than 1,000 requests for assistance. Many of the requests resulted in successfully re-accommodating customers with the help of the agency’s deep relationships with airlines.


“Our agents provide best-in-class service to their clients, which means being on call day and night ready to help over the holidays or when bad weather, natural disasters or other emergencies strike,” said Gail Grimmett, President, Travel Leaders Luxury Brands. “That’s what sets apart a trip planned by our agents: They come with the reassurance that our clients have someone to call if things go wrong.”


Here are a few of their stories from rescues last week:


“I had a mother and daughter who were being treated to an exciting trip to Tahiti and Australia, booked long ago. They just happened to be leaving the day of the storm and had the first leg of each of their flights cancelled, twice. I arranged a connection at 5:30 a.m. from Providence (30 minutes before the storm was supposed to hit the Boston area), to Detroit where there was no weather issue, on to Phoenix and from there to LAX in time for them to make their flight to Bora Bora. They were thrilled and grateful and are now enjoying their overwater bungalow at the Four Seasons Bora Bora.” — Travel Advisor Marcella McGregor, Tzell Travel Group (New York, NY)


“My clients texted me at 10:30 p.m. the night before the storm to say Air China just cancelled their return home from Beijing the next day and did not rebook them on anything. I was able to get them on flights one day later on another carrier and booked them a night at the Peninsula Beijing. Then I contacted the sales person at the Peninsula to let her know they had a rough morning and she assured me she would VIP their stay. After that, I checked them in for the new flight and emailed the new boarding passes.” — Travel Advisor Laura Chapman, Tzell Travel Group (New York, NY)


“For a few days I’ve been monitoring a client’s itinerary. She was in Cancun and worried her return flight to Philadelphia would be canceled the day after the storm. We booked a backup flight for the following day, monitored her original flight and let her know when it was on its way to Cancun. We continued monitoring the flight and the traveler until we received a report that it was off the ground. At that point we canceled the backup. Our client was thrilled that we were able to assist and track her travel from start to finish.” ­— Travel Advisor Liz Tippit, Protravel International (Chicago, IL)


“I had a family of four scheduled to leave for the Bahamas the day after the storm. We knew their flight would be cancelled so I automatically booked them another flight one day later, and reserved them a backup flight in case the new flight was cancelled, too. They didn’t have travel insurance so their hotel could have charged them for the night they missed, but I called and arranged for a credit. I also rescheduled their airport transfer, dinner reservations and golf tee times. They didn’t have to lift a finger, or travel to the airport and wait around to rebook. So, aside from the trip starting a day later, my clients didn’t notice any other disruption to their plans.” — Travel Advisor Josh Alexander, Protravel International (New York, NY)


Agents from Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group and their support teams will be standing by to assist clients as needed.


Talk to an agent with Travel Leaders Luxury Brands to book your travel today.



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