BY Christopherson Business Travel |

Agency Affiliation and Why It Is Important to You

Sometimes agents receive calls from customers who ask for extremely difficult/bordering on impossible requests. Depending on the agency you work with you may be out of luck.
As an example, a client decides at the last minute he wants to go to a popular destination, such as Hawaii during the Christmas to New Years week and wants to get the greatest value. He calls his agent and gives the agent the details including dates and budget. If he is working with a smaller agency, he may find that the hotel he wants is sold out and nothing is available nearby. Or he may find that the price is really high for a very disappointing lodging.
If he calls an agent at Christopherson Business Travel or Andavo Travel, he will be pleasantly surprised by the benefits derived from our affiliation with BCD and Virtuoso, two large travel consortiums. BCD specializes in corporate travel. Virtuoso is an exclusive consortium that specializes in upscale travel, both for leisure and business.
By being affiliated with BCD, Christopherson Business Travel is able to offer its’ clients access to special rates from a variety of airlines, car rental companies, car services, overseas phone services and lodging. In addition to the discounts on lodging, we are able to offer the last room availability at more than 4000 hotels worldwide. That means that even when one of those hotels is showing sold-out to the average agency, we may still be able to get you a room.
With Virtuoso, we are able to offer a variety of services that add value to your trip. As an example, here’s what you would get on a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from a regular agency vs. CB Travel or Andavo Travel:

Booking through a Regular Agency:

Booking through Christopherson Business Travel or Andavo Travel:

  • A Stay at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
  • A Stay at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
  • + A room credit ranging from $150 to $400 per night, depending on room type
  • + Daily full breakfast for two, either in room or at any of the restaurants on the property
  • + Lunch for two once during your stay, up to $85, including gratuity
  • + Complimentary upgrade of the room, based on availability at time of check in
  • + Complimentary high speed internet

This means that you get a credit each day of $150 to $400 that can be used at the spa, the golf courses, for meals or for any other services offered at the resort. Plus you save the cost of breakfast everyday, which is a $50.00 value. In effect, you are saving between $200 and $600 a day by booking through our agency. These features are not available to anyone but clients of Virtuoso affiliated agencies.
This is just another way that Christopherson Business Travel and Andavo Travel bring additional value and benefits to our clients.