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About Us

Hello Travelers!

Book yourself or use a travel advisor?

35% of independent travelers say their hotel did not live up to their expectations.

Why have us plan your vacation?


Personalized service: One size does NOT fit all. We work with you to arrange each and every important detail based upon your specific desires.

John R. Schmitt, Jr.
President & Certified Travel Counselor

Company Overview


Why Us?

Expert guidance: We know how to select the resort, cruise or tour options for you in a very short amount of time.

Best value: We will get you the best value for your vacation dollars. NO MATTER where you look, we will have the same or better pricing.

Years of solid relations: We have over 50 years of long-standing experience. As a result, we can share the best inside deals available, saving you money.

One-stop shopping: We handle every aspect of your trip, you inevitably save precious time.

Consumer advocate: We don’t stop working for you, even after you’ve booked your trip. In the event of an unfortunate mishap, we will act on your behalf to see that restitution is made.

Guaranteed satisfaction: We strive to achieve customer satisfaction so you return the next time you’re planning a trip. We want you to be happy, long-term customers for life.

The Truth About Travel

...many online booking sites are owned by groups of the very travel suppliers they seem to be “comparing” …

Our Global Reservation system is forbidden by Federal law from having a bias in favor of a particular vendor (specific airline, hotel, or car rental company for example) nor by date or time of day, or price, something that online booking sites are NOT prohibited from doing “behind the scenes”! In fact many online booking sites are owned by groups of the very travel suppliers they seem to be “comparing” when providing you prices!

Further we can shop and compare rates and availability and can produce results for you in seconds. We eliminate your need to surf the multiple sites who likely are offering the same information simply served up in a different package.

You won’t know the difference by looking at their websites.

We can look behind the scenes and see what is really available. Not just what “needs” to be sold at that particular time for those vendors.



What the Media Says

"The average traveler is spending something like ... nine web sessions and visiting 21 websites in order to book their travel," said Mark Orwoll, an editor of Travel + Leisure magazine. "Travelers are really looking for some advice, somebody who can answer questions for them, somebody who has experience in traveling, and they can't always get that online.

In an age where travelers of all ages turn to the Internet to book flight and hotel reservations, modern travel counselors are offering expert advice on cruises and tour packages to far-flung locales, advice on the best a particular city has to offer, exclusive perks, hidden discount prices and the security of an adviser in case of inconvenience or disaster."

"Successful counselors know that their customers have access to lots of travel information -- often too much -- and want time-saving guidance, exclusivity and security in a complicated world. Whether they can convince younger Americans who may not have ever worked with a travel counselor of that added value -- and ensure their industry's survival -- remains to be seen. You have recourse if you do not have the ability to resolve your issue with a travel counselor," he said. "It's like a Good Housekeeping seal of approval." - Katia Hetter, Special to CNN.

 

We Have the Cure for these Traveler's Pain Points

Our professional Travel Counselors will listen and understand your needs. Shopping and comparing options is incredibly time-consuming. Not only do we have world-wide travel experience, but our counselors can produce results for you in seconds. We eliminate your need to surf multiple sites which likely offer the same information simply served up in a different package and in most cases, make results very difficult to compare.

Death by search - Usually hotel web sites are least helpful and don't give much of a discount or deal. Good luck calling them directly.

Transport travails - Apart from Eurail, all intra and inter country transportation web sites are nightmares.

What to see and when - At times, it is difficult to book excursion sightseeing sight unseen.

Wasted time & money - - It helps to get specific advice on what to see and do given the length of your vacation, plus realistic timeframe necessary to enjoy those suggestions.

Mistrusting online reviews - Although you read them, do you trust sites like Trip Advisor? They may not be relevant to your travel needs at all.

Lining up dates and times - One of the most frustrating things travelers deal with is getting the dates and times to line up.

How much is too much? - Can you fit everything in while balancing down time with immersion time on your trip?

Weeks and months of planning - Travelers spend 40 - 50 hours with online planning and typically begin more than 6 months out.

 

Our Story

The roots of the Schmitt family of travel companies dates back to 1963. Our story is simple. With real brick-and-mortar locations in Frankenmuth, Grand Blanc and Bay City, I am and our counselors are committed to making sure that your planning experience and your vacation exceeds your expectations.

When it comes to travel planning, there are simply too many options. Our counselors know the world, how to plan, and how to find your best options. Reduce your research and planning time and let us share our creative ideas to make traveling special for you. We will make your planning easier and your vacations better.

If you are not 100% satisfied with our services, please feel free to contact me personally.

John R. Schmitt, Jr., CTC.
President & Certified Travel Counselor
989.652.9977
john@frankenmuthtvl.com


Our local offices support local causes:

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan 2010 • Children's Miracle Network 2011 • American Cancer Society 2012 • Wounded Warriors 2013 • Habitat for Humanity 2014 • Alzheimer’s 2015 • Salvation Army 2016 • Make a wish 2017 • Frankenmuth Military Museum 2018 • Humane Society 2019 • Companies Feeding Families - Annually since 2014

We know how to select the resort, cruise or tour options for you in a very short amount of time. We will get you the best value for your vacation dollars. NO MATTER where you look, we will have the same or better pricing.

Always Real Offices, Real Counselors, Real Advice!


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