Winkaffe Global Travel
Go Beyond the Ordinary
Winkaffe Global Travel is a specialty travel company headquartered in Columbus, OH with affiliations across the globe. We help luxury travelers discover the hidden gems of the world by designing incredible, unique itineraries that take travelers off the beaten path through authentic and sustainable experiences.
We craft each trip from scratch, just for you. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, an adventure, a relaxing family vacation, or anything else, Winkaffe Global Travel will create an amazing itinerary, taking care of everything down to the smallest details. Our passion lies in crafting unique experiences, and off the beaten path adventures, but we’re equipped to meet everything from the simplest to the most complex desires. Our attention to detail, privileged access, creativity, and personalized service set us apart.
We have partnered with McCabe World Travel, one of the most respected names in luxury travel, and Virtuoso the leading luxury travel consortium, allowing us to provide you with an unmatched experience. Virtuoso is an invitation-only global network of 1,700 of the world’s best travel providers and premier destinations, specializing in luxury and experiential travel. By partnering with them, we gain access to exclusive deals and perks that are only accessible to travelers booking through a Virtuoso agent. As our client, you not only receive our expertise and crafting of customized travel plans, you will also receive complimentary value added amenities such as upgrades, breakfast, hotel credit, in addition to exclusive access to special values and offers, special events and VIP treatment.
Through our partnerships with McCabe and Virtuoso, and our network of experts around the globe, we can extend the highest level of intel, travel inspiration, insider benefits, and value for your investment. We, and our partners, ensure that you have everything you need to experience all that your destination has to offer. From packing lists to ensure you are prepared, to activities to keep your kids entertained on the plane, to reservations at the romantic spot near your hotel, we take care of everything for you, so you get to focus on enjoying your trip.
Every trip starts with a discovery call. This first call will focus on getting to know you and your travel style, and any specific information required for your trip.
Next we collaborate to design an itinerary created just for you. You will have the opportunity to review and provide feedback until it looks perfect.
Leave on your trip knowing that every detail has be planned for you, and all the information you need is at your fingertips in an easy-to-access digital itinerary.
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Why do we charge a fee?
Some travel advisors don't charge a fee, so why would you want to pay to use our services? The short answer: We have already been paid so we don’t have an incentive to pair you with accommodations and activities that benefit us, rather than you. In other words, you can be confident that we work for you, not for ourselves. Let us explain.
Compensation in the travel industry can work a couple different ways:
The travel agent gets paid in both scenarios, but fee-based services are far more transparent.
Travel Advisors who tell you that their services are complimentary to you are actually offering commission-based services. While these advisors do not directly charge you a fee for your services, they still get compensated through commissions. In order to get these commissions, they need to book you with vendors that offer commission payouts, which eliminates some options that could be a good fit for you. Because not all commissions are created equal, they will also try to steer you towards hotels, tour companies, and other vendors that will pay them a higher commission. In the end, you may actually end up spending more money for a trip that isn’t geared to your needs.
Since we operate a fee-based service, we are not limited to recommending vendors with high commissions, or even commissions at all. Our trip planning fee allows us to get paid no matter what, so we are free to focus on getting you the best fit and the best value for your trip. In addition, your fee doesn’t just cover planning. Our services also include any necessary revisions to your itinerary as well as emergency and concierge support when you are on your trip. To be sure, some vendors that we choose may pay a commission, but we do not seek them out. We choose these vendors because they are the best fit for you, and do not count on vendor commissions to be compensated for our work. In the end, you will get a better value and a better trip than if you booked with a "free" commission-based advisor.