Classic Adds Four New Properties

Company covers it all for customized luxury travel

By: Dawna Robertson

Have you ever been faced with “fitting” a client into a package that was just short of what they were wanting? Maybe the stay was a bit longer than they hoped or the available room category was garden instead of ocean view. At Classic Custom Vacations, agents have the flexibility to create a package that’s suited to a client’s desires, down to the last detail. And with its 2005 Classic Hawaii brochure, the company has unveiled four new resorts to its island offerings.

The 26-year-old company continues to tailor individual luxury vacations to a traveler’s specific needs, offering a full line of vacation components hotels, car rentals, flight options, activities and private transfers. Classic serves as a luxury travel resource for agents, providing high-touch service and custom travel options. To maintain the high quality of featured properties, Classic personnel inspect and rate hotels in its portfolio annually.

Newly added resorts in Hawaii include Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa located just south of Kona on the leeward coast of the Big Island; The Big Island’s Villages at Mauna Lani with luxury condos and three-bedroom suites; Maui’s Polo Beach Club with condominiums situated on a private stretch of west Maui beach; and Outrigger Luana Waikiki condominium suites set at the entrance to Waikiki. Rates at each property will vary with category booked and additional travel components arranged.

According to Suzi LeVine, Classic’s vice president of sales and marketing, these new properties will enhance an already extensive Hawaiian program.

“Classic’s roots are in Hawaii,” noted LeVine. “Our continued ability to provide agents and discerning clientele with unparalleled accommodations and services is a reflection of our success in the destination.”

Beyond accommodations, LeVine described other ways that Classic customizes Hawaiian getaways.

“From exploring the Na Pali Coast by catamaran or snorkeling near a protected reef, we offer clients a wide selection of tours and activities,” said LeVine.

She added that Classic can arrange anything for extravagant tastes, allowing travelers to explore the Big Island in a Hummer or cruise the Kohala Coast in a 1957 Porsche Speedster through the Aloha Exotic Car Rental program.

Agent Advantages

LeVine noted that Classic Hawaii policies benefit agents beyond the booking. Perhaps the biggest bonus agents enjoy with Classic is in its Best Price Guarantee, ensuring that the price-per-component for air, hotel and car will not be more expensive than booking directly with suppliers. The company also extends a Classic Hawaii hotel policy, which includes the guaranteed best room in category whenever possible and the ability to pre-register guests.

The newly improved Classic waiver is among the industry’s most comprehensive change and cancellation protection program. Offered free to travelers 17 and under, it includes peak season coverage and change fees on published air.

The company also continues to provide incentives through its Classic STAR (Special Travel Agent Rewards) program, allowing agents to earn cash and travel rewards on qualified bookings that include purchase of a waiver.