Sitting in the main seats, screaming with the crowd, standing in long lines just is not for everyone. For an elite few, attending a sporting event, concert or festival is meant to be done in style. It is not simply attending the event, but experiencing it on a higher level that excites this type of traveler. VIP travel experiences fit for a king are paramount to getting a ‘yes’ for this type of person to join you on any adventure.
Here are three basic features that would turn a regular ole vacation into a VIP travel experience.
VIP Airport Programs
First things first, you must get to your destination. More than likely, a flight is on your itinerary. However, you are not taking the private jet this time. Normally, your private jet experience would have allowed you to avoid airport crowds and the hassles of security. Your commercial first-class experience has been diminished by ‘frequent flyer mile’ toting passengers. Then came along unique airline programs such as American Airlines’s Five Star Service and Delta’s VIP Select to regain the trust of the elite traveler.
For an average of $125-$275 per person, you can upgrade your commercial airport experience to include a special agent meeting you curbside to whisk you past the crowds, get you checked in, through security and safely inside a VIP lounge until your plane is ready to board; reserved overhead space for your carry-on luggage and other special amenities.
American Airlines is even re-designing jet bridges to have a separate entry for coach and 1st class passengers.
VIP Sporting and Event Packages
Whether it is the Kentucy Derby, the Sundance Film Festival or KISS in concert, getting an insider access
package is definitely more of an experience than buying mainstream tickets and joining the masses abound upon an event.
To upgrade your event into an experience, you can add red carpet and backstage access (not the celeb photo op, but the real inside experience), box seating with concierge, VIP entrance, special invite-only reception access and more. Experiencing the Luxe Life is not for the budget-minded traveler. It is definitely for the traveler who understands and appreciates the service they are receiving and the level of training that comes with such service.
Short on cash for the box seat? There are still options to enjoy a little luxury and not break the bank. You can head off to Vegas with a v-card in tow gaining you access to some of Vegas’ hottest clubs and events.
VIP Cruise & Resort Suites
The extended family would like to vacation together. You usually find a way to decline because you do not want to book with into the group’s inside or ocean view cabin space. Well, you do have another option. The group’s travel and lifestyle manager can book you into your very own cruise or hotel suite.
You do not want to put pressure on your family to spend beyond their means. Simply book aboard one of the cruise lines offering an excellent multi-generational experience such as Norwegian Cruise Line. Each family can book based on their own budget and you can book into the Haven with suites… some larger than 4,000 square feet. By booking into the Haven, you will have an exclusive, keyed entrance on the ship, yet you are able to experience any area of the ship you desire. You will enjoy an elite pre-cruise concierge experience, 24-hour butler, private parties and more.
The same applies to a resort experience. For instance, the entire family can enjoy an all-inclusive experience in places such as Cabo, Punta Cana or Turks & Caicos. You can book the Presidential Suite and give your family members the option of booking a standard, resort view room befitting their budget.
Or you can skip the mega-cruise ship experience altogether and sail aboard a small, luxury cruise liner such as Paul Gauguin Cruises to Tahiti.