What the heck is concierge award booking? If you’ve used award booking services from other bloggers or services in the past, have you ever noticed that your trips never quite look like their trips?
I’ve been doing award bookings for a couple years, and at first, quite frankly, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I was going to. Initially, I thought I’d be doing something I loved (putting together award trips) and making money doing it—what could be better, right?
But it quickly became a chore, and I couldn’t figure out why until it hit me: I didn’t love searching for flights; I loved building fantastic trips. I wasn’t treating the trips like my own… really getting invested in them and building the best possible trips. I was simply meeting a checklist of conditions (dates, class of service, airlines, etc.) and getting people booked as quickly as possible… which quite frankly at the ~$150/person price point is all that I could afford to do.
It was not previously to my advantage, nor is it to the advantage of any other award booking service currently known to me, to for instance, tell clients to wait for better availability, or recommend that they not convert their SPG points to AA miles just because it makes my job doable immediately. My goal is to become your trusted travel consultant for all your trips. I want to hear about not just the trip you’re currently planning to Spain, but the trip you have planned next year to Australia. It will help me do a better job with both trips — the same way I do with my own.