KVI Travel is the global powerhouse behind LAST MINUTE Cruises with an international team of 65 travel professionals, all of whom are highly experienced either as travel agents or well-traveled airline employees - or both!
LAST MINUTE Cruises is a division of KVI Travel with our own offices and staff in North America, Asia and support staff in Australia.
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WHY KVI TRAVEL?
When you choose to book through PURE Cruising you have the full support, resources, and protection of KVI Travel. IATA #96526312
You're not just choosing our famous 'lowest prices with no booking fees', you're choosing round-the-clock access to your own personal fully trained Travel Professionals – a highly experienced travel advisor who is frequently able to save you 10%, 20%, even 50% or more on your overall travel expenses.
As part of the worldwide KVI network your advisor is personally accountable to ensure you have the vacation of a lifetime, every time.
It's no wonder that KVI has the highest customer retention level in the business.
We simply stand apart on so many levels
Not only can your Personal KVI Travel Professional save you hours of time researching the perfect vacation, he/she knows the truth about the real final costs of a trip and can save you 10%, 20%, even 50% or more on your final bill by showing you where those hidden costs can occur and helping you avoid them. Furthermore, your personal KVI Travel Professional knows just where to look and to give you those ‘little extras’ - the best cabins, upgrades, onboard credits, onboard coupon booklets, amenities, etc.
KVI Travel Professionals work on commission, so we are motivated to be available around the clock to take your calls/emails. Moreover, we are motivated to earn your repeat business and your referrals. So once you’ve booked, your personal KVI Travel Professional will continue to be there for you to make sure every last detail is taken care of. We are passionate about what we do and we want you to experience the trip of a lifetime, every time!
All KVI Travel Professionals are highly experienced, averaging over 20 years as either airline employees, career travel agents, or both! We’re also avid travelers ourselves, frequently embarking on new adventures (with our laptops & cell phones on hand to keep us connected to you, of course) so we’re always up to date and able to provide first-hand knowledge of the newest and best travel experiences.
KVI Travel Professionals benefit from being a part of a diverse team of travel experts. With such a deep pool of expertise to draw from, we will always have someone on hand who can make sure your needs are met, no matter how complex or specialized your request - retail travel services, group bookings, luxury travel, religious tours, eco-tourism, gay/lesbian, fishing, golf, theme trips, custom packages - you name it, we have the people to make your dream vacation a reality.
KVI Travel Professionals aren’t afraid to advise clients not to book a requested holiday, when they know their client will come home unhappy or unsatisfied. We deliver dream vacations and we are passionate about it. We tell the truth, even if it means ‘no sale’.
KVI Travel Professionals are plugged into the latest travel industry technology to ensure you get the best prices, widest variety and quickest responses.
There are KVI Travel Professionals in most major North American cities as well as a number of countries around the world. Chances are there's a KVI agent near you!
The world’s lowest interline discounts, with NO BOOKING FEES, plus friends & family discounts and a wide variety of international and exclusively negotiated fares. It all adds up to the best value around!
We don’t need to advertise because our clients trust us and they prove it by coming back to book, time and time again - and they bring their friends & colleagues. In fact, our customer retention rate is over 95%, far higher than our competitors.
The vast majority of KVI’s business comes from referrals. Without any paid advertising (keeping our prices low), we have become one of the largest and most respected brands in the interline business, thanks almost entirely to the word of mouth of our highly valued customers.
People in the know book with KVI - including the President and CEO of IATA (International Air Transport Association) - the global trade organization that overseas and regulates all of the world’s airlines.
Many of our personal Travel Professionals are uniquely experienced and equipped to provide you with unparalleled service on luxury brand vacations. With exclusive contracts to provide interline and specially discounted promotional prices on such products as Intercontinental Hotels and Orion Expeditions, not to mention semi-exclusive contracts with luxury cruise providers like Silversea, Regent, Seabourn, Paul Gauguin, and many others, KVI is your clear choice for booking luxury travel.
KVI is one of the few interline agencies to have direct interline contracts with every major cruise line. Many of our competitors don’t have their own interline contracts and have to book through third-party companies, leaving their clients’ bookings at risk.
Despite all the travel industry turmoil and weak economies in recent years, (not to mention paying top dollar to employ the best agents in the business), KVI has never had to charge a service fee and we have never operated in the red, ever.In fact we are flourishing because we operate with a philosophy of simplicity, efficiency, honesty, and respect for our team and our clients.
At the forefront of the travel community, KVI is one of the most actively involved travel agencies in the entire travel industry, interline or otherwise. Our CEO currently sits on the Advisory Councils of three of the most influential organizations in the Travel Industry:
Vacation.com - The world’s largest consortium of travel agencies
Consumer Protection BC - the government-run organization that protects travel industry consumers
ACTA (Association of Canadian Travel Agencies) which works hand in hand with similar associations in the USA and other countries to advocate for both travel agents and their customers
KVI Travel provides you with a live person when you want one and a full-service website when you don’t.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: KVI is a paperless company, dedicated to preserving our forests and to reducing and recycling waste. We promote ecologically friendly tourism and travel suppliers who make real efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
KVI customers can rest easy knowing that KVI is a longstanding licensee in good standing with all relevant agencies including municipal, provincial, state & federal governments as well as industry regulators such as IATA, CLIA, and ACTA. We are also the only interline agency to be certified to use the .travel web domain - a process that requires a company to demonstrate long term compliance to strict standards within the travel industry.
The CEO’s personal cell phone number is on the KVI website in case of an emergency contact us here. No other significant player in this business will go this far to make sure you have completely looked after.
BLOG: KVI Travel Professionals all contribute to our blog, kvitravel.blogspot.com, which features honest, first hand reviews of our personal travel experiences.
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