FAQ ... Humanitarian Air... FAQ
Who is eligible for REGAL TRAVEL BY DESIGN'S humanitarian airfares?
Any individual traveling in service of others qualifies for REGAL TRAVEL'S specialized international airfares, which includes and, not limited to, clergy members, 501c3 organizations, students, volunteers and humanitarian groups. An affidavit of purpose is required documentation for these airfares.
Is REGAL TRAVEL BY DESIGN a full service travel agency?
Yes, REGAL TRAVEL is IATA Accredited and operates as a full service travel agency.
Are REGAL TRAVEL humanitarian airfares available to groups?
Yes, many of our contracts permit the airfares to be utilized for group departures, from one city or several cities, domestically and internationally. Our dedicated group specialist works with a variety of airline group desks to complement our group and humanitarian airfares.
Does the group deposit count toward final payment?
Yes, if the deposit is paid by check.
Does REGAL TRAVEL have airfares for international adoptions?
Yes, but only with certain air carriers. Please contact a REGAL TRAVEL travel expert for more information.
Why can I find cheaper airfares on the Internet?
This is a complex question with a complex answer. Airfares are volatile and revolve around the airline’s yield management experts’ duties to maximize profits for each flight that takes off. With having said that, the airline yield management experts manipulate airfares thousands of times daily. Yes, daily. Therefore, timing is everything when it comes to airfares. Not only do airfares change depending on time, but they change depending on the day of the week, the season and a number of other parameters. REGAL TRAVEL experts have the tools to find a myriad of airfares through our consolidators and systems, but it is crucial that you communicate any flexibility with them so that they may do their job properly. At times, REGAL TRAVEL airfares may be more expensive than traditional published airfares, but offer many benefits which make them less costly in the long run...and These benefits include the ability to cancel the ticket with a small penalty and/or ability to re-book within a year, verses a non-refundable ticket, also, change penalties are permissible at a reduced cost and additional baggage allowances on some carriers allowing for greater savings. Finally, unlike a traditional published airfare offering on the internet, REGAL TRAVEL exclusive missionary and humanitarian airfares MAY NOT need to be purchased within 24 hours... Groups, 10+ passengers can enjoy delay payment.
Can REGAL TRAVEL BY DESIGN help with our document requirements?
Required travel documents, ie. Passport, Visa, Government issued ID, Birth Certificate (under 18), is the responsibility of the individual or group traveler. However, REGAL TRAVEL has a preferred vendor relationship with CIBT for all visa and passport needs.
*Apply early for a passport, or renew your old one. It should be valid for at least six months after you return home, and needs to have two or more blank pages. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.
*Check all family members’ passports because those for adults are valid for 10 years, but children’s passports only for five. U.S. citizens must use a U.S. passport to leave and come back to the United States. If you are traveling by land or sea, you must show proof of both your U.S. citizenship and your identity when you return to the United States. For many land or sea trips, this means you can travel using the new U.S. passport card instead of a normal passport book. Read more about U.S. passport requirements.
*You may need to get a visa before you travel to a destination. Contact the embassy of the foreign countries you will be visiting for more information.
*Get a letter from your doctor for medications you are bringing. Some countries have strict laws, even against over-the-counter medications, so read about your destination before you go.
*If you are traveling alone with children, foreign border officials may require custody documents or written consent from the other parent. Check with the embassy of your foreign destination before traveling.
*Make two photocopies of all your travel documents in case of emergency. Leave one copy with a trusted friend or relative at home and carry the other separately from your documents in case of loss or theft. How about Airport Exit fees/tax? Although this is rare but some countries require these fees. It is the traveler's responsibility to pay these fees.
*A departure tax is a fee charged (under various names) by a country when a person is leaving the country. Some countries charge a departure tax only when a person is leaving by air.
*Various rules apply to the payment of the tax, including payment at the airport to those about to catch a flight (sometimes only in the local currency and sometimes by credit card), or by some prepayment method, or it may be charged to the airlines and included in the airline ticket price.
Does REGAL TRAVEL BY DESIGN offer travel insurance programs?
Yes, through our preferred partnership with Travel Guard, we offer a variety of travel insurances for individuals and groups.We strongly advise Travel Insurance.
Can I still accrue Frequent Flyer mileage with REGAL TRAVEL BY DESIGN Airfares?
Most of our programs do allow for 100% frequent flyer mileage accrual. However, a few of our air contracts do limit the mileage accrual.
What are the airline baggage allowances?
Each airline has rules that govern their baggage allowance; it is best to consult with the air carrier for detailed information on their baggage guidelines. However, REGAL TRAVEL does offer some programs that waive baggage allowance fees.
Does Regal Travel By Design provide 24/7 Emergency Assistance?
Yes, we are at your service 24/7 to assist with any unforeseen events throughout your travels utilizing our Travel Insurance provider Travel Guard.
Are REGAL TRAVEL BY DESIGN airfares global?
Yes, REGAL TRAVEL specializes in global airfares for humanitarian and international airfares. Please contact us if you have additional questions.
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