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Meet Your Travel Agency Manager

Photo of John KusekJohn Kusek, Travel Operations Manager
518-426-1000 ext. 2132, jkusek@aaahv.com

Cruise travel tip: “Let your travel agent know if you’re celebrating a milestone like a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon. Most cruise lines will offer a cake or dessert to help you celebrate your special occasion at no extra charge.”

Meet your local agents

  • Albany
  • Latham/Newton Plaza
  • Troy
  • North Greenbush/Rensselaer

Albany

Judi Franken, Orlando Theme Park Specialistphoto of Judi Franken
518-426-1000 ext.2217

jfranken@aaahv.com

Travel Tip: Travel Tip: "The most important theme park tip I can give you is to plan ahead so you can take your time and enjoy the parks. There's so much to see and do, a little planning goes a long way. Make a list of what you really want to see and experience at each park. Plan your dining reservations ahead of time when you can. Plus, all parks have some form of ride reservations like Fast Pass. Using them will help ensure you get on all of your favorite rides! Need help planning your theme park adventure? Give me a call!"

 


 

Angela MargiottaPhoto of Angela Margiotta

518-426-1000 ext. 2107

amargiotta@aaahv.com

Travel Tips:

"When traveling abroad: take the AAA Visa TravelMoney card, your own credit card (and to let the credit card company know your travel dates) and order local currency from AAA.

Make a copy of your passport to carry separately in case it is lost or stolen. You can also leave your hair dryer at home. Most hotels will have one for you."

Cruise travel tip: “I personally like to arrive early as I like to start my vacation as soon as possible. As soon as you get on board you begin your vacation, even if your rooms are not ready. Pack a swimsuit in your carry-on to enjoy the pool, too.”


Lynne A. SchmidtPhoto of Lynne Schmidt

518-426-1000 ext. 2106

lschmidt@aaahv.com

Cruise travel tip: “I always recommend late dining. That way, if you’re on a shore excursion, you won’t have to rush back for dinner. Also, for traditional dining, always request a large table. If you’re a couple at a table for only four, you may not “click” with the other two diners. If you’re at a table with 8 or 10 people, you’ll have a better chance of connecting with someone.”


Jaye SprinklePhoto of Jaye Sprinkle

518-426-1000 ext. 2112

jsprinkle@aaahv.com

Cruise travel tip: “If you’re flying to your embarkation port, arrive the day before. That way if your flight is delayed, chances are you will still make the cruise! Also, if you are not taking the cruise lines transfer to the ship, arrive about one hour after the embarkation begins. It usually is a little less crowded then.”

 


Ashlee RomeroPhoto of Ashlee Smith

518-426-1000 ext. 2111

aromero@aaahv.com

Travel Tips:

"Although the internet is a great source of information it can also be a source of information overload. A travel agent can summarize things that could sometimes take travelers hours of research online. In the grand scope of things we’ve personally planned thousands of trips and work with credible preferred travel companies. I recommend creating a bucket list when deciding where to visit next and I’ll assist you in handling the rest!"


Donna WellworthPhoto of Donna Wellworth

518-426-1000 ext. 2113

dwellworth@aaahv.com

Cruise travel tip: “Bring extension cords because the outlets are never in a convenient place, and with all the iPods, phones and more there are never enough outlets. I also pack Post-it Notes to leave the cabin steward a quick note if I need something, or to leave a fellow cruiser a quick note about where I am and where to meet up.”

Latham


James Jimenezphoto of James Jimenez
518-426-1000 ext.2105

jjimenez@aaahv.com

Travel Tip:  "The easiest way to avoid any issues is to reconfirm flights 24 hours ahead of your travel date. This allows you to be absolutely certain your flight is leaving when you think it is. Even in the era of automated emails and iPhone apps, it’s highly recommended you reconfirm flights with a phone call. Always make sure your flight is departing according to the itinerary you have in your hand. Prior knowledge is half the battle!"

 


Jennie Koncewicz

Photo of Kennie Koncewicz518-426-1000 ext.2108
jkoncewicz@aaahv.com

Travel Tips:

"Take your cell phone for emergencies. To avoid paying international rates, put your cellphone in airplane mode all the time. This will disable your phone’s voice and data features. Your phone won’t receive calls, voice mail, texts or mail---and you won’t be billed for them. Without that setting, if someone leaves a voice mail or sends a text while your phone is on, you’ll be billed for them. If you need to stay in touch with family back home, ask your carrier about an international plan for the time you are traveling. There is a cost, but you can cancel the plan when you return home.

Before traveling domestically and internationally advise your credit card company of the duration and destination(s) which you will be traveling to avoid any type of red flags to your credit card.  In addition, if you are traveling abroad, ask your credit card company if they have a foreign transaction fee and budget for that. Most credit cards have a transaction fee of 2.5% to 3.0% per transaction, which can add up. Ask your AAA travel agent how you can save on foreign transaction fees with the AAA Member Rewards Visa® credit card. You can also exchange some currency at AAA before you go to save on fees."

The AAA Member Rewards credit card is issued and administered by Bank of America, N.A.  Visa is a registered trademark of Visa International Service Association and is used by the issuer pursuant to license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.

Cruise travel tip: “Schedule you spa and hair salon services for departure day. Prime days and hours are available right from the beginning before the ship heads out. Plus, early risers can beat crowds when working out. Head to the gym at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. while most cruises are still asleep.”

Troy

Johnna EurichPhoto of Johnna Eurich

518-426-1000 ext. 2110

jeurich@aaahv.com

Travel Tips:

"Ask about trip insurance for your vacation. We never want anything to go wrong prior to or during your journey, however, it is a peace of mind when something does. Also be sure to ask about trip insurance prior to making any vacation plans. There are many restrictions if the trip insurance is purchased after a certain amount of time of the first deposit of your vacation.

When deciding about your choice of passport document, I recommend always choosing the passport book.  It may cost slightly more than the card option, however the book does not have the flight restrictions that the card does. Even in circumstances where the card is sufficient for your cruise/trip, unforeseen events can happen where the book can cut a lot of red tape to bring you home."

 

N. Greenbush

David CallahanPhoto of David Callahan

518-426-1000 ext. 2109

dcallahan@aaahv.com

Travel Tips:

"Travel mid-week if possible for best airfare, and avoid holiday weeks.

Stick with one airline and avoid multiple connections.

Pack light to avoid extra baggage fees, you never need as much as you think you do.

Always invest in travel insurance."


Stephanie BujakStephanie Bujak

518-426-1000 ext. 2114

sbujak@aaahv.com

Travel tips:

"Traveling at the beginning or end of peak season can save a considerable amount of money on your flights/hotel and still offer the same great experience!

Whenever I travel abroad, I like to venture off the beaten path to really immerse myself in the culture of the country I’m in. While top choice tourist destination are great because they check off those bucket list items of a certain place, they just tend to be much more crowded and I find it more relaxing to take a step back and hang out with the locals."