What kind of documentation do I need to travel?
Before you may board a flight, all passengers 18 years of age and older are required to present photo ID issued by a government authority (example: drivers license or passport). If you don’t have either of those, please consult directly with the airline for alternatives. If you are traveling outside of the United States, all passengers are required to have a passport.
Do I need to reconfirm my flights before I leave?
It isn’t mandatory, but we highly encourage you to do so. Airlines regularly alter their schedules or change their flight numbers. We make every attempt to contact you when there is a change; however there are rare occasions when we are not correctly notified by the airlines that a change has occurred. Reconfirmation helps to detect a problem before you arrive at the airport. We recommend that you contact us or check with the airline directly 24-72 hours prior to departure.
How much luggage am I allowed to take on my trip?
It varies on the airline and the destination. It is always best to check directly with the airline on their website. Standard requirements are usually two pieces of checked baggage, one carry-on bag and one personal item such as a purse, briefcase or laptop computer.
Standard measurements for checked baggage is 62 linear inches (L + W + H) with weight not to exceed 50 lbs. per piece. Carry-on bags should not exceed 45 linear inches (L+W+H) with weight not exceeding 40 lbs. Foreign airlines may have stricter regulations for both checked baggage and carry-on baggage.
Please note that the airlines have been strictly enforcing the 50 lb. weight limit. If your bag exceeds 50 lbs, the airlines reserve the right to charge a fee for overweight luggage. The fees vary by airline but usually begin with a charge of $25.00 or more each direction. Please pack and plan accordingly.
If your vacation entails traveling on a tour via motor coach, certain luggage limitations may also apply. Please consult the brochure or ask our travel counselor that assisted you with the arrangements.
When do I need to be at the airport to check in for my flight?
It varies on airline and destination. It is always best to check directly with the airline. You can help avoid vacation stress by arriving at most airports at least 90 minutes prior to scheduled departure time for domestic flights and 120 minutes prior for International flights. Some large airports like Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK, Los Angeles, etc require even more time so plan accordingly.
What should I pack in my carry on bag?
You should always keep ticket receipts, tour documents, and identification with you at all times. Never pack necessary daily medication in checked baggage; pack it in your carry-on. We also recommend that you carry a change of clothing and toiletries. Most airlines have greatly reduced meal service so we encourage you to pack healthy snacks. When traveling internationally you are not allowed to take fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers to other countries or return back to the USA with them as they may harbor insects. Follow the TSA guidelines of the 3-1-1 rule: all liquid, gel or aerosol items in your carry-on bag must be 3 oz or less, placed together in a clear one quart ziplock bag, 1 bag per person.
What do I need to avoid packing in my carry-on bag?
You are not allowed weapons or sharp weapon like objects. It is recommended that sharp cuticle scissors be placed in your checked luggage. Butane type cigarette lighters, matches, flammable liquids, fireworks, household items such as bleach, drain cleaners and other toxic chemicals are not allowed and will be confiscated. It is always good practice to check with applicable carrier for specific details.
Can I obtain my boarding pass before I get to the airport?
Yes. As technology continues to improve, airlines encourage you to check in advance. Please visit the web-site of the airline involved. In most cases you will need your reservation number (also called record locator #) OR e-ticket number.
Most boarding passes can only be issued within 24 hours of flight time.
Is travel insurance really necessary?
Travel Protection plans are available and recommended to help protect you and your trip investment. Travel Protection Policies offered by most major travel insurance providers include benefits such as Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Please ask our trained travel professionals for details.
Do I need a passport to travel outside the United States and how do I get one if I do?
The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by January 1, 2008 travelers to/from all international destinations INCLUDING Canada, Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas & Mexico must have a passport.
For further information and application forms, please click here.
Can I go on a cruise to Alaska or the Caribbean without having a passport?
Technically, yes, you may be able to cruise round trip from a US port to your destination. However, we must always highly recommend that you carry a valid passport. If something went wrong, like a health issue, and you have to be taken to a medical facility, you may encounter challenges re-entering the USA.
Can I get married in a different country than the country that I am a citizen of?
Yes, you may get married in selected countries in which you are not a citizen. However, there are certain requirements you must meet. Most countries have a residence requirement and the length of time varies. We are happy to coordinate a marriage ceremony and destination wedding. Let us handle the details and take that stress off your shoulders.
I require special accommodations because of dietary, mobility or other restrictions. Can you accommodate my needs?
Sophia’s Getaway Travels will do everything possible to accommodate your requests and needs. Please indicate on you reservation form your specific requests. The sooner that we know that you have a special request, the better we can prepare and accommodate. If you have any mobility challenges, we suggest you bring a travel-mate that can best assist you in the way that you need.
I’m a single traveler. Is it possible to have a roommate?
Being a single traveler should not keep you from going on an adventure! We do not automatically pair up single travelers as roommates, but if you register for a tour as a single and want a roommate, let us know. We will make note of your request and if someone else inquires about wanting a roommate on the same tour, with your permission, we will give each of you the other person’s contact information. If you two decide that you would like to be roommates, just let us know and we will pair you in a room and adjust your account accordingly.
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