We'll let Rebecca explain it...BCAVA Award!!
It's a lot of money to get together so we've set up a layby scheme for you.
It's easy - we help you set up an automatic payment to our TAANZ bonded trust account and we send you a statement each month so you know what's there.
You can also login to your TravelQuote any time you like and see how much you've paid and have left to pay.
We'll help you work out a manageable payment schedule so that you've got the full payment together in time to have your flights ticketed and you off to Camp. In most cases we can book and protect your seat while you're paying the airfare off.
To get started just email Cathleen.
Thinking of going to Camp in 2014 or even 2015?
It's not too soon to start. We can give you a very accurate estimate of what your airfare costs will be and you can start a layby scheme now. If you decide not to travel (as long as this is before we issue you tickets) then you'll get all your money back less a $25 admin fee.
Tada!! For the first time ever (and thanks to the friendly folks at Qantas) we proudly present the Travel Kit!
Here's what you need to know:
- The Travel Kit is FREE as long as you're travelling on the super duper special fares we've negotiated with Qantas (which are exclusive to Camp America by the way) and defined below.
- The special fares are on Qantas and only to the USA. Return to NYC is $2399 including taxes and the return fare to NYC and coming back from LA is $2129. These fares include the ability to change dates and travel arrangements, FREE frequent flyer membership (normally $50), the chance to win your trip for free and of course the awesome travel kit.
- You just need to pay your deposit to TravelCafe for your flights, and then we'll give you a reference number so you can go ahead and order your own Travel Kit (and sort out the size t-shirt and hoodie you'd like.)
- You don't have to wait until you're placed at a Camp in order to pay your deposit. BUT, if you don't end up travelling you'll get to keep the travel kit but we'll keep half of your deposit. (That means you'll have paid $100 for a Travel Kit that's valued at over $300 so you're still coming out on top.)
- If, in the end, you choose not to fly on Qantas (you'd be crazy - Qantas is the best deal!) you can still keep your Travel Kit but we'll need to charge you for the kit and Cathleen will include this on your invoice from TravelCafe.
Travelling on another airline and still want the Travel Kit?
We've got a few people travelling on other airlines but they really wanted the Travel Kits so without further adieu... we've decided you can now buy these for $149 regardless of who you're flying on. But you must have booked with TravelCafe (of course!) Just ask Cathleen to sort you out.
It's our best selling (mainly because it's FREE) Camp America Book with the low down on the 7 Massive Discounts.
Camp America already have you covered for your medical insurance while you are in the USA, but they have asked us to let you know about some other optional insurance to cover other important 'stuff.' (This insurance would be instead of the optional Camp America baggage insurance.)
So, we got together with our travel insurance experts CoverMore and have come up with this policy:
This is only available to Camp America travellers and is only available from us.
This policy will cover you for up to 5 months and it costs $199
- Amendment or Cancellation Costs - $50,000
- Luggage and Travel Docs - $5,000
- Single Item Limit $1,000
- Delayed Luggage Allowance - $500
- Money - $250
- Travel Delay - $2,000
- Resumption of Journey - $3,000
- Legal Expenses - $10,000
This is an alternative to your Camp America baggage insurance you can choose to either purchase this or the optional Camp America insurance.
Want to go ahead? Just email us and we'll get you sorted or call Cathleen on 0800 FLY 2 CAMP (0800 359 222)
- Don’t forget your passport. (Seriously, a few people have.)
- When you checkin for your international flight in Auckland make sure you check your baggage all the way through to your ultimate destination. But, when you arrive in LA or San Francisco you’ll still need to go through immigration and then get your luggage from the carousel, pass through customs and quarantine with it and then re-deposit your luggage back with the airline. You’ll be looking for signs “Transferring luggage / Connecting Flight” – that’s where you take your luggage.
- Keep it simple and just don’t take any liquids in your hand luggage. If you absolutely have to have some medicine or something that comes in a liquid form then read this: http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/restricted-items
- Keep all those Boarding Passes you collect along the way. If the airline somehow forgets to add your flights to your Airpoints account then these are proof you travelled and can ensure you get the points later.
- You haven’t left it too late if you want to take our extra travel & baggage insurance. 5 months cover for $199 – we can email you the policy now but once you leave it’s too late. It covers phones, laptops etc.
- Travelling through San Francisco? You can leave the airport – take the Bart to town and go to Fishermans Wharf and do a bit of shopping. If you don’t want to head into town then there is a big mall about 2 stops from the airport with a food court, movie theatre etc. We do suggest catching a taxi back to the airport as you don’t want to miss that flight. You can store your luggage (if you haven’t checked it all the way through) in San Francisco airport for approx $10USD
- Travelling through LA? We’d head into Santa Monica or Venice Beach – there are some tours you can book online that do a city tour that may fit in and most of these leave from Santa Monica. Baggage storage at LAX (that’s the code for LA Airport) if you need it. Venice Beach is very cool… just wander down the boardwalk – it’s just like on the telly!
- Keep a copy of your itinerary / passport scans etc in your email not just in your suitcase.
- When going through customs put your passport in your bag – last year a girl put her passport in the tray by itself and went to go through the scanner and when she came out the other side someone had nicked it. It’s rare but it happens and it’s simple to avoid. Your Passport is like gold – you don’t want to lose it!!
- We don’t want to freak you out but do keep your stuff close. There are professional thieves and they are quick. One girl (not the same one!) hopped in a shuttle from the airport and put her laptop beside her and reached up to put her bags in the overhead storage. When she looked down her laptop was gone.
We really want to make sure you’re travelling with other Camp America people and usually there’s a few of you on the same flight out of New Zealand.
There’s this pesky “Privacy law” that makes it illegal for us to tell you who else is on your flight. But if you’re happy to tell people what flight you’re on that’s fine and that’s exactly what you can do on the Camp America NZ Facebook page. Vicki has pinned a post to the top of the page – just go there and look through the comments and see who else is on your flight then say hi. You can leave a comment telling everyone what flight you’re on.
It’s totally up to you. If you’d prefer to fly incognito then that’s fine too :)
This thing doesn’t look like an airline ticket! Actually – “tickets” are a thing of the past. They’re kind of like CDs and vinyl records, you just don’t need them to enjoy the music.
When you front up at the counter to check in (don’t be late!) the check-in staff will want your Passport and they then find your booking in their system from that. The passport verifies you’re you and they have all they need to know about your booking in the computer.
The e-ticket is kind of superfluos – BUT – you should print it and the TravelCafe Itinerary we sent you (it’s easier to read and has more helpful info on it) as these both have the important reference numbers on them that help the check-in staff find your booking in the system if they’re having problems tracking you with your name.
You’ll also find a handy “CheckMyTrip” link on these documents and if you type that into your iPad, laptop etc then you can see your booking live on the interweb and it shows the most up to date flight times and other helpful stuff.