You finally found a travel agency who is as Great Commission driven as you are... and an expert in the travel industry.
Coordinating group travel can be complex, especially when you consider the ever changing pandemic policies. Mistakes are costly and take time to fix. We navigate the details and deadlines for ministries so you can rest easy. Your personal travel agent serves as a remote staff person, providing your ministry with financial stewardship and peace of mind throughout the process. Partner with an expert.
Get access to unpublished rates: Student, Tour, and Humanitarian fares
Reserve nameless seats 11-months in advance with fully-refundable deposits
Add optional travel insurance to your trip
Free 24/7 emergency service
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We do the geographical and financial research of nearby airports both on your inbound and outbound destinations. We leave it to you to decide whether the savings of traveling into/out of a different airport is worth it.
Viewing different dates
We present alternative options. Traveling on a different month, week or even a different day can save you money.
Carrier price matching
When airlines fly the same route passengers can take advantage! Competition paves the way for revenue-management negotiation.
The pricing structure for airline are on a a supply & demand pricing framework. The best rates are typically obtained by passengers who secure seats whenever the itinerary is publicly published. Securing a reservation early, with fully-refundable deposits, ensures all passengers fly on the same itinerary. Having to split teams into different flights complicates ground transportation logistics.
Monitoring price drops
In general, there are specific windows of time, in the reservation timeline, where airfare often drops in price. Whenever a price drop occurs, it's possible to update the passenger rate with the airline of contract. When this happens you get notified of your price reduction!
Stopover for the purpose of connection
SPTC is a little known perk that international airlines offer. We will submit an application on your behalf so that you don't have to pay for airport-hotel accommodations. Stop-overs paid by airlines are for global routes with long connections.
Some airlines will give a group contract a free ticket for reservations with a high passenger count. Certain rules apply.
Linking Separate Contracts
Sometimes it makes financial sense to make two different airline reservations. We use one airline to fly into an international hub, in the USA, then use another airline for the "over-the-water" segment. A safe amount of connection time is factored into making this decision.
Airlines will let you reduce or cancel group contracts if it is done before the "utilization" deadline. At that point they want to know how many seats you will be utilizing. The released space is thrown back out to public inventory. It's also wise during "utilization" to research for any updated itineraries published from other airline carries with the same route.
Oscar Castillo, Pastor, Speaker, Author
"Having an expert run the travel side of things helps me fulfill my God-given ministry-assignment."
Your part is simple:
1. select a travel option from quote
2. sign contract/submit deposit
3. reduce or cancel contract when reminded
4. submit names and final payment when reminded
5. receive travel/emergency documents
7. receive deposit reimbursement
Buying individual tickets (9 or less) is even easier!
1) Submit a quote request
2) We connect and show you the best options.
3) After deposit is submitted we manage your active reservation!
Luis Lama started Summit Travel.
He was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Texas. While attending Southern Methodist University, he had the opportunity to study abroad in England and Italy, igniting his love for travel. He earned two bachelors in 2004, graduating with degrees in Corporate Communications & Public Affairs and Psychology.
Luis served on a long-term mission in South America in 2008 then earned his Masters in Missiology in 2011 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After serving the local church, on the pastoral staff, he joined a ministry-focused travel agency in Dallas.
Luis is passionate about partnering with ministry leaders across the nation to enable them to be the best steward of their resources in advancing the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Luis continues to go on mission trips and study the travel industry. He enjoys carpentry, basketball, and tacos. He lives in Richardson, Texas with his wife and 3 daughters.
to help you steward your time and resources well by:
1. Rapidly responding to emails and voicemails
2. Pursuing industry knowledge and trends
3. Having the character of Christ in all we do