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New travel provider offers personal travel perks for entire Lehigh community

Not only does Lehigh’s new travel provider, Carson Wagonlit, offer assistance with business travel, but they also have an entire leisure and vacation travel program available to Lehigh employees, students, alumni and retirees.

The Employee Vacation and Leisure Travel program, which was launched last month, runs monthly and bi-weekly specials and deep discounts on vacation packages, cruises, domestic and international leisure travel, and much more.

Patty Reich, Lehigh’s director of purchasing services, is excited about the new program. “We chose Carlson as our preferred provider because they were the best fit for Lehigh. This is an additional, valuable benefit that is available to the Lehigh community resulting from their selection as our preferred supplier.”

The Lehigh community is already “enrolled” in the program, and can automatically enjoy the advantages of membership, such as no service fees for any cruise or tour package, package and cruise discounts, specially negotiated Carlson hotel rates at 19,000 properties worldwide, other hotel benefits such as upgrades, and rental car discounts. Discounts are also available to family and friends when they book personal travel through Carlson. There is an additional option to sign up with an email address to receive exclusive unmatched discounts for cruises and tours. Users must register for the latter benefit via phone at (866) 502-1931 or online.

Vacation packages include trips through major providers such as Globus, Apple Vacations, and Club Med. “Basically, we can book anything that other travel agencies and online travel sites offer, plus offer opportunities to take advantage of dollars off, upgrades, and customized vacation packages,” says Karen Southland, Lehigh’s key contact for the benefit at Carlson Wagonlit. “We offer fun spring break trips for students and some excellent family vacations for employees, alums, and retirees.”

Users must notify the agent that they are using the Employee Vacation and Leisure Travel program and are calling from Lehigh to receive the discounts.

--Brynn Buskirk

Posted on Saturday, February 02, 2008

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