We Speak Your Language, Literally!

How Sky Bird Provides the Best Customer Service

Agents with VFR customers have a unique benefit in working with their clients. They understand their culture and can speak in their respective native language. This creates a greater connection between travel agent and customer.

Imagine booking fares with the help of an airline consolidator that speaks your language!

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New Travel Regulations: Large Electronics Banned on Flights

The Department of Homeland Security has ordered that travelers departing for the United States from 10 different Middle Eastern airports will not be able to have electronic devices other than cell phones in their carry-ons. Citing elevated intelligence, this ban begins Saturday, March 25, 2017, and will continue indefinitely.

The UK is also taking similar measures. While their ban includes six airports of origin, the number of air carriers has increased.

While the news is disheartening, passengers may have to find alternative means of entertainment. We have compiled a list of book recommendations for when you want an alternative to the in-flight entertainment.
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The Benefits of Experience

How Sky Bird Provides the Best Customer Service

 Dread.

It’s what we feel when we pick up the phone and call the cable company or the cell phone company.

Is it their inexperienced customer service representatives? Is it their unwillingness to help?

We understand what it is like. And we understand what it is like to receive amazing customer service too. Providing incredible customer service is something we strive for at Sky Bird. With over 40 years of experience, we have proven time and time again that our customer service agents are knowledgeable and experienced.
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Your Month by Month Guide to Destinations

The Best Places to Go No Matter the Time of Year

Finally, it’s March! Winter is done. Sure, the weather isn’t perfect yet, but hey, the chances of snow are slimmer. For months like this where the weather is in between hot and cold, we started wondering, what are some decent places to visit? We don’t want to send clients to regions where the weather is just as bleak as it is here. We did some research and compiled a list of all the best and worst places to visit, month by month. Here’s what we found out:

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Sky Bird Wins Gold at 2017 Travvy Awards

At Sky Bird, we are always striving for excellence, whether it’s getting the lowest fares to our clients or growing our relationships with airlines. We always set our sights on being the best, and this year you, the travel agent, recognized and voted us #1. For that, we are profoundly grateful.

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Philippines – The Next Hot Destination

Tourism is a major business in the Philippines contributing to over 10% of its annual economic performance. While selling flights and vacations to the Philippines to tourists may be a little challenging these days, you will want to consider marketing to the VFR sector: Visiting Friends and Relatives.

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How To Answer “Are Travel Agents Still Relevant?”

You’ve probably read the articles. They shout “Travel Agents Are Relevant Again!” and it makes you feel good thinking that customers who once sought the ease of OTAs will come knocking on your door.

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Sky Bird Travel & Tours Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Airline Industry Guests Fêted at The Henry Ford

There was no more appropriate place to celebrate a travel company’s anniversary than the Henry Ford Museum. Retired planes suspended from the ceiling served as the perfect backdrop for the 40th Anniversary celebration of Sky Bird Travel & Tours, a leading airfare consolidator.
On the evening of Thursday October 20th, dozens of guests from airlines and elsewhere in the travel industry gathered at the Henry Ford. The color of the evening was red – symbolizing the new Sky Bird logo, unveiled earlier this year, as well as the Ruby Anniversary of the company.
For forty years, Sky Bird has been a trusted airfare consolidator. The company was founded in metro Detroit in 1976 by husband and wife team, Arvin and Jaya Shah. From these humble beginnings, Sky Bird grew to the award-winning company it is today, with offices across the country and two international branches in Toronto, Mumbai, and Manila.
Sky Bird Travel & Tours would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all who helped make our 40th anniversary a success!

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Ice sculpture to commemorate Sky Bird’s 40th Anniversary

 

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Mr. Shah addresses the guests of the 40th Anniversary Gala

 

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40th Anniversary Gala at the Henry Ford Museum

 

Left to Right: Akshay Shah, Vice President of Marketing; Shweta Shah, Marketing Director; Jaya Shah, Executive and Co-Founder; Arvin Shah, Executive and Co-Founder.
Left to Right: Akshay Shah, Vice President of Marketing; Shweta Shah, Marketing Director; Jaya Shah, Executive and Co-Founder; Arvin Shah, Executive and Co-Founder.

 

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Left to Right: Raj Patel, Executive; Manisha Patel; Jaya Shah, Executive and Co-Founder; Arvin Shah, Executive and Co-Founder.

 

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Elegant place settings at the 40th Anniversary Gala

 

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Traditional Indian flute player

 

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KGB, a Motown Tribute Band

 

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Musicians play traditional Indian music at the 40th Anniversary Gala