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Old 01-21-2016, 07:51 PM
 
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The prices of some of their trip packages seem almost too good to be true. If anybody out there has booked trips through Gate 1, what was your experience? I'm particularly interested in their independent and build-your-own vacation packages.

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Old 01-22-2016, 05:05 PM
 
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No one? Has anyone else even heard of them?
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Old 01-22-2016, 05:31 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Never heard of them.

I have gone on a flights out of Gate 1 At ABE a bunch of times. But back then they only had 4 or 5 gates.
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Old 01-22-2016, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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Yes! but at our regional airport that only has 2 gates.

Honestly cannot recall seeing a gate 1 at a large airport. International flights seem to arrive at the gate furthest away from customs/bag claim.
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Old 01-22-2016, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Gate 1 is a tour company. Primarily escorted tours in the budget to low moderate range (I don't mean that to be a bad thing).. They've been around a long time - I heard of them in the early ninties when I was single and did several group escorted tours.

Online reviews are notoriously scewed to the negative no matter what is being reviewed, but if you Google 'gate 1 reviews' you'll get lots of stuff. Take it with a grain of salt, and remember that some people have a strong hatred of group tours.

If you're looking for budget group tours, have a look at Friendly Planet. If you're looking fir assistance in planning independent travel, I'd suggest a good travel agent who is either located where you want to go oe specializes in that specific area. (I've got recommendations for South Africa and Costa Rica, if you need them. Otherwise, I've done the planning on my own.)
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:27 AM
 
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Gate 1 is a tour company. Primarily escorted tours in the budget to low moderate range (I don't mean that to be a bad thing).. They've been around a long time - I heard of them in the early ninties when I was single and did several group escorted tours.

Online reviews are notoriously scewed to the negative no matter what is being reviewed, but if you Google 'gate 1 reviews' you'll get lots of stuff. Take it with a grain of salt, and remember that some people have a strong hatred of group tours.

If you're looking for budget group tours, have a look at Friendly Planet. If you're looking fir assistance in planning independent travel, I'd suggest a good travel agent who is either located where you want to go oe specializes in that specific area. (I've got recommendations for South Africa and Costa Rica, if you need them. Otherwise, I've done the planning on my own.)
I appreciate the response - I really do - but at this point I have actually attained a pretty high level of familiarity with the types of packages Gate 1 offers, and have scoured the web trying (and failing) to find prices better than what they offer for flight/hotel combos. I'm only interested in booking a flight/hotel combo (as opposed to an escorted tour), as I like to wander and do my own thing when traveling. What I'm looking for now is input from someone who has used Gate 1's services and can comment on their experiences with the company. I realize I could've made this more clear.

I certainly agree that online reviews are best taken with a grain of salt. Many of the Gate 1 reviews are so positive that I become paranoid they're fake, while others are so negative that I suspect the reviewer simply has an axe to grind. Unfortunately, I've yet to come upon a review talking specifically about experiences with their independent and/or build-your-own packages.
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I certainly agree that online reviews are best taken with a grain of salt. Many of the Gate 1 reviews are so positive that I become paranoid they're fake, while others are so negative that I suspect the reviewer simply has an axe to grind. Unfortunately, I've yet to come upon a review talking specifically about experiences with their independent and/or build-your-own packages.
Maybe because the consumers who travel independently wouldn't use Gate 1 (a company that specializes in escorted tours)? Again, I'm not saying that to be negative. One of the ways that group tour providers can offer cheao packages is by pre purchasing plane seats, blocks if hotel rooms, etc. If they are passing those duscounts on to their independent travelers, that could be an excellent deal. (But make sure you have good travel insurance ).

I'd suggest you post and peruse forums at specific travel sites, like Fodors, Frommers, and especially TripAdvisor. Ultimately, I believe that if you have an attitude of 'you get what you pay for' and have a plan B in place (trip insurance and a good credir card), you'll be fine.

ETA: I'm a pretty adventurous traveler, but I'd hesitate planning a trip to Turkey right now. Things will get worse before they get better in that regiin.
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Old 01-26-2016, 02:37 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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I've done several trips with them (Egypt, Italy, China, Morocco) and I have been very satisfied for the most part. My only negative experience was the tour guide in Shanghai, he took us to not so great places to eat. The guides in Beijing and Xian were excellent. The guides in Egypt were particularly good. Had a woman who was an archaeology professor at a university in Cairo. One of the best tour guides I've ever had.
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