What do VACATIONS have to do with our health?
While it might be assumed that Americans happily take time off, the reality – according to Glassdoor's Q1 2014 Employment Confidence Survey – is that U.S. employees only takes half of his or her eligible vacation time.
Among those who go on vacation, three in five admitted to doing some work. A quarter of vacationing employees were contacted by a co-worker, and 20 percent were contacted by their supervisor about a work-related issue.
DOWNTIME MAY DECREASE HEART DISEASE
A host of studies have highlighted the potential cardiovascular-health benefits of taking a vacation, including:
The Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial for the Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease sponsored by the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The trial followed 12,000 men over a nine-year period that had a high risk for coronary heart disease. The study found that any such men who take frequent annual vacations were 21 percent less likely to die from any cause and were 32 percent more likely to die from heart disease.
The landmark Framingham Heart Study – the largest and longest-running study of cardiovascular disease – revealed that men who didn't take a vacation for several years were 30 percent more likely to have heart attacks compared to men who did not take time off. And women who took a vacation only once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack compared to women who vacationed at least twice a year.
OTHER UPSIDES OF DOWNTIME
In addition to reducing the risk of heart disease, studies have shed light on several other potential health benefits associated with vacationing, including:
- Decreased depression
- Better physical health
- More productivity
- Closer family relationships
- Newer perspectives
- Increased mental power
- Lower chance of burn out
- Improved mental health
Vacations are vital to every facet of your health, and everyone as SuiteBreak.com sincerely hopes your life is filled with adventures you can only find while on vacation.
How can we beat online rates?
Pricing available to the general public is bound by Rate Parity, which can be defined as "maintaining consistent rates for same product in all online distribution channels – Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, etc. – regardless of what commission the Online Travel Agency makes." In short, SuiteBreak is only available to closed user groups: select corporations, their employees, friends and family, and can therefore beat online pricing by passing the commission through to the customer.
To see the difference, search your favorite travel site and compare their prices with ours. If we’re not the lowest, PLEASE LET US KNOW.
FAQ: Wellness Dollars
What are Wellness Dollars?
Wellness Dollars take dollar-for-dollar off the public rate at over 200,000 hotel stays, Weekly Resort Stay, activities and cruises, down to the lowest wholesale rate available. For example:
In this example, for the left side option, you’re able to use $312 Wellness Dollars, to reduce the nightly before tax rate from $549.39 down to $236.94. A savings of almost 57% off the online rate.
Can I use Wellness Dollars to take the cost down to $0?
No. Wellness Dollars reduce pricing to the lowest wholesale rate available - guaranteed. If you find a lower rate, we’ll refund 110% of the difference.
Do Wellness Dollars expire?
Yes. Wellness Dollars expire 12 months after issue. The doesn’t mean you have to travel within 12 months, just that you must put Wellness Dollars towards a reservation within 12 months of receipt.
Can we give our Wellness Dollars to a co-worker?
No. Wellness Dollars are not transferable.
Can I pass these deals onto friends and family?
Yes, you can share SuiteBreak.com with up to five friends and family members each year, at an introductory rate of $149. They’ll receive $600 Wellness Dollars and can renew thereafter each year at the $149 rate to receive $300 Wellness Dollars.
Can I purchase additional Wellness Dollars?
No, however, Wellness Dollars can be earned. To learn more, email us at info@SuiteBreak.com.
FAQ: My Account
How do I update my profile information?
Click on the ‘Settings’ icon next to your name in upper right of the screen and in the "Account Info > Contact Info" tab, update your information.
In the "Settings" tab, you change your User Name, Password, and your preferences.
How do I change my password?
Click on the ‘Settings’ icon next to your name in upper right of the screen and in the "Account Info > Settings" tab, update your password.
What is the best way to contact customer service?
Contact Customer Service on the Concierge page, through the "Contact Us" link located at the bottom of the website page, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1.877.283.5427 during business days Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM Pacific Time.
I forgot my user name – or password.
User Name: is the email submitted with your membership enrollment.
Password: Click on "Forgot Password" and your login information will be resent to you with a new temporary password.
What forms of payment are accepted?
When booking in US Currency: Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover. All other currencies: Visa, MasterCard.
Are the charges made to my credit card secure?
Your card is charged through an encrypted pay service provider (Braintree Payment Systems - a PayPal Company).
I did not receive an email with my login credentials.
Check your spam or junk mail folders. Alternatively, contact us with your email details so that we can check for possible errors in information submission (such as incorrect email address).
FAQ: ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel Nightly Stays
What hotels and resorts are available?
With over 200,000 in our portfolio, you will find familiar brands and hotels, out of the way boutique hotel and wellness resort in the world.
My reservation did not go through, but money was taken, why?
For any online purchases, the funds are first taken as ‘pending’ to ensure their availability. When the purchase does not complete, the charge is automatically voided and funds are returned to your account, usually within 24 hours.
Will I receive a refund for an early check-out?
Refunds are processed through us, according to the hotel policy pertinent to your booking.
Why is the Hotel I was looking for no longer displaying on the site?
When there is no longer availability at a property for specific dates, the property will not display when those dates are requested.
Does it matter whose name is listed as the primary traveler/guest?
The person who is named as the ‘Primary Guest’ or ‘Lead Traveler’ must be present at check in and present a picture ID. At a minimum and to avoid any issues at check-in, notify the property in advance that someone else will be checking in before you arrive.
How do I know my reservation is confirmed?
You will receive a confirmation email immediately at the email submitted. If you do not, click on the small ‘Settings’ icon to the right of your name in the top right hand corner of the screen. Go to the ‘Travel History’ tab. If your confirmation is there, resend it to your email. If it is still not found, contact the Travel Desk at info@SuiteBreak.com for follow up.
What information must I give to the hotel to locate my reservation?
Reservations can often be accessed by the name of the reservation. If the property does not yet have the booking under your name, give them the ‘Hotel Reference Number’ from your email confirmation.
How do I book more than one unit of accommodation?
Currently, units must be booked individually. NOTE: Each hotel booking must have unique Guest Names if check-in is for same hotel, same night to avoid a ‘duplicate’ rejection.
How far in advance do I need to make a reservation?
You can book the day of, or as far out as a year on most reservations.
Are there pet friendly hotels and resorts on your site?
Each property has its own policy regarding pets. Pets accompanying guests for medical reasons are normally allowed as long as there is a letter of verification from a doctor. The Amenities section often provides this info or you can contact the property directly for up-to-date information.
Can we reserve for an all-inclusive stay on the site?
"All Inclusive" costs, if available for Nightly stays, are reflected in the purchase price. For Weekly resort stays, they will be in addition to the accommodation price.
How can I upgrade the hotel room I reserved?
Upgrades are not available through SutieBreak.com. As an alternative, the hotel room may be cancelled if cancellation is an option and the upgrade booked. Upgrades can also be requested at the time of check in.
Is there a minimum stay required?
No. You can book as few as one, to as many as 30 nights in a single reservation.
Is there a minimum purchase amount?
No. There is no minimum purchase amount.
Are there any blackout dates?
No. However, some hotels, resorts and other travel services will allow you to use more Wellness Dollars than others during each season. Weekly resort stays are available weekend to weekend.
Are there any additional fees?
Taxes and reservation fees are included in the price of your reservation. Resort fees, hotel parking and incidental charges, if any, will be collected by the hotel/resort upon check in.
What if I want to change or cancel my reservation?
Cancellation policies vary depending on the particular travel service reserved. Cancellation and change policies can be found in the terms and conditions on the booking page, the payment page and your reservation confirmation.
How long do I have to wait before my reservations are confirmed?
Inventory is live, and once your credit card is cleared, your reservation is confirmed.
What if I have a question now?
Call or email us right away! You can call the Travel Desk toll free at 1.877.283.5427 Mon through Friday on normal business days between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Pacific Time, or email email@example.com.
FAQ: ACCOMMODATIONS – Weekly Stays
Are all properties all inclusive?
Many but not all properties have gone to "All-Inclusive". The property will note in their information when the booking option is all inclusive.
Does the Weekly Stay price include the All-Inclusive package?
The All-Inclusive pricing for Weekly stays are in addition to the basic week cost. Contact the resort directly for details.
The Account is in my name, how do I book a reservation for my wife?
All Resorts require the person named as the ‘Primary Traveler’ to be present at check in.
I want to cancel and be refunded my weekly stay. What is the process?
Weekly stay purchases are non-refundable.
The destination I want is not listed. How can I book?
Try typing in the name of a nearby city or location.
FAQ: Reservation Cancellations and Refunds
What if I want to change or cancel my reservation?
Cancellation policies vary depending on the particular travel service reserved. Cancellation and change policies can be found in the terms and conditions on the booking page, the payment page and your confirmation.
To cancel a reservation that allows cancellation, click the "Request Cancellation" link in the email confirmation.
You can access the original booking confirmation email through your "Account > Travel History" section of the website, and resend it in order to access the ‘Request Cancellation’ link.
Some bookings either cannot be cancelled and/or are non-refundable, specifically:
- Weekly/Resort Stays
- Most Activities (some may be, however, best to assume they are not)
- Flight Reservations
Can I use coupons or promo codes for bookings?
Coupons and promo codes are not accepted on the site.
Who is charging my credit card – is it secure?
Your card is charged through an encrypted pay service provider (Braintree Payment Systems - a Paypal Company).
When is my Credit Card charged?
Inventory is live, and once your credit card is cleared, your reservation is confirmed. The only exception is Car Rentals that are paid at the time of Pick Up.
NOTE: Transactions appear on your credit card statement with text identifying the Site Name, e.g. LLY*Suitebreak-Website etc.
For Car Rentals (Pay at Pickup), your card will be charged by the Car Rental company upon completion of rental.
I received an 'AVS' error when trying to purchase - what does this mean?
AVS (Address Verification System) error indicates that there is a discrepancy between the address on file for the credit card used and the address that was submitted at payment. The purchase will not be completed - please review address info submitted.
I am expecting a refund, how long does it take?
Once authorized, Credit Card refunds are normally processed within 3- 5 business days. Debit Cards may take up to 14 days.
FAQ: Car Rentals
When will my Credit card be charged in full for a car rental?
With the ‘Prepay’ option, your credit card is charged the full amount due immediately. If the ‘Pay at Pickup’ option is chosen, there is a "hold" put on your card by the car rental company at the time of pickup and the full charge is processed upon return of the car.
How can I cancel my Car Rental?
‘Pay at Pick-up’ car rental reservations (i.e. not paid in advance) do not have to be cancelled. There is no charge for cancel or no show.
‘Prepaid’ car rental reservations require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice for cancellation and full refund. Click on the ‘Request Cancelation’ link in your confirmation email. Within the 24 hour period, there is a $55 cancel fee. After the pick-up time, there is no cancellation option.
Can I book all Cruises Online?
Due to cross-border regulations in the Cruise Industry, not all cruises can be booked online. In the Cruise Search Panel, the "Cruise Line" dropdown will indicate which Cruise Lines are available to book online.
You may still perform searches for availability and pricing, but for the "Call to Book" cruises, a Phone # and/or email submission request will be made available.
Are there discounts for AARP, AAA or Military for any bookings on the site?
Discounted pricing is already available for travel options, as part of the membership. Additional discounts are not offered.
Can I book train reservations?
At this time, train reservations are not available through the site.