Melissa McKinley 

Plano, United States
Travel With Melissa, an independent affiliate of DLUXE Travel
Travel Specialties
  • Hotels
  • Safari
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Yacht Charter

  • New Zealand
  • Ireland
  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

What if you had someone who knew all of your travel preferences, knew your interests, your style? They could craft your vacations from and of your dreams, and that someone designed travel journeys that truly fed your soul? Life is hectic, demanding, and for some people it is down right exhausting!

  • Who has the time to do this?
  • How will you know if what you book is what get?
  • And who will VIP you? Because you can’t VIP yourself!

Don’t you believe EVERYONE deserves a vacation that nurtures, expands, recharges and reconnects them to what is important for them?

  • She believes that it is essential for a happy, healthy and productive life.
  • The most efficient way is to use an experienced professional who has knowledge, connections and first hand experience.
  • When you hire a professional that it should be as stress free, hassle free and as intuitively seamless of an experience as it can possibly be. You trust them and can relax, starting now !

Let Melissa be your travel concierge utilizing her full service travel firm offerings to support any request.

As Melissa's client, you will enjoy the added VIP benefits from Dorchester Diamond Club, Peninsula PenClub, Rocco Forte Knights, Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Oetker Collection Pearl, Relais Chateaux Preferred Partner, Hyatt Prive, Ritz-Carlton STARS, Belmond Bellini Club, Rosewood ELITE, The Viceroy Guild, Couture by Langham and Virtuoso. Melissa is also an Australia and New Zealand Specialist.

Dream, Travel, Live......Well

Places I Have Traveled

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Caring to Every Detail

By: rcbobo

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2015

Melissa is a pleasure to work with. Always had every detail covered and if there were changes in flights or other information she took care of it and informed me immediately. She called, emailed, text, etc. to always check and see if I had any questions. No question was too small. She even checked on me while on the trip. A professional with an infectious smile. Thank you Melissa for a wonderful trip.
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St Barths

By: Laura Dresner

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2017

Melissa has planned many trips for us and she is really phenomenal. She very much understands the types of places that we like, respects our budget and takes care of everything from VIP airport services to booking and suggesting restaurants that she knows we would like. She is always available to us no matter where in the world she may be. She is knowledgable and has never steered us in the wrong direction. Highly recommend Melissa for all travel needs.
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South American Adventure

By: Gabe

Reviewed on: 31 Mar 2017

Easy. Melissa took the guesswork out of traveling to South America. She created an exciting itinerary and suggested beautiful hotels and amazing restaurants.
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Excellent Advisor

By: Dan

Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2017

Melissa was very hands-on at all the right moments, and proved to be a fantastic asset for my trip to the Middle East. She is extremely prompt with email replies on a consistent basis, and goes above and beyond to add value. She seems to always be "monitoring" my trips in case anything goes wrong, which is a great asset to have and makes me feel more comfortable when traveling on complicated itineraries.
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Melissa was fabulous - an excellent return on investment!

By: Ann

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Although I hadn't used a travel agent in decades (doing the planning myself), this overseas trip required coordinating travel for 5 people (from 2 departure pts) to central Europe. After an initial phone call, she understood exactly what we wanted. She consistently provided our options, explaining the pros & cons of each. She was instrumental in guiding us to the best. Once the plans were decided, she made sure every detail was attended, from our passports to global entry to deposits. The airline kept changing/cancelling our flights, & Melissa advocated on our behalf (spending hours of her time) to secure the optimal flights. She was able to obtain plane fares for less than I could find online. She secured complimentary room upgrades at our hotel, complimentary amenities & shipboard credits. I will absolutely use her again and happily pay for her highest level of service, knowing I will likely recoup every dollar & save hours of time & worry.
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Awesome Trip to Italy

By: Vicki Grantham

Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2017

Melissa McKinley was a dream to work with. Planning my trip was a breeze due to the experience and expertise Melissa has in the travel industry. She is very knowledgeable in planning air flights, hotels, and tours that are customized to each client. We had a fabulous trip and I would highly recommend Melissa.
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An excellent trip experience

By: Bailey

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2017

Melissa was absolutely incredible. We barely even lifted a finger and had the most wonderful vacation. We told Melissa the types of things we were interested in doing and some locations, and we received a full itinerary filled with activities, restraurant recommendations, and an incredible hotel (with many perks due to her memberships). I will be hard pressed not to use Melissa for all of my future vacations.
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By: Travel

Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2018

It was great working with her. Had a wonderful trip
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So Africa

By: Melanie

Reviewed on: 07 Dec 2017

Working with Melissa is great! She makes everything effortless. She has the ability to simplify everything and almost read the client’s mind as to what they want! She is by far the best travel agent we have ever used and I would recommend her to anyone! Her knowledge of places and what there is to do there coupled with her attention to detail is unsurpassed! She is also the most responsive person with whom I have ever worked—she must not sleep! We are forever grateful to her for giving us the best experience and family vacation ever!
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Trip of a lifetime

By: David and Jane

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

Easy. Melissa listened well and planned the perfect trip to Africa.
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Melissa McKinley - #1

By: Rich

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2018

Melissa was great to work with from beginning to end. I've used many different Virtuoso offices and all were good but Melissa was exceptional in her follow up and attentiveness.
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Yachting Italy and Croatia

By: Love to Travel

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2018

Melissa provided tremendous insight into all of the excursion options during our trip to Italy, Sicily and Croatia. I especially enjoyed having access to the Axcel App that was accessible easily and in any port. Melissa's vast travel experience and first hand knowledge of the Seadream's itinerary helped us plan our daily adventures and enhanced the experience. All of the hotels, transports and private tours were impeccable and required no effort on our part. Each person assigned to our party arrived on time and with a high degree of professionalism. I've already referred three other couples to Melissa and plan on booking another trip with her next year. Five stars in every category, value, professionalism, quality, communication and follow-up.
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In The Know

By: Cici

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

Melissa knew exactly what to suggest. For this trip, I wanted to see more nature in Alaska. It could not have been more perfect. Remote, exclusive, great food - all inclusive, included cocktails, wines and beers - a true vacation from my every day life! If you want efficient and proactive, work with Melissa. I will be using her again because she is the BEST advisor!!!
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No stress

By: DP

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

Working with Melissa is a breeze. I give her the foundation, and she makes the rest happen. She knows what I like and dislike, so each trip is tailored to me - at least it feels that way. Luxury is relaxing, no stress, enjoying the destination to its fullest. I’d recommend Melissa for any trip!
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European Vacation

By: Dan50

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2018

We had a great experience with Melissa. She is thoughtful, knowledgeable & very thorough. We wanted to plan a 5 week European vacation to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday & had an idea of where we wanted to go but not a clue how to actually plan it. With only a few weeks planning time, Melissa got it done! What we loved was that Melissa had been to the areas we were traveling to, had experienced the adventures she was recommending, and was quick to figure out what we would like to do even when we were feeling overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the trip. In keeping with our budget & the fact we were traveling with our two children, she provided us with a multitude of amazing options from which we could choose that helped make our family trip a very memorable one. The way she organized the trip itinerary for us made it low stress and easy to follow. We would highly recommend Melissa and plan to use her again soon!
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By: DG

Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2018

Melissa was great! She took our budget, gave us several options to select from and took care of all the gritty details. Our trip was care free and the travel itinerary app was supper helpful to keep us on schedule. Easy and fun planning with expert advise.
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lovely family trip to the UK

By: sunshinw

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2018

Working with Melissa is always a pleasure.
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Another great trip planned by Melissa!

By: Loribhar

Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2018

Melissa took care of all the details for our first trip to Santa Fe. The hotel, restaurants and guided tours were perfect!
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The Cote D’Azur and Provence

By: Melanie

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2018

Wonderful! This is our third trip using Melissa and we continue to be amazed by how special she really is! She is a travel agent extraordinaire who somehow reads our biorhythms and knows what we want to do and what we are thinking in each village, city or hamlet. Every detail is thought about yet she gives us freedom also! We can no longer imagine traveling without her!
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Melissa is amazing!

By: Millie

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2018

I can’t say enough good things about Melissa. Every detail and transfer of our trip were beyond smooth and exceeded our expectations. She even emailed us at 5:00 am to alert us to a travel advisory—I wonder if she sleeps! This was our first time using Melissa and we can’t wait for future travels with her.
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Health and Luxury for Thanksgiving

By: Cici

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2018

I wanted a healthy but pampered Thanksgiving experience. Melissa knew exactly where to send me for great weather, healthy food, pampering spa treatments and fun people. It may be the first holiday where I enjoyed myself but also lost weight. I have even planned my return trip. Thank you, you are the BEST!!!
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No stress

By: Darin

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2018

Melissa advised me on the place to vacation. I told her that I want to be healthier and work out more. She introduced Golden Door to me and it was beyond expectations. Without her advice and knowledge I would not have went there. I’m excited to back now.
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Harry Potter tickets

By: Harry POtter

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2019

Terrific -- she got the tickets that we needed and responded quickly. We were thrilled.
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Great service and plan

By: London

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2019

Melissa did a fabulous job of planning and executing the travel services. We had a marvelous time in London
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Travel with Melissa

By: Loves to Travel

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2019

Melissa is always professional, courteous and available. She is mindful of the fact that you are on a holiday and wish for the most positive experience when away from home. Melissa maintains a swift and efficient communication with you during the planning and actual vacation timeframe. I always feel confident knowing that she has arranged the itinerary for our trips.
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Melissa McKinley

By: SC

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2019

Great. She is very thorough and responsive
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5 stars!

By: carla

Reviewed on: 18 Mar 2019

Professional, Responsive, Attentive, Efficient, Experienced, knowledgeable. The best i have ever worked with.
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By: Jesanna

Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2019

As always, working with Melissa was easy and seamless. Her recommendations were much appreciated.
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Your Health is your Wealth

By: Colleen

Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2019

Melissa recommended Golden Door and I am so glad she did! This is one of those places that truly leaves you feeling better after a vacation. Service is excellent and her attention to my needs is very high. She goes above and beyond with every trip request. I look forward to my next trip in June and planning more to come! I definitely recommend Melissa to help you with your travel plans.
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Our trip

By: Vicki

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2019

Melissa was the ultimate travel planner. No details were left unturned. We had a wonderful trip.
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Summer in Ireland

By: I am Irish

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2019

From the start Melissa had someone meet us at the airplane gate upon arrival in Dublin. The high touch services continued throughout the entire trip. She thought about every detail to make this a magical trip. Some highlights - the surprise Family Tree document, customized Genealogy tour, Hawk walk with falcons Swift and Joyce, a private Garden tour and a special Picnic lunch. You are without a doubt THE BEST Travel Advisor!!! I can not wait to plan my next trip.
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Travel with confidence

By: Ann

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2019

Melissa arranged our flights, hotels, & river cruise for 2 weeks in Europe. Her additional suggestions (tours, local transportation, restaurants) were excellent. She was available from beginning to end to answer our questions. This is the 3rd time we've used Melissa & will continue to do so. We travel with confidence knowing Melissa has our back.
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Portugal & Morocco

By: Sofia Garnett

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2019

Melissa was extremely helpful. She listened to what we wanted and helped organize a perfect honeymoon catered to my husband and my every want. Her knowledge of the regions was impressive and her recommendations were always top luxury. She was a real pleasure to work with and we'll certainly be using her again!
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Holton’s Scotland trip Summer 2019

By: Melanie

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2019

This is the 4th trip we have done with Melissa and she never ceases to amaze me! She is simply the best travel advisor! She is so attentive to details and our whims!! We cannot imagine travel without her!
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Melissa Mckinley

By: Carly

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2019

Melissa is very professional. She is remarkably responsive. Her suggestions on hotels and restaurants were perfect. Going forward we will only work with Melissa for all our travel plans.

The BEST!!

By: Ashley M.

Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2019

Melissa is fantastic! She pays close attention to detail, is great about anticipating needs, and is very responsive. She is extremely connected in the world of travel and as a result, this opens a lot of doors for her clients. We have had the pleasure of working with Melissa multiple times and really can not imagine planning a trip without her! Highly recommend is an understatement.
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Banyan Tree Mayakoba Trip

By: Fried

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2019

Melissa is awesome and so easy to work with! We are fortunate to have worked with her on a trip to Europe last summer. Once I saw her Instagram photos of Banyan Tree Mayakoba and her description of a relaxing vacation, we knew that was what we wanted. We booked it last minute and Melissa took care of all the details. All of her recommendations were top notch! She is very detail oriented and took into account the likes/dislikes of our whole family.
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Travel by Melissa

By: Kelly

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2019

I would not plan a trip without Melissa’s help. Every detail is perfectly planned!
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By: Wiley

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2019

Excellent and so knowledgeable about all aspects of our trip. Highly recommend! Looking forward to working with her in the near future. Cheers
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By: Katie

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2019

Excellent. Essentially seamless
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B & E birthday trip to Greece

By: Brian

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2019

Fantastic - This was our first trip with Melissa and she was great! We already have 2 more adventures planned with her and are very excited about what she has in store for us next!
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Great trip around China

By: Dan

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2019

Melissa does it again! She planned a near-flawless trip across 5 cities in China and was patient with all of the back-and-forth as we decided, and then changed our mind on a number of things. She booked all of our travel, flights, dining, hotels, activities, etc., which went off without a hitch. Can't imagine doing a trip like this without her.
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Much Needed Break

By: Colleen

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2019

Fabulous Thanksgiving at Golden Door. Melissa as per usual handled everything for me with swift ease. Highly recommend her services! Thank you.
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Spa relaxation trip


Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2019

i received notification from axus when I needed to check in for my initial flight. The prompt app had all the details that I needed to travel to and from airport. When I arrived in San Diego my transportation was waiting for me and delivered me promptly to golden door spa. The recommendation to travel to golden door for thanksgiving week turned out to be the most relaxing health trip I’ve ever taken. Each day my meals were tailored to my liking and I received several spa treatments that were amazing. The service to get me there exceeded expectations and I look forward to my next vacation.

travel with melissa

By: carla

Reviewed on: 01 Jan 2020

Melissa is great. She is very thorough and makes sure all details are taken care of.
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Great Eastern European Trip

By: Brian

Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2020

Melissa is fantastic and took care of everything. With each new trip, she also learns a little more about our preferences and tweaks for the next time. We would highly recommend her services!
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Beach, Sun, and Fun with Friends

By: DP

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2020

In one word - Awesome! She helps plan everything so my trip is hassle free. I can not recommend her enough for any luxury travel request.

Melissa just gets us!

By: Brian D

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2020

We have been working with Melissa for about a year and she has helped us with 5 trips so far and she is wonderful. She learns a little more about us after each trip and makes adjustments to the point that we fully trust everything she recommends! Our recent trip to St Bart's was fantastic and her advice was spot on! Thanks, Melissa we cant wait for the next trip!
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  • - Special perks and extra amenities
  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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