Melissa McKinley 

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

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

As your Travel Experience Maker, I orchestrate unique and innovative adventures for all my clients. Collaborating with you by listening to your wishes, interests, desires, while using my experience, global connections and in depth knowledge to create your next travel experience. The end result is something that is fully customized and unique to each client with every trip!

My strengths are:

  • Experiential travel that engages, inspires, and transforms you
  • Customized travel itineraries for leisure travel around the world
  • Luxury hotel and resort bookings
  • Off the beaten path adventures focusing on culinary, wine, cultural experiences, health and wellness.
  • Villa and Private Yacht rentals

My clients enjoy the added VIP benefits from Dorchester Diamond Club, Peninsula PenClub, Rocco Forte Knights, Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Oetker Collection Pearl, Relais Chateau Preferred Partner, Hyatt Prive, Ritz-Carlton STARS, Belmond Bellini Club, Rosewood ELITE, The Viceroy Guild and Virtuoso..

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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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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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