Lu Ann Cortese CTA, DS

Albuquerque, NM United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Independent Tours
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

My favorite subjects in school were History, Geography and Math.  After College and several years of working I finally "did the Math" and became a Travel Advisor.  That was 30 years ago and I still love the sound of "we need your help to plan our vacation".

My first taste of "Bella Italia" came in my Grandmother's handmade pasta and I was hooked on Italy.  I really enjoy introducing people to the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy.  One trip to Italy lead to other countries in Europe and Great Britain.  There is a never ending list of things to see and do, each trip offers a new experience and an unforgettable memory.

Places I Have Traveled

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A true professional

By: Ray B

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2013

Lu Ann Cortese is a highly accomplished professional in the travel business. I have known her work for about 18 years. She has excellent knowledge about all aspects of travel, pays great attention to detail in planning, and always places the client's interest first in her work. I will continue to use her as my travel professional for as long as she stays in the business.

Highly recommend

By: Charles

Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2013

We've booked numerous trips through Lu Ann over the past nine years and she's always done an excellent, thorough job. Perhaps the best measure of her travel agent expertise is how she handled a problem. Last year, we missed a connection flight. We called Lu Ann and she notified the hotel we were supposed to spend at and booked us a hotel room in the town we stayed in while en route. She also explained the supporting documents we'd need to gather to file an insurance claim.


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2013

The best Travel Advisor I have ever had. She tells you the truth about any and all your travel plans, not just what you want to hear. There is no one else that I go to for my travel!

Highly recommend.

By: ann82

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2013

We have used her for years and never had any problems. Very professional.

is there anyone else but her?

By: jimandcec

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

We have used Lu Ann for the past 12 years and would not even consider anyone else. She always goes the extra mile in planning trips, and now that my wife has physical difficulties she makes certain that we are always met with appropriate wheels and escorts to ease us along. Even though our last trip was just a short cruise she made sure we had handicap facilities and a wheel chair in the room. Bless her little pea pickin heart she earns every penny she makes.

Most Highly Recommended

By: Grammie Dee

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

Lu Ann Cortese is a fantastic travel agent. We have used her for over 20 years, and she always finds the best places for us, provides excellent service, and is more than willing to go out of her way to help. I would recommend her to anyone. In fact, our friends from California use only her, as do my relatives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Cruising on Holland America

By: JoJo76

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Always pleased with service provided by LuAnn Cortese. She works hard to please me.

The best ever!

By: Aunt Cat

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

Lu Ann has been part of our family for 27 years and has always been a great help!

Highly recommended

By: Kim51

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

We found Lu Ann extremely professional, competent, timely in execution of details. She planned an itinerary that matched our budget and exceeded our expectations in hotel quality and places to visit. We will definitely use her services again!

Highly Recommended

By: Santa Fe Traveler

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2014

Lu Ann recently planned a trip via Oceania from Lima, Peru to New York City...and it couldn't have gone more smoothly. The airfare she found was super good...and the trip turned out just as good as I had hoped. Great job!

Extremely highly and have

By: got the captain

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

She has always been helpful and has a great understanding of what we like in a trip. Her knowledge of travel goes beyond all others. She is the BOMB!!!!!! We proudly recommend her to our family and friends. She works well with everyone who has come her way.

6 Stars service, highly recomended

By: Jose P

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

Best travel agent I ever had On the spot to help, courteous, accurate, helps every step of the way, answers E-Mails same day and on most cases within few ours. Extremely knowledgeable of the travel business. She is not just an agent she is friend

We had a great trip due to Lu Ann

By: cub

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

Everything for our trip to Hawaii went great. Lu Ann put the special touches to our vacation and it went smooth and flawless. I would recommend her to all my friends and family. She does a great job and has so much knowledge she can not be beat.

Lu Ann is amazing!!

By: Michelle & Nate

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

Lu Ann planned our honeymoon to Tahiti. The trip involved several nights on 3 different islands with lots of airport transfers and it all went without a hitch. My husband and I were anticipating some bumps with all the transfers and different hotels and various meal plans, but it was totally smooth! It was a complicated itinerary by our request and Lu Ann handled it all giving us exactly what we wanted and with no stress. Our trip was awesome and Lu Ann was amazing!!

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 14 Dec 2013

Great trip. Well planned and seamless. Typical LuAnn. I have another cruise scheduled in 3 months. Doc

will use her again /stayed in touch

By: jack

Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2013

lu ann kept you informed and up to date from start to finish donot have the time to get away like i wish but will look to her min the future for my needs

Best Agent ever!

By: Aunt Cat

Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2014

Lu Ann has been helping my family travel for about 27 years and has never let us down. She has helped us plan many oversees trips and domestic trips. Her advice is always on target.

Best of the best!

By: Norma

Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2014

Lu Ann is the best of the best. She leaves no leaf unturned and makes sure you are prepared for your adventure. She knows her details and is extremely patient! She is great at communicating.

Excellence in every aspect

By: Curtis

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2014

Lu Ann did a wonderful job from start to finish.  From the recommendations she made after listening to the criteria I gave her, to booking our trip and following up to make sure we were prepared for everything.  I would highly recommend Lu Ann to anyone planning a vacation.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2014

She gets it done ,and she gets it done right!

Crystal World Cruise 2014

By: mobran

Reviewed on: 19 May 2014

Luann always does a fabulous job. Every detail surrounding the 3 month cruise was planned and executed perfectly. In addition, the safari in South Africa which she arranged was the highlight of the trip. She has been our agent since 2006 and we are more than pleased by the service we receive.

Continuous excellent service. I recommend her to friends all the time.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2014

Lu Ann has arranged several trips for me over the years.

By: Sandy

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2015

Everything goes off without a hitch.  When Lu Ann says everything is ready, you can mark your word, it's ready.  We live in Texas, where there are numerous travel agents, but I will continue to use Lu Ann.  My best friend lives in Albuquerque and that's how I came to know of Lu Ann.  I've never met her in person.

Very highly recommended

By: California Jose

Reviewed on: 26 May 2014

First of all we consider LuAnn as a friend at Virtuoso, as a travel agent she is  the find of a lifetime.Very professional, detailed on every aspect of travel, need an answer she will find it.A real pleasure to deal with, just give her the highlights of what you want and she will turn it into a neat package with all the needed information.Couldn't find a better person to deal with all of our travel needs, she is a jewel with a great personality.

Miracle worker

By: Boulder fan

Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2014

In everything Lu Ann does she goes beyond the ordinary into extra ordinary. There has never been even a small item to question or correct. She is always perfect, including information that one doesn't even know is needed. She is personable and fun to spend time with, even if we don't talk travel. We consider her a friend as well as a dependable travel advisor. We continue to look forward to our next trip and Lu Ann will make it happen whatever we decide.

LuAnn was awesome!

By: Norm

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

I thought Lu Ann was very helpful in planning our family trip to Europe this past summer. She listened to exactly what we wanted, and put together a great itinerary. We loved all our excursions except the Cinque Terre tour, wouldn't recommend that tour company. It was crowded, rushed, and poorly organized. The custom tour to the Ferrari and Lamborghini factories was fabulous, the personnel driver was excellent. Lu Ann is very knowledgable, she gave us great advice on timing, tours, and what was worth seeing or not. She also advised us on travel credit cards, etc. She was very patient, and kind. I would definitely use her again.

One of the Best!!

By: RayB

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2014

Unfortunately we had to cancel our planned Tauck vacation, but LuAnn Cortese was very helpful in all aspects of planning and canceling the trip. She had even arranged to get us an extra night at our final stop gratis. LuAnn knows the travel business inside out, and I wouldn't consider having anyone else make our travel arrangements for us. With her help, we received a full refund of the security deposit, and Tauck offered to let us apply the insurance premium (non-refundable) to another trip if we booked and traveled within a  year of the original arrangements. First class service.


By: Paula G

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2014

Thank God for LuAnn. She really knew what she was talking about. She set up all of our tours, hotels, train tickets, etc. It was such a stress relief to have LuAnn take care of all the busy work. In the end, she prepared a binder with day by day itineraries. This was just great. She was very organized in the preparation of it all. Thanks a million.

Expert, friendly, excellent service

By: Frank

Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2014

Lu Ann was very efficient and covered everything needed and gave all options

A Miracle worker!

By: Trouper75

Reviewed on: 28 Nov 2014

Without Lu Ann we'd still be far away and not yet able to return home. As she always has, she took care of everything required to get us back home. On this Thanksgiving Day her name is at the top of our Thankful list. B/J

Excellent service

By: River Cruise

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2015

Lu Ann provided excellent advice and service in arranging for our European river cruise. She handled all the arrangements including airfare. We have relied on Lu Ann for a number of previous trips and have always been extremely satisfied with her professionalism, kindness and efficiency.

Spring Break in Clearwater Beach

By: Michelle

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2015

As always Lu Ann put together a fantastic trip for us. From hotels to airport transfers to things to do and see, Lu Ann gave us all the options and information for a wonderful Spring Break 2015! Thanks again Lu Ann

Expert. Friendly service

By: Kg

Reviewed on: 14 May 2015

She is the best we have ever seen!

Expert Personal Service

By: Kim

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Lu Ann never disappoints. She is timely, stays on top of finding the best rates. She addresses all our concerns and needs for a trip. Her follow through is professional, and the end result is a trip with smooth transitions. We will continue to use the services Lu Ann provides!!!

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