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Thomas Ward

Springfield, Pennsylvania Travel Agent
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Thomas Ward

Thomas Ward

Springfield, Pennsylvania Travel Agent
A Premier Travel Agency, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
Years of Experience: 25+
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Ireland Individual & Group Travel Specialist

Ireland Travel Specialist! 

The most important aspect when preparing a trip for you the customer is to listen to what you are saying.  During our conversation Tom will ask you questions so he can get a better picture of what you are looking for so he can produce a custom package to meet your desires and/or travel budget.   

Tom works with B&B’s (Bed and Breakfast), guesthouses, cottage rentals, 3-4-5 star hotels and deluxe resorts and spas along with golf destination hotels.  He is able to provide Airport Transfers, Car Rentals, Limo Service and private motor coaches that can accommodation 10, 20, 35 and 49 passengers.  His knowledge base and relationships with hundreds of managers and owners of travel related products in Ireland is what provides him the expertise to be your Irish Travel Expert, so give him a call or send me an email so he can set up a telephone interview to begin working on your vacation to the Emerald Isle! 

Tom began travelling to Ireland when he was 18 years old on his first familiarization trip.  Tom immediately fell in love with country.  At the first hotel on his journey, the receptionist called him up to the check in area and asked what time he wanted to be knocked up in the morning, he thought “I’m in heaven”, and he answered please knock me up at 6:30am and again at 7:00am.  Little did he know, there were no telephones, radios, clocks and TVs in the bedrooms and this was a 4 star hotel, Fitzpatick’s Kiliney Castle. Fitzpatrick’s is still a great favorite of his to visit!  Back in the 1970ies and 1980ies, the staff actually went to each room and knocked on the doors to wake up people in the morning.  Tom’s first week in Ireland it only rained twice, once for 3 days and then for 4 days. 

Tom has been travelling to Ireland for over 30 years and a lot has changed since his first trip.  There are now Clock Radios, Flat Screen TV’s, Trouser Presses, Internet Access, mini-bars and much more in the hotel rooms.  Averaging three trips a year, two business trips to meet with the local vendors and one escorted coach tour to make sure the customers are receiving everything and more than what he promised, he quickly became the go to person in the greater Philadelphia region with his vast real-time experiences. 

He has chartered Boeing 747’s and Airbus A330’s and assisted thousands of satisfied customers over the years in their vacation and business travel to the Emerald Isle.  He has produced custom vacations for as many as 750 passengers on one program to as little as 1 passenger. 

Professional Travel organizations that he is or was a member in include; SKAL International Philadelphia with clubs in over 89 countries, The Shamrock Club, ITOF, Irish Travel Agents Association, ICCUSA – Philadelphia, ASTA, American Express Ireland Expert. 

His experiences in the Irish community have provided him with the honor of meeting Mary Robinson, 1st female president of Ireland and Mary McAleese, 2nd female president of Ireland.  He was able to enjoy breakfast with Mayor Giuliani of New York City and Governor Pataki of New York State, also having lunch at the private residence of the Irish Ambassador to the United States as well as cocktails with the British Ambassador to the United States and his wife in their private residence in Washington D.C. 

Cead Mile Failte! - One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Thomas Ward

A Premier Travel Agency, Inc.

146 Saxer Avenue

Springfield PA 19064

Tel: 610-285-1868

Email: [email protected]

Full Service Travel Specialist

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Achievements over the years include opening the three new branch offices for a major travel agency in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

He Chartered 5 R/T flights out of Philadelphia to Ireland, a 2500 passenger cruise ship in the Caribbean, a 747 charter for the original Shamrock Classic hosting Notre Dame vs Navy in Dublin Ireland, coordinating all aspects w/ Coaches, Cars, Hotels, Trains, Limo service, Specialty Dinners, etc.

Designated OAG/Tariff Expert before computers were introduced to travel agents and  a leader in the advent of Airline, Hotel and Car reservations systems with PARS for Corporate Clients.

Tom has set up many destination Wedding/Moons along with custom websites for his clients.

Book on Line!  get Left Behind!

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

SKAL Philadelphia President,
Irish Travel Agents Association
I.T.O.F Irish Tours Operators Forum
ICCUSA Irish Chamber of Commerce U.S.A.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 8 Reviews

A beautiful trip, well planned and executed.

Reviewed By Cindy - Bryn Mawr, PA | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Tom put together a wonderful trip for us. He patiently listened to what we wanted and with his extensive knowledge and experience put together a trip that incorporated the best of what Ireland has to offer. Tom is a meticulous planner who was there to help every inch of the way. He took the angst out of traveling.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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Tremendous trip. Our itinerary allowed us the free

Reviewed By RDm - Pennsauken NJ | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Tom took great interest in what type of trip we were hoping to have. Laid out an amazing itinerary chocked full of recommendations for things to do and see. Met all of our expectations and then some.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Thomas Ward responded:
Thank you for the great review! It was a pleasure setting up your custom vacation to Ireland! See you on your next vacation!
17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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A Premier Travel Agency, the Best!

Reviewed By Bill and Marianne - Aston, PA | Traveled to California ~ USA
Tom & Maureen have been handling our travel for years and have been giving us excellent service. We have had problems while traveling like, weather delays were we almost missed our cruise and one time in Europe a hotel said our reservations were not pre-paid. Every time we could call and have their support immediately anytime day or night. This is what makes them an excellent company to use.

Recently we had to cancel a trip due to medical problems. Tom assisted us with completing our claim forms. We were denied for the claim. Before our travel date, I called Tom to have my brother fly in due to a new medical issue. I was going in for a back operation. Although Tom did the simple part of just booking the flights, he also pulled my older reservation and began the claim again due to this new medical issue that prevented me from traveling on the flights where I was denied coverage. Tom started a new claim for us.

This is why they truly “A PREMIER Travel Agency”

Bill & Mar
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Thomas Ward responded:
Thank you for your compliments and review!
16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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Ireland, Best Trip Ever, Best Travel Agent!

Reviewed By Eric M - Philadelphia, PA | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
A friend recommended to us that we meet with Tom Ward to set up our vacation to Ireland.

During the meeting he listen to what we wanted to do and asked us questions before he advised us on his personal recommendations for what to see and do within our time constraints. He set us up with Planes, Trains and Buses with private guides on a couple of the days.

We saw Dublin, Galway, Inis Mor, the Cliffs of Moore, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Cobh, Cork, Blarney Castle, Bunratty Castle. The custom itinerary he set up was a step by step outline of what we were doing and extras that we could add on based on the weather.

We had visited another travel agency who said they were an Ireland expert and tried to sell us on a bus tour with strangers. Tom put together the perfect trip for us.

The Eric M & Family.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Thomas Ward responded:
Thank you for your compliments!
15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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Our Most Excellent Irish Adventure

Reviewed By Kate - Philadelphia, PA | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
When we decided to visit Ireland, we wanted to explore lesser known attractions in the North and Northwest, some of which were off the beaten track and hard to get to. Tom put together an itinerary that efficiently and cost effectively got us to where we wanted to go. And with his deep love for and knowledge of Ireland, once Tom knew our interests, he also suggested some terrific additional destinations that aren't always found in the guidebooks. Our accommodations were great and our arrangements unfolded smoothly. If you want to create a unique travel experience that puts you in touch with some of the most engaging folks in Ireland, Tom is your travel agent!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Thomas Ward responded:
Thank you for the outstanding compliments!
14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Great Service!

Reviewed By Serge Z. - Sea Cliff, NY | Traveled to Lithuania ~ Europe
Great Travel Agent, he listen to what I wanted for my parents to travel to Lithuania and made it easy for them. They are older so he ordered assistance at the airports. He checked them in for each flight. I called him last night on their emergency line and as he answered the phone, I received the boarding passes for their return flight. This was at 10pm he was providing us service.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Thomas Ward responded:
Thank you for your compliments. This is the service I strive to provide for all of my customers. It was a pleasure working with you and your family!
15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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A Premier Travel saved my tail tonight!

Reviewed By Bill R - Philadelphia, PA | Traveled to Kalamazoo ~ Michigan ~ USA
A Premier Travel saved my tail tonight!

After we boarded our American flight out of Kalamazoo to Chicago and ultimately home an hour ago our flight got suddenly canceled due to mechanical problems with one of the engines.

Everybody had to scramble to get to ticket counters because there was nothing else out and people were talking about driving three hours to Detroit or two hours to Grand Rapids and being on standby. I called Tom - Tom at A Premier travel and interrupted his Friday night and spent literally an hour getting me rebooked on a flight at dawn tomorrow into Chicago and home at some point early afternoon and got me into a hotel near the airport. The others are still standing back in line.

We are really lucky to have such great people as Maureen and Tom at A Premier Travel. It seems that on a weekly basis they drop everything to help me and everybody else at our firm!

Bill R.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Thomas Ward responded:
Bill, Thank you for the outstanding review! I'm glad I was there to assist you during the troubled times when the airline cancelled your flight. As Always, we are here when you need us the most! Tom Ward 610-285-1868 Corporate Account Specialist
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Ireland was magical

Reviewed By Nancy and Bob - Kennett Square, PA | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Excellent, knowledgeable and professional. Tom set up a private after hours appointment to accommodate our work schedules. Our trip to Ireland was on our bucket list for years and Tom made our dream vacation a dream come true. Everything was perfect and exactly as planned. The hotels, driver, tours, flights, advise was spot on. Thank you Tom and I will send all our friends your way.
Thanks again,
Nancy and Bob Gilmore
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Thomas Ward responded:
Thank you for your compliments! It is truly an honor to have people from the Travel Industry contact me to be their expert on travel to Ireland!
15 of 24 people found this review helpful
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