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Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz

Woodbury, Minnesota Travel Agent
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CERTIFICATES & AWARDS Travel Leaders Leisure Specialist, Palace Resorts Pro Agent, Gourmet Inclusive Agent with Karisma Hotels
Certified Honeymoon and Wedding Travel Specialist
Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Registry

Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz

Woodbury, Minnesota Travel Agent

Woodbury Agent with Worldwide Experience

My job, how could I not love it? I help people live experiences such as eating Shrimp on the Australian Barbi, night snorkeling with the Manta Rays in Hawaii, even holding a soft n' cuddly Koala! All of which I've been lucky enough to live myself. Making new memories while on vacation is truly what it’s all about. 13 years in this industry has had me spanning the globe to cultivate my travel knowledge to better help my clients plan their travels. May I help you make your dreams become a reality?

My Travel Specialties

Wedding Location at Dreams Palm Beach

Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist

Have you always dreamed about saying "I do" on a white sandy beach? What about a beautifully manicured garden offering a bit more privacy? Ot to having your own private island for your family & friends? If the answer is yes, let ... Read more from my Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist bio.

Visiting Hobbiton in New Zealand

Australian and New Zealand Specialist

Australia is one of the most remote countries in the world, and strangely enough, one of the most popular destinations to visit.

Having visited a couple times, myself, I've seen firsthand what is so amazing about this country! No matter if you're snorkeling or ... Read more from my Australian and New Zealand Specialist bio.

Perfection

Caribbean, Mexico & Panama Specialist

Putting my toes in the sands has become a yearly must for me! That's why Mexico & Caribbean quickly became a go to. I've experienced anything from the fireworks & parades during Carnival in Mazatlán, relaxing on my terrace in my Jacuzzi under ... Read more from my Caribbean, Mexico & Panama Specialist bio.

Kaanapali Beach on Maui

Hawaii - Your Guide to the Islands!

A-L-O-H-A!! Everything about this beautiful state is incredibly amazing! From stretching out on the beautiful beaches of Maui, to feeling pampered in Wailea. Or you could seek out adventure on Lanai to immersing yourself in the culture of Lahaina. Experience the secrets of ... Read more from my Hawaii - Your Guide to the Islands! bio.

My Travel Experiences

My favorite pic from the tour at Hobbiton
Amazing Hobbiton in New Zealand
Families love it at Azul Beach
Family Friendly hotel in Mexico
Walk down the aisle to your dream wedding
A Royale Wedding

Client Review: Family Vacation to Puerto Vallarta

Our family spent our spring break in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. We were unsure how our kids ages 7 & 10 would enjoy a beach vacation with time to relax and unwind. What we found in Puerto Vallarta was amazing and my kids didn't want to leave! We stayed at the crown ... Read more from my Client Review: Family Vacation to Puerto Vallarta story.

Client Review: Cook Island Honeymoon

Cook Islands was wonderful! Being there in their "winter" was perfect. It was drizzly the first night there but the rest of our days were gorgeous. We had plenty of time in LA to make our Rartonga flight. However there was some delay in take off and customs which resulted us ... Read more from my Client Review: Cook Island Honeymoon story.

Client Review: Hiking in New Zealand and Australia

What a fun adventure trip my clients went on. Hiking all over New Zealand and Australia!!! Here is their overview of this amazing trip!! Jim and I are back from our New Zealand and Australia trip and I just wanted to let you know that "everything" went off perfectly. All ... Read more from my Client Review: Hiking in New Zealand and Australia story.

Customer Testimonials

Expert on Australia

Kristi is an Aussie and New Zealand Specialist. She is an expert in traveling to Australia. She has been to Australia twice in the past 3 years. The first trip was in 2013 and focused on Queensland and Sydney; the second trip was in August 2015 and focused on Sydney, Ayer’s Rock, Darwin, Melbourne and ended in Auckland, NZ. Kristi’s expertise and knowledge will ensure you have an amazing trip Down Under!

Provided by Ward Reid, Travel2

My Reviews

39 of 66 people found this review helpful

Honeymoon 2016

Reviewed By Steve - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
She was great. It was our first time to visit the Australia and New Zealand. She came up with many different tours for us. We gave Ali a list to things we want to do and she came up with other tours. All of our hotels were great too!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
I am so happy that you enjoyed your time Down Under. I look forward to planning your big adventure.
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33 of 62 people found this review helpful

Our 30th anniversary getaway

Reviewed By JCN - Elk River, MN | Traveled to Mazatlan ~ Sinaloa ~ Mexico
Kristi took care of everything for us. We didn't have to worry about any of the details. She responded quickly if we had questions and kept us informed and updated on what we needed to do to get ready for our trip. We will definitely use Kristi to book our next trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
It was fun planning your anniversary trip! Looking forward to working with you again.
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5 of 8 people found this review helpful

Amazing vacation!

Reviewed By Ash - New Orleans, LA | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Ali was wonderful to work with! This is the first time I ever worked with a travel agent, and it was a great experience! Ali kept us informed throughout the entire planning process, and she was always able to answer my questions. I would recommend Ali to anyone and will use her again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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31 of 60 people found this review helpful

Our Amazing Honeymoon!!!

Reviewed By comcass - Coon Rapids, MN | Traveled to St. Lucia ~ Caribbean
Kristi was an amazing person to work with while we planned our honeymoon. Neither of us had ever used a travel agency to book a trip, nor had we ever done much traveling outside of the US. Kristi made the process so easy and seamless. At first we had no idea where we wanted to go for our honeymoon. She asked us questions, had us brainstorm, and eventually helped us travel to the Sandals Regency La Toc in St. Lucia! We are so happy that we worked with Kristi to plan our honeymoon. We have told everyone we know to talk with Kristi if they need help planning a trip. Thank you again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Congratulations again! Glad you had an amazing honeymoon. Can't wait to help you with your 1st anniversary trip!
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32 of 62 people found this review helpful

Topnotch Agent

Reviewed By Buddy - Blaine, MN | Traveled to Mexico
First off, Kristi is so pleasant to work with. She has a wonderful personality and a great disposition. She listens carefully to what kind of trip you are looking for and then brings back many different options. Because of her extensive traveling she will give you a lot of inside information that you would never receive booking on your own. We have booked several trips with her and I have never found a better deal anywhere else.
You will be very pleased with your whole experience with Kristi and I would highly recommend working with her on any vacation you are planning.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thanks!!! So happy to help you plan your trips, and look forward to planning your next one too!
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30 of 58 people found this review helpful

Our river cruises and others.

Reviewed By Joyce/Wayne - Deerwood, MN | Traveled to Europe
We have worked with Kristi "Ali" for many years planning several trips. Some of the trips have just been just the two of us and some included other family members. The best thing about working with Kristi is how promptly she emails answers to all of our questions and quickly puts together a trip for us. We never have to worry about the details.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you!! It's so great working with you, you've been on some fun adventures over the years! Can't wait to help you plan the next one!
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Mexico 2016

Reviewed By Nate - Cottage Grove, MN | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
It's always a pleasure working with Ali. My wife and I have booked numerous trips with her and she consistently makes the sometimes frustrating travel process simple and easy. I highly recommend Ali if you're planning a vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Awesome trip

Reviewed By GoGreenBay!! - Eagan, MN | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
We had a great time and want to thank Ali for what she has done for us. It was a very painless process from booking our trip to getting back home. We had a time of our lives. Puerto Vallarta was a wonderful area from where we stayed, to meeting the local people, the local shopping and the night life. Rhythms of Night was an amazing excursion that I will never forget. Hyatt Ziva was a beautiful resort with a great view of the ocean and an outstanding staff. I definitely want to go back!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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32 of 63 people found this review helpful

best trip to Mexico, we've been to MX about 10 X's

Reviewed By Sharon - Woodbury MN | Traveled to Isla Mujeres ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
My experience has always been a positive one, Kristi is very down to earth, easy to work with and very knowledgeable regarding travel. If she doesn't have an answer to my question she will go to great lengths to get me what I need to know.

We always feel confident and ready the day of travel because of Kristi's efforts.
She consistently provides useful and up to date information about the trip, and always checks in after we get home to see how things went and if everything was up to our standards.

I have referred numerous people to Kristi over the years and I will continue to use her as our travel agent because of the excellent service she provides.



I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you! It was great working with you too! Looking forward to working with you again!
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Magical son's wedding

Reviewed By Rodriguez-Hermus wedding - Austin, TX | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Kristi was very helpful and took the time to listen to my needs and help to search for best options. Was very responsive and extremely professional. I plan to use Kristi again and refer her to friends and family
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you so much! I am glad I could help you find exactly what you were looking for. I look forward to helping you and your friends and family in the future.
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Great agent, Great Trip

Reviewed By J & S - Albany, NY | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Our experience from beginning to end was terrific. She worked really hard to meet all of our requests and followed through on everything she told us she would do. In addition her specific suggestions and guidance for us were all very helpful. Kristi really knows her stuff. I would use Kristi anytime we need to do extended travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
I am so happy that you enjoyed your trip and were able to travel with no worries! Thank you so much and I look forward to helping you again!
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Best. Trip. Ever.

Reviewed By Kathryn - Saint Paul, MN | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Ali did a great job through the entire experience! I really appreciated the hassle free planning part of this vacation, it made everything very easy!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

A trip to remember!

Reviewed By Jules - Inver Grove Heights | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I appreciated the reminder of things to bring, and all the info I needed for finding the right people when I got to Mexico. A lot more helpful than other agents I have used In the past.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great adults get away!

Reviewed By Kim - Cottage Grove, MN | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Kristi was wonderful to work with! In the beginning stages of our trip planning, she spent a lot of time gathering information for us. When I would switch my thinking of destinations Kristi always reassured me and would share information with me. She was dedicated, hard working and always willing to go the extra mile. I thought it was great when I received an email from her during our vacation-she was just checking in to make sure all was going well.
I highly recommend Kristi for your travel needs. She is excellent at what she does!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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4 of 8 people found this review helpful

Best Trip ever to Mexico!

Reviewed By Dodie - Lake Elmo, MN | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
We have used Kristi as a travel agent for our past 4 trips now, she is amazing. She takes the time to determine our wants and needs for the trip and then gives us recommendations. If we are interested in a place, like our recent trip to Cabo, and she has not experienced or stayed at the hotel/resort herself she will consult with other agents to get details. I always feel that Kristi goes above and beyond for us. I would highly recommend Kristi for your traveling needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Family Vacations

Reviewed By Leslie - Cottage Grove, MN | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
We have used Kristi several times in helping us with planning our family vacations. Kristi has always done a great job in getting us the best deal out there. From start to finish everything has always gone smoothly. I would definitely recommend Kristi to anyone looking for a travel agent.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 10 people found this review helpful

The best honeymoon we could have ever asked for!

Reviewed By Kelsey Fuhrmann - Crystal, Minnesota | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I found out about Kristi through a friend, Julie Thorp-Binger, another travel agent with Travel Leaders. She dealt more with business travel, so she referred me to Kristi and I'm so happy she did! Kristi was fabulous to work with! She made planning our honeymoon in the midst of planning an entire wedding almost effortless! I was so happy to have someone to help me find exactly what we were looking for! She was prompt in her responses which I appreciated greatly. She was very kind and fun to work with! I would highly recommend her and will definitely hope to work with her again on our next vacation!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Excellent Service

Reviewed By Susan - Minneapolis | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Ali was very responsive, insightful, helpful and intuitive to what we were looking for. I would recommend her without any reservations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you Susan! Thank you for letting me plan your trip, I look forward to helping you in the future!
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4 of 8 people found this review helpful

Hawaii - Oahu, Maui, & Kona

Reviewed By Tami - Woodbury, MN | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Kind, Helpful, accommodating, and follows up with travel/flight changes. Provided welcome message when arrived. We will use Ali again for sure.

Ali gave us ideas of things to do on each island, but did a great job booking our flight and hotels/resorts on each island.

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you so much Tami. I enjoyed working with you and helping you plan a wonderful trip to Hawaii! Can't wait to help your next adventure!
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10 of 20 people found this review helpful

Most relaxing vacation ever!

Reviewed By Rachel - Robbinsdale, MN | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
We are SO glad we went through a travel agent for our honeymoon - Ali was able to find us a great deal and offer features that we otherwise wouldn't have known about! She also provided some great feedback and inside knowledge, having been to the resort. Her expertise and personal experience were invaluable to us and made us so much more comfortable and at ease while on our honeymoon.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you so much! I am so happy that I was able to make it your dream honeymoon! I can't wait to help plan your anniversary trip!
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Delighted in the Dominican

Reviewed By Cara - Eagan, MN | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Kristi is the best! So helpful planning our trip. I had never been to Punta Cana before and had a million questions. She is very knowledgeable and friendly!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Kristi is fantastic!

Reviewed By Bo - Warrens, WI | Traveled to Europe
Kristi has worked on two trips for me since the beginning of the year: one to the Dominican and the other to the U.K. (England and Scotland) and Ireland. She planned our Dominican trip because she was the travel agent for a wedding I attended, and she did a great job for that trip. Because I don't live in The Twin Cities and I knew that Kristi tended to specialize in Caribbean trips, I tried to contact a couple of other travel agents near me to help me plan the UK/Ireland vacation. These other travels agents either didn't get back to me at all or contacted me later than I had expected. I ended up contacting Kristi, relatively last minute, to help me plan the UK/Ireland trip for four people, with varying destinations towards the end of the trip. Kristi was exceptional in planning and found us excellent flights and lodging for our trip. She is extremely responsive. I will be using her travel expertise again for my future trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Fabulous and easy destination wedding

Reviewed By Ali - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Our family booked a destination wedding trip to Punta Cana, D.R. through Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz, and we had a really great experience throughout the whole process. Kristi was very friendly and professional, and she always answered all of our questions promptly. She also provided excellent emails and materials with tips for what to bring on our trip and details to keep in mind once we arrived--so helpful! Once we arrived, the trip went very smoothly--no complaints at all. And we loved the whole trip--the beach, hotel, the staff, the grounds, the activities and excursions, and of course, the wedding. Just beautiful! I have already recommended Kristi to one friend who is thinking of going to the D.R. and would happily recommend her to others as well. Thank you to Kristi!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great trip to Big Island

Reviewed By Lori - Farmington, MN | Traveled to Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
This is the 2nd time we have worked with this agent, and have been pleased both times. This time around allowed for less time for us to research potential hotels, but the ones that were recommended were all high quality, and we were happy with the one selected, price, location, quality, cleanliness, staff, amenities, etc.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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I'll be Calling Kristi Again!

Reviewed By Roskoski - Woodbury MN | Traveled to Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Kristi was so helpful and friendly and offered very good advice for our first trip to Hawaii.

She followed up very quickly to all our questions and followed up again after the trip. She even sent us a nice welcome basket when we arrived to our hotel.

Wonderful experience working with Kristi!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Guest at destination wedding

Reviewed By Bri - Spooner, wi | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Great to work with. Was very quick with responses even when she was out of town
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Very responsive

Reviewed By Kaylee - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Kristi was very responsive through the hotel booking process and kept us informed of important details, like a recent Mexican-USD currency rule.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great trip

Reviewed By Jay - Cross hill, SC | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Kristi always tried to answer emails and phone calls in a timely matter.
She was always pleasant and easy to work with.
If I need a travel agent in the future I will certainly contact Kristi.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Amazing Trip

Reviewed By CarrieB - Bloomington, MN | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
I have actually already recommended Kristi to a friend. We had a great experience with Kristi. She made everything so easy and gave us so much useful information for our trip. We will be planning our next trip and plan to use Kristi for all of our travel plans in the future.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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First family outing

Reviewed By Terve - St. Paul, MN | Traveled to San Diego ~ California ~ USA
Ali was very nice and was quite flexible in our meandering ideas of what might suit for a first family trip. She was very lax in communication and did not research some of the items we had discussed. I wish she had been more versed in some of the locations we mentioned based on the profile she promoted. The only reason we won't suggest her to family is because we'd like to establish a better relationship with her. We try really hard to get to know our vendors before suggesting family and friends to use them. I believe that once a good relationship is fostered we will be able to update this review and hopefully pass on Ali's information.
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you for your review. I'm saddened that you feel that I was lax in communicating, as I look back at our emails we communicated quite frequently & we discussed many different options. I hope that you found my detailed info helpful in planning & deciding on several different destinations with this trip, and we can absolutely discuss your future plans on new destinations as well. Thank you for considering referring me to your family and friends, I look forward to working with all of you again.
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Best Trip Ever

Reviewed By Shellie - Delano, MN | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
I have worked with Kristi for over 10 years. Each and every time I have booked travel with her, it has been nothing short of amazing. She is amazing. I tend to make a lot of changes which I know can be frustrating, but she does everything that I ask and with a cheerful smile. She wants you to have the time of your life and will do everything in her power to make it happen. I would highly recommend sing Kristi for your next travel adventure. And tell all you friends to call her as well. You will NOT be disappointed. Kristi.....you Rock.
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Spring Break Family Vacation

Reviewed By Gully - Maple Grove | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would definitely recommend Ali, especially for those who aren't experienced travelers.
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3RD Visit to Punta Cana

Reviewed By Nicole - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
I have had the pleasure of knowing Kristi for about 15 years, we previously worked together at a different travel agency and I have been using Kristi as a travel agent for about 4 years now since I am no longer a travel agent and have book several trips through her and have referred may friends and family to her.

Kristi is always professional and honest. I trust her completely to get us the best deal possible.

Kristi and her assistant are always efficient. I contacted her several times prior to my departure to have her check to see if the price has gone down and she is always speedy at returning with the answers for me.

During the planning stage of this particular trip I used Kristi's knowledge of the area to find a different hotel than what I have used in my previous visits to Punta Cana.

My plan is to get a large group together for another trip to Punta Cana in 2019 and we will definitely all be using Kristi.


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Thank you Kristi!

Reviewed By Sarah - Los Angeles, CA | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Kristi was excellent. She took the time to make sure she had all the information she needed to find us the perfect trip. I really love that she didn't try to upsell us or push us into something outside our parameters. We had a limited budget and she found us exactly what we asked for, and it was much classier than I had imagined we could get! Super friendly, super attentive, extremely knowledgeable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Good trip.

Reviewed By J - Wilson | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Kristi did a great job setting us up with everything we adked for. Long term trusted agent!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2017 Hawaii Trip

Reviewed By Mike - Woodbury,MN | Traveled to Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Kristi made our trip planning very easy. She found us a great flight and fantastic place to stay
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great wedding trip

Reviewed By Adam - Chippewa Falls, WI | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Kristi was fantastic. Everything was simple and easy and we got everything we expected and more. Thanks!
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Wonderful trip to Punta Cana

Reviewed By Donna and Russ - Cottage Grove MN | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Ali was wonderful to work with. She answered all the questions we had about the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana - she had stayed there previously and knew first hand all about the accommodations. She was friendly and willing to assist us in any way. I would recommend her to our friends and family!
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Kristi is AWESOME!!

Reviewed By Jen - WI | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Kristi is awesome! Always helpful in finding places to go and see.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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The best Mexican trip ever!

Reviewed By Pat and Kathy - South Saint Paul | Traveled to Mazatlan ~ Sinaloa ~ Mexico
Alisha has always had our best interest her number one goal when helping g us choose vacation places. Sheostensibly to our requests. Emails patiently back an forth answering the many questions we have.
A year ago we had to cancel our vacation due to health. She helped us retrieve vouchers to use for this most recent trip. I like that she has traveled or researched extensively where she recommends.
We just had the best trip ever to Mazatlan in February! We were treated like king and queen. There was never a need that the resort couldn't fill!
Thanks so much Ali!
The Darrows
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What a spectacular Mexican trip!!

Reviewed By Scholls - Cottage Grove, MN | Traveled to Los Cabos ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Kristi (Ali) was an absolute joy to work with. When we wanted a safe trip to Mexico, she suggested options that we could choose from. She stuck to our price range and provided us with a great selection of all -inclusive resorts. We were so happy with Los Cabos at the Hyatt Ziva. The price was cost effective and the views and landscape spectacular! Kristi had our transfers arranged to and from the airport; very safe. She answered ALL of our continued questions with grace up until our departure. We were pleased to fly Delta airlines. They were efficient and on-time. THANK you, Kristi, for the lovely fruit and champagne that awaited us in our room upon arrival.

We were so pleased with our Mexican vacation. We will definitely use Kristi again for any travels, as a couple or an extended family. I love her organization & efficiency!!
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The best trip of our lives!!!

Reviewed By Dorothy - Maplewood, MN | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Ali has done a few trips for my family and they have gone flawlessly.
She is a great travel agent. Very helpful, great suggestions and very very patient with changes and large groups. Thank you Ali, you are fabulous!!

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thanks! It has been great working with you too. Always happy when things are flawless!
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30 of 61 people found this review helpful

A Wonderful Vacation!

Reviewed By Barb M. - Edina, MN | Traveled to Marco Island ~ Florida ~ USA
Kristi is an excellent travel concierge, and the person I trust with all of my travel plans. Her knowledge, expertise and demeanor make the planning process easy and fun! I have recommended her to several friends and they are all very satisfied with her great service.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Wow, I am honored and I appreciate it. I love being your travel concierge and can't wait to help you plan your next trip.
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Best trip to Maui!

Reviewed By Bart - Woodbury, MN | Traveled to Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Thank you Ali for getting us a great deal on an AWESOME family vacation to 2 different locations in Maui.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Amazing trip

Reviewed By Kim - Spooner, WI | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Kristi was so great to work with! Being from a different state, we were able to do everything over the phone or e-mail, which was great. She helped us with everything and I would highly recommend her to family or friends who are looking to travel! She even gave us tips on what to bring and asked how the trip was afterwards.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Very well planned

Reviewed By Becky - Falcon Heights, MN | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
We had a nice vacation. Ali did a very nice job of letting us know what to expect ahead of time. Everything was very well-organized and provided for stress-free travel! I appreciated all her follow-up and communication along the way.
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Best trip ever.

Reviewed By Carlson's - Minnesota | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
This was our first time using a travel agent and Kristi was amazing. Everything was done for us and on time. We went out of the country and had no worries since Kristi had everything booked from our transportation to our resort. We will definitely be booking every future vacation with Kristi.

Thank you again.
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annual vacation

Reviewed By Sara Johnson - Maple Grove, MN | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
always response and tailors your search on the specifics of what you are looking for
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worry free,no surprises.

Reviewed By Glenerd - Baldwin, Wi | Traveled to Mexico ~ Mexico
My wife and I have worked with Kristi for a couple of years now. She has been very knowledgeable about the destinations we have chosen to visit. Kristi knows my wife and I lean toward the higher class 5-star hotels by the visits we have had with her, so she always has suggestions where we should stay. Once we pick out a destinations she plans the flight, transfers to hotel, rooms at the hotels to our standards,travel insurance, everything we need for a care-free trip with no surprises. When we book with her we know ahead of time what we will get when we arrive and what it will cost. Sometimes she plans a trip for us that ends up costing more then what we thought and we decide not to go. This doesn't upset Kristi and she is always happy to help us the next time we decide to travel. I know you can plan trips on the internet, but we like knowing exactly the type of room we are getting before we go. We love working with Kristi and would recommend her to anyone who likes to travel care-free
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Family trip to Mexico!

Reviewed By Anna - Woodbury, MN | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
My family has planned our trips with Kristi going on about 5 years now. She is excellent! She's helped with everything from our annual family trip to my sister's destination wedding! It doesn't matter how many questions we may have she is always more than happy to answer and is very quick! She is the absolute best!

I usually start to research and look into new places to travel to with my family around May/June...Kristi gives me all sorts of information for the price ranges we are looking to stay around. She is EXTREMELY helpful in the planning process! We usually travel with no fewer than 7-8 people and have had as many as 20 on a family trip and I think over 40 people for the destination wedding.

January 2017 we traveled to Puerto Vallarta on Kristi's recommendation and the property was beautiful and suited all of my families needs and wants. I wouldn't want to work with anyone but her!



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Another fabulous trip! Fun in the sun!

Reviewed By We luvJamaica - Minot, ND | Traveled to Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Kristi has helped us with a few vacations & always does an amazing job. She is very good about communicating & even wishes us well before we depart as well as greets us with an email once we return.

She has lots of knowledge of places to go & things to see.

We will definitely be calling her again!
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excepiontal trip

Reviewed By d4 - Oakdale | Traveled to Mexico
very good she did a great job.
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Family trip

Reviewed By Borndale - Maplewood MN | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Kristi has been great to work with and does a good job of finding the best deals for us.
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Amazing destination wedding!

Reviewed By Turk Family - Brainerd, MN | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Kristi worked really hard at arranging our daughters destination wedding to Puerto Vallarta. She planned the trip for 12 of us. Every detail was taken care of including the park and fly motel.

Kristi did an amazing job and we recommend her to anyone who is planning a to travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Oh thank you so much! I am glad that you had such a great time and enjoyed Puerto Vallarta. Ready to plan your next big adventure.
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Destination Wedding

Reviewed By Nate - Cottage Grove, MN | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I have relied on Ali to help with booking my vacations since 2012. This includes helping plan a destination wedding for my wife and I in Cancun, MX which involved 50 of our closest family members and friends. She is knowledgeable, reliable, organized, friendly and trustworthy. I will continue to work with Ali in the future and highly recommend her to anyone who is searching for a travel agent.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you so much! It was so fun helping you and your family with your wedding! Can't wait to help you plan your next trip, an anniversary trip perhaps?
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Great Trip to Mazatlan

Reviewed By John and Diane - White Bear Lake, MN | Traveled to Mazatlan ~ Sinaloa ~ Mexico
She has never disappointed us in her recommendations and accommodations.
The upgrade to the Elite Club at the El Cid Marina was well worth the money. Great drinks, top shelf liquor, Great food for everyone! Nice pool and room, too!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Wonderful Wedding/Honeymoon

Reviewed By Jonathan - Fairfax, VA | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Kristi was AMAZING. She planned our Wedding week and Honeymoon to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. She went above and beyond to help us. She played liaison between us and the resort. She assisted us in questions and concerns to get sorted out even after we were introduced (via email) to the wedding coordinator. This to me, was above when she needed to do. Even after everything was set in stone and paid for, she still kept in regular contact to make sure everything was transitioning smoothly. We are considering a tropical vacation later this year with people from Buffalo, Ny, the Twin Cities, MN, Denver, CO and Washington DC. I will definitely contact Kristi to coordinate and set up our resort!!!!
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The best resort we have been to.

Reviewed By Josh and Stacy - Paynesville, MN | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would highly recommend working with Ali for all of your travel needs. She was very patient with us trying to find exactly what we were looking for. She was very timely in getting quotes to us. All of her recommendations were top notch. It was great not having to worry about transfers, seat assignments, etc. We will be using her services in the future for all of our travel needs. Thanks again
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
It was such a pleasure working with you on this trip! Let me know when you are ready to start planning the next one! You are very welcome!
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Mazatlan Trip

Reviewed By EMT - Minneapolis Minnesota | Traveled to Mazatlan ~ Sinaloa ~ Mexico
The hotel check in didn't go as smoothly as I had hoped. No one was there to direct us to the "elite" guest area, so we first ended up in the regular check in lines and the desk clerk got perturbed with me because I was the wrong area and wasting his time when many other people were waiting.

The other thing was that we didn't receive the " carnival" basket in our room that everyone else received.

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you for letting me know about these issues, it’s always good to know, and try to fix. We submitted the request for the extra amenities, and I did follow up with the hotel manager as soon as I was made aware, so hopefully they made everything right! I hope the rest of your trip turned out fabulous, and I look forward to working with you again in the future!!
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A Beautiful, Relaxing, Vacation!

Reviewed By Cindy - So. St. Paul, MN | Traveled to Mazatlan ~ Sinaloa ~ Mexico
Kristi was so very helpful with her knowledge of Mazatlan, Mexico. We knew what to expect, where to go and the highlights of this area prior to going because of the time she took with us in her office. As our trip approached we received information via email on the procedure of customs, who would connect us to the hotel and even tips on how to pack. Kristi was always available for a phone counsel if we had questions or would get back to us quickly as possible if she was unavailable. I will use Kristi again in my next venture as she made my vacation worry and effort free for me. All I had to do was get on the plane!
Thanks Kristi,
Cindy Carter
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Costa Rica is a must see

Reviewed By Nadine Babu - St. Louis Park, MN | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
I've worked with Kristi for about 3-4 years now. She is fantastic. She makes planning a vacation very effortless. I have referred her to numerous friends, all whom have been extremely happy with her customer service, planning, and knowledge.

Kristi is the type of agent you can text on a weekend, when you're on vacation, and she'll get back to you and answer any of your questions. She's also great at finding excellent deals, and working with your dates.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you Nadine!! It has been a pleasure working with you these last few years! I appreciate all the support and referrals you send me, a HUGE thank you to you. I can't wait to help plan your next trip!
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We had a great time

Reviewed By Becky - Waseca, Minnesota | Traveled to Caribbean
We have done a large family cruise thru Ali and a small family cruise. We had a great time on both vacations. Ali set everything up, we didn't have any issues. She contacted us several times to see if we had any questions and to double check that everything was in place. I would recommend her services and we will be using her again in the future.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you! It was great working with you too! Looking forward to working with you again!
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Eliminated the stress, hassle, and risk for us!

Reviewed By mark e. - lakeville, mn | Traveled to Mexico
Ali did an awesome job for us. We were a family of 4 traveling outside of the US for the first time. One of the reasons we decided to use a travel agents was to minimize risk - forgetting passports, not knowing to arrange shuttles, currency exchange, what hotel would suit us best - these were all concerns of ours.

Not only did Ali have the answers and guidance for the risks above, but she took all the hassle and stress out of the entire planning process.

There were no hiccups, no surprises, and no issues with our trip - and we had an awesome vacation!

Thanks Ali.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Aww thank you! I am glad that I was able to take your stress away when traveling. It should be easy and fun! Look forward to helping out with your next trip!
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Cancun

Reviewed By Zeb - Wilson, Wisconsin | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
She consistently provided destinations that exceeded our expectations. Overall she made sure all details were complete to make sure our trip went well.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you! It was great working with you too! Looking forward to working with you again!
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Torks take Mexico

Reviewed By Tork Family - Windsor, WI | Traveled to Mazatlan ~ Sinaloa ~ Mexico
Ali always succeeds in impressing us with her ability to choose a wonderful vacation for us. Whether we are traveling just the 2 of us or with our children she does an amazing job guiding us to the ideal destination for the best price. We have used Ali multiple times in the past and plan to continue to enlist her support for another trip in 2017. I have and will refer her to many friends and family. Ali is great!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
I love working with you too. Thank you so much for the referrals.
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Many great vacations!

Reviewed By Stacy - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Kristi has helped plan so many trips, domestic, international, immediate family with kids, extended family, traveling with seniors. Vacation packages and/or airline only!

She is so helpful and has great ideas and will work with you until you get the travel you need and want.

It has been a pleasure working with her for our travels to Maui, NYC, DC, San Francisco, Paris, and London!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thanks Stacy!! It's always so fun helping you plan your next big adventure!!! Keep in touch!
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Destination Wedding Extravaganza!

Reviewed By Eric & Jon - Saint Paul, MN | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Having Kristi plan our wedding in Playa del Carmen was a fantastic experience! Not only was the resort she suggested a great place (fantastic amenities, great staff) it was also in our budget.
She helped us find a location that was friendly to same-sex couples, so we felt comfortable.

We had a total group of 39 people attend, and to have Kristi there to help us handle them all was invaluable. Actually, my husband and I didn't have to do much at all :)

Kristi also made the process a lot of fun too! She is professional, but we had a good number of laughs while working with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Oh Yay! Thank you!! It was an awesome wedding to help plan, thank you for letting me be a part of it all!! Thanks for your kind words, and I can't wait to work with you guys again soon!
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Cruising the Caribbean

Reviewed By Nanc - Oakdale, MN | Traveled to Caribbean
Ali was the best! I don't travel often so am new to all the flight requirements, cruising and the excursions. She made suggestions and gave us helpful hints. She answered all my questions (very pleasantly) and was a joy to work with!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thanks so much! Happy to help, and looking forward to hearing about how everything went on your cruise!!!
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2015 Vacation

Reviewed By Nicole - Richfield,MN | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean

Always a pleasure working with Ali, she is always so helpful in answering questions and finding the best deal.

For the 2nd year in a row Ali has helped us book a great vacation to Punta Cana staying at the Memories Splash Punta Cana. We love this hotel and will cont to call Ali to book us year after year.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Aaaw! Thank you!! Always a pleasure sending you back 'home'!!!!!
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Exceptional Agent

Reviewed By Renee - Afton, MN | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Ali is an exceptional agent. Not only is she timely with the required travel documents, she is extremely knowledgeable about the various areas to which we have traveled. She takes the time to know you individually and learns your likes and dislikes of traveling and based off that information offers you several options from which to choose.
We have trusted Ali for five years in a row now and never have had a bad experience. She works tirelessly to make sure her clients are provided the best service.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you! It's always fun working with you guys and your crazy adventures!!!
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Amazing Getaway!

Reviewed By Anna - Woodbury, Mn | Traveled to Mazatlan ~ Sinaloa ~ Mexico
I have been working with Ali for the last few years and she goes above and beyond! I wouldn't even consider working with someone else!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thanks! I have enjoyed working with you too!
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Spring break trip

Reviewed By Jamie - Belle Plaine, mn | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Kristi has amazing knowledge in the travel field. Having traveled to many destinations herself she is able to provide excellent review and give excellent recommendations on where to travel, where to stay and what to do once you get there. We were deciding where to take our kids on spring break and wanted to experience Mexico. Of course we had a budget we had to stay within and Kristi was able to provide us with an amazing trip at an excellent family friendly hotel and we came in under budget!!
My kids had a blast and didn't want to come home. We can't wait to book our next family vacation with Kristi!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kristi "Ali" Mackedanz responded:
Thank you! It was great working with you too! Looking forward to working with you and your family again.
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