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Rey Alton

Bellaire, Texas Travel Agent
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Rey Alton

Bellaire, Texas Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
Years of Experience: 25+
37 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Certified Travel Industry Executive

The process of planning, coordinating, booking, and managing travel arrangements can be a daunting experience.  But, with a seasoned and respected travel advisor, your travel planning experience will be streamlined and hassle-free. With more than 25 years of travel industry experience, Rey specializes in providing knowledge-based guidance to corporate, government, higher education, and leisure travelers. Rey is committed to providing his clients with honest and straightforward advice throughout the travel planning process.  He places a special emphasis on being responsive to his clients’ needs while making each client feel comfortable and equipped to make informed travel decisions. Rey thrives on helping people fulfill their travel goals and dreams. As an experienced world traveler who has visited six continents and 45 countries, Rey uses his first-hand knowledge to help guide and advise his clients.   Rey has worked in the travel industry for more than 25 years and has experience with travel brands such as American Express, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and Travel Leaders. A native Houstonian, Rey enjoys spending time with his young family, volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, and practicing yoga.  Rey also serves as a frequent travel expert on local television networks, including ABC News-KTRK-13, Fox Morning News KRIV-26, and Great Day Houston-KHOU 11. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Travel Weekly, and CNN.com.Rey graduated from Hampton University with honors in 1995 with a degree in History.                  

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
Travel Weekly Magellan Award Winner 2013
Travel Weekly Magellan Award Winner 2011
Travel Weekly Magellan Award Winner 2009

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Barbados Food, Wine & Rum Festival

Barbados - Food, Wine and Rum Festival

For four days in November, Barbados hosts one of its most talked about events of the island; the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival. The festival allows you to experience the beauty of the island, exquisite food, drinks and mingle with some of the most highly acclaimed chefs of the cooking... Read more from my Barbados - Food, Wine and Rum Festival story.

The Spirit of Cuba

This summer I visited Cuba as part of Almeda Travel’s “Voluntourism” tour package. It was an amazing experience that let me lend a helping hand and get an up-close look at a historical landmark. Because of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, a lot of basic things that are available to us... Read more from my The Spirit of Cuba story.

Running of the Bulls

I think of myself as a bit of the thrill-seeker type, which is how I found myself bound for Spain to join hundreds of others in the most famous running of the bulls event in Pamplona. When one of my friends asked me about the event, it seemed out of the norm... Read more from my Running of the Bulls story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 37 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Travel Expert

Reviewed By Randy - Houston | Traveled to Europe
We have worked with Rey for many years and have always enjoyed the experience. Most of our travel has been river cruises in Europe but last year we did a trip to South Africa. Rey is very thoughtful, thorough and responsive.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
54 of 88 people found this review helpful
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Another fabulous trip!

Reviewed By TC - San Antonio, Texas | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Rey has booked several domestic and international trips for me over the years. Each time the experience was fantastic. Rey is not only a knowledgeable and experienced travel agent, he is patient with groups and always provides stellar customer service. The resorts are always fabulous and his recommendations on what to do when we arrive at our destinations make my vacations more enjoyable. I’ve counted on Rey to book fabulous vacations for over 10 years and he always delivers the best. I’ve always enjoyed the individual attention and care Rey provides his clients. He understands the apprehension that comes along with trying new places and is thorough and accommodating as a result. He’s also great at making suggestions on future vacations and I’ve never been disappointed when I follow his suggestions. Rey will remain my travel confidante for many years to come. He’s the best, hands down!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
47 of 76 people found this review helpful
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Anniversary Trip

Reviewed By Chris Cooper - Humble, Texas | Traveled to Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
I have the opportunity to book travel with Rey at Alameda Travel several times over the past 5-8years. He is very informative and knowledgeable about different places to travel and the hospitality service companies in those areas. I have been very pleased with every interactions and trip we have been on.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
42 of 71 people found this review helpful
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July 4th Fun!!!

Reviewed By Lady on the Go - Beaumont, Texas | Traveled to Washington D.C. ~ District of Columbia ~ USA
Rey and the Almeda Travel family have been so good to my family in assisting us in all of our travel needs/goals from beginning to return. Rey has shown nothing but the utmost professionalism, patience,guidance, and quality service that is so difficult to find these days. We have trusted Almeda Travel for the last 5-6 years for our vacations and will continue to do so, I also strongly recommend if you’re looking for an agent/team that is knowledgeable and consumer responsive go with Almeda Travel!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
45 of 78 people found this review helpful
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The best trip of our lives has been to Jamaica

Reviewed By Alexis - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
My husband and I have been using Almeda Travel for 11 years. He is always thorough and willing to make adjustments as needed. We have enjoyed the many cruises we have taken and we will continue to do so.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
42 of 74 people found this review helpful
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Destination Wedding Planner

Reviewed By Destination Wedding Planner - Elite Eventz - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Love working w/ Rey! Very knowledgable and detailed!! Definitely recommend to any and everyone traveling abroad.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
42 of 74 people found this review helpful
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The best trip of our lives!

Reviewed By Yo - Houston, tx | Traveled to Maldives ~ Central Asia
Best travel agent ever!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
37 of 65 people found this review helpful
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Fortieth birthday trip

Reviewed By Londa G. - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
My experience working with Rey has been great. He is very knowledgeable about his profession. My cousin and I wanted to plan a big trip for my fortieth birthday. Rey set up a trip to Dominican Republic which included an all inclusive five star hotel (Iberostar) with round trip transportation. Oh, how I wish I could show you pictures of the hotel, breathtaking. Before we could start popping bubbles we missed our flight. We called Rey and he quickly took care of the situation by putting us on another flight the next morning. To my delight, the hotel and transportation were in place as if nothing ever happened. I had a great time and would do it all over again missed flight and all because I know Rey will fix it:)
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
39 of 71 people found this review helpful
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The trip to Europe was awesome.

Reviewed By Kimberly F - Houston, TX | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
The trip to Europe was awesome. All went well. I do need to give you feedback about the Eurostar ticket people what the reviews say is completely true. The man comes 15 minutes before you leave. We were there an hour before. But all was great!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
26 of 46 people found this review helpful
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The Winter Holidays in Southeast Asia

Reviewed By Myrtis - Sarasoto, FL | Traveled to Singapore ~ East and Southeast Asia
Our vacation was awesome! Thanks to your excellent expertise. Everything went smoothly Singapore was everything I expected to be and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel was over the top. We had a beautiful room facing the Bay. Delicious food, great shopping. My first time entering a Buddhist Temple. Everything in Singapore was excellent.We enjoyed visiting the Temples in Bangkok. Thank You. You are the best!

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
38 of 70 people found this review helpful
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Most Memorable Times

Reviewed By MMB - Houston, TX | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
Rey is an outstanding travel agent who has planned many of our family trips, both domestic and international, for the past five years. He is knowledgeable, patient, and very professional. He is always willing to give you all of the different options on flights and does so quickly. He always answers all of my questions about the different airlines and how they compare. Rey responds to emails and phone calls quickly. He is very informative about the various destinations that we have traveled to. My family has very much enjoyed working with Rey, and he makes planning our trips enjoyable and easy.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
40 of 74 people found this review helpful
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The Best Travel Agent

Reviewed By Erica - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Europe
I have worked with Rey Alton over 8 years. I have traveled internationally and locally. He always works with my budget and my needs. Mr. Alton is also beneficial because he has personally traveled to several destinations. He is excellent at recommending things based off of his personal experience. He makes you feel like family when planning trips tailored to your specific hobbies and wish list!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
34 of 62 people found this review helpful
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Great vacation experience.

Reviewed By M. Good - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
From beginning to end planning a trip with Rey is very easy. I have worked with Rey on several occasions, and each time I go I have a ton of ideas and I’m never sure of what I want. Rey gives me the best options and always gives me the best rates. I particularly like the fact that Rey will find the best hotels/resorts to fit the needs based on they type of vacation experience you are looking for. I highly recommend Rey for anyone looking for worry free trip planning.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
38 of 71 people found this review helpful
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Great trips!

Reviewed By Kaye - Texas | Traveled to Dubai ~ United Arab Emirates ~ Middle East
Rey is great at what he does. We have been clients of his for years. We typically present a general idea of what we're looking for, he makes suggestions, we select from those suggestions and then he takes it from there. Hotels and experiences are important to me and Rey makes sure those are top notch.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
38 of 73 people found this review helpful
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What a spectacular trip to the Maldives!

Reviewed By Brixton - West University, Texas | Traveled to Maldives ~ Central Asia
Rey was an absolute joy to work with. He suggested options that we could choose from. He stuck to our price range and provided us with a great selection of all -inclusive resorts. We were so happy with at the Anantara Veli Maldives. The price was cost effective and the views and landscape spectacular! Rey had our transfers arranged to and from the airport; very safe. He answered ALL of our continued questions with grace up until our departure. We were pleased to fly Qatar airlines. They were efficient and on-time. THANK you, for the lovely fruit and champagne that awaited us in our room upon arrival.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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First trip since Covid to Mexico

Reviewed By R.C. Pope - Woodlands, Texas | Traveled to Tulum ~ Mexico ~ Mexico
I was not sure if I should travel to Mexico, but Rey assured me of the protocols in place at the airport and hotel. I felt very safe traveling & at the hotel and got the needed vacation I deserved.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Trip of a life time!!

Reviewed By JR Majors - NYC | Traveled to Dubai ~ United Arab Emirates ~ Middle East
This my 3rd trip booked through Rey, and always amazing!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Maldives Honeymoon best trip of our lives

Reviewed By Marcy B - Laguna, CA | Traveled to Maldives ~ Central Asia
I think of myself as a part time travel agent, but I was totally lost when trying to book a honeymoon to the Maldives on my own. Rey was very patient with me and my fiance. He explained the difference between half board, full board, and all inclusive. Rey helped us to stay with in our travel budget. The trip was best of our lives!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Best trip EVER!!!

Reviewed By Girls vacation - Houston, texas | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
We had 4 women wanting a ladies trip to Europe where we had some tours and some days on our own to explore. We told him what we wanted and he provided everything beautifully! We had a fantastic trip and all 4 women were more than happy!!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
24 of 46 people found this review helpful
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Luxury Vacations - All Trips of a Lifetime!

Reviewed By Toni & Lance - Houston, TX | Traveled to Mexico
We first met Rey when planning one of the most important trips of lives, our destination wedding to the Riviera Maya area of Mexico. Rey helped us not only pick the absolute best resort for our wedding party but also coordinated every aspect of our travel for more than 50 guests. We are so thankful for his advice and guidance and absolutely loved the luxurious resort. So much so that we are thinking of planning our 10-year anniversary back there with all of our guests.

In our decade long relationship with Rey, he has planned several other vacations for our family (Aruba, Eastern Mediterranean ~ Rome/Sicily/Greece/Turkey, Dominican Republic) and for the friends we have referred to him. He's handled countless questions from our family and friends; all with ease and patience. We are very grateful for the relationship we've established with Rey!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
38 of 74 people found this review helpful
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Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness

Reviewed By Kim F - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
I have taken so many trips planned by Rey. He spends time to see what l like. Now he constantly plans my trips perfectly all over the world.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Positive Professionalism, Quality, Value

Reviewed By K Sams - Rosharon, TX | Traveled to Santorini ~ Greece ~ Europe
Absolutely an amazing Travel Agency, we have referred some many friends because of the extraordinary service we received. All of our travel plans exceeded our expectations, it’s like they were inside our mind!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Had an Amazing Time in the Maldives

Reviewed By Brittany - Sugar Land, TX | Traveled to Maldives ~ Central Asia
Rey was great to work with and he made it super simple to book our honeymoon through him.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Anniversary Trip

Reviewed By Janet - Bellaire, TX | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
I haven't used a travel agent in years, simply because I could do it on my own. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of "extras" we received that I could never get by booking online myself. Travel plans, checklists, transfer explanations, bag tags and many more were great extras that I wasn't expecting. Obviously, the travel agent business has changed and Rey has embraced those changes, I'll be booking all my family and business trips with him from now on.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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50th Birthday in the Maldives

Reviewed By Thomas W - Sugarland, Texas | Traveled to Maldives ~ Central Asia
Ray was fantastic to work with, he was so knowledge about the Maldives and was able to get me the most amazing overwater villa with a pool at the Conrad. Also Ray set up dinner in the under water restaurants which topped my entire experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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The BEST trip ever!!!!!

Reviewed By Girl’s trip - Houston, texas | Traveled to Europe
Ray did an excellent job help me and three other women pull together a girls trip to Europe with some specific request.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
23 of 45 people found this review helpful
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Professionalism

Reviewed By Bridget B - Dallas , Texas | Traveled to Tulum ~ Mexico ~ Mexico
I’ve used Almeda Travel a few times and the Almeda Travel Team never disappoints! Great recommendations on places to stay and things to do!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

Reviewed By William R - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Maldives ~ Central Asia
Almeda Travel is a top notch agency. Their customer service and professionalism is second to none. The agency is very knowledgeable of anything travel related. They will always be my preferred agency for all my travel needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Professionalism, Responsiveness

Reviewed By MilkHouse - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
This is our first time using a travel agent and so far we are not disappointed! Due to Covid-19 we have been stressed with trying to plan our wedding and honeymoon. When our original hotel didn’t want to honor our original rate Rey found us another 5 star resort that met our specifications. He has also kept us updated on travel restrictions and requirements which helps to put our minds at ease. Hopefully despite everything going on now we’ll have a wonderful honeymoon!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

Reviewed By Teddy V - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
hank you so much to Almeda Travel in particular Mr Alton!!!! My now wife were arranging our wedding last year and as you know the stress planning your wedding takes. Mr Alton took it upon himself to take away some of stress to plan our honeymoon. My wife loves tropical settings staying in the water, and with all the stress we both deserved it specially her. But she also knows what I like I wanted to explore stay active but relax. Our travel agent gave us great ideas and helped us decide in the greatest spot. We asked and he definitely delivered more than we could asked for. We stayed in the best resort we could ever imagine. Besides our wedding being the most memorable our honeymoon was our highlight because we were officially Mr and Mrs Vela. Behind this great experience was this great company and behind it is Mr Alton!!!!! Thank you our go to Travel Agent!!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Oceanfront view sunny & warm!

Reviewed By Janet C - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Maldives ~ Central Asia
Rey was very patient answering all our . He even called to arrange last minute under water dinner for us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Conrad Bora Bora over water villa the best!

Reviewed By Skylar P - Beaumont, TX | Traveled to Tahiti ~ French Polynesia ~ South Pacific
Rey was great to work with. He has lots of experience and was able to answer any questions my husband and I had about our honeymoon. We weren't sure where we wanted to go and she sent us multiple resorts in multiple locations with the prices so we were able to compare.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Bora Bora

Reviewed By Nick D - Manvel, TX | Traveled to Bora Bora ~ French Polynesia ~ South Pacific
Rey was very patience and helpful. I had many questions and all were answered in a timely manor,
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Phenomenal Vacation!

Reviewed By Randy - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Maldives ~ Central Asia
Rey is great to work with. I told him what I was looking for and he gave us a bunch of options. Rey has first hand knowledge and everything he told me I experienced,
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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First time using a travel agent

Reviewed By Wendy - Bellaire, TX | Traveled to Seychelles ~ Africa
He helped me from start to finish, and kept me informed throughout the process.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Professionalism, Responsiveness, Value

Reviewed By Ronald J - Fresno, TX | Traveled to Maldives ~ Central Asia
We really appreciate the professionalism of the staff at Almeda Travel. My wife & i have been using this agency for over 20 years now and every trip or vacation has been top notch experience. We would recommend Almeda travel to anyone looking to experience a great agency that takes care of you all the way through. Can't wait to book again soon.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Destination Wedding

Reviewed By Sandra S. - Houston, TX | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Thank you Rey for planning our destination wedding!! It was an amazing weekend experience for not only us, but for our guests. Rey assisted us with every detail from save the dates, location/hotel selection, payment plans for guests attending, and excursions for our wedding guests to enjoy!! I highly recommend Rey for destination wedding!! Again, thank you!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
36 of 73 people found this review helpful
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