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Travel agency serves students

Alison Meagher | Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Each day, thousands of students on the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s campuses visit their respective student centers. However, few students venture into Anthony Travel, a travel agency located on both campuses.

“We are the official travel partner of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s college,” Mary Kowalski, Vice President of Travel Services, said. “Students are definitely an important part of our business.”

Anthony Travel caters to student needs and also aids in staff and faculty travel, athletic team travel, club travel and study abroad programs.

Kowalski said Anthony Travel’s most popular service is assisting students with getting tickets for the Coach USA bus, which runs between Notre Dame’s campus and Chicago. Anthony Travel offers tickets for a lower price than if bought directly through the company, she said.

Lauren Berry, a Saint Mary’s freshman, said the bus helps her get home to Dallas, Texas on breaks because most flights going to Dallas leave from one of the Chicago airports.
“It’s really convenient that there is a bus to get me to Chicago,” Berry said. “If not, it would be really difficult for me to get home during breaks.”

Besides assisting with bus travel, Anthony Travel also arranges flights and hotels for students. They can also help students’ parents get to campus for events such as orientation, home football games, graduation and junior parents weekend.

Service charges are usually around $30 but can differ depending on request. No appointments are needed to talk to an agent, Kowalski said.

Kowalski said one service that many students do not know about is the Student Travel Club. For one flat rate, students will receive a passport picture, bag tags, waived service fees, a frequent flyer account and hotel booking for friends or family traveling to Notre Dame for home football games.

The agency also organizes group travel for spring break, Kaleen Carr, Leisure Manager, said.

“We have a lot of people traveling to Mexico this year. Specifically Puerto Vallarta and Rivera Maya,” Carr said.

The agency will arrange group flights, hotels, transfers, all-inclusive resorts or cruises for spring break trips. If students use one of Anthony Travel’s packages, their trip will be arranged free of any service charges.

The Agency is located in the LaFortune Student Center on Notre Dame’s campus and in the Student Center on Saint Mary’s campus. Both offices are opened Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students can visit http://www.anthonytravel.com/university_notreDame, call 574-631-7080 or stop by anytime during regular business hours.
“If students want help with any of their travel plans, we’re here to help,” Kowalski said.