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ULTIMATE VACATIONS specializes in Vacations! Especially All-Inclusive Vacations, Honeymoons and Destination Weddings. We also have expert associates to assist with cruises and organized tours, i.e. Europe and Alaska. Founded in 2002 we are proud of the awards and accolades we have received.

As a family owned entity we are able to deliver a higher degree of personalized service. Being based in the metro Kansas City area and with expert associates in St Louis, Omaha and Alabama, we have the flexibility to provide our high level of personalized service to a large number of appreciative clients. Of course thanks to our web site, YouTube video's, and Blogs we share our expertise with clients all over the United States.

We have been highly successful for 17 years competing with both local travel agencies and mega online companies thanks to our passionate pursuit of continuous education, constant inspections of resorts and destinations and by aligning ourselves with closely with the highest caliber of partners and suppliers.

Our staff constantly inspects and re-inspects well respected adult-only and family focused resorts throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. We know the products we recommend to you intimately and we based our customized recommendations on your specific requirements and our first hand knowledge.

Due to our large volume and trusted relationships with key resorts we are able to offer exclusive sales, upgrades, amenities and  benefits to our clients.


ULTIMATE VACATIONS specializes in Vacations!...especially All-Inclusive vacations to Mexico and the Caribbean, plus Hawaii - that's our specialty - packaged vacations and cruises. Wouldn't you love to speak with a professional who has traveled repeatedly to the destination you are considering investing your money and emotional escape in? Wouldn't it benefit you to speak to an objective professional who has likely stayed at the resort you are considering?


Now you can. Couples, Families, HoneymoonersDestination Weddings, Groups, plus Friends & Family. We do them all, and do them well. How well? FUNJET VACATIONS selected ULTIMATE VACATIONS as the recipient of the inaugural FUNJET FIRST AWARD, recognizing the Top Travel Agency in our four-state area based on criteria such as product and destination knowledge, and customer care. As a result we proudly served on the Funjet First Advisory Board. We are 4 Diamond status with Karisma Resorts, featuring El Dorado Adult-Only All-Inclusive Resorts.

We opened for business in April 2002, in Shawnee, KS, (a suburb of Kansas City). You get the best of all worlds with ULTIMATE, a family-owned business that treasures the relationships we enjoy with our clients and the ability to use our technology to book vacations online. We're pleased to be open 6-days a week to accommodate vacation planning. Additionally, you may research and book vacations and cruises on our web site through favorite companies such as FUNJET VACATIONS .. SANDALS and BEACHES and more. 

We differentiate ourselves with experience of our most popular destinations and suppliers. "We've Been There, Done That & Taken the Pictures!" You can access all the information you want about travel on the internet, but we provide real knowledge based on years of inspections, and staying at All-Inclusive resorts throughout the Caribbean and Mexico, as well as the Hawaiian Islands.


We have earned the distinction of "Destination Specialist" for Maui,Kauai, MexicoJamaica, Oahu, Hawaii's Big Island, St. Lucia and others, by constantly traveling to and experiencing these destinations as travel professionals, not by laying on the beach. We engage ourselves with the Tourism Boards, Wholesale Tour Operators and resorts to experience all that is valuable in each destination. Be sure to read our Hotel Reviews and view our personal "non-Photoshopped" pictures and videos. 

Cruises, both ocean going and river cruises are very important to us as well. Whether it's the Caribbean, the incredibly popular Alaska, Europe, Hawaii, Bermuda, or the South Pacific, we have the experience to help.

ULTIMATE VACATIONS is proud to have grown during our 17 years of delivering award-winning vacation expertise. We now have an outstanding team of caring, highly knowledgeable, superbly experienced vacation specialists in St Louis, Omaha, and Birmingham / Huntsville, Alabama to assist you in planning your vacation, honeymoon or destination wedding.

Meet The Staff

Jay French

Founder, Co-owner and President of ULTIMATE VACATIONS. Jay is the travel agent for the Rocket & Teresa Morning Show on Mix 93.3, escorting them and their listeners annually to El Dorado Resorts. You may have seen Jay on the Fox 4 Morning Show as well, advocating the exciting destinations and resorts he visits. His background in Wholesale and Sports Travel gives ULTIMATE VACATIONS the "In" with many preferred resorts. Jay is proud of the passionate team of dedicated Vacation Specialists that represent ULTIMATE VACATIONS.

Justin French

The original ULTIMATE VACATIONS associate, from conception to company launch, through today! Widely recognized as one of the most successful young travel agents by national travel agent publications, Justin's dedication for personal exploration and certifications from Hawaii, New Zealand, China and Europe to the Caribbean's most romantic resorts qualify him as a personal advocate for your Vacation, Honeymoon or Destination Wedding. Justin serves the Home Office as well as the St Louis, MO areas.

Samantha Hamilton

Several years into this profession Samantha has developed into a well seasoned Vacation Expert. As well rounded as any associate, Samantha has assisted clients with spectacular results to French Polynesia, Australia, River Cruises, Destination Weddings, Cruises and of course All-inclusive resorts throughout the Caribbean and Mexico. Samantha's mission is to convince Millennials to trust experts like herself. Samantha works out of our Home Office.

Chuck is a former travel agency owner with decades of experience arranging trips for clients to anywhere imaginable. Chuck is our most experienced River Cruise expert, the fastest growing segment in our industry. He possess vast personal river cruise experience and is well versed in Ocean Cruises and All-Inclusive resorts. Chuck loves assisting new clients from his Omaha, NE office.

Anita's skills and experiences know no boundaries. Villas in Italy, the Far East, Africa, Australia or an All-Inclusive in Mexico - Anita not only books them but she experiences them first hand. And all of them recently. Anita travels the world frequently gaining fresh insights to the world's most exotic locations. Anita resides in Overland Park, KS and works out of her home to accommodate her clients schedules. 

Jennifer brings her passion for everything Disney to ULTIMATE VACATIONS clients. Bring on your requests for Disney World, Disney Cruises, Disneyland, Disney Hawaii Aulani, and Disney Adventures. You will not be disappointed with Jen's knowledge and passion. Jen's knowledge does not stop there. She can help with your family or adult-only vacations. And just ask Jen about Nickelodeon. Jen works out of her Huntsville, AL office.

Steven has tackled this profession with a vengeance. No one knows how to find hidden routes and airline mistakes on International fares better than Steven. Beside knowing our preferred All-Inclusive resorts inside out, Steven has become quite the Disney Expert, especially Disney Cruises. This Southern Gentleman works out of his Birmingham, AL office.

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