ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014
(THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION)
A JULY 4TH WEEKEND TO REMEMBER
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Travelers must be 21 years of age (or Older) to attend.
We strongly recommend that all Diaspora Travelers purchase Travel and Baggage Protection Insurance with their travel packages. It will give you peace of mind so that you don't have to worry about an unexpected event ruining your trip!
Our Travel and Baggage Protection Insurance Plan will cover you up to 100% of the cost of your travel package if you become ill, miss your flight, lose your baggage, and for numerous other reasons.
You may add Travel and Baggage Protection Insurance to your travel package by upgrading your travel package during checkout or by calling GoSearchTravel.com at 1-800-510-7239 or 1 (212) 561-5589 Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm Eastern Standard Time.
Or Visit GoSearchTravel.com and submit your insurance request anytime. GoSearchTravel.com
If you are traveling to Essence 2014 within the United States, round trip shuttle bus service can be provided to you while traveling from your home to your airport of departure and back. This option only applies to travelers residing in the United States and departing from an airport in a major U.S. City.
To reserve round trip shuttle bus service, upgrade your travel package during checkout and/or call GoSearchTravel.com at 1-800-510-7239 or 1 (212) 561-5589 to arrange for shuttle bus service.
Or Visit GoSearchTravel.com and submit your airport shuttle bus request anytime. GoSearchTravel.com
Everyone may add a round trip flight to any travel package. Simply upgrade your travel package during checkout or call GoSearchTravel.com at 1-800-510-7239 or 1 (212) 561-5589 Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm Eastern Standard Time.
Or Visit GoSearchTravel.com and submit your flight request anytime. GoSearchTravel.com
If your roommate ("cancelled guest" or "non-paying roommate") does not pay for their travel package in full by the final payment deadline for your travel package, then that person's reservation will be subject to cancellation without a refund. Any remaining room occupant(s) must pay the difference in the per person room rate for the cancelled guest's travel package.
For example, on October 30, 2013 you and 2 of your friends each reserved a Triple Room Travel Package. You and 1 of your friends each pay in full for your Triple Room Travel Packages but the other friend does not pay in full by the final payment deadline of April 30, 2014. Therefore, the friend who did not pay in full for his Triple Room Travel Package by the final payment deadline gets his reservation cancelled without a refund the next day.
At this point, both you and your remaining friend who did pay in full by the final payment deadline must now share (and pay) the total cost of your non-paying roommate's travel package. You and your remaining friend must now pay the difference between the total per person cost of the Triple Room Travel Package as of October 30, 2013 and the total payments the non-paying roommate already paid towards his travel package before his reservation was cancelled.
You can avoid having to pay the difference for the cancelled guest's travel package by substituting your non-paying roommate with a new roommate. The new roommate must purchase the same travel package as the non-paying roommate and pay the full per person cost for the same travel package at the current rate. All monies from the cancelled guest are non-transferrable to the new roommate. The new roommate must also pay for the same travel package by the final payment deadline for your travel package or on the date the non-paying roommate's reservation was cancelled, whichever date is later.
We accept all major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards. We also accept all major Debit Cards.
However, you can also pay by another payment option such as “Direct Deposit for Cash Payments”, Money Order, Bank Check, Bill Pay, Wire Transfer, and PayPal.
Please call us at 1 (800) 470-5769 or 1 (212) 561-5575 to make payments using another payment option.
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No. Registrations and tickets cannot be transferred to another person. The name of the ticket holder must match the name of the attendee as displayed on his or her's Government Issued ID or Passport.
No. Please retain your Eventbrite tickets for your records.
The airports and streets of New Orleans will be filled with thousands of festival goers who will be rushing into New Orleans like a tidal wave on Friday July 4th for the 2014 Essence Music Festival's 20th Anniversary Celebration. Over 400,000 people attended last year's Essence Music Festival. And most people will arrive on Friday since Fridays are typically the end of the work week for most people and because most people do not have to work on the July 4th holiday.
If you want tickets to other Essence 2014 parties not contained in our Ultimate VIP Travel Packages, contact us at 1 (800) 470-5769 or 1 (212) 561-5575 and we'll order the tickets for you for a small fee. You may also email your ticket requests Here.
No because most Essence Music Festival parties are not finalized until a few weeks before the start of the festival. If you wait until all party details have been announced, you will most likely miss the final payment deadline to book our Ultimate VIP Travel Packages.
To pay for any travel package after a payment due date(s) has passed, simply pay the full price of your chosen travel package by the final payment deadline to immediately confirm your reservation or pay for your travel package in installments.
To pay for your travel package in installments, you must immediately pay the deposit required for your travel package in order to lock-in your travel package at the current price since prices for all travel packages are subject to change at any time and without notice.
You must also immediately pay the required deposit for your travel package in order to hold your reservation since all travel packages are sold on a first come-first serve basis according to the date and time a deposit payment or a full payment is submitted to us. Your reservation will be confirmed once you have paid all of the required installment payments for your travel package by the final payment deadline.
Next, to stay current on the payment schedule, you must also pay each installment payment required for your Hotel Only or Ultimate VIP Travel Package by the required due date shown on the Hotel Only or Ultimate VIP Payment Schedule.
Remember, all payments (including full payments, deposits, installment payments, and final payments) are due by the final payment deadline for your travel package. All travel package reservations that are not paid in full by the final due date are subject to automatic cancellation without a refund. No Exceptions!
All payments (including full payments, deposits, installment payments, and final payments) are non-refundable.
No. None of the prices for any of our travel packages are negotiable. We are experienced travel planners who conducted careful and diligent research to ensure that all of our travel packages are competitively priced and offers the best hotels and parties for Essence 2014. If you happen to find another Essence travel package that offers the same services we offer in any of our Essence 2014 travel packages but for less, then please email us Here a screenshot or written proof of the cheaper travel package and we will match the price at our discretion.
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Who is Elle D and what is "Elle D's Take"?
The travel commentary you see featured on our Essence 2014 travel packages are from "Elle D", our beloved, extremely intelligent, hilarious, talented, and well traveled Member of Diaspora Travelers, LLC. Elle D is a key decision maker here at Diaspora Travelers (she's actually our Primary Shareholder and General Counsel) and she is also one of the key organizers of our group travel events. Elle D also has a very unusual personality and a "different" way of expressing herself when it comes to travel and, well, everything! We couldn't keep her knowledgeable opinions (and hilarity) to ourselves, so we decided to debut "Elle D's Take" travel commentary on all of our Essence 2014 travel packages. We hope Elle D's Take gives you some insight on the hotels and places we feature in our Essence 2014 travel packages. Enjoy.
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Where can I contact Diaspora Travelers with more questions about Essence 2014?
Call Us at 1 (800) 470-5769 or 1 (212) 561-5575 Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm Eastern Standard Time.
You May Also Email Us Here.
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What Happens If I Don't Complete the Traveler Registration Form For Essence 2014?
Everyone attending Essence 2014 must complete a Traveler Registration Form. If you have a roommate(s), each person in your room must complete a Traveler Registration Form for himself or herself.
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How Are the Prices For Essence 2014 Travel Packages Calculated?
All of our Essence 2014 travel packages are reasonably priced based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, fixed and estimated costs of services contained in the travel packages as well administrative costs for researching, organizing, managing, marketing, and promoting the Essence 2014 group travel event.