Here’s our methodology — and how to apply next year.
Best Way to Choose a Travel Agent
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What Is the A-List?

The A-List is Travel + Leisure's collection of the world's top travel advisors. In the 17th annual A-List, we showcase the 117 best agents and tour operators in the business.

How Are the Winners Selected?

Every year, Travel + Leisure editors evaluate hundreds of luxury-travel advisors to determine which ones will best serve our readers. After receiving input from our Travel Advisory Board (select owners and operators who consult with us on industry and consumer trends) and other experts, we vet each and every one.

What do we look for? It starts with unique itineraries, exclusive access, and positive client testimonials. We also seek professionals who travel often to the destinations they specialize in (at least once a year) and who make a concerted effort to deliver more than their clients expect. This year, we began charging the advisors we invited to join the A-List an annual membership fee. We introduced the fee not in exchange for inclusion on the list, but to cover the cost of a range of new benefits designed to connect A-Listers to our readers, including a profile in a searchable database.

How to Apply

If you are a travel advisor and want to be considered for the A-List, request an application at If the editors approve your request, you will be sent an application at the end of the calender year.