(Closed) Travel Agent Recommendations and Fees for Honeymoon?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It depends, often times the fee goes towards your accomendations- I would ask if they do that. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

As a travel agent for 15 years myself, a $150 trip planning fee for a honeymoon is not out of bounds. Especially if you are wanting the agent to plan trips to different places which would include flights, transportation, accommodations as well as excursions for each place. It is not as simple as some may think as opening up a book or website and poof there are the prices.

I myself put a honeymoon together for a client put 5 hours in doing the research for one destination (St. Thomas). Then she called just as I was finishing and said oh well we thought maybe St. Lucia instead. Then another call later had Bermuda as well as Italy. With the $150 planning fee, by the time that it was all said and done I had completed 35 hours of research, planning, organzing and a power point presentation for each destination only to have them decide to take a cruise instead which they booked themselves. So at less than minimum wage I lost 35 hours of my life. Yes I had a few awesome power point presentations however if I had not charged the planning fee, I would have completely lost out on any type of an income.

Had that trip been booked with me however, the planning fee would have been credited to the final payment of the trip.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We booked our Sandals honeymoon with a TA and we didn’t get charged (maybe Sandals paid him). 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Some travel agencies do not charge a planning fee that you know of, it is built into the cost of the trip. Mainly the ones that do charge a planning fee have been in the business for quite a long time, and burned many times by people requesting information then after the work is complete and presented, the client never reconnects.

Being a travel agent is a very hard profession, mainly because there are so many out there, whether it is the online agencies such as expedia, orbitz and such, or booking directly through the resort and airline itself, or even through the outside agents that work for themselves under larger companies. 99% of the time the prices are the same among them all, with the big difference being a planning/booking fee and the service received.

I know my client appreciate the fact that they can reach me via phone or email or even IM from noon-3am. And they know that if they have a question, if I do not have the answer I get it and am back with them within the hour. Never had a complaint about the planning fee, especially as it is credited to final payment. It is only if they decide to not take the trip with me that they are out the funds. Much like with our vendors for the wedding, book them change your mind, lose your deposit.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

That’s interesting, we didn’t have any fees to use our travel agent. I just assumed she made commission off of our trip.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We booked through our credit card actually. The credit card company/bank actually has packages like expedia and such, but we get to deal with a travel agent via phone. The prices were actually better than if we booked directly thorugh the hotel, and paid for the airplane tickets seperately. It was all free of charge.

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