Post # 1
So my fiance met with a travel agent and after much consideration we want to go to Couples Swept Away in Negril. Never thought I’d want to go to Jamacia (i’m more of a st. lucia/turks and caicos person) however its so much more inexpensive.
I looked up the resort on cheapcarribean.com and it seemed really easy to use. The best part was that it showed us that if we left two days earlier we’d save $300 and could upgrade to their BEST room available including air and hotel for 7 nights it would end up being $3380! You could also easily add excursions from their sites. The travel agent quoted us at $3400 for just a basic room.
Do you think there is any disadvantage to booking it ourselves? Anyone had any opinions/experiences using cheapcarribean.com?
Post # 3
We always book our trips on our own online… for us its always been a huge price difference! I’ve never personally used cheapcarribean.com, but have heard lots of good things about it over Tripadvisor.
On a side note, great resort choice! My brother and his wife recently had their honeymoon at the couples resort in Ochos Rios and from what they’ve said are sold on the Couples brand. That and they heard nothing but *amazing* things about their resorts and its beachfront in Negril!
Post # 4
We used cheapcaribbean.com to book our honeymoon to Jamaica at Couples Sans Souci and it was great. We got a really good deal and it was very easy to use. THey also gave us hurricane insurance and sunshine guarantee where we would have gotten a free night at the resort for every day that we missed out on because of rain.
Post # 5
Here’s the thing…
I’ve seen a lot of people say that they found something cheaper online. And sometimes that’s true. However, I often find that the online sites default to the worst flights imaginable. It may be cheaper, but if you spend 6 hours in an airport on the way there, is it really worth it? And does the price you’re getting include the transfers, taxes, insurance, etc?
Most travel agents will price match what you find online when possible. They should also be able to manage things like flight schedule changes, etc. One of the biggest risks of booking online is getting bumped or walked to another property. If you’re working with a travel agent, they should be able to offer you the security of knowing that the resort you book will be the resort you’ll stay at.
Whatever path you choose, don’t forgo the trip insurance! A lot of people don’t realize that their heath insurance most likely won’t cover them when they are outside the country. I could tell you horror stories about people who have been financially devastated because they didn’t get the insurance.
Post # 6
What Bliss Honeymoons said about flights is definitely something to consider! We typically depart from Canada, which to the usual all-inclusive southern destinations, have charter flights so is a non-issue…. but this definitely rings true for a lot of US departures!