(Closed) Honeymoon RANT – I hate working with this stupid travel agent

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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13101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m sorry you’re dealing with this.  That sucks!

Why are your parents so set on you using this particular travel agent?  She doesn’t seem like the best fit for what you guys want to do (nor does she seem super helpful).  Honestly, why do they care whether you use a travel agent at all?

I’m like you in that I’ve planned multiple trips abroad without a travel agent and without any issues what-so-ever.  Have you told your parents all the difficulties and issues you’ve run into planning with this particular agent?

Maybe, if nothing else, when you get to the hotel to check in you can request the upgrade to the suite at that point.  Maybe you wouldn’t be so constrained to the “tour company package” anymore.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Have you discussed these many issues with your parents? Surely they could be talked out of this condition on your honeymoon if they knew what a horrible experience you’re having with this travel agent!

Post # 6
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46134 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Communicate privately with the hotel and book your own upgrade.

Post # 7
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548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

First off, yes, you should have gone to a different agent that specializes in the destination you are interested in but obviously you couldnt with your parents forcing you to use her. Second, dont listen to tripadvisor. THere are other hotels on there that pretend to be a client and say awful things about their compitition. Third, this is not the agents fault that you arent getting what you want. You should only go to an agent the specializes in the destinaiton you want, if they dont they wont have the correct contacts to be able to get you the upgrades you want, like the room. Also if she is with a small agency or home-based/independent agent, then she wont have very many contacts no matter what…

Plain in simple you should have talked to your parents and tell them what you really wanted for your honeymoon and that this agent wasnt giving it to you.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@julies1949: It doesnt always work that way, if the agent booked it the hotel might not talk to you at all..

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow, I’m sorry that none of your plans have worked out :-/ I hope your honeymoon is fantastic though. I agree with @julies1949: try to talk to the hotel privately. Can you call and see what they suggest?

I don’t know whether to trust trip advisor or not, some reviewer’s seem extremely high maintenance. I can’t find one hotel without plenty of bad reviews!

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are using Beach Bun Vacations! They had a lot of good reviews and so far my experience with my agent has been AMAZING.  Will be doing a review after the wedding/honeymoon!!  Check them out! (and they are free!!)

Post # 13
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548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@GreenEyedMoon: Then put your foot down and say “MOM this is not what i want!!” Make her understand!!

Post # 15
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147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Seriously, I would demand that she do the things that you want. Here’s a story: I went through a travel agent to book my honeymoon to Fiji.  It was great – an all inclusive package (including the cost of the plane tickets) to a resort island in Fiji that only allows 17 couples at a time to vacation there.  It was swell, we were leaving on a Sunday, and then, not even a month ago, we get the news that our flights to and from Fiji had been CANCELLED.

I emailed her immediately and said WTF?! So it turns out, that the airline cancelled all weekend flights to Fiji for the month of October, which screwed us.  Our agent tried to rebook us – caused a lot of issues in my and FI’s workplaces with our schedules, etc – but had us staying extra nights here and there and then routing in and out of Hawaii, Australia, etc. 

In short, it got too complicated. 

I basically told her, look, if we cannot absolutely leave on this day and come back on this day – without staying extra nights elsewhere and sacrificing the length of stay at the resort which we paid for – we have to cancel this whole thing.  It would have sucked, yes, but I was prepared to do it because no vacation is worth that stress or losing my job over.

She got it worked out.  I didn’t ask how, but she WORKED for US.  She got us on a non-stop flight on the day we needed/wanted to leave, with no extra routing through other airports or countries and no extra overnight stays to try to catch different flights.  On top of that, she also got us upgraded to a honeymoon bure at the resort.

So I gues what I’m saying is don’t just take it.  Be the squeaky wheel as it were. And, if this is absolutely not what works for you, don’t do it.

They should WANT to keep your business by doing everything in their power to work for you and make the trip work for you. If they are not, then say thank you very much, but we’ll pass.  you might be surprised at how quickly they’ll change their tune.

Post # 16
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1327 posts
Bumble bee

Just book online, thats what I have done with all of our trips. I always thought travel agents were for people that didn’t know how to us computers lol, honestly.

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