Post # 1
we’re looking into booking our honeymoon, I originally was going to use expedia but FH thinks we should use the travel agent. has anyone booked through expedia/another online agent? did you have any problems/issues/concerns? just trying to figure out which is the better of the two, I seem to of found a “cheaper” deal than the agent so I’m just trying to get the best bang for my buck!
Post # 3
i usually book online for all of my travel. it is cheaper most of the time. you may want to research and priceshop online and then some travel agents may honour that online rate.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
We would LOVE to use a travel agent… but don’t know any and can’t seem to find any recommendations… Totally sucks. I think we’ll book online, but maybe through the resort for the hotel portion, and then expedia or whatever for the flights.
Post # 5
We did some price comparison before booking our honeymoon in Hawaii, and surprisingly the cheapest option (for the exact same flights, hotel and car rental) was through the hotel’s “book a package” option. It’s all done on the hotel’s website, but it’s processed through a travel agency. It was considerably cheaper than the exact same package through the airline or through Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz. Plus, because it was through the hotel, we got tons of other extras, like credits at the spa, four drink tickets per day, etc. If you know where you want to stay, you might investigate whether they offer air/hotel packages. Good luck!
Post # 6
We booked through Costco Travel online and got an amazing deal. We did another trip to Hawaii through Costco as well. You can add on various excursions through them and it’s so much cheaper. Plus, the companies they partner with are very reputable. I had no complaints and would use them again.
Post # 7
Ive booked two vacations through cheapcarribbean.com and loved it! You can pay for it in installments, which is terrific.
Post # 8
We normally book all of our travel online
Post # 9
Not sure where you are going, but if you have AAA or Costco, they have some complete packages (air + car + hotel) for a lot of popular destinations and they’re really quite a good deal compared to Expedia and purchasing separately. We were planning a babymoon to HI and ran the numbers several ways and Costco came in at least $1k less. AAA was a bit more than Costco’s. You get a good variety of hotels on there, from 5 stars (e.g. Ritz Carlton) to less expensive ones.
Post # 10
For hotels, try to book directly with the hotel if the cost won’t be much more than booking through Expedia/etc. From the anecdotes I’ve read, if the hotel is oversold or there is some other problem, people who book through Expedia/etc. are the lowest priority. For flights and car rentals, I don’t think it matters whether you purchase directly from the company or through Expedia/etc. I feel like a travel agent is beneficial only if you don’t have the time to do the research or if you want to set up an excursion that would be tough to figure out yourself.
Post # 11
We booked through a travel agent, and I’m glad we did. For most trips we just book online, but for the honeymoon we decided to go through a travel agent.
Post # 12
We booked our flights to Ireland last year with Expedia. $800/each for roundtrip flights. No problems at all! There was some weirdness with our flight number being changed, but that was with the airline, not Expedia.
For our rooms, we used booking.com. It was GREAT. Got fantastic deals, easy to use, awesome apps that could send all the info to my calendar (including addresses, etc), and we were able to choose places that included breakfast.
I like planning, and I wanted to do it myself, so I did – and it was awesome! I loved getting to see the places I picked out.
Oh, and we booked the car ourselves too. We booked it with a european site similar to Enterprise. Don’t remember what it was called, but it was easy-peasy.
Post # 13
we went thru costco and we got a really good deal. i definitely recommend them!
Post # 14
Honestly with the internet I think there is absolutely no need to ever use Travel agents unless you are going somewhere very complicated to make reservations for or need some specific excursions. I think its a total waste of money – they are essentially going to charge you for doing exactly what you could do yourself in 10 minutes.
Where are you going for your honeymoon? Between Expedia(or whatever site your prefer), TripAdvisor and the forums on Fodors you shouldn’t need an agent.
I booked our honeymoon flights to Turkey & Italy on Expedia and then went directly through the hotels to book our rooms.