(Closed) To use a travel agent or not to?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it depends on where you are going. If you plan on going to a few places, travel agents are helpful since they can get discounts on transfers between islands or cities and sometimes on excustion. 

If you just plan on going to one location, I don’t think its really necessary. TripAdvisior is really great to help with planning. 

Where are you going for your honeymoon?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i think it depends on where you want to go. planning trips to all inclusive places/the carribean is pretty easy but if you’re looking to go to a few places during your trip or to europe i would def use a travel agent.  we are going to a bunch of cities in italy & i was initially trying to plan it myself. it got way too confusing & we decided to try a travel agent.  I am really glad we did (we haven’t gone on our honeymoon yet, so i don’t know a whole lot about the hotels yet besides what i have read through tripadvisor) b/c it has saved me a ton of stress.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

we didn’t because booking through the resort itself was a better deal than the travel agent could get us.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@pinkcrush:  With Disney, I really don’t think a travel agent is necessary. Depending on how long you plan on going for, I suggest choosing a few parks to visit, the Park Hopper passes are great – you choose the number of days, and you can visit any of the Disney parks. I also suggest spending a day at Universal Studios. 

You could also look at the Disney Cruises, which leave from FL and take you to their private island. There are so many blogs about planning for Disney, it doesn’t seem worth it to pay for the travel agent when you can find full plans so easily. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

As PPs have said, only if doing seperate flight/hotel.attraction booking for multiple locations (ie:  a complex trip).  We used a travel agent for our honeymoon and not only did it cost us more (since we had to pay the commission) but I had to get on HER computer for her to find the resort we wanted to go to, and she booked us for the WRONG MONTH!  We were just about to leave for the airport when we discovered the error!  

In summary:  a packaged vacation/cruise can be booked yourselves.  Check out Tripadvisor for in-depth reviews of resorts, cruiselines etc…

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - The bride's hometown United Methodist Church near Kalamazoo

You’re going to Disney World? I definitely think you should use a travel agent! We’re going to Disney  and on a Disney cruise for our honeymoon and using a travel agent, and there’s a ton of great ones out there! For travel to Disney, there’s an easy way to tell if you should trust the travel agent: this symbol–

Mrs. Potion gives a great description of what this means and why it’s good to use a Disney Authorized Vacation Planner here. I’m using Off to Neverland Travel and they’ve been absolutely great so far: it’s absolutely FREE to use an Authorized Disney vacation planner since they get their comission from Disney, and they make your reservations, watch for the rest deals, can make meal reservations, note special dietary/room request needs, and much more. It’s definitely taken a huge planning load off my shoulders and I don’t know what I’d do without my agent! Plus, everything I’ve done with my agent has been done online, over e-mail, so I’ve never had to spend anytime going to a physical, brick-and-mortar agent. And I have checked my reservations with Disney just to triple-check they were legit (I can be paranoid), and I assure you they are. If you need anymore advice on specifically this, just ask!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

My husband and I did a lot of searching online but my dad knows a travel agent so we thought we would go talk to them. They suggested a resort that we had not looked at nor heard of and we ended up booking with her. The cost was honestly not that much different from booking online (I looked it up after) and they made sure to take care of everything! all we had to do was give her our money and show up to the airport the day after the wedding. It was such a releif not to have to find transpotation or book anything personally. I say it can’t hurt to talk to one and see what they have to offer. You can always go home and compare pricing.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We just booked our all-inclusive through an agent at bookit.com. They were very helpful 🙂

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think you need one for a Disney trip, but I do think it’s a good option to consider.  We used a TA for our honeymoon to Moorea and Bora Bora and it was one of the best decisions we made!  We gave him our budget, travel days, and breif description of what we wanted and he took care of EVERYTHING (flights, hotels, transportation, travel insurance) for us and saved us hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.  He also got us 2 free lagoon/shark feeding tours and we were eligable for free upgrades at the hotels (which we did get).  His fee was only $100.

Normally, I like to book all my trips on my own, but with the craziness that is wedding planning it was great to have one less (big) thing to worry about. It’s also nice, because if anything goes wrong (missed flights, lost reservations, bad service), the TA will take care of everything for you.

Also, something to note (and something our TA mentioned), sometimes it may look like you can get a better deal if you book directly through the restort, but if you actually go all of the way through the process to the point where they are asking for your credit card, lots of times you’ll find that it’s not cheaper.  Resorts will add on additional resort fees on top of the price you are first quoted.  I’m sure this isn’t always the case, but it does happen.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I travel a lot and I almost never use one. The times I have have been for round the world tickets with a bunch of stope, and group trips others have planned. Not using one takes mroe work, but, in my experience, gives more flexibility and you cna find some hidden deals.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I’d always suggest using a TA. But with anything, make sure that you do you research first & know the prices out there. A good TA will be able to beat that price. In the instance that something goes wrong (cancelled fligths, volcanic ash) you have a direct contact who can help you rather than calling the standard customer service line that 1000’s of ppl are trying to call.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We used a travel agent because she’s a family friend…I originally called her just to ask her opinion on locations but ended up just booking with her…she also marked honeymoon on all of our bookings and she said that the resorts really do listen when a travel agent says “VIP client” and “honeymoon” and that you’re more likely to get upgrades and perks than if you book on your own and mention it’s a honeymoon, haha. 

Plus, as a PP said, normally I book my own trips, because they’re usually not complicated, but for our honeymoon we’re going to two different islands, meaning we needed extra flights, 2 different car rentals, 2 hotels, etc, and with dealing with wedding planning, this was one less thing I had to deal with and think about logistics.

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