Travel agent or No travel agent?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Should I use a travel agent for my destination wedding in Punta Cana DR?
    Yes, use a travel agent. : (14 votes)
    47 %
    No, don't use a travel agent. : (12 votes)
    40 %
    I have the same question! : (4 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Use destinationweddings.com!!!!

    I did and it was the BEST thing I did!!! We are getting married in February and have 75 people booked already.

    It costs $50 and that money goes towards the price of your trip. It was TOTALLY worth it for all her help, expertise and all the work she did to book our guests. She has been the one keeping them up to date about the paperwork, she put all the information on the website, she has made sure everyone has the proper documents… she has been amazing. And she told us very early on “your job is just to be the bride. when someone asks you a question, play dumb and direct them to me”. And that is what we have done. She has been AMAZING at deal with our crazy friends and families.

     

    Post # 4
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    463 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I have booked numerous international trips myself, and I am comfortable doing it, but I booked my honeymoon with a travel agent.  It makes sense because you have so much else to worry about, and if there is any hitch, it will be nice to punt it to someone who has the time/energy to deal with the issue (if she’s any good at her job).  Same with other guests, I would like the option of being “taken care of” vs. shopping for a deal.  Plus the agent brings extra knowledge that isn’t as necessary on a fun vacation but might be key in coordinating people for an event, like layover issues and whatnot.

    My friend had a story: she went to Bora Bora for her honeymoon and left her sunglasses there…she thought.  The travel agent searched high and low, airports and hotels, while my friend was flying home…and they were shipped back to her shortly after.  On another occasion, she had an issue with a hotel, and the travel agent knew the best way to solve it, particularly since they were speaking a foreign language.

    If you’re worried about price, I would do an independent search online and call out the agent if her price is way different.  In booking our honeymoon, when I was debating hiring her or not, I did a comparison and it was very similar, but I did ask her about this and she was mostly cool with it.

    Post # 5
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @Reign14:  Are you booking an all inclusive resort?  If so, there really isn’t a need for a travel agent.  If you will be traveling to multiple hotels/cities in the country, it’s a good idea to hire a planner familiar with the DR because they can troubleshoot any issues you may have.

    Post # 6
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    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    @mu_t:  thanks for posting about that site! Where are you having your DW?

    Post # 8
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    7406 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    We didn’t use a travel agent to book our DW. We booked everything ourselves. A travel agent will automatically add a booking fee and will steer you towards vendors that they get a commission from.

    You are right when you say that a travel agent (unless they are a friend or relative) will rarely be able to match the prices of online travel sites.

    Post # 9
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    265 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I used a travel agent because some of my guests have never been on a cruise. That being said, I’ve reminded everyone to be proactive. Sometimes travel agents don’t have the same flexibility in fees as booking by yourself. Case in point everyone’s cruise is though my travel agent but when he quoted 700pp for a flight that I saw on southwest for 800 for 3 people. That’s a no brainer. 

    Post # 10
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    2878 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Edited: realized this is under destination weddings.   If you have guests that you think cannot do it themselves (ie… older relatives or those who just aren’t too picky/savvy) then it might be good to have a travel agent to get everyone locked into place.  I’m sure you could plan your own flights, but set them up with someone if they need help? Not entirely sure of the logistics but I could see how your guests could need it when you don’t.

    Post # 12
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    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We chose a travel agent that we recommended for guests to use but also established with guests that they did not have to use that or any travel agent. We let guests know that we did not use a travel agent at all but if they wanted to use one, they were free to and if they wanted to find out about group rates to call the representative for details.

    Post # 13
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    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Reign14:  she said the travel agent was $700 for 1 person, she found it as $800 for 3 people, hence, booking it yourself was cheaper

    Post # 14
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    265 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Reign14: Sorry if that wasn’t clear.  My TA wanted 700pp (per person), Southwest was 800 for 3 people ($267 per person).  My TA couldn’t get us a better deal on the flight because he had TA administrative fees as well as other stuff.  

    The point I was trying to make is make sure even if you have a TA double check your prices so that you’re truly getting a better deal rather than just convienience. 

     

    Post # 15
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    2063 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @BruinBeeMPH:  i seriously have loved it, i thought she has been totally worth the $50. especially since our wedding is pretty big!

    we are getting married at melia caribe in punta cana, dominican republic!

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