(Closed) Use a travel agent??

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
511 posts
Busy bee

@eek623:  Personally, I would use a travel agent. Chances are it won’t cost you any more, and then you have someone to fight your battles for you if need be.  Plus, these people do this for a living so they do know where the best deals are, and the best locations.

Post # 4
4780 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

We’re going to Disney in January (not for honeymoon, obviously) and using a travel agent. She’s great and specializes in Disney vacations. I think it’s definitely a good idea!

Post # 5
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I was wondering this too, we’re going to be honeymooning in Austrailia and I want to make sure we get the most bang for our buck.

Interested to see the answers!

Post # 6
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We normally don’t use travel agents to book our vacations. But for our honeymoon, I was having a difficult time finding what I wanted in our budget so I contacted a few travel agents and they were able to get us a better deal that was within our budget than my usual sources (expedia, AMEX travel, Costco travel). So a travel agent was able to get better rates than we were able to get on our own, the quality of the trip was no different than what we were looking for on our own. 

Post # 7
8360 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We never use a travel agent. I am the family travel agent as I like planning trips. You will neer get a better deal with a travel agent than booking direct because they add their commission into the sale. The only time a travel agent might come in handy is for a cruise because they often throw in extra onboard credit that the cruise line wont but you wont be on the list for a free upgrade or cheap upgrade because they give those to the customers who booked direct with the cruise line first.

If you are not a comfident traveller (as in if getting to a hotel and finding it not what you want or destroyed/damaged and would be too flustered to do anything other than call your travel agent) then I would recommend a travel agent.

Negotiating a deal with a hotel direct or using an online wholesaler is a better way to go if you have a limited budget.


Post # 8
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR and I are semi-retired, so we are at a point in our lives where we travel alot.  It is now extremely easy to do one’s own research and plan a vacation without using a Travel Agent (and a lot more affordable)

BUT it does require a fair but of time and energy… the upside is you’ll plan out EXACTLY the type of holiday you are looking for, and may find out things from on-line Websites & Discussion Boards that even a Travel Agent (TA) might not necessarily know (just by the nature of the beast, a TA cannot know everything the world over… it is best if you work with a TA to find one that SPECIALIZES in the type of holiday you are interested in… such as Cruises, All-Inclusives, Adventure Holidays… or specific parts of the world… Europe, India, etc)

I would think that most marrieds who are planning a good sized Family Wedding, are pressed for time and energy as it is.  Which is when working with a TA makes a lot of sense… especially if you haven’t travel much on your own to begin with.

A TA can help guide you… give you valuable advice like Travel Insurances (Cancellation – Health & Medical etc) AND some Travel Companies are registered or licensed either at the Federal Level or State / Provincial Level (check to be aware) and then if something goes wrong (Resort goes Bankrupt – Travel Agency goes out of business) and you paid for your vacation with a Credit Card then your holiday will be insured / refunded to you.

Hope this helps,

PS… Up to the challenge of planning your own vacations?  Check out TripAdvisor they are the Internet’s leading authority on Trip Planinng… they feature Travel Guide Info (general info on things like Weather – Currency – Transportation) – Reviews (on Hotels, Restaurants & Things To Do) as well as the Forums where you can ask Questions (or read other’s Questions) and chat with folks who know the Destination best.

If you are looking to cruise… check out TripAdvisor’s sister website Cruise Critic… tons of info on Destinations – Ports of Call – Cruise Lines – Specific Ships – and Itineraries.  Again there are Reviews and Discussion Boards where you can gather tons of great input.

Personally, I will not travel without first checking in with TripAdvisor or Cruise Critic to find out what-is-what, get tips and advice.


Post # 9
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Travel agent. You’ll thank yourself later-no matter what expedia commercials tell you. My Future Mother-In-Law is a travel agent and after seeing the savings and deals she has access to as opposed to what you can get on your own online I wouldn’t do it any other way. Just make sure you’re cautious concerning the cost of some travel agents, some can be absolutely absurd and undermine the deals they can find for you. Best of luck planning!

Post # 11
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012


I’m on the fence…we are going to Ireland for our Honeymoon next May and we have not booked it yet but I’m pretty sure we’re going to just go through one of those escorted tour websites, where one price covers the air/hotels/escorted group tours/transportation, etc

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