Which website to use when booking honeymoon?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1087 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

What’s always worked well for me is if you print off the lowest price you can find online and take it into a travel agent quite often they are able to match or beat the price.

For our honeymoon, I took in a price I found on some sketchy Chinese travel site that I was nervous to book with. The travel agent matched their price (which was $1,200 less than their best rate) and gave us a room upgrade.

I’ve had other positive experiences going this route as well.



Post # 4
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@pinotgrigio:  I used a travel agent to book our most recent Secrets stay.  She had some secrets specialization, and was able to get us a better deal (+ some perks) that I wasn’t able to find online myself. 

Post # 5
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We discovered Pleasant Holidays through the Maui Westin Hotel website, and we booked our Hawaiian honeymoon online through them (airfare, hotel, & car).  It was significantly cheaper than the prices for the same package through Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz.  Our honeymoon was fantastic, and we also got a bunch of extra discounts through the travel agency, including free breakfast and drink tickets at the Westin.  Good luck!

Post # 6
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @pinotgrigio: first and foremost, I see you are NEW to WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”

Travel Nut here…

Mr TTR and I are semi-retired, and we travel a lot.

My best advice is do a lot of reading / research.

Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity etc… are all technically “electronic travel agents”… so 3rd Party Sites. 

Like a Travel Agent in the 3D World … You are buying a product from them, that they buy from the source… they make a commission on the sale.  They can pass along discounts or perks to you, if they are registered with the source as a Reseller, and meet a certain volume of selling with a particular vendor.

(WHICH IS WHY… sometimes a Travel Agent will try to push a particular product over another one… they make more commission etc)


Decide where it is you want to go, and how much you want to spend.

Do your on-line research, and make notes as to details on what is offered, and how much everything costs.

Then go to a Travel Agent and get their best Quotes.

Don’t make a deal right away… tell them you need some time to mull it over.

Then do your research one-on-one direct with the Suppliers to find out what is the BEST DEAL they can make you.  Even look at calling their 1-800 numbers so you can speak with someone in person.

If their deals aren’t as good as those you found thru the 3rd Party Agents, be upfront with that info.  Tell them who offered you a better deal, and see if they’ll match or better (most times they will)

Ok, now the WHYS

When you buy from a 3rd Party and not direct from the supplier you’ll find in the small print that in most cases their liability is small.

Something goes wrong (ie Brick & Mortar Travel Agent goes out of business) and you could be out your money.  Book your airflight with Expedia, and your flight gets cancelled, etc, you could have issues getting rebooked, because you didn’t buy from the Airlines directly… you’ll need to be on the phone with Expedia, vs standing in the line at the Ticket Counter getting a NEW Ticket issued.

When you buy direct from a supplier and on a Credit Card, your purchase is insured.  (More so if you have an AMEX Card)

When you buy a vacation from a Travel Agent (real or electronic) it gets more complicated in getting your money back, or vacation replaced etc.

All that said, as I said in the beginning do your homework / research.  And buy from someone you trust / feel comfy with.

Hope this helps,

PS… Have more Travel Questions… just ask.


Post # 7
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@pinotgrigio:  I would honeslty just look directly at the resorts website and check the price. They generally have all kinds of different packages. Then look into a flight and book directly with the airline. You will save quite a bit of $$ that way.


Thats what i did and we are going to Bali, Thailand and Singapore for our honeymoon. We wanted to go to particular resort in Bali and travel agent said we can’t do it as it’s over our budget. Contacted the resort for pricing and they gave me a 40% discount becasue i contacted them directly.


Post # 8
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I always use Kayak. It’s a site that gathers prices from lots of differnet booking sites.  That way, I can compare multiple sites in one window and see which is cheapest.

Post # 9
1343 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not sure what actual site is the absolute best. 


(I just booked a carnival cruise and it was actually cheaper to do it on their website than any of the typical ones like travelocity, orbitz, etc) 


However, whenever you search for vacations, make sure you clear your cache/ open up a private browsing tab (cntrl+shift+n) for google chrome. Because the websites know you have been there and the prices will raise even though they haven’t really gone up. I hope that makes sense. 


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