Post # 1
Hi Bees! I hope that you all are enjoying your day! Quick question though- Are you using a travel agent to book your honeymoon? If so, can you please give me the pros and cons? How much do they normally charge? And if you can refer me to a good agency that would be even better . Thanks!!
Post # 3
We used Aly with go way travel agency, there was no fee that I am aware of. We went with a travel agent because our usual expedia, travelocity, etc websites were giving us pretty outrageous prices that would’ve made our honeymoon impossible so as a last ditch effort I started contacting travel agents. Our agent is 3k less than what I could’ve gotten on my own just using expedia.
EDIT: I mean pace setter travel, not go way
Post # 4
We used one. They gave us a discount because we asked and have tagged us as honeymooners on EVERYTHING. We’re getting loads of upgrades.
Post # 5
My husband and i chose to go with a travel agent for our honeymoon mostly because i figured they knew the ins and outs of resorts and could pick something for us better than we could pick ourselves. I dont know how much they charged but I didnt notice a huge difference in price from booking through them or online.
My husband and I had taken several other trips out of the country while we were dating and for those we chose to book online because we were willing to do the research and take our chances based on user reviews but for the honeymoon we wanted to do it right and luckily we did, the resort we stayed at was booked full and because the travel agent had a great relationship with them they were able to have a room released for us.
i would say a huge pro for going with a travel agent is they know there stuff – for instance, there was a resort we had looked at and asked about and they said it was a really nice resort but has a nude beach right outside some of the rooms (which is never mentioned on the resorts website) and though im not against a nude beach it wasnt what i wanted to look at everyday on my honeymoon. another plus….they book everything for you – you just have to give them your info and credit card number then they give you a packet with all the info including your tickets for your flight. they arrange transportation and even schedule dinner reservations or excursions if you want. all in all its just a lot less work for you to do.
it doesnt hurt to shop around…now that i know about this resort i would look at booking online if we were to go back just because i know what to expect already but if we were to travel somewhere we have never been i would look to a travel agent first.
Post # 6
We didn’t but we wanted a lot of freedom in scheduling. We notified certain places that we were honeymooners but otherwise we just wanted a regular trip with plenty of choices for activities and timeline.
Growing up we never used a travel agent except for music department trips so I never really got in the habit of thinking them necessary.
Post # 7
Personally, I don’t find them necessary. I’ve done quite a bit of travelling in my life and never used a travel agent to plan any of it. It’s all turned out wonderfully and without any problems – all through booking on my own.
Plus, I find part of the fun of the trip is the research prior to learn about the destination, hotels, activities, etc.
Post # 8
I was too worried about spending a lot of money without getting advice. I also heard wonderful things about the travel agent I used and she was free to use. I also got a ton of freebies too that I wouldn’t have gotten without her. VIp Vacations, Jennifer D(the owner) http://www.travelbyvip.com Plus, she did save us money too because she found us better flights that made it a package. Loved her!
Post # 9
We used a travel agent and we were really glad we did. She was able to get us a better deal than we found online after tons of research and she was able to get us some extras in our honeymoon package that we wouldnt’ve had otherwise.
Also, there was a strike with our airline starting the day we were leaving and she was able to give us some really great advice as to how to deal with that and our trip went so smoothly because of it.
There was no extra fee for her services either, so I don’t see why I would ever try to do it myself, because it was so nice to have that piece of mind that if something goes wrong, there is someone we can contact to try and sort it out for us.