(Closed) Did you meet with a travel consultant?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We booked our Honeymoon through a travel agent who was actually my cousin.  I asked her about getting paid and apparently they work off of commission through the hotels/resorts they book through.  I assume this is true for most travel agencies.  We are still going to send her a gift basket as the wedding nears to thank her! 

I thought it was the best way to book as well.  I have been so overwhelmed w/ wedding details that it was nice to tell her what we wanted and then she hunted for the best deals and took care of booking everything – all I had to do was give her my credit card #!

Post # 4
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746 posts
Busy bee

A great travel consultant really can make a huge difference in the outcome of your trip.

Here are some things to look for when considering a travel consultant.

 

Here are some great questions to ask when looking for a travel agent.

1. How long have they been in business?

2. Why are they recommending a resort or destination? Have they personally been to this resort or destination within the last three years?

3. What professional orgranizations do they belong to?

4. What professional certifications do they carry?

5. Will they monitor your booking for flight schedule changes and promos that come out after you’ve booked?

6. Can they ensure that you won’t get bumped to another resort upon arrival?

7. Will they personally be available while you’re traveling?

8. What kind of travel insurance do they offer?

9. Do they have any references? Are you able to find good reviews about them online?

10. Can they offer you a honeymoon registry?

Here are some things that are big red flags:

1. If they ask you to pay for your trip in cash-run! In some states, this is a violation of the seller of travel law. Always pay for travel with a credit or debit card.

2. If they don’t offer you travel insurance, or can’t explain what it covers.

3. If they seem to only sell one resort chain.

4. If they haven’t traveled anywhere within the last few years.

5. If they just throw prices at you without getting to know you first. Again price and value are not the same. It won’t matter how good of a deal it is if you’re uncomfortable the entire time you’re there.

Post # 5
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3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We are having a Destination Wedding everyone is staying at the same place, there is a bit of a price difference between booking thru an online travel place and a local angency.

Our parents are staying the same length (different from us) same flight, the only differences are FIL’s got insurance and booked locally and my parents booked online

My parents $1600

His parents $2300-2500 (I cant remember which one)

Fiance and I are going 2 nights LONGER and we paid $2100 booking directly with the hotel (because the wedding is free that way!)

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