Post # 1
Im trying to book our honeymoon to jamaica and calling around to see all the different quotes and it seems like all the agents are telling me different things and giving me different amounts to deposit. I wonder if they change the prices to pocket some of the money
Post # 3
Some people are telling me that travel agents are a waste of money so i guess they do get paid commission. I guess we need one because we are financing our trip and i dont think you can do that if you plan your trip yourself. Can you?
Post # 4
They do get a comission, but it’s usually paid for by the resort or cruise company. Sometimes they have the best deals, but if you shop around on the internet you can find better deals. As far as financing a trip, I believe some cruises let you do that. I was looking into an Alaska cruise recently and they had the option to make payments on it.
Post # 5
i don’t know, but we used one and it was awesome for us. we booked a cruise, and she told us the exact price that was on the website. she wasn’t able to get us a discount because for some reason nobody can get discounts for that cruise, so instead she gave us $270 to spend on the cruise. that’s a lot of extra money for us just for using a travel agent rather than booking online, and we did check the online price to make sure we weren’t being scammed.
Post # 6
yes, travel agents make a commission. But we are going to a sandals resort and I think the price is same whether or not you use a travel agent… so I’m not sure exactly how it works.
Post # 7
I’ve used a travel agent in the past for trips that can’t be planned over the internet, such as a driving tour through the UK or a specialty cruise. If you find a travel agent who specializes in specific countries, then they are really worth using. Otherwise, stick to the awesome all-inclusive deals and don’t waste your time! 🙂
Post # 8
I am a little confused. I go to a lawyer, they make money on me, sure I could get legal advice online, but why? I am booking a rather pricey honeymoon, upwards of 5k, so I used a TA who got me a better price then I found online, so why would I care what she made? I just want to know nothing will go wrong and if it does, then I have someone I have come to know and knows me, help me out. I do airfare to Florida on my own, but there is little risk. This is my honeymoon…my once in a lifetime splurge on a romantic week and frankly, I don’t want to have him be upset that I did something wrong! I would use a travel agent for certain and have nothing but good things to say about mine!
Post # 9
I’m looking to book our honeymoon probably for Mexico. I’m just getting quotes from the different sites, but ultimately I’m going to try a travel agent (that’s my next post). I’d say educate yourself about the different resorts and prices and then contact a TA, unless you have no idea where you want to go.
And if you are booking a cruise your pretty much always want to use a TA. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity don’t discount, but do allow TAs to give you onboard credit. The other lines are all discounted through agents.