(Closed) European honeymoon — are we being ripped off?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee

Yes you’re being ripped off! $2500 a person just for driving around Greece? I’ve spent weeks in Europe for less than that (and that included airfare and hotels and food).

Book it yourself and don’t go through a travel agent. Are you staying in one place? Is this a group tour or something?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

When you use a travel service, you pay a premium for their sevices, that’s how they make a profit and stay in business.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It is generally cheaper to book your own hotels, transportation etc. It just depends if you have time to do the required leg-work and if you’re interested in doing all the research that goes into a European vacation – if not, then others can do it, but they will charge a premium.

Did you make sure that when you compared the online rates with the hotels with the rates provided by the travel agency that you were comparing the same thing? As in, were they the same level of rooms (i.e. deluxe, superior, suite etc.) and did they have the same cancellation policies? Often you can get cheaper rooms online, but they are rates that you pay up front and aren’t able to cancel – the rates that do allow you to cancel are always more expensive.

Just to give you a ballpark though, Europe is expensive: we are doing two weeks in Portugal and Paris and excluding airfares, we are looking at about $6000-$7000 (including hotels, our apartment in Paris, car rental in Portugal, and food/incidentals).

 

Post # 6
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322 posts
Helper bee

Oh yeah, that is not a good price at all. I feel like travel agencies may be able to get you some extra perks if they have good relationships with places but their prices are not going to be very good. You can find MUCH better rates than that.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I can’t answer your question, but I wanted to tell you I love your username!!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

As others have said, you’ll always get a better deal organizing it yourself (after all, you’re paying for the convenience of the package). That’s true for any continent and any package deal. Anything with “land, taxes, hotels, some meals” etc included will always be like double of just booking it yourself. They are selling you on the fact that you don’t have to do the research, make the reservations, find the bus fares, etc etc.

I don’t think it’s a scam as much as a) you’re paying for their time b) you’re paying for them to do all of the above for you and c) there are some incidentals that might actually cost extra (like them chartering a bus for the tour instead of taking a public bus).

Do it yourself, my friend!

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Here’s the thing…

When hotels set their pricing, they set it knowing that they’re going to have to pay someone-whether it’s a travel agent that you meet in person, or an online agency. So when you book online yourself, you’re paying for a service that you’re not getting. Your hotel shouldn’t cost more to book it yourself than it does with an agent.

I often find that when you are comparing a package that you’ve found online to one that is given to you by a travel agent, that it may not be an exact apples to apples match. Are the room categories the same? Are the dates of travel the same? What about the transportation? Are you looking at ferries while they’re quoting inter-island air? Are they including meals that the online site isn’t? 9 times out of 10, when someone says ” I found it cheaper online” the packages are not truly the same.

I wouldn’t assume the worst. Most agents will offer a price match if you ask. But it does have to be the same rooms, dates, etc.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

DON’T USE A TRAVEL AGENCY, at all! Seriously. That’s crazy. I’ve traveled extensively all over Europe, including Turkey and Greece. That price is insane. It does NOT cost that much to see Europe. PM me if you’d like some tips, info, etc.

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