(Closed) Honeymoon help

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
Member
1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I booked mine through the actual resort. I also signed up for their newsletter and watched for deals. I finally found one that would apply to our stay and called right away. I was able to save us over $600!!! You can’t do that with a travel agent… 

Post # 4
Hostess
14005 posts
Honey Beekeeper

We got absolutely amazing deals through our travel agent (easily more than $1,000), plus all kinds of insider knowledge. The other benefit to using the travel agent was that we could pay off the trip in installments, rather than paying all at once.

For what it’s worth, I tried to book online to see if I could match the prices our agent got us, and I couldn’t come close.

I highly recommend at least checking out a travel agent, as their services are free to you. 🙂

Post # 5
Member
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did ours through a travel agency so everything was taken care of and I didn’t need to coordinate anything myself.

 

Post # 6
Member
5425 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I always do things myself.  I have friends who saved with agents and others who didnt.  However, there is no harm in contacting an agent and seeing what they could do for you, and compare it to what you come up with on your own.  That is probably the best way to decide. 

Post # 7
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2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Normally, I book all of my vacations myself, but we used a travel agent for our HM.  It was seriously one of the best decisions we ever made.  Not only did our TA save us hundreds if not thousands of dollars, but he’s giving us 30 pages of information about Bora Bora and Moorea.  We even got a few free tours thrown in.  Also, it was really nice to have someone take care of EVERYTHING while the FI and I were busy planning the wedding.  We didn’t have to stress or worry about booking and coordinating flights or hotels or transfers or trip insurance.  We didn’t have to constantly compare prices to make sure we were getting the best deal or worry that we overpaid for flights (which is something I do a lot).  It’s also nice because if something happens (we miss a flight or it gets cancelled or our reservations are lost) we can call the TA and he’ll fix everything for us. 

Post # 8
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10289 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think that either is fine but we personally opted to go with a travel agent if for nothing else, the added protection. My friend had the HM from hell and her travel agent (who is also my travel agent) pretty much saved their lives. The day that they were set to fly home from Jamaica, a hurricane hit. The whole island shut down and there was no way they were going to be able to leave. They went back to the resort to check back in but they didn’t have enough money to cover the room rate. The resort refused to allow them to check in without being paid upfront (super shitty on the resorts part but that’s beside the point). Their families were unable to help so my friend was stuck. She called her travel agent who put down the credit card so that my friend and her husband could check back in. They had to stay for an additional 4 days until the airport reopened. Their entire HM was only supposed to be 4 days but it ended up being 8. Without the TA, I don’t know what they would have done. Because of stories like this, I’m totally pro TA (it’s not like it costs you anything anyway) but not booking with one is fine, too. We’re going to Mexico for our first anniversary and not booking through our TA since she can’t match the price that we found on Orbitz.

My opinion, if the TA’s price is the same or better than what you can book on your own then why the hell not?

Post # 9
Member
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I prefer to do things on my own and booked through Expedia for our honeymoon. Plus, my credit card offers 5% cash back if you book through them, so I earned a lot of rewards anyways.

My friend is booking the same honeymoon as us and it was a lot more through the travel agent.

Post # 10
Member
2823 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Typically I am able to find better deals on my end, but I usually check with our AAA travel agent to compare what prices she is able to find too. Sometimes its cheaper on my own and sometimes cheaper through her, we’ve gone both ways. So I’d compare them both.

Post # 11
Member
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It depends on the complexity of your plans as well as how hands-on you like to be with planning. I love love love to plan, so I wanted to do ours all by myself, with FI’s input. We’re doing South Africa, Tanzania, and Zanzibar though, and there just isn’t as much helpful, reliable data on Tanzania (or deals) as I’ve had with any other trip I’ve taken. Ultimately, I booked everything but our four days in Tanzania myself and enlisted the help of a specialized TA for that part. And I’m so glad I did, because there definitely is an added element of protection and coordination when you use someone who knows the area. But if I had used one for the whole trip, it would have been a heck of a lot more expensive, because I used sites like Jetsetter to get really great discounts. 

In the end, pick based on how much you want to be involved with the planning, as well as the destination you’ll be going to. 

Post # 12
Member
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I always look online myself first. From travel websites like expedia, AMEX travel, to the actual resorts and airlines themselves. If i’m unsatisfied with the numbers I’m seeing I’ll try contacting several travel agents to get a good price. Who we end up booking through always changes depending on where we are going. 

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