(Closed) Honeymoons: Agent v. Internet

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Did you use a travel agent to book your honeymoon?

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  • Post # 17
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    434 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    We booked our Destination Wedding and honeymoon through our fabulous Travel Agent!!! Any deal I can find online, she can beat, and it’s stress free!! And I know she’s going to upgrade our room for us (she’s the best!)

    I highly recommend Travel Agents!

    Post # 18
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    4122 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’ve been looking online and THEN contacted a travel agent. Right now, same deal I looked at is costing the exact same… only… her’s include flights 🙂 win.

    Post # 19
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    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I always like to get prices via the internet, call the agents, and lay out hwat i want EXACTLY. THen i say “ok beat this”. They usually do b/c they watn your business! We used oru company’s travle agency (back when this was a perk) and we saved $800 off the travelocity price.

    Right now we’re looking at vacays for March…the prices are about the same, $1900 for two, but the travel agent is able to get us NONSTOP flights, which we can’t get on travelocity.

    On the other hand, once my parents tried a travel agent and they found the price cheaper online.

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    we used expedia to book many of our vacations including our honeymoon….all inclusive in cancun, vegas, and our honeymoon; an alaskan cruise. They even credited me back 300 bucks from our honeymoon when the price dropped a few weeks after we made our purchase, and upgraded our room!

    Post # 21
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    662 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We were going to use a TA, which would be a first for us, but so far she has not been all that helpful.  We were going to use a TA b/c it seems to be recommended for your Honeymoon, but only if the prices were comparable.  At the resort we are most interested in, Jalousie Plantation in St. Lucia, we found a deal on a room two levels up from the one that the TA found, and for $1000 less!  So it looks like we will be booking our trip on bookit.com!

    Post # 22
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    379 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I did all of my research first  from hotels to airfare and sort of priced everything out, even excursions. I went to a travel agent to see if they could beat what I found and for the convenience of dealing with one person instead of several people. When she got back to me with a price it was $1000 over what I had come up with!!! and there was no difference in rooms, flights, times, no upgrades.. nothing! I booked with the hotels directly and they offered us better deals, buy 4 nights get one free. etc etc and we booked our airfare through continental. Costa Rica here we come!!! YAY!

    Post # 23
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    1317 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    The travel agent I was oh-so-hoping would convert me was kinda a let-down. We specifically contacted the guy that’s been with the company the longest and according to his online bio, he specializes in locations we’re interested in. I spoke to him on the phone and his English was good but he asked for me to email him. I brushed it off as a cultural thing, language thing, and the fact that email is much, much easier.

    Although we’re interested in a few packages, we emailed only about one – tryng to make things not confusing and so we can email again after we’ve established contact.

    The guy didn’t even answer our questions — and we wrote it in his native language so the language barrier can’t be an excuse! We asked about extra fees and instead he broke-down the prices. It was almost like he was encouraging us to book it ourselves! I got the same feel when I spoke to him on the phone, and after stating the prices for air provider, hotel, and transfer cost, I don’t understand what else he could be implying. He did mention something about checking online to compare, but I thought he was referring to the deals on their travel site.

    So I checked online … and it looks like we can get a better deal if we book directly through the resort! The resort I only heard about thanks to him!

    Right now, my conclusion is DIY! I’m sticking to my old ways … and this way we won’t have to worry about being charged extra if the currency falls …. which By The Way, happened to a ton of people last year! As in charging you AFTER you’ve already paid because of currency influx. (Yes, that kind of thing is sadly legal in Sweden!)

    Post # 24
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    5496 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We booked our honeymoon online (Expedia) and found it to be much cheaper than an agent or directly through the resort. Somebody mentioned above that you are likely to get an upgrade if you use a travel agent, but when I called the resort last week to confirm our honeymoon dates (had booked back in August 09) she immediately gave me an upgrade since we ARE coming for our honeymoon! If a travel agent was the same prace, then I’d definately consider using an agent, but I haven’t found this to be the case like somebody mentioned above. I always thought the extra money was their “cut” and for their services…hmmm….strange! But that’s great if people are finding great rates thru agents!

    Post # 25
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    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’ve never used an agent in the past, but since we are going to Fiji I wanted to work with someone who was familiar with all the different areas. They were able to provide expertise on which resorts based on our requirements and also helped us save a great deal of money. By booking with an agent we saved money, got free perks (massages, etc.), and our travle between the islands has been arranged. We are staying at two different island so they booked our transfers which made things alot easier for us.

    Post # 26
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    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We haven’t booked yet, but have been doing lots of research on the internet.  I have begun to toy with the idea of talking to a travel agent though, just bc it’s hard to find nice places online that aren’t EUROPE or NEW YORK or VEGAS or FLORIDA or CANCUN or any other major main-stream (but still lovely) honeymoon location.  We’re looking for something a little more low-key and less-well-known.

    Post # 27
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    1051 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I got itinerary quotes from TAs to use more as suggestions and then went back and priced it out myself.  I was able to find MUCH cheaper flights taking advantage of a 3 day fare sale, and was able to negotiate some comped meals at one of the resorts we’ll be staying at.  I think it really just depends though, cause we booked a trip to the DR 2 yrs ago through Cheap Carribean which was WAAAAAAY cheaper than anything I’d have put together myself ($500/person for 1 wk in La Romana including non-stop airfare from NYC, transfers, balcony room, all meals, all drinks (incl top shelf!) and resport activities)

    Post # 28
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    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    Originally I was emailing back and forth with 2 travel agents that I found from deals on TravelZoo. But in the end, I ended up getting a better deal booking everything separately through the internet.

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