Post # 16
We booked / are booking everything directly. If you are willing to do the work, it’s the cheapest option. We booked flights through United and through the Chase Sapphire Reward points/portal, and our camper van directly through Jucy. Any outings we’ll book directly as well. I’ve had bad experiences with travel agents; they have existing relationships with mutual financial benefit with a small group of vendors and will do everything they can to keep you within their “network” – cost effective for them but certainly not for you.
Post # 17
Eirene00 : We booked through a travel agent. I think that it’s best to consult one because they often have special deals and promotions not available on websites (they can also recommend certain hotels/resorts over others since they have much more experience). The consultation was free so i don’t think it’d hurt for you to go speak someone about your options, $5,000 is still a very good amount to be working with.
Post # 18
I’d suggest SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, etc). Your money goes so much further. We spent maybe $2000 on island-hopping tours, food, and accommodations. I booked everything separately through my own research and comparison and we got to see so much of the Palawan islands in the Philippines for 2 weeks. Our airfare was about $2000 as well, but off-season those can go for $800 round trip.
Post # 19
Thanks everyone for your replies! I will definitely check out Costco Travels and do more research on Expedia…it seems like most of y’all have used this.
Post # 20
hikingbride : Omg! That would be a dream to go on an inclusive honeymoon for $2500. I hope I’m that lucky!
Post # 21
We’ve booked a cruise through a travel agent.
It cost us $4500 and includes ALL meals.
Post # 22
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
We booked our honeymoon through a travel agent
Post # 23
I did all my booking for hotel rooms using Booking.com. I’m leery of using Expedia to book vacation packages because I’ve read horror stories online about customer service when dealing with flights, accomodations etc. Booking.com is great because many reservations include free cancellations up until one month or sometimes even one week before the vacation. I’ve used them twice before with no problems.
For flights I intend to book directly with the airline in case things go sideways. Dealing with a third party (like Expedia) for hotels or flights can be a bit of a headache. To that end, I’m using the app Hopper to look for cheap flights. They also will alert you of price drops.
Post # 24
Another vote for costco! We’re honeymooning in Japan and Hawaii, and costco gave a great deal for the hawaii portion (hotel+car rental+buffet breakfast) and can include flight (but we’re flying on points).
We’ve booked our Japan hotels through booking.com because most hotels you can “book now, pay later” which is better for us 🙂