Post # 1
I’m curious as to how everyone went about booking their honeymoon? Did you use a travel agent? Or, is there a particular travel website you prefer over others? I’ve been on several vacations, and each time I’ve booked a different way, but I definitely don’t have any one preferred way.
We were supposed to do a condo rental on the Gulf in FL directly from the owner, and just driving down there. But now we’re looking at having to change that due to the oil spill, so we may have to start making other plans, including accomodations, airfare, etc….
Post # 3
We booked our flights through the airline’s website and our trip through the resort’s website. We knew where we wanted to go so that definitely helped.
I am not used to using a travel agent, although I think sometimes it’s probably a really good idea.
Good luck working out your travel plans. I’m sure you can come up with something fabulous.
Post # 4
We’re all over the place!
We booked our cruise through a family-connected travel agent since she can get us a couple fun benefits, which was a first-time experience for me. We booked the flights through the airline’s website because we’ve both had HORRIBLE problems booking through online discount sites. We’ve found that they (Expedia, Travelocity, etc) are useful for doing research, but booking through them is risky. When we visited my parents in Florida last year, one of our connecting flights changed, without us being notified… which meant that we would miss our connection getting home! Thankfully my fiancé noticed the discrepancy, but neither the booking site nor the airline could fix it for days! It was so stressful! So, we go directly through the airline now. :^)
Also, we used VRBO.com to find our Old San Juan, PR vacation rental (which we’re staying in for 4 nights before hopping on the cruise). While I can’t attest to the quality of our rental yet, the booking process was easy and wonderful.
Post # 5
Online sites are good for reasearch, but in my very biased opinion I would recommend that you use a consultant for a couple of reasons. But here are some things to look for:
1. What professional certifications do they carry?
2. How recently have they been to the destination they are recommending? Can they tell you why they believe it’s a good fit for you? ( look for an agent who has been to the destination within the last three years)
3. Will they be available to help with schedule changes and issues that may arrise while you’re traveling, or will you be calling a random toll free number?
4. Do they have a “no walk” policy? People that book online get bumped all the time. We have a “no walk” which means the hotel you book will be the hotel you stay at. You don’t want to pay for a honeymoon only to arrive and learn you’re not getting what you paid for.
5. What kind of insurance do they offer?
6. Will they be able to change your booking if a promo comes out after you’ve booked? This happens frequently! If you book online, you’re stuck. A good agent should be on top of current promotions that may benefit you.
7. If the ask you to pay for the trip in cash, or just throw a price at you without getting to know you a bit first, run as fast as you can in the other direction.
Hope that helps!
Post # 6
I did it all myself because I’m pretty comfortable planning vacations. I used Priceline/Hotwire for the hotel rooms, and got exactly what I wanted for a great price. I booked the air myself and ordered all the tickets / transportation stuff we’ll need. I also bought travel insurance since we’ll be traveling during hurricane season.
Post # 7
We used a travel agent; we’re going to South Africa and it requires many inter-country transfers and changes, so it was easier to let someone else handle it!
Post # 8
I’ve always only ever used travelocity or expedia and I’ve always had great experiences for straightforward travel (either 1 destination/hotel or several larger cities). I did manage to book a trip to europe on my own that included 3 countries and 4 cities, including some intercontinental train rides and plane trips + hostels. But I’m not sure I’d do that again. When we missed our flight from london to barcelona it was a huge pain in the ass and we lost a day sitting in the airport.
I think for this trip I might look into a travel agent for the first time. I really want to go to some place a little bit farther off the beaten path and I’m having a hard time finding anything I like online. I’m a little bit nervous about it because we have a relatively low budget (3k) and I don’t want to eat up any of that money on fees for a travel agent. We’ll see…
Post # 9
We are AAA members and booked through them. I wanted reassurance, and wanted someone to coordinate flights/rentals/hotel changes etc. – plus the discount is nice, and she told each hotel we were honeymooning and got us better deals than I could get online (Yes, I have been checking periodically on my own. Their rates have been better than mine, everytime.) and they were able to get us room upgrades.
Friends of ours booked a honeymoon w/ an agent, got to their resort HATED it, called their travel agent and was on their way to a new resort w/in hours. That was reassuring to me! Having someone to call if you need something or if something goes aray was perfect for us. I’m honeymooning, not traveling. This time, at least! 🙂
A AAA membership is like, $50 or $60 and I know we’ve saved that in hotel discounts, hands down.
Post # 10
I do it all myself. I enjoy researching and planning things exactly the way I want them. We are honeymooning in Thailand for 3 weeks at 3 different locations.
Post # 11
I used CheapCaribbean.com, combined with reviews of the hotel on TripAdvisor.com. We’ve booked through CheapCaribbean.com before and had a wonderful trip, so we’re really looking forward to our 11 days in Puerto Vallarta!