(Closed) Is using a travel agent for honeymoon really worth it?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Worker bee

I find that price wise you can get a better deal going to an Agent, a lot of them price match.  Knowledge wise theyre good if you go to one that actually sends its employees travelling, I’ve been to travel agencies where the agent searched everything up online and couldn’t tell me anything from personal experience!

 

ETA: we booked our Hawaii honeymoon with a travel agent who had been there multiple times and also could ask her colleagues in the office about certain spas etc.  And it was more than $1000 cheaper than booking online.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I found it really easy and super glad we booked earlier however ive just noticed the return flights we paid over $500 for have dropped to $180 now its only a month away. Sad. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

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polkadots16:  Fiance and I just settled on Italy for the Honeymoon and I was thrilled because my aunt is a travel agent that specializes in Italy.  She has been countless times (and has travelled extensively throughout Europe) and is really going to be able to advise us of our best options.  I’ve been twice myself and I’m still excited to have her expertise so that we can make the most out of our trip!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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polkadots16:  We went through AAA when we booked our honeymoon. I am glad we did, cos everything was fone through her and any problems would also go through her and Delta Vacations. She also found is the best price for our flights, which was nice. She also had advise to give when we were selecting which AI resort to stay at, which was great information to start our research off with.

Plus, we had a timeframe to pay for the trip. We book in October and our full payment wasn’t due until January – a month before we went. That was nice, as we paid a little bit at a time. I don’t know if this is how it works with all travel agents, but it was a nice option.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I am and I would definitly recomend it… they dont charge anything (mine doesnt) and they have access to bookings that you cant find online. If its something like a carribean all inclusive I wouldnt bother, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable booking something like a European vacation not using a travel agent.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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polkadots16:  WE used one for Greece because it is hard to navigate. I have traveled extensively before and did not use one before or afterward. For us, it was wonderful because we had a driver at the airport with a sign with my name on it. He drove us to the hotel and then there was a driver waiting to take us to the ferry in the morning. After all of the stress of wedding planning, it was nice to just show up.

We didn’t use a travel agent for other parts of our honeymoon and for every other trip we’ve done. We got around just fine. It takes some planning and you don’t always get the best hotels, but we have stayed in amazing places. When navigating, the route we take sometimes isn’t the most efficient route, but we had great adventures. I don’t think it is a necessity, but can be a nice luxury. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We did and I will do it for every trip from now on. We did 7 days in the DR in a resort we liked. Well travel agent was able to bump us up to the nicest room, add another two days, get us better flights, arrange transportation and make it slightly cheaper than anything we found online. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have extensive travel experience internationally, and we ended up using a company that specializes in Italy. The decision came after too many hours of stress not being sure how to accommodate FI’s request of guided tours. We booked our own flights with my miles, and I was able to tell the company what star level hotels we wanted, and they took care of everything. Highly recommended, so much less stress!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I’ve always booked my own travel b/c to me it’s a fun adventure to find the best deals LOL – and i’ve just never known much about travel agents.

I’ve always assumed you had to pay them a fee to book your travel; is this the case? I’m curious now after reading people’s responses.. 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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polkadots16:  I think if you were going somewhere pretty common, like an all inclusive resort or a cruise – I wouldn’t bother. For something like Europe where you visit a lot of places I think it would be helpful.

 

To those who have used a travel agent. Do you have a suggest on who you used and how to pick a good one? I’ve never needed one before but am seriously considering trying to plan a big Europe trip and visit multiple places. I feel like a TA would be super helpful not only to suggest places based on my interest but also to save money!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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jb2015:  You booked with an agent? Usually they have price guarantees. I know my agent guaranteed the prices of our flights and our cruise and if any new offers came in at a lower price they would honor it. It’s worth a shot to find out no?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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polkadots16:  I would do it for the accommodations, tours, and flights- especially if you don’t plan on doing all inclusive and have never been to these places before.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We used one for our honeymoon to Hawaii. She was my neighbor growing up, so she was super excited and made sure to get the best deal for everything. She got a lot of free upgrades for us too. We just told her what we were interested in doing and she took care of everything. 

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