(Closed) Low budget honeymoon & using a travel agent?

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

I think you would get more bang for your buck online, I usually use Expedia. I got a trip for two 7day trip to Cancun in a nice resort for $1600 ( that’s also from Canada which is generally more expensinve)

 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

 

amberback:  Are there any local travel agents in your area? I just googled it and found mine and she got us a great deal on our honeymoon to the DR (saved us over $3000).

Where are you located? is there anywhere that is a quick trip for you? I live in FL and a co-worder took a 3 or 4 days cruise for 2 that was less than $1000 and it had 2 stops.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

 

amberback:  I’ve booked couple trips on Expedia using their Getaway section. Also look on Groupon!!! They always have getaway deals going on!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Groupon is good, our last trip we booked through Apple Vacations and went to the Dominican Republic, all inclusive, couples only resort for right at $2000 for 5 days and that included all of the airfare and transfers.

 

Also don’t sleep on the airlines, Delta, Southwest they all have a vacation section and they have some reasonable prices.  If all else fails you can always use expedia or hotwire.  The possibilities are limitless.

Alot of it depends on what time of the year you are going, we like to travel in the winter and you cna go for little of nothing 

I have also know a few people who used http://www.bookit.com, now the catch is you will have to listen to a timeshare pitch and that will take a couple of hours out of your trip. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Where are you located? I agree with a PP that online would be a better choice most likely. you can check skyscanner, kayak, and travelzoo among other sites already mentioned. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

amberback:  We just booked 5 nights, 6 days at an all-inclusive resort in Rivera Maya for $2,000 which includes all fees, taxes, and flights AND that includes us upgrading our room to a suite with a jacuzzi on the terrace (ocean view)!!! We used http://www.cheapcarribean.com and they were FANTASTIC. You can call 24/7 and they were SO helpful and nice. THey have TONS of options.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

amberback:  Fiance and myself are traveling to Mexico in June for my best friend’s Destination Wedding. For both of us (including airfare and an all-inclusive resort) it is costing us around $2,250 for 5 days and 4 nights (and we upgraded to a ocean view room). We used a travel agent. This solidified our decision to use a travel agent when we plan our honeymoon! 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

 

amberback: With cruises you can add on a Drinking package so you don’t pay per drink and get an ugly bill at the end. The only thing that will be added expenses are excursions and in port shopping trips. I just got an email from Carnival most places will give first time cruisers discounts. (I’m a coupon queen)

From Personal and professional experience if you can do not start your honeymoon on a Sunday / Monday. Tue, Wed and Thur are the cheapest days to fy ( I Book a lot of travel for my boss at work) My Honeymoon is 9 days Tues to the following Thurs we saved $600 alone on flights and it work out because we have a ;lot of Out of Town family coming in and Leaving Mon after the wedding so we get a little extra time with them instead of leaving right away.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

My Darling Husband works in the tourism industry and would caution you against expedia and other discount travel sites.  The same offers will generally be available directly through the company offering the package you just have to call and quote expedia’s price.

Expedia bookings are the ones that are the first to be bumped because the profit margin is much smaller than with directly booked guests (the hotels and airlines pay expedia a fee, Darling Husband makes 50% less on bookings through expedia than on ones booked through the company site).

We use the discount sites to find the deals but never book through them, ever.  If you have a problem, you can be in for a nightmare trying to get help.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

MsGinkgo:   I have booked through Expedia probably 10 times never had any issues, Fiance booked our proposal trip to Paris 3 months ago through a travel agent and we had Major issues when we got there. I tried to get ahold of that agent and couldn’t we had to sort it out ourselves after being jet lagged and up for almost 20 hours  🙁

I also am a TD first class customer and book through Expedia for TD so I get 9x points

 

Post # 14
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Newbee

I am a travel agent – you should get the same rates through a local agent as you would find online.  Plus you have an actual human being to ask questions, etc.

Post # 15
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Newbee

Travel agents are wonderful resources! My parents always used one and we are now using her for our honeymoon. I find it saves us so much time in searching for deals/times as we have to make a few connections to get the dates we want. This particular agent has helped our family out in a couple of sticky travel situations as well – I say definitely worth it! 

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