(Closed) To Travel Agent or Not To Travel Agent?!

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: How did you book your honeymoon?
    Travel Agent - worth it! : (15 votes)
    60 %
    Travel Agent - NEVER AGAIN : (0 votes)
    Online Ourselves, it was cheaper that way : (6 votes)
    24 %
    Travel Agent? 1980 called... : (3 votes)
    12 %
    Other... see my comment : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    @becky_homecky:  We always book online for regular vacations. However, travel agents don’t cost a cent to use and often have connections to free upgrades. For something as important as my weddingmoon, I’m not booking a last minute deal! I’m type A too, and having an agent do the work increases, not decreases, the liklihood of a smooth trip. There’s always someone to call if things aren’t going as planned and given how busy I am with the rest of my life, having someone manage this component is worth it to me.

    Post # 4
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    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’ve used a travel agent for every major vacation I’ve taken.. and I personally like it. They know what they’re doing, they don’t cost anything.. and the prices I found online are really comparable to what they’ve found. I just like that someone else is doing it, and they’re doing it right.. I’m afraid I’d book something wrong & screw it all up.

    Post # 5
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    703 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    we have used a travel agent for every big trip we have taken. i feel like we have gotten better deals and free upgrades (!!!) without having to dig around doing it myself. like others have already said, it doesn’t cost a thing and it’s less stressful for you! personally it’s easier to tell a TA what kind of trip, where, and when and then sit back and let them do the work for you!

    Post # 6
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    4439 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @becky_homecky:  We booked our honeymoon with a travel agent and all it did was tag on $40 as their booking fee for our flights. 🙁  When we got stuck in Miami because of a snow storm in Chicago they offered us different options to get home, but guess what — the airline repeated those same options to us and found us a better deal on a hotel the night we were stranded.

     

    Obviously I’m against…. and I’m a control freak also so I researched our honeymoon like a CRAZY PERSON!

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m using a TA for our Destination Wedding and honeymoon.  She has been very helpful and is in constant contact with the people at hte ressort.  This is huge since it is in Mexico and I can’t just pick up the phone and call there whenever I want.  She is getting us upgrades and discounts.  She will also price match if someone finds a cheaper deal on a website like priceline

    Post # 8
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    2375 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’ve gone through travel agents multiple times in the past (not honeymoons, obviously) and they’ve been helpful every time!  Doing your research is great, but a good agent can talk to you, find out your likes and dislikes and what you want in a vacation and steer you towards the best option in your price point.  A lot of times, they’ll make suggestions that you might not have even considered.

    Post # 9
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    7208 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @becky_homecky:  I used to work for a wholesale agency (as in: You go to your travel agent & tell them what you want, they call us and book it because we have the contracts with the hotels). Personally, I do all of my travel booking on my own but will absolutely book with an agent for my honeymoon. You can control everything- pick out your hotel/room/excursions/car/tickets/seats/whatever… she’ll book it for you and when something goes wrong SHE WILL YELL UNTIL IT’S RIGHT. Honestly, the peace of mind that comes from knowing someone else will go to bat for you is worth it. And “worth what” anyway? It’s free! The wholesale company pays her commission and the hotels/vendors pay the wholesale company. If you’re finding a cheaper price, have her pricematch it. Do it. Seriously. Even if you don’t need it, it’s good to have the back up. My department spend 90% of our time just calling hotels & car rental companies to resolve issues for our agents’ customers while the customers went and had drinks on the beach. 

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Foreign travel – definitely, especially if you aren’t familiar with the language or customs

    Domestic (US) travel – nah, not unless it’s a complicated multi-city trip and even then I prefer to be in control of hotels and flights; I like to bid on priceline and grab hotwire deals that I don’t think a travel agent can touch

    Post # 11
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    946 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Definitely TA for Honeymoon because of the logistics, connections and transfers involved.

    Post # 12
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    7208 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @mchitt329:  Did you book a package or just your flights with the agent? Airlines don’t offer agents commission, so booking flight alone is better on your own because most agents will tack on a fee. But if you’re booking hotel + flight then their commission comes from  the hotel. 

    Post # 13
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    11747 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I only use a travel agent if 1. they can get better prices (for our honeymoon they could not, it was cheapest to book directly through the resort) or 2. I’m taking a big trip to another continent and plan on doing lots of sightseeing, etc.  Our honeymoon was in Mexico and we didn’t want to do anything but lay on the beach, so we didn’t feel it was necessary to use an agent.

    To add – we missed a connecting flight and had transportation arranged for us through the hotel to pick us up at the airport.  We had absolutely no issues rebooking a connecting flight (United did it automatically for us just 2 hours after scheduled flight) and although we couldn’t get in touch with the transportation agency, we were able to get in touch with the hotel who let them know for us that we would be late.  Everything was seemless – this was one time when I started freaking out that I should have used a travel agent, but everything was fine.

    I’d make sure if you have connecting flights that you leave at least 2 hours for a layover, especially on the way back in to the country – it took us forever to get through customs and almost missed our connection on the way back!

    Post # 14
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    2934 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    We’ve done both, with a travel agent and without, and overall unless it’s something very simple I prefer letting the travel agent arrange things.

    Post # 15
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    4439 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @MexiPino:  We booked flight, car and one of three hotels we stayed in.

    I also thought a travel agent would provide more information about attractions, but ours didn’t.

    Post # 16
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    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Travel agents are FREEEEEEEE!!!  My Future Mother-In-Law is a travel agent and she found us the BEST deal.  We are saving $800 just by waiting a week after the wedding.  My advice is to shop around for your agent.  Don’t just go to one and think they’re giving you the best possible deal.  Go to several and pick which packages work best for you and your pocket book.

    I’m going to add what we are getting just FYI:

    We are flying out of Nashville (we live 2 hours away).  She scored us a direct flight to Cancun, Mexico.  We’re staying at the Valentin Imperial Maya for 6 days.  She also got us a free upgrade to first class (one of her clients won it and they weren’t going to use it).  It’s costing us $2300.  We’re also getting private transportation to and from the airport in Mexico.  That is not factored into the cost yet.

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