Post # 1
I am planning a destination wedding and I want to make it as easy as possible for some of my computer illiterate guests to book their flights and hotels.
I’m not sure whether I should just include the details on a website or use a travel agent. If I use an agent, what does it cost me? Do they simply add their own commission on to each guest’s cost? Will they only work with specific resorts or can I tell him/her which hotels I want them to suggest to guests?
I’ve always booked online and never used one. Please help!
Post # 3
I had a destination wedding and used a travel agent for the flight and honeymoon booking. The agents don’t charge you – they get paid commissions by the hotels, airlines, etc. they book. The travel agent got us pretty much the same price we found ourselves online, but she got us a $50 discount on airfare and it was nice having someone coordinate it all for you.
I then shared the agent’s contact info with my invited guests – I put it in on our wedding website and on the invitation – but no one used her. I guess everyone is so used to the online bookings like you!
I say it can’t hurt to offer someone’s contact info – you never know… if you refer them a lot of business, they may be grateful and hook you up with an upgrade or deal on a future booking!
Post # 4
I’m also having a Destination Wedding and using a travel agent. Like PP said they do not cost anything, they receive their commissions through airlines & resorts. You can choose whichever resort you want with a travel agent and they are actually very good at helping you choose a resort.
I think having a travel agent is so worth it because people can easily call my travel agent to book and ask her any questions they have. You have no idea how many questions come up about a Destination Wedding and I am so happy to just say call the travel agent rather than dealing with it myself!
Post # 5
I am also in the same position! For those of you who did use a travel agent did you find that they pressured you into choosing certain chains? I am worried that they might get more commission from some companies than others. (sorry if this is a hijack but it seems relevant to choosing to use a travel agent right??)
Post # 6
Thanks for your help, and Utopia, I was wondering the same thing. I don’t mind that you hijacked my thread!
Post # 7
my cousin is doing her wedding in May 2013 and she used the TA I used for my honeymoon (who also is recommended as a destination wedding agent). She didn’t charge us a dime. She also didn’t push me one way or another with resorts. Why not look around, read about their services. http://www.travelbyvip.com is their website. Good Luck