Post # 1
My Fiance are having our Destination Wedding at Secrets Maroma Beach in Mexico, May 2017! We want our guests to be able to get the best prices for the flight and rooms, but understand that everyone might have different lengths of time that they can spend at the resort.
Does anyone have good suggestions for a travel agent who will help our guests spend the least amount of money possible and receive great deals?
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Post # 2
You should definitely use an agent! You will get more freebies and your guests would get a better price. Try contacting mine, they’ve been great to work with and I’m very happy so far. They specialize in destination weddings http://www.theeventeur.com
Post # 3
We are using destinationweddings.com they have been great so far and they price match and you also get free perks for the wedding couple for using them.
Post # 4
My Brother-In-Law attended a wedding in mexico a little while back. The B&G had set up the travel agent, but they were NOT the cheapest. Don’t forget the agent takes a cut. My Brother-In-Law ended up getting their rooms for cheaper and I think they also had an upgraded room vs what the travel agent was offering.
So you can certainly use one, however most people will probably do their own research and if it’s cheaper to book outside then they will.
Post # 5
I’m using Lindsey Jackson Johnson with Tropics Travel. My wedding is at the Excellence Riviera Cancun. So far, I’m really happy with her. She is very responsive and not only did she find us the lowest price, she will also match the price if you are able to find something cheaper. I highly recommend using a travel agent! Here is her contact info: lindsey -at- tropicstravelagency.com
Post # 6
It’s so easy to book online these days, tripadvisor, orbitz, Expedia, I haven’t useda travel agent in almost 20 years.
Post # 7
I’m using a travel agent. After I was ghosted by a couple of travel agents, I contemplated not using one, however, the price that I was able to negotiate for my room block, and the flexibility of when my guests could stay was very different than what my travel agent was able to do. My travel agent was able to get a much lower price for our block, and guests can come and go during the block.
As for flights, my guests are able to book their flights through her, or on their own. While my travel agent IS watching the deals and e-mailing me when they drop, and which days seem to be cheaper, the airline price will unfortunately be the same regardless. The only way she is able to negotiate an airline deal, is if we have a certain amount of seats on a flight. I think it was something like 10 or 15 seats.
Post # 9
We’re having a symbolic wedding in mexico for the two of us. I had been doing research on a vacation there before the egagement so now I’m just adding on wedding packages to my search. This sites are a great place to start when looking a options in the area you want, amenities, and pricing.
I honestly would prefer to go throught these sites and the resorts site myself but Fiance is deadset on using a travel agent. We’ve been in contact with one but they haven’t brought to my attention any information I haven’t already gotten from just looking up online. Currently Im less than impressed but we’ll go with the best deal in the end.
If your a mirco manager like me with a simply wedding, I don’t think an agency is necessary. But if you’re having an elaborate wedding and you want to get someone to do all the heavy lifting, I suggest looking up local agents in your area. We tried doing a travel agency via the internet and it was very impersonal and uninformative.
Post # 11
Stacey, have you used this firm yourself?
Post # 11
We wanted to use a travel agent so we could keep all the bookings organized and have one central point of contact for all travel questions. However, I have heard horror stories about travel agents not being responsive and not getting competitive pricing.
We met with our travel agent in person so she could give advice, answer all of our questions and give us the next steps. I didn’t want to make a decision on picking ‘her’ before meeting her in person. We were directed to her because she specialized in group travel. She was amazing and gave so many details/suggestions on vendors, hotels, marriage requirements in the country, etc. We also asked her if she was making a percentage off our trips and she said no, she gets a kick back from the resort.
Our deposits are due in July to guarantee our price and she emails us every week to give an updated list of who has booked. Overall I would recommend using a travel agent if you are having a large guest list OR want to keep everyones bookings together.
Post # 11
I would definitely recommend an agent. I worked with Pam Gramling 305-283-3228. She was awesome and got me an amazing deal and perks.