Post # 1
So my wedding is coming along pretty quickly (June 2008), and the feyonce and I still have yet to book our honeymoon. I’m an avid deal searcher, so I’ve always booked our vacations myself for great deals. I usually use priceline.com and research like crazy for good airfare.
So, my question to all of you .. How are you guys booking/planning your honeymoons? Are you guys going to a travel agent or booking the trip yourselves?
Thanks for the feedback!
Post # 3
booking the trip ourselves…these days, i find no need for a travel agent. it’s just more time-consuming for yourself but you can get more or less the same deals.
Post # 4
Booking the trip ourselves too. I’m too much of a priceline and travelocity stalker control freak to let someone else find the same fare for me. Travel agents are great if a) you just don’t have any idea where you want to go, b) you don’t have time to plan yourself (though travel agents are sometimes more time consuming) or c) you’re traveling in a large group-good discounts from them.
My one tip that helped me a ton: join AAA. Free maps, travel guides, special discounts, and the employees there are great to pick their brain and find some good vacation spots.
Post # 5
I would say it totally depends on where you would like to travel for the honeymoon! We are going to Greece, and our travel agent has been great. Even though I researched the islands like crazy, little things like transfers to/from the airport/port/hotels, and ferry transfers proved too much of a headache to try and figure out. We decided on all of the hotels where we wanted to stay and did some basic pricing. Our agent put together a package that beat our total pricing substantially (we used accrued miles to book our own airfare). Often, they have special arrangements with hotels, etc. and really can find the best prices or packages out there. It’s also nice to know that if something goes wrong, we can just contact her, rather than having to figure it out from there. My advice if you do use one is to do your homework and go armed with as much information as you can. good luck!
Post # 6
Generally I’m anti-travel agent too, but I really think it depends on where you are going. For our bora bora/moorea honeymoon I contacted a travel agent to help us put together an itinerary. Once it was all set and I had hotel names, flight numbers, etc, I priced it all out for myself. It was actually cheaper (although only by a couple hundred bucks) to go with the travel agent. I also then shopped the itinerary around to a few other agents. Bad etiquette? I don’t know, but the original travel agent had the best price and we happily went with her, which has been great. If you’re going to be going to more than one place or dropping a lot of cash somewhere exotic, it might be worth it to get some help!
Post # 7
I never believed in travel agents until I started using one to book lots of travel for people at work. They’re incredibly knowledgable and helpful. While she doesn’t usually get me a great deal on flights (we’re constantly rescheduling, which means we need refundable flights) I do find that she gets much better rates on hotels. Consider using an agent for just your hotel and some general info. My agent actually doesn’t charge for flights, but just $40 for hotel bookings. It’s also nice if you’re on the run and need to make changes (bad weather, etc). Just a quick call away someone can take care of it all for you. Kind of like a wedding planner…
Post # 8
I recommend not using a travel agent. When we were planning our destination wedding & honeymoon, we spoke with 2 different travel agents and after meeting with them I put in quite a few hours of research myself. Ultimately I saved my husband and I over $1000! If at all possible for your destination check out airlines like USA3000, they have flights that are super dirt cheap, and we found a hotel that had 2 bedroom suites with 2 full baths and a kitchen for an entire week @ $900, and it was right on the beach… it was beautiful. As with anything, if you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll reap the rewards of saving tons of money!
Post # 9
I did book through one though I toyed with the idea after she found me the info I wanted…lol – terrible I know.
The deciding factor in this was, booking through them ensured that we got transportation to the hotel through a company they provide and being in a different country we didn’t want to have to hassle with getting a decent ride or being nagged at the airport by people wanting to make a few bucks.
PS – we’re going to Mexico and it’s notorious there for this type of behavior in the airports.
It wasn’t any cheaper to do with it with out her as it was to do it with her…so no skin off my back.
Post # 10
Kayak.com!!! They are incredible! I use them for all of my travel 🙂