(Closed) Travel Agent vs. CheapCarribean.com for honeymoon??

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I ended up going with a travel agent. It was my first time using an agent but I decided to go that route since we are spending so much money and I wanted someone who could call the hotel and find out about honeymoon perks etc and someone I can call to fix things if anything goes wrong.

however, I too found that the agent was more expensive than what I found online doing my own searches. I told her this and she matched my price! Win-win! Try to ask about price matching…alot of agencies do it.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I only think travel agents are useful when you are going on a multi-city vacation and need help booking multiple transfers. Price-wise you’re better off booking on your own.

Post # 6
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334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I can’t comment on using a travel agent, but I can vouch for CheapCaribbean.com.  Fiance and I booked a resort at the Dominican Rebuplic last November and everything went very smoothly.  However, you will be paying in full when you book.  If your TA is offering to beat their price with the only condition being you have to pay in full, I’d say go for it.  But make sure (in both cases!) to account for hidden fees.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about using CheapCaribbean.com or about the DR in general – we stayed in Puerto Plata.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@BluegrassBridetoBee:  Just read your update.  Have you asked her about booking side trips?  In my experience there were a lot of things to do – horse back riding, tours of the city, ATV rides, etc – but you have to pay for them.  We paid on-site at the concierge.  Maybe she’ll be willing to throw something like that in?

Other things to ask about that she could possibly throw in – shuttle from the airport to the resort, “VIP” extras (exclusive beach, shows, or activities), credit at a shops.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

On Cheap Carribbean depending on how long it is until your trip they will allow a 50% deposit and pay the balance like 30 days before the trip. We have done it before when booking a trip through them.

Post # 10
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1235 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I booked my fi and mines hOneymoon in the riviera Maya for 7 nights in July and it was 2200. I would keep lookIng

Post # 11
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441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got quotes from travel agents and Cheapcaribbean.com, and cheapcaribbean.com won out big time over the agents. We had a great experience with them. I have heard that their travel insurance is bogus though, so we didn’t bother with it. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’ve used Apple Vacations a few times and had great success with them.  We have been to Jamaica, Punta Cana and Riviera Maya all-inclusive vacations through them and had a great time each time.

The honeymoon is really stressing me out, too!  We have no clue where to go!  We’re about the same as you budget-wise.  We’d like to stick as close to $3,000 as possible but have been to most of the places that would put us in that range.  Sigh.

Good luck!

Post # 14
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3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I love CheapCaribbean – used them three times now, including our honeymoon. Their customer service can’t be beat. I recommend them to everyone I know!

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I went with a travel agent mostly because we wanted this trip to top all the others we have been on – i was really happy with our travel agent and couldnt be happier with the resort they directed us to (couples swept away, negril, jamaica) – I was actually on cheapcarribean yesterday (because i know they have the resort we stayed at) and honestly i didnt see much of a price difference, i think our travel agent was a tad higher (by a couple hundred dollars) but the benefit was not having to plan anything, they booked everything printed our tickets and made reservations for our dinners they also were able to get us an upgraded room. so there are some pro’s in planning with an agent – they know their stuff. Having said that, since we know about the resort already and loved it, if we were going to go again i would book online.

 Have you ever heard of tripology.com? its a site where 3 travel agents compete for your business, you tell them where you want to go and when and they give you options and pricing and you can use that to talk prices down a little.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@BluegrassBridetoBee  She didn’t do more…but its good knowing I have her there if I need help with anything or need to make changes, book excursions etc. After planning the wedding its nice to have someone else do the work 🙂

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