How to choose a TA?
Posted 07 February 2008 - 01:32 PM
Posted 07 February 2008 - 01:38 PM
Posted 07 February 2008 - 01:49 PM
| Originally Posted by TammyB |
IMO I think you should contact Tammy (screen name "host") she is a TA, runs the forum AND is great.
What was important to us was someone that was 1) familiar with teh area, and 2) specialized in destiation weddings. DWs are such a different beast from your regular family vacation. If your TA can help you with all of the DW details - that is HUGE, in my opinion. Like setting up the room blocks (and getting you perks!), helping with the welcome or rehearsal dinner, etc.
Hope that helps!
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 08:24 PM
Yeah, I will probably never meet her in person but she knows her stuff. And that was important to me. I wanted to book a flight but she said to wait for a cheaper fare. I wanted to book a nicer room but she said to wait, I 'd get a free upgrade. And sure enough she came through.
So, my suggestion is to go with someone who has experience with destination weddings.
Posted 17 February 2008 - 03:47 PM
Posted 17 February 2008 - 04:22 PM
Posted 17 February 2008 - 07:06 PM
| Originally Posted by FLgator |
Forgive my TA ignorance, I have always booked my own trips, but I was wondering how it worked. Do you pay a flat TA fee? If they find you better deals than you can find on your own, how is it that they are making their money? Once on a group trip, a TA (relative of one of my friends) booked us a room to save us money, but it ended up being the same price that we had been quoted by the hotel. Can anyone explain the perks to hiring a TA and how it all works, or just direct me to the appropriate post? (Sorry, not trying to take over this thread, but I thought it was a good place to ask.)
I think they get paid through the hotel, airline, etc. My TA is booking through funjet. If I went to funjet.com & booked $50 of that is a booking fee that fun jet gets (I made up that dollar amount, I have no idea how much is). If my TA books it for me through funjet, she gets that $50. So I paid the same amount, but my TA made $50 instead of funjet getting that extra.
The $50 is just the max she can take. She could take $30 instead & save me $20.
She can also pass on price drops, which you can't do if you book through expedia or funjet on your own. Our hotel price went down $10 & everyone owes $10 less now. TAs also know ways to search for better deals & keep up with promos. Guests only have to pay a deposit to secure there trip. Another great perk.
I really don't know any reasons not to use a TA. As long as they are a good one. I'm sure there are some out there that would overcharge.
It also saves you tons of hassles. Before this wedding I had never used a TA. I'm now spreading the word to all my friends that TAs are great!
Posted 18 February 2008 - 02:26 AM
Posted 18 February 2008 - 03:24 AM
| Originally Posted by Kat81 |
I'm so glad I stumbled upon this thread.. I had no idea about TA's I mean I knew they existed. I just have never used one. I will have to look into it. How do I get ahold of Tammy? Sorry, I just am really new to this site and don't really know my way around yet. Thanks!
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