Originally Posted by LauraMinn
Thanks for the advice! We weren't going to use a travel agent because of the expense, and because our group is coming from all over the US, not from the same region, so we weren't sure if one would be useful. I'll look into it, though. Sounds like avoiding the hassle is worth it.
Originally Posted by amcferron
There really shouldn't be an expense at all. In fact, my TA costs ZERO!!! They make kick backs from the hotels. Definitely use a GI vacation consultant through Karisma though. They get a bunch of perks. Also, we have at least 50 people flying from Oregon, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Indiana, Washington DC, Dallas, Denver, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Canada and she is dealing with all of it. Some guests will decide to book on their own, but that's OK. Then it's on them......not you!!!
Originally Posted by taylorwd
Yup, agreed on all points! In fact, you should consider getting a TA because all your guests are flying in from all different places. Ashley's right, they shouldn't cost anything because their $$$ comes from the hotels/tour operators. Some TAs charge a small fee (e.g. $50) to sign with them but then you get that money back, usually in the form of a reduction on your final bill.
Have to agree with the other ladies, having a TA should not cost you anything! If there is a fee is it usually hidden in the cost of your package and you would never know about it anyway. They make a small commision from the airlines, and hotels, but it should be included in your quoted prices.