Question about Group Rates...
Posted 08 July 2008 - 11:54 AM
Some of the TA's I've contacted said the rate can ONLY be held for the people who put the deposits down by a certain date (usually within a week). After that, anyone in our group who books will be subject to the rate at the time.
A couple of other TA's I've spoken to said they can hold the rate for the group (or, say, 60 people) once I put 10 deposits down. This seems to make more sense to me - after all, what is the point in getting a group rate if you can't hold it for members of your group?
What have you guys experienced? Am I being too picky in wanting the rate held for everyone?
Posted 08 July 2008 - 12:38 PM
Posted 08 July 2008 - 12:46 PM
Posted 08 July 2008 - 12:50 PM
| Originally Posted by Davematthews16 |
Here's how it worked with us: In order to get the "group" rate we had to book atleast 10 rooms by a certain date (Put $100.00 deposit per room) And the rooms are heild until Nov 1st, when the remainder of the room cost is due. We are "locked in" with our group rate from here on out. So say we have extra people who decide to go, they will still be able to get the group discount, since we booked 10 rooms already.
The scary thing is the clause on the bottom of the contract:
Prices and availability quoted are subject to change (at the sole discretion of our suppliers and are due to space sellout/demand) at any time until full payment has been received and tickets have been issued.
Does that not mean that they can increase the rate whenever they want anyway?! Scary.
Posted 08 July 2008 - 12:50 PM
We booked mid-March (with our deposit) holding 43 seats on the plane.
Invites went out the beginning of May.
The deposit for our guests were due June 30; she will release any tickets that aren't booked with a deposit
The balance is due Nov 5
Wedding is Jan 28/09
It depends on the tour operator. This was how it worked b/c we booked through air transat vacations. If we had booked through another operator, it would have been the 10 deposit rule.
Posted 08 July 2008 - 03:46 PM
Some of my friends were soooo upset that my TA was quoting them higher rates that they booked through selloffvacations.com. Everyone was on the same plane and we had no issues with the people who did not book through my TA.
Posted 09 July 2008 - 01:52 PM
Our group is less than 20 so most people have booked. I had to do a lot of verbal communicating to get the word out. It sucked that there wasn't enough time to send out the formal invites. I do plan on sending out invites soon though using the early booking prices that will give those on the fence another chance to book.
The rate you get I think it totally depends on your TA, their negotiating skills, the purchasing power they have (small vs. large groups and even the agencies or business they bring to the tour operator), the group contact they have and of course the tour group itself that you are dealing with.
Best of luck with getting your rates.
Posted 09 July 2008 - 02:00 PM
we deposited for 40 and the tour operator (air canada) held 40 - thus we have 80 seats at the best price I've ever seen. It cost us up front, but at the end of the day our guests are getting a killer deal!
Posted 11 July 2008 - 02:46 PM
Posted 11 July 2008 - 03:42 PM
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