TA or NO TA?
Posted 22 July 2008 - 11:22 AM
I was with a group of friends over the weekend who asked me if we had a travel agent we were using for our wedding.
I really had not thought about this at all!!!!!
I'm a flight attendant so I usually take care of our travel arrangements myself.
Anyhow, most of our guest will be traveling from San Antonio to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
What are the pro and cons of using a TA?
Most importantly, where do you find them?
I'm in the process of posting info on our wedding website so any advice is greatly appreciated!
Posted 22 July 2008 - 02:11 PM
I would think that eventhough you are used to making your own arrangements, you need to keep in mind you are planning a wedding AND then answering everyone's questions about so many things either related to the wedding or travel.
So why not let someone else help with those specifics?
Posted 22 July 2008 - 02:14 PM
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Posted 22 July 2008 - 03:00 PM
I'm definitely going to start looking for a travel agent TODAY!
Big hug to you all!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 22 July 2008 - 03:13 PM
Have they booked DW's before and how much experience they have with DW's ? Dw's are so much different than booking a vacation or a honeymoon- most TA's do not realize the amount of time & effort that goes into booking DW's- this is definately one time that it pays to go with a specialist!
What are their hours? If you have guests coming from all over the country you will need a TA that they can get ahold of when it is convienant for them. A local TA may be great but if the office hours are 8-5 M-F and your guests are in another time zone it may not work out!
What exactly will the TA do ? There are post on hear where a TA will not collect payment nor provide a list of whom has booked.
A little trivia-
Apple Vacations is a TO not a TA. A tour operator generally contracts with airlines,hotels and transfer companies to sell packages. The turn over rate can be higher with a TO as they are in call centers. You may work with one agent or whomever you get when you call in. You can run into some issues because of not having one person always or with turn over.
A TA is a travel agent whose obligation is to the consumer and they work with many different TO's (a TA has different reservation agents to work that are usually dedicated to assisting just travel agents ) A Travel agent also has access to our district Sales managers who will assist with any issues on the consumers behalf.
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