This is absolutely a possibility I had not considered. I got a deal through a travel agent with some free incentives/upgrades if we book a certain number of rooms. My contract states that if I book a certain number of rooms and/or guests (i.e. - 10 rooms, 21 guests) I will get certain free upgrades, cocktail hour on the day of the wedding and free room nights. My travel agent had already given me a rate before I asked him to inquire about these incentives and the rate remained the same after he negotiated them into my room block agreement. I like to think this is indicatitive of a good deal on my behalf, however, perhaps the travel agent already gets certain perks from the hotels to give to their couples for booking a certain number of rooms.
Originally Posted by Tropical Love
We were supposed to have an automatic upgrade because we booked so many rooms, but as of last week, we lost 4 rooms. So, now we're in the same room catergory as our guests and if we want to upgrade it's going to cost us an additional $859!!! We're on the fence, on whether or not to pay that additional expense. The free upgrade to an ocean front room is only available upon request....which blows!
I too inquired how other brides are getting free cocktails and such. My WC at the Grand had no clue what I was talking about. When I mentioned it to my travel agent, she said that certain travel agents will figure out how much it would cost for a cocktail hour and add that to the rate. So, people don't even realize they're paying it. I mean if I knew I could have done that, I would have added another $30 per person to the room rate. *smiles* Who would have known besides, me and the travel agent. A lesson learned! Good luck