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#1 J&MWedding

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    Posted 04 February 2009 - 02:33 AM

    How long did it take everyone to get your rates from your TA?
    I'm getting married in Dec, and I know I can go on expedia and get really inexpensive rates right NOW, but I have not rcvd rates from my TA yet.

    I understand that it takes time because the wholesaler needs to negotiate etc etc etc, but I'm sort of getting worried that the longer it takes, the more expensive it will be. Should I be worried?!!!!!
    I'm also worried that her rates will be much higher than online. I understand the advantages of using a TA, but my guests won't pay for a TA if there is a big difference between the TA's rates and online.
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    #2 Jamaicabound

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      Posted 09 February 2009 - 10:00 PM

      Hi,
      I got an immediate quote from our TA. Of course there are just 2 of us and I am sure that is easier. We got a great deal, for Grand Lido, Negril, Jamaica and our TA is from Canada, even though we live in the states.
      There are deals to be had right now!
      Enjoy.
      D

      #3 Jamaicabound

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        Posted 09 February 2009 - 10:00 PM

        Hi,
        I got an immediate quote from our TA. Of course there are just 2 of us and I am sure that is easier. We got a great deal, for Grand Lido, Negril, Jamaica and our TA is from Canada, even though we live in the states.
        There are deals to be had right now!
        Enjoy.
        D

        #4 TammyWright

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        Posted 09 February 2009 - 11:55 PM

        well group rates are very different that just pulling up what is available and when the groups department at the resort is swamped, things can get back up.

        usually i hear back within a few days with the rates but getting the contract can be a PITA.

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        #5 SunnyCherries

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          Posted 10 February 2009 - 12:02 AM

          We are getting married in December as well and have been waiting for what seems like forever. We went to about 5 different travel agents last week and haven't heard back from any of them yet.

          Because they are all taking this long, I figure there must be a reason!

          However, I am starting to get miiightly impatient!

          #6 SunnyCherries

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            Posted 10 February 2009 - 12:02 AM

            We are getting married in December as well and have been waiting for what seems like forever. We went to about 5 different travel agents last week and haven't heard back from any of them yet.

            Because they are all taking this long, I figure there must be a reason!

            However, I am starting to get miiightly impatient!

            #7 jmb0902

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              Posted 10 February 2009 - 12:22 AM

              I'm kind of having the same issue... Orbitz is has really awesome deals to Mexico right now (some only $850 pp from Denver!!) And we're wondering if we should just book seperately, but I don't want ppl to be left behind or not be able to get in. We are working (somewhat) with destinationweddings.com, but not really... they have come up with the same deals or worse than what we've found! If you don't think we should book ourselves, does anyone know a good Dreams Tulum TA?

              #8 TammyWright

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              Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:15 AM

              I book a lot at dreams tulum. Do you want me to check the rates.

              Pm me how many rooms and what dates you want

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              #9 TA Lindsay

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                Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:42 AM

                I know a lot of the Canadian tour operators are really swamped right now...I'm getting a turnaround on quotes from them anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks - depending on when the departure date is!!! It's taking a little longer, because a lot of the contracts for winter 2009/2010 haven't been negotiated yet, so the groups departments have to go through a lot more channels to get quotes put together (rates aren't all in their systems yet - therefore not readily available for quoting). Pricing is coming soon! :)

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                #10 TammyWright

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                Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:52 AM

                i was thinking the same thing when i saw the posts from canadian brides...i know sometimes there can be a longer delay.

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