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#11 Hoosierfan

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    Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:54 PM

    We have a local TA who has absolutely been a lifesaver! It's really taken the stress off of my shoulders in worrying about logistics for our guests and us! He helps me work the hotel on upgrades and wedding options and really ensure that we're being taken care of by our wedding coordinator. The prices he's gotten for us and our guests are slightly better than what's posted online and he takes care of insurance and transfers too.

    We are getting married in November, but have already booked our hotel room. We're doing our honeymoon right after the wedding, so haven't booked flights yet - from what I can tell, though, now is a great time to book flights as prices seem pretty reasonable!

    Good luck!
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    #12 Sheree10

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      Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:21 PM

      We're still undecided as to whether we will have TA. We may just go directly with the hotel and through the airline to get group rates.

      BTW, I called American Airlines the other day and got some information about their Group Wedding Program. The guests can get a discount if they book with your group, it doesn't matter where they leave from. They use a code you provide and get a cheaper rate. Great option for those who may not want to use a TA.
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      #13 TammyWright

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      Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:28 PM

      i usually do work with the wedding coordinators at the resorts and usually can get alot faster of a response. also when problems occur, i act as an advocate for my clients to get a resolution to their satisfaction. I am not sure you will get that from booking online.

      usually my clients give my contact info to their guests and they contact me with questions about: passports, travel documents that they may need for a minor, activities in the area, special requests that they may have, payment plans...these are services you will not get booking online so why would you if the rate is the same or lower with a TA.

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      #14 Racine.Ryan

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        Posted 08 April 2009 - 05:07 PM

        My TA is the best. He has helped me a ton and made me feel 100% about my decisions. Good luck and have fun.

        #15 purrfected

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          Posted 11 April 2009 - 08:46 AM

          I love having a TA for my wedding. I love to travel and usually plan my own trips. Therefore I know just how much work goes into planning a vacation, which is not even close to a wedding.There are so many details and questions that guests will have. I just don't have the time to help each guest plan their trip. I have someone to use as a resource and right now it is all about using your resources!

          #16 misstrae76

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            Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:04 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by purrfected
            I love having a TA for my wedding. I love to travel and usually plan my own trips. Therefore I know just how much work goes into planning a vacation, which is not even close to a wedding.There are so many details and questions that guests will have. I just don't have the time to help each guest plan their trip. I have someone to use as a resource and right now it is all about using your resources!
            Just wondering who you are using? Are they local? I am trying to find someone around the Seattle, WA state area that is familiar with JA?
            Thanks!

            #17 starfish007

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              Posted 15 April 2009 - 12:34 PM

              Hi Everyone! I too have been pricing out trips online but it is getting to be such a headache because I am quoting for family members in several different states who are staying for different lengths of time. I am interested in contacting a TA who specializes in DW (we are planning on Moon Palace Punta Cana). Any recommendations on a super organized TA would be much appreciated!

              #18 JenniferSS

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                Posted 15 April 2009 - 01:24 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by Sheree10
                We're still undecided as to whether we will have TA. We may just go directly with the hotel and through the airline to get group rates.

                BTW, I called American Airlines the other day and got some information about their Group Wedding Program. The guests can get a discount if they book with your group, it doesn't matter where they leave from. They use a code you provide and get a cheaper rate. Great option for those who may not want to use a TA.
                keep in mind that the discount is off of rack rates- it will not apply to sale rates so it may not allways be the lowest price!




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