Forced to ask for a deposit before guests even receive invites...is this normal?
Posted 08 May 2009 - 10:59 AM
My FI is really embarrassed because this week, out of the blue, our TA told us we had to call 10 of our guests (we barely have even that many ppl!) to give their deposits ASAP because SunWing is only holding our fly dates until this Monday, the 11th. FI hates asking people for money, as do I, but I guess this is the downside to having a DW?
Anyone else think this is strange, or is this normal procedure? i.e. tell people verbally to put $200 immediately before they even get an invitation in the mail...
Posted 08 May 2009 - 11:04 AM
Posted 08 May 2009 - 11:09 AM
Posted 08 May 2009 - 11:10 AM
If you feel comfortable that you will have 10 people then you could always put the deposits in for them. But that's a lot of cash to put out if you don't know for sure other people will be booking!
I would send out an email letting people know that this is what's happening and see if you can get a bit of an extension on the date. Also, I can almost guarantee that if in a week (or two) you called to get group pricing it would be the same!
I would say it's not crazy for people to book before they received an invite - I wouldn't send out the invite until I had it booked for sure - you know how things change with the airlines!!
Posted 08 May 2009 - 11:21 AM
Posted 08 May 2009 - 11:42 AM
1 week - or 1 weekend is EXTREMELY short notice for anyone to handle.
I hope everything works out for you
Made it legal : June 30, 2009
Posted 08 May 2009 - 11:46 AM
Immediately after, we sent out STD's - as the TA could only hold the rates for for sure until Dec 1st... so guests had the options of booking when they received STD's (we included a very detailed letter) to get the best rate or wait and take their chances.
As of now, everyone booked on time ... fingers crossed.
Posted 08 May 2009 - 08:17 PM
| Originally Posted by jerseykitten |
I put the deposits down on 12 rooms myself, and then as they get booked, that money will go towards the payment of my trip. I think your TA should have been more upfront with you in the beginning about how the rooms get held. It always stinks to have to ask people for money!
Ours was a similar situation... we had to come up with 10 deposits and then as other people pay, the money comes back to cover our trip.
Posted 08 May 2009 - 08:25 PM
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