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Summer 2010: Pricing and when to book?

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#1 blondeambition

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    Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:01 PM

    Prices are really high right now for July-Sept 2010 (well, Sept pricing isn't even available yet! But July and August are very high).

    I've been looking for a long time and we recently booked a non-wedding trip to Cuba. The trend generally seems to be that they drop significantly when you get more like 6 months out from the departure date. For example, Grand Princess I've seen as low as $900 out of Edmonton for 1 week this past summer. If you look at their quotes for next summer, they are over twice that!

    So, how do you decide when to take the plunge and actually book? I don't want to overpay by $800 or more. And frankly, I don't want to ask people to spend over $2,000 because I don't think that's reasonable for a 4-5 star in the Mayan.

    But I also have to book the wedding itself at whichever resort we choose... Eek!

    #2 Nadine2010

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      Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:44 PM

      Its a hard decision to make. My wedding is at Dreams Cancun On August 10th next year. When i was originally looking at pricing i was getting rediculous quotes! The benefit to booking early enough in advance is early booking bonuses. I was able to get a quote form Air Canada Vacations flying out of Calgary to Dreams Cancun for $1908 a person because of an early booking bonus of $460 per person. The downside of early booking bonuses is that they have to be paid in full much earlier. For my quote which i just recieved a couple weeks ago and am paying deposits for, everyone has to pay in full by the end of November. This means our guest list is going to be smaller than we expected but it was worth it to me to get the resort i loved for a decent price.

      Basically, although you may get a better deal if you wait until months before the wedding, I could not wait that long and not stress out way too much!

      I would suggest looking into early booking bonues and if you dont already have one I would highly suggest using a travel agent, they are invaluable when it comes to getting a great price!!

      Let me know if you have any questions!!

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