To travel agent or not to travel agent?
Posted 29 October 2009 - 01:48 PM
Also, it is nice to have one person handling everyone's arrangments and help them plan a trip specific to their needs. She has also been a great resource as far as helping me getting in touch with WC at the resort, etc. I really can't imagine what I would do without her.
We went with someone a friend used....but she lives a couple hours away, so we did everything by phone and e-mail, which was also really convenient!
Posted 29 October 2009 - 02:02 PM
Hope this helps :-)
Mr. & Mrs. Rangel!!!
Posted 04 November 2009 - 02:37 PM
Good luck and happy planning!
Posted 04 November 2009 - 02:57 PM
In the end, we booked our own trip through WestJet Vacations and a number of our guests have done the same as WestJet has most consistently had the best rates. WestJet does offer group rates as well but we weren't able to take advantage of them. Also, we'd indicated our preferred travel dates to our guests but also gave them optional dates so they could book based on what worked best for their schedules. We've found that 95% of our guests haven't had any problems and have used a couple different airlines with various offers to book their vacations.
Oh and TA's I had initially worked with said they would be able to put me in contact with the WC at our resort but beyond that everything else was up to me.
In the end I didn't find the booking process a hassle at all to take on myself (and we invited about 50 guests) and it was honestly less frustrating than working with the TA. As some of the other girls have said, it just depends on how many guests you have, how much else you have on the go for planning, and your own preference! I feel that I'm typically pretty savvy when it comes to travel arrangements so maybe that helped me in this case!! Good luck!!
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Posted 05 November 2009 - 12:18 AM
Looking to share photographer week of January 16, 2010 Holguin, Cuba
Posted 07 October 2010 - 05:30 AM
I want to book with a TA as well, but I agree with echo's statement above-I find that the TA quotes I'm getting are a few hundred dollars more. I'm finding this very surprising! I would have thought TA's could get cheaper rates? If I don't go with a TA, does anyone have suggestions on how to go about booking? I like westjet vacations as well, but I am wanting to go to a Riu and they don't book with the Riu chain.
Posted 07 October 2010 - 10:33 AM
I initially wanted to go with TA to get good rates and avoid extra headache, but my TA gave me the the same group rate as the resort plus the resort's conditions were much better. I did not need to put any deposit on blocked rooms (only have to pay full payment for our room) and if we won't feel all of the blocked rooms there is no fines or lost deposits as opposed to TA's conditions where I would lose the deposits for any/all unfilled rooms. I thought the TA's conditions were unreasonable since there is no way for me to know a year ahead of time how many guests will come to our wedding and how many rooms we need to block. I'm still considering to use TA for flights but I have not yet decided on that.
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cancun Mexico
Posted 26 October 2010 - 11:45 AM
I am planning my wedding for Montego Bay Jamaica. Does anyone recommend a good TA I could reach out too?
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