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#71 coquine

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:32 PM

I think the challenging part is to find a good one. You would think in this internet era that it shouldn't be so hard to find an exceptional TA but like any other business out there, there are some who unfortunately are terrible. You don't need the extra stress while planning your wedding, it should be a  fun journey. If something doesn't sound right, it is not. Listen to your instint. I lived through a nightmare with someone who was not only terrible but very dishonest. I did in the end the found a new TA who literally saved me. It is totally worth it once you find a great one as torilynn said.



#72 Labebita911

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    Posted 29 October 2011 - 06:49 AM


    Who would you recommend Petal??????
     

    Originally Posted by Petal Keine 

    Reasons to use a travel agent:

    They have great relationships with the suppliers.

    Group rates, early booking bonuses and concessions, they have knowledge of all of this.

    One person to deal with.

    Negotiate your contracts with the hotel, tour operator and/or wedding coordinator.

    Can assist with date/schedule changes/booking your wedding, civil or symbolic.

    Deal with the wedding coordinator on your behalf and have things in place for when you arrive so NOTHING is last  minute.

    Advice and experience.

    Help your guests with their needs (upgrades/use of points/different dates, durations)

    Help you find the best rate for your group.

    Available when you are.

    Alleviate all the stress, the work is done for you and your guests have someone to contact.

    Answer everyones questions, there are usually sooo many :)

    If mother nature shows up with a hurricane and flights get cancelled, they will take care of you and your group.

    Travel Insurance.

     

    Reasons not to use a Travel Agent:

    Small group, less than 10 dont always qualify for a group rate or concession

    You are a travel agent :)

    No flights or travel arrangements needed

    You already have a relationship with the property because your a repeat client and they gave you an excellent deal.

    Last minute wedding and you got a great deal on-line and are happy to wait until you get there to finalize all your wedding details.

    You are in control, but then you are responsible.

     

     

     



     


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    #73 torilynnsmith

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      Posted 29 October 2011 - 07:51 AM


      I believe she is a travel agent so you could probably use her services!

      Originally Posted by Labebita911 


      Who would you recommend Petal??????
       



       



       



      #74 TammyWright

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      Posted 29 October 2011 - 08:15 AM



      Originally Posted by Labebita911 


      Who would you recommend Petal??????
       



       



      Petal are a canadian agency.  If you are getting married at The Royal, I would contact TA Wendy.

       

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      #75 memckinnon

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        Posted 31 October 2011 - 08:28 PM

        For anyone looking for a TA in the DR my FI and I were using patty Jordan from the BDW travel forum. She has been FANTASTIC. Very attentive, quick to respond to emails and phone calls (even on weekends) and she's very thorough. I feel like she is genuinely interested in my big day and helps in every way possible. VERY HIGHLY RECONMENDED

        #76 memckinnon

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          Posted 31 October 2011 - 08:28 PM

          For anyone looking for a TA in the DR my FI and I were using patty Jordan from the BDW travel forum. She has been FANTASTIC. Very attentive, quick to respond to emails and phone calls (even on weekends) and she's very thorough. I feel like she is genuinely interested in my big day and helps in every way possible. VERY HIGHLY RECONMENDED

          #77 memckinnon

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            Posted 31 October 2011 - 08:29 PM

            For anyone looking for a TA in the DR my FI and I were using patty Jordan from the BDW travel forum. She has been FANTASTIC. Very attentive, quick to respond to emails and phone calls (even on weekends) and she's very thorough. I feel like she is genuinely interested in my big day and helps in every way possible. VERY HIGHLY RECONMENDED

            #78 TA Wendy

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              Posted 01 November 2011 - 10:28 AM

              I agree!
              TA Patty is awesome! Here on the BDW forum we each have our area of specialization.. we are experts in that area, and the DR is Patty's area, as mine is the Cancun/ Riviera Maya area.

              We love working with brides and grooms and their guests! If we can make things smoother and more of a pleasure for you with regards to your travel arrangements we are doing our job!

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              #79 TA Patty

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                Posted 01 November 2011 - 02:12 PM

                Thanks Wendy and Madison! I appreciate your kind words. Madison - It was a pleasure working with you as well.


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                #80 TA Wendy

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                  Posted 02 November 2011 - 10:42 AM

                  Here is a great article about Travel agents.. hope you all find it helpful!

                  10 MYTHS
                  ABOUT TRAVEL AGENTS
                  MYTH 1:
                  All Travel Agents and Agencies are the Same.
                  FACT: Every travel agent is different and has a different area that they specialize in. So, depending on what type of trip you are looking to take one travel agent will suit you better than another. That’s why it is important when planning a trip to find a travel agent that specializes in where you want to go.
                  MYTH 2:
                  No One Uses Travel Agents Anymore.
                  FACT: Travel agents still sell 51% of all airline tickets, 87% of all cruises, 81% of all tours and packages, 45% of all car rentals and about 47% of all hotels.*
                  MYTH 3:
                  Travel Agents are Trying to Cheat Me if They Don’t Quote Me the Cheapest Price.
                  FACT: Travel agents know the ins and outs of different itineraries. While you might find one that is a little bit cheaper, that cheaper itinerary might involve a whole slew of headaches. For example, longer waits at the airport and odd travel times. A travel agent will be looking to get you the best value for your money spent which should include the most direct and time friendly itinerary they can find. Unless you have told them you would prefer to have the cheaper options presented as well expect value to be a factor included in the trip they plan.
                  MYTH 4:
                  It is Expensive to Use a Travel Agent.
                  FACT: The fee a travel agent charges really depends upon the agent. While some of the more luxury agencies have higher fees, the average fee is quite marginal. Some travel agents will even drop the fee or offer a discount once you have finalized your trip with them. Plus, you can always ask an agent upfront what their fees are and decide for yourself if it’s worth it. Also, it is important to remember that a lot of online booking sites, such as Orbitz and Expedia, charge a booking fee as well.
                  MYTH 5:
                  I Can Easily Book the Same Trip on My Own
                  Without Using a Travel Agent.
                  FACT: Although travel agents have access to all of the same outlets you would use when looking to book travel, they also have access to exclusive pricing and package deals that are most times not available to the public. Your travel agent also has more leverage in helping out in situations such as hotels claiming to be booked, when in fact they may still have rooms available that are on hold for travel agents reservations. So when everyone else is telling you “No” your travel agent can help turn that to a “Yes.”
                  MYTH 6:
                  Travel Agents Don’t Have Information as Updated
                  as the Internet.
                  FACT: Travel agents obtain some of their information from the same sources as online booking sites. They also receive daily emails and faxes with new specials from resorts and hotels that may not be published on the internet. Travel agents can also call a place directly to see if they can work out other kinds of special deals for you, something an online site can’t do.
                  MYTH 7:
                  Travel Agents are a Waste of Time.
                  FACT: Although you can find much of the same information that the travel agent provides for you on your own, you are going to spend a lot of valuable time doing so. A travel agent can actually save you from hours of painful research and price comparison shopping. They have up to date prices, hotel conditions, and interesting new activities. Their prior knowledge and experience gives them the upper hand in trip planning.
                  MYTH 8:
                  Travel Agents Have Lost Their Clout
                  FACT: Travel agents book hotels, cruises, and activities every day. The companies that provide these services know that and want their business and will work to keep that business coming back. So while a place might be telling you “Sorry we are booked,” for your one time trip, they are more likely to make an exception for the travel agent to insure that the agent sends them more business in the future.
                  MYTH 9:
                  The Need for Travel Agents is Being Replaced by the Internet.
                  FACT: There are some things technology cannot replicate, and personal touch is one of them. The Internet is a valuable resource, but it cannot replace the expertise, guidance and personal service of a travel agent. At a time when travelers are stressed out with hectic schedules, travel agents have all of the information at their fingertips, saving valuable hours of surfing on the web. Agents can also offer insider tips, generally based on personal experience.
                  MYTH 10:
                  Travel Agents Can Only Book My Flight and
                  Hotel
                  FACT: Travel agents can arrange car service, personalized tours, activities and travel insurance, in addition to all the basic travel services they provide. They are also excellent sources of information concerning good restaurants, good sites to see, and tips on what to pack.
                  *Source: American Society of Travel Agents

                   

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