hey Megan. that's great info. thanks!! we have friends in Indiana and Wisconsin that we've been trying to figure ou how, from Canada, we were going to help them out with getting to our wedding and I think you've maybe just solved the problem for us. at least now I have info to pass on to both couples. whether they actually use it is up to them but at least it might help! thanks again. by the way, has your TA suggested any "last minute" flights at all? both our couples would be out of Chicago I think so I know pricing will probably be a bit different
Originally Posted by mekanabr
We are using a travel agent who works with Apple Vacations. We searched on their website for someone local to us so that it would be easier to meet with her about our guests needs. Instead of only allowing our guests to come for one week, we have given them the option to book as many or as little nights as they would like. Then they book their flights separatly (through our TA if they choose). This way we were able to have more ppl join us for our wedding bc not everyone was able to stay for an entire week. We have guests coming for as little as 3 nts up to a full week. People are flying from all over the east coast, so the flights have ranged from around $400-550 p/p depending on where they are flying from. Here are the most recent room rates:
3 nts: $393p/p, $420p/p sea view
4 nts: $510p/p, $546p/p sea view
5 nts: $625p/p, $670p/p sea view
7 nts: $849p/p, $912p/p sea view
Also, all the resort prices above included a $30 p/p Best Price Supplement offered by Apple Vacations that guarantees that everyone receives the lowest price offered by Apple. Our rates so far have dropped around $50 p/p. We added this to everyones package and it has definitely been worth it, esp since we should see more siginificant drops as our date approaches. Also, we are getting credit towards our room for every person booked, so far almost $600! For my fiance and I are flights out of Detroit were around $550p/p, so our total was a little under $1500 for the week (sea view) - not including the room credit. My parents got flights for $415 out of Baltimore and are staying for 5 nts, so only $1085p/p (sea view)...so the prices ranged a little bit but were definitley a good deal. It was also really convenient for our guests to reserve their rooms through our TA bc all they had to do was reserve a room for $50p/p and then they had the option of paying off their trip over several months which a lot of people took advantage of. We paid the deposits in advance to hold the rooms and then the money we put down, once reserved by someone else, we get back. Plus, since we purchased our flights separately, we don't have to deal with fuel surcharges.
If anyone is looking for an awesome travel agent, I would definitely recommend Denise McCain with International Tours of Lansing. She is amazing to work with and has been able to accomodate all of our guests (so far around 35!) and we are the only ones that are local to her, everyone else has dealt with her by phone and email but it has worked out perfectly. Her contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 349-4664. Let her know Megan Reightler referred you and you re interested in reserving the same resort for your guests and she will hook you up!
Hope this info helps someone, I know how tough it was for me to find a travel agent!