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How frustrating! We just started looking at airline costs and it is going to be $1,069.00 for the two of us round trip from Seattle to Cancun for August 2010. We are so excited to get everything finished and booked but at the same time we are wondering if we should wait and look at tickets the next couple of months....??

 

Adriana

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Prices in Canada are stupidly high for airline fees usually. We get bent over all the time when it comes to pricing because there's just not the competition that the US has. As for the OP... honestly? Its a crap shoot and there's just no way to know. For our weding, the best thing we did was hassle our guests to book immediately on the group rate. The regular rate was 300-400 more per person (depending on departure location) after our group rate expired. We looked online on our own for ages trying to get a better price and there wasn't one to be found. In addition, because our group is (almost) all booked with Signature, we get 1 free trip and the peace of mind of knowing that our TA has the whole group's bookings done together in case of something crazy happening to our trip.... like the swine flu craziness from earlier this year that cancelled flights!

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Hi ladies,

I'm thinking of booking my wedding for February, 2011 in Punta Cana. I have just contacted a TA and just received some quotes from her and they seem pretty high.

I'm wondering how far in advance you sent out your invitations and travel information? Did you wait until 6 months before to start booking your guests?
I found that if you wait until about sept-nov to book than its usually the cheapest... But of course you want you secure your room. Find a TA that will offer a price match... mine did. PM if you like to get in contact with my TA.
-Rain

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Oh and always check expedia.ca they always have sales and i've never had problems booking through them. Check maybe one a month, my trip was almost 1/2 price when checking in July vs Nov for a Jan wedding.

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How frustrating! We just started looking at airline costs and it is going to be $1,069.00 for the two of us round trip from Seattle to Cancun for August 2010. We are so excited to get everything finished and booked but at the same time we are wondering if we should wait and look at tickets the next couple of months....??

Adriana
I would wait, I scored 250 CAD tickets return from calgary to cancun. Flying continental airlines. They have sales you just have to wait if you can.

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We still haven't booked our travel yet for our July wedding at Dreams Cabo and I am starting to freak out!!

 

I've sort of been talking to 3 agents. It seems that if there is any kind of early booking bonus, we have only about a week or two to pay in full. Or the latest quote I got allowed us 3 days to pay in full! WTF? I wouldn't have even been able to get the info out to my guests in that short of time.

 

The one agent seems VERY confident that we should NOT book with Sunquest and that if we wait, we will still have no trouble booking Dreams for July through another tour operator.

 

I am seriously doubting it though ..... I don't know what to do. Obviously the cheaper, the better. Right now, it's going to be about $2000 per person, maybe a little more. If waiting means even $200 less, that is at least something, but I am not sure it's worth the risk.

 

Blaaaahhh.... thanks for listening to me vent!

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Do you have insurance? If the price of our trip goes down, we get that money back!
What kind of insurance is that??

Thanks in advance!

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Some tour operators offer low price guarantee insurance at an additional cost when you purchase their cancel for any reason insurance. Depending on the tour op I use and the booking terms (usually has to be individual bookings not group contracts) I can get the price adjusted as long as it is prior to 45 days before the departure date and there is still availability. Booking terms vary greatly between resorts and tour operators so you have to ask your TA what will happen in each instance.
Thanks for this info...so booking directly with hotel & airline would not give us this benefit??

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Published airfare is nonrefundable and non-transferable so once you bought it you own it. No adjustments will be made regardless of where you purchased it (fyi, published airfare differs from the charter flights from Canada and differs from from bulk airfare before anyone corrects me).

Booking directly with the resort does not always offer you the option to make adjustments. It depends on their cancellation policy. you need to read the terms carefully. Also note booking directly with a resort outside the US usually means that your credit card will get charged an international fee when you pay, you have no one to argue on your behalf should something go wrong (tour ops sell these resorts all the time sending thousands of customers to each resort each year rather than just a one time group so a TA and/or tour op has both bargaining power and pull to get results), and that if you are booking a resort that does not include complimentary airport transfers you will have to also purchase those seperately. So that means you will be making phone calls to resorts, airlines, and transportation companies and handling your guests travel questions.
Something I'm not preparted to do! I was just curious...that's the first I'm hearing of insurance for price changes. I'll send you a PM about riu....thanks!

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