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My DW.com TA was invaluable.  She gave me a lot more info than I could have gotten on my own.  However, DW.com TAs are hit or miss.  I just happened to have a "hit"!

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Originally Posted by JYD1 View Post

 

I am using destination weddings.com myself and just out of curiousity - it is common to pay a large deposit to hold a group rate? I'm looking at $4k and that's just for 20 rooms!!! I'm a little overwhelmed and a little frustrated bc my TA fromt here never once mentioned about being charged a deposit to hold a certain number of rooms for that rate.

 

Any Advice?

 

My set up included me paying the deposit as well if my guests did not book within 30 days of setting up the site.  I pushed everyone that was important to me to get their reservations and deposits in before the 30 days was up and any rooms I had left over in my block, I cancelled so I wouldn't have to fund the deposit.  Now any additional guests can still book a trip at the group rates but I don't have to fund their deposit.  As long as you have the minimum amount booked within the 30 days, your all good and just release the extras.  I think my minimum number was 10 rooms.  

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Originally Posted by rpingree001 View Post

 

 

 

 

My set up included me paying the deposit as well if my guests did not book within 30 days of setting up the site.  I pushed everyone that was important to me to get their reservations and deposits in before the 30 days was up and any rooms I had left over in my block, I cancelled so I wouldn't have to fund the deposit.  Now any additional guests can still book a trip at the group rates but I don't have to fund their deposit.  As long as you have the minimum amount booked within the 30 days, your all good and just release the extras.  I think my minimum number was 10 rooms.  

 

Thanks for clearing that up!! I was not happy when I received the package. If she had said up front - this is how it works on the room rates- then I would have been okay. We're going with 10 minimum as well to lock in our super great rates. I agree about adding on after the min is met. I've been calling close family and friends to get their dep in. smile43.gif

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I wanted to have someone to be the person my guests can ask questions. I am only expecting about 10 rooms. I think so far I feel swayed to only go with the two or three resorts. I dont like feeling Im out on my own or doing all the work and I might be thinking about switching coordinators. I guess Im only a few weeks in so dont know if its too early to judge...

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Update - I've contacted DW and they are doing research and going to work with me on settling this right now a year later.  This shows character with the company.  After discussion, we both realized it fell through the cracks on both ends (theirs for not contacting me and mine for not following up with them).  Working with me this late in the game shows they are a dedicated company and my original impression was wrong.

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I wish I would of read all this before buying my save the dates with the DW website printed on them.....Our TA from DW never mentioned anything about a deposit.  Now we are expected to give 5k within 30 days, and our wedding is over a year from now.  We received quotes from the resort we are using, and sent that to the TA.  She is still trying to charge us over $60/day for our group quote.  This is due to charges of insurance etc.  If I send these STD's out the first thing people are going to do is look at the resort and see what the normal price is, and they will see the TA overcharging us and won't book through her.  Personally I wouldn't blame them.  We are waiting for update hopefully better pricing.  I will admit at first our TA was very responsive and gave great info on many different options, but that doesn't mean my guests should spend $200 more for booking through them....Just frustrated and wanted to know if anyone else has had similar situations?


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I think finding a travel agent that is local to you is sometimes best. At least in my opinion I like to have face to face meetings when making these decisions.

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I recently changed from dw.com because my TA took 5 months to get me a quote. The initial quote was a great price but the travel agency that my dw specialist was working with wouldn't give us the price anymore after a week for some reason. It took them about 3 months to finally come to a decision. the decision consisted of my guests having to have the $200 downpayment or the price would increase by another 200 dollars. I eventually got fed up with all the running around and decided to go with someone locally. It was such a headache with them.

 

Originally Posted by Brideof2011 View Post

I wish I would of read all this before buying my save the dates with the DW website printed on them.....Our TA from DW never mentioned anything about a deposit.  Now we are expected to give 5k within 30 days, and our wedding is over a year from now.  We received quotes from the resort we are using, and sent that to the TA.  She is still trying to charge us over $60/day for our group quote.  This is due to charges of insurance etc.  If I send these STD's out the first thing people are going to do is look at the resort and see what the normal price is, and they will see the TA overcharging us and won't book through her.  Personally I wouldn't blame them.  We are waiting for update hopefully better pricing.  I will admit at first our TA was very responsive and gave great info on many different options, but that doesn't mean my guests should spend $200 more for booking through them....Just frustrated and wanted to know if anyone else has had similar situations?


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