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Prices from hotel website vs. discount travel websites

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Hi everyone! I am trying to narrow down which island I want to have my DW at. A big part of that decision is cost for our guests... I haven't contacted a TA yet as this is just preliminary reserach.

 

In any case, I was considering Aruba and when I look at the room rates on the Divi and Tamarijn resort websites, they are quite high ($365 per night). However when I look at those same resorts on Orbitz.com, same timeframe, they are quoting $1500 per person including airfare! Obviously this is a massive difference and would completely change whether I consider going here.

 

What price would a TA be more likely to get - is the resort's quoted room rate what they will be working with? It just seems like a ridiculous difference.

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

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This was my biggest stress - but you can't plan a wedding without a plan - ppl will search their own options - you just pick what you want and go from there

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OK thanks, that makes me feel a lot better. I certainly do want to work with a TA, not an online discount website, when it comes to my wedding. So I'm happy to hear that price matching is a possibility.

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Mo i like how you put that the first thing you do is compare apples to apples! thats really important :)

 

alundy, ive always wondered about that too, im so glad you asked here so we could get great answers like Mo's!

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I'm using a TA for my trip & she was able to match the prices that Vacations to Go had on their website. I like the idea of using a TA since everyone is booking through her & she just lets me know what guests I have coming!

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We were initially going to book with something like Expedia too, but in the end decided to use a TA, mostly because I didn't want a million calls to us regarding travel arrangements, prices etc. - I'd rather everyone just talk to our TA. She said she would price match anything we found online.

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I have quite a bit of experience in deal hunting on vacation packages, but still decided to use a TA for our wedding group. I am so happy that I did. All but twice the TA was able to get better prices than I could find. She has also saved me a million headaches. Every time someone books I get an e-mail and I also now have copies of all of my guests' bookings and requests. I HIGHLY recommend using a TA and have faith that they will get you good rates.

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