Book with a TA- a lot less headache than booking directly with the resort (this website is run by a TA so if you don't have a TA in mind- send them an email!) The TA should be able to get you a better group rate and you will benefit with the group perks as long as your TA is aware of these benefits and your guests book through your TA!
My wedding was Nov 2012 and it think we paid about $175/ night per person for double occupany.
Originally Posted by JeanaBeena
Curious how everyone chose to handle the group bookings for their travel. Did you just go through the hotel directly and sign their group contract?
I was originally going to do so, but the group rate they gave me is pretty ridiculous. This is what I was given for November 2013 (SLOW season)
AUG 25/13 - DEC 23/13
Superior Deluxe - Garden View
Superior Deluxe - Ocean View
According to this, a room with 2 adults would be $382. On expedia, you can get the same room for $350. Also, if you book direct, by the chart above, 4 adults in a room would cost $688 where on Expedia - it's still just $350. Everywhere else charges PER ROOM, not per person.
I hate to ask people to pay more money to go thru the hotel directly, but with a planned guest attendance of 100+, I need to make sure I earn the 75 room night benefits, and still allow everyone to get their resort credits, etc.
So can I use a travel agent instead and are their rates more in line with Expedia/cheap caribbean? Are you still able to earn the function benefits/upgrades? Has anyone tried asking for a better group rate direct from the hotel?