Yes! Glad to hear someone else having success with Expedia. I just wanted to add one thing: my FI and I used Expedia and Travelocity to book our own trip (Expedia for part of the flights, and Travelocity for the 10 days we'll be staying at Dreams, as we're flying from Calgary to Cabo, Cabo to San Diego and San Fran back to Calgary - it was impossible to book as a package) and our WC asked for our booking number right away, so she could upgrade us from our Junior Suite to the Honeymoon Suite. I have found my WC and hotel to be super-accommodating, so never forget to ASK FOR UPGRADES!!! The worst that they can say is no
Originally Posted by JBean
We had the exact same experience and we've decided to have everyone book on their own. Most people are happy with this, as they want to search for the best rate anyways.
We booked through Expedia yesterday and saved $1000 over the Westjet "group rate". We even got an upgraded room and $250 spa credit. Expedia seems was definitely the way to go for us.
Quote:Originally Posted by proti007
I am going through a very similar experience:
Our guests are flying out of three different hub destinations (Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto) and received quotes from both Air Canada and Westjet in October. The rates from both carriers were quite high, much higher than a site like Expedia/Travelocity, and only a $100-$150 difference between their listed rates. The problem that we had (and continue to have!) is that our resort (Dreams Los Cabos) has placed an "early booking bonus" on the package. Well, one would think that this saves money (which it does, about $300 per package) but required quests to pay in full by January 7th. We declined the rate, and said we would start shopping again in the new year. We've now received our new rates (which are dollar for dollar the same as we got in October) and there is a NEW EBB on there from our hotel (which would require our guests to pay in full by the end of February!). The rates that we were able to find on Expedia/Travelocity are between $250-$300 less than our group rate, so we have suggested that our guests go forward with that (as they would have to pay in full in 3 weeks if we went forward with the group booking). It has been a giant headache.
So to sum up, for us, we've decided to have our guests book on their own and find their own rates and deals, rather than locking them into a group rate.