Originally Posted by bmelko
I have a question about Teresa. I've contacted her twice and have received no response from her yet... it's been about two weeks. She was quick with communication at first, answering some questions, but now I haven't heard anything in a while. I'm not frustrated because I'm sure she's busy. Anyway, my question is how you worked out your contact..? I don't know how many people are planning on going and I don't want to reserve a block of rooms only to be stuck paying for them later on. I wanted my fiance and I to book our room through her, of course, but I wanted the option to give my guests her information so they could book through her if they wanted to... does that work or do I have to block rooms for them? Any help would be extremely helpful. I want to book with her very soon, but I need some questions answered first.. and you seemed to have asked a lot. Thanks in advance!
Itâ€™s odd that you havenâ€™t received a response from Teresa in over 2 weeks as I canâ€™t recall an instance where a response ever took more than 36 hours. I would check the email address or maybe call her directly.
Any-who, answering your real question and hopefully not causing confusion... Keep in mind that I signed my contract close to a year ago and you never know when or how policies might change over time.
Benefits of a room block 1) secures the anticipated number of rooms required for you and your guest within close proximity of each other. This is especially beneficial if you are getting married between March and June when resorts can sell out due to spring break and wedding season. 2)Securing a block of rooms comes with the added benefit of reduced nightly rates for you and your guests. The resort honors these reduce rates because you have made the contractual agreement to book â€˜Xâ€™ amount of rooms for â€˜Yâ€™ number of nights. Both of these items can only be accomplished through a contractual room block. For me, I didnâ€™t see the benefit of having a TA if me and my guest didnâ€™t have rooms secured at a reduced rate; why not just orbitz or similar?
I am having a small wedding and only anticipate +/- 25 guests. My room block contract with Teresa is for 14 rooms and contractually set up as a â€œsocial groupâ€ with a minimum requirement to reserve 6 rooms for a minimum of two nights per room. I have a deposit placed (paid by me directly) at $100 per blocked room which is 100% refundable as long as I maintain the 6 room requirement. I have the option to cancel the entire room block at 75 days prior to the wedding date at a penalty of $250.00 once the group agreement is signed â€“ the balance of the deposit is returned to the bride and groom. Alternatively at this time I can release any of the unreserved rooms from my block (while maintaining the 6 required rooms) at no penalty and get refunded the deposit associated with those rooms. If you donâ€™t cancel the unreserved rooms on your block when required to do so, then you will become financially responsible for them. Note, that once your guest reserve a room off your block, than financial responsibility switches from the bride/groom to the guest.
Make sense? Let me know if you need anything else.