Originally Posted by meggyducks
Thanks, ironman! Our guests will be traveling from California, Utah, and New York. So far the prices look great, but I just wonder how soon they need to book (us too). I don't know if the Canadian flight prices would be a great comparison but I certainly appreciate the offer! I'm hoping that if people book by January the prices will stay the same (fingers crossed).
One of my brothers is travelling from California, but he ended up booking his airfare and hotel separately because he can only come for three nights. For the AM Resorts (Now, Secrets), they have a weekly "deal" email called Suite Deal you can sign up for. I think he ended up getting a fairly decent rate just booking on expedia, or some equivalent (kayak??). This might be a good option if you have any guests who might be travelling with travel reward points, or if they can get a good flight deal.
When we were looking around the long weekend in April I believe the prices we were quoted were around $2000 per person. I know a girl who went from Edmonton last January and she paid closer to $2500 for the week (so, flights, hotel, taxes, transfers etc...). We did a group booking with Westjet (a Canadian airline) and for our week in December none of our week long all-inclusive packages were over $1500. It was the highest for our guests from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It was much cheaper (I think around $1325-$1375) for our guests from Ottawa and Toronto, and from Alberta and BC we are paying around $1425 per person, per week. My guess would be that your prices in July would be even cheaper, since it's a less peak time, and travelling from the USA just seems so much cheaper in general. I'd be curious to hear what you can end up getting!
Have you spoken with a travel agent? At least in Canada (or possibly this is just with Westjet, but I'm sure other airlines have something similar) Now Jade has a deal where if you do a group booking they give the group leader (i.e. the bride and groom) a portion back depending on how many guests book. We just received back a surprise bonus of $1400!