I second what @snswedding2016 said. We booked in May of 2014 so that was a while back. The only company that does chartered flights to AF from Canada is Air Transat so we went with them as well. Sometimes your TA is able to negotiate better promos or deals but it really depends on the time of booking. Who are you using for TA? Does she have a lot of experience with Karisma?
Originally we wanted to go with Gran Caribe in Cancun, but our TA hadn't really worked with them and so when we got their quote we didn't like their terms. Among other things, they also only offered every 21st free. That's when our TA suggested AF and she had already worked with them many times. Anyway, when she said they would give us that deal, that was just another things among the many reasons why we chose it. I just got an email from Karisma yesterday saying that every 6th person is free with some conditions. I imagine it's only for US brides, but maybe they're willing to cut you a better deal than the 21st person for free.
Thanks everyone!! This definitely helps... I'm working with Luxe Destination Weddings. They've been amazing so far, with timely responses, and helping me secure the best rate. They've been quick to answer any questions, in great detail! Looks like they know their resorts. Best part will be not having to deal directly with Lomas... Hopefully they have a better relationship with them, as planners! (Fingers crossed)
I'm currently looking at departures from Montreal and Toronto, in May 2017. They've given me rates of roughly $1750 per person, with the 21st free... I can definitely talk to the agent and see whether we can negotiate that at all. But I'm not sure!
I'll let you ladies know if anything comes of it...
Question --- Do any of you know the cost to rent the PIER for the ceremony?? That's one detail I can't seem to find.