Anyone have advice as to what is the best way to go, travel agent or do-it-yourself? Thinking of a cruise and would be nice to have someone arrange the details, but if it's more expensive and not worth it, I dunno... any ideas?
I did all the research online went to all the travel sites, and compared prices, and then I chickened out.. , well only a little, we decided we would go see a travel agent, see what they were priced at, and then go from there. We ended up booking with AAA, and the price was comparable to the ones online, and it was quick and easy since we already knew what we wanted. I would go check one out, they might have some suggestions and deals you might not thought of yet.
In regard to travel agents, yes, some agents will charge you a fee therefore they are more expensive. The good agencies DO NOT charge a service fee but actually rebate part of their commission as a discount to the customer. These agencies are very good, know their stuff and are truly looking to save their customers money. In such cases you will not pay more for your vacation or cruise... in fact, you will actually pay less than if you booked directly with a supplier because the commissions are built into the prices of ALL products, even when bought directly from the supplier.
i booked through liberty travel because they were so great for my friend who used them last year. i am pretty sure they are national.. what happened with my friend: on the morning of their wedding, the travel agent called to tell them that the hurricane hit riviera maya, and in particular hit their hotel hard. basically they had to change their destination and fast. she gave them two options and took care of everything. i saw how upset and stressed out she was when this was happening to her (and all this happened while she was in the middle of getting her make-up done). i have travelled a lot and in the past i have always made my own reservations. but i thought that this was one time when i didn't want to face the possiblity of being stressed out because something went wrong. particularly because i am travelling to the caribean during hurricane season (keep your fingers crossed). anyway, to make a long story short, i shopped around and liberty travel gave me the best price (better even then sites like expedia or orbitz). so you can still get a good rate by booking through a travel agency, plus you have that added assistance if you need it if something goes wrong. good luck
I went with one travel agent for my first trip, and thought so highly of them! I went to them a second time for a trip, and I felt like I was being told about what I did or did not want or could or could not have-- which wasn't the objective at hand. I actually decided to go with another agent whom I met while on my first trip (if that makes sense). Terry's Tropical Travel has been nothign but good to me and I absolutely adore them. If I had any problems, which I did @ Beaches, Carmelita took care of it right away in a formal and professional manner
Well said SummerBride33, Wedding Day Bride and Future Mrs. Herrington! It's so nice to see that there are satisfied customers of travel agencies out there. It's very much a myth that using a travel agent has to be more expensive. Like I said earlier, the good ones not only take care of everything but do all they can to discount and save their clients money!
Our agent's price beat the best deal we had found (no, we did not dislcose that amount to the agent) by about 10%, but her price also included a rental car and travel insurance. Sooooo worth it...and so much easier!
We used a travel agent. She did a ton of leg work and did everything possible to get the flights we wanted, etc. The way I looked at it was that I would rather let someone else handle all the specifics for the honeymoon and book everything while I worry about the wedding.
A travel specialist is always going to be your best bet. Many will not charge any extra. But the comment about them rebating their commission, does a huge disservice to those in the industry. Travel specialists work very hard to provide expert guidance, and the perfect getaway.
I'm recently engaged and we're contemplating on having a destination wedding in 2015. If it's the theme we're going to choose then I would want to have a travel agent assist us in arranging it, lessening the stress IMHO. Remember, it's not a typical getaway but your wedding so might as well have someone help you deal with it.