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Old 05-02-2019, 06:41 PM   #1
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Do you use an actual travel agent or expedia, etc. Just curious. Really didn’t think there were many travel agents around these days

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Old 05-02-2019, 07:10 PM   #2
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My mother is a travel agent. She doesn’t charge anyone fees to book. Worst case it’s same price as you see online but most times she has better deals. Using an agent you also have someone that can help you if something goes wrong. Often times we also get free room upgrades etc with her relationship to the resort etc .

This is assuming it’s a vacation. When it comes to airfare only booking online is fine.
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:17 PM   #3
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Were going to go to the Caribbean next year. I had just assumed online would be cheaper but now I’m not so sure

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Old 05-02-2019, 07:36 PM   #4
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Travel agents are worth the money if something goes wrong.


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Old 05-02-2019, 07:40 PM   #5
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I book most of my stuff through airbnb.
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:41 PM   #6
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My mother is a travel agent. She doesn’t charge anyone fees to book. Worst case it’s same price as you see online but most times she has better deals. Using an agent you also have someone that can help you if something goes wrong. Often times we also get free room upgrades etc with her relationship to the resort etc .

This is assuming it’s a vacation. When it comes to airfare only booking online is fine.
^^^^^ always use a travel agent, essential if it’s a trip of a lifetime ^^^
And trip insurance just Incase something goes wrong

I have turned a couple of buddies on to my travel agent, she asked them budget, and time frames
She sent them on some super trips, like up the river Danube, ice land, a small cruise ship through the Panama Canal and west coast of Costa Rica

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Old 05-02-2019, 07:59 PM   #7
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What travel agency/agent can you recommend. I want to take the family on vacation before the season.
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:01 PM   #8
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Agreed, definitely use a travel agent. They don't cost you anything, will almost always save you money, and are priceless if you have an issue because they can get things worked out for you.

My wife is a travel agent and handles several TBH members vacations. Feel free to shoot her an email with any questions. audra@remarkablegetaways.com
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:04 PM   #9
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I book all my trips myself
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:15 PM   #10
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What travel agency/agent can you recommend. I want to take the family on vacation before the season.
leisa@rennerttravel.com She is great
I am in San Antonio where are y’all
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:15 PM   #11
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I go the SUPER-EXPENSIVE route.....My wife does it.
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:06 PM   #12
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I'm in Houston
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:08 PM   #13
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For vacations Homeaway, VRBO.
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:10 PM   #14
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I’ve done both. We used a travel agent going to Ireland and it was nice because it was very low stress setting up. We basically told her what we wanted and how much we wanted to spend. She found us all kinds of cool stuff.
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:34 PM   #15
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I go the SUPER-EXPENSIVE route.....My wife does it.
I know that feeling. She’s planned some great trips though.
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:41 PM   #16
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I go the SUPER-EXPENSIVE route.....My wife does it.


I have the same type agent as you do.


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Old 05-03-2019, 07:50 AM   #17
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:37 AM   #18
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I always thought travel agents weren't necessary but I use one for work and now I am a believer. They can let you enjoy your vacation with little to no stress. I would go off referrals only though. A friend's wedding had a recommended TA, she was horrible. Changed my flight and never sent a new itinerary. The hotel told me about my flight change smh.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:31 AM   #19
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Agreed, definitely use a travel agent. They don't cost you anything, will almost always save you money, and are priceless if you have an issue because they can get things worked out for you.

My wife is a travel agent and handles several TBH members vacations. Feel free to shoot her an email with any questions. audra@remarkablegetaways.com
We’ve been working with Audra for a few years now and she’s always done a fantastic job, I highly recommend her!
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:26 AM   #20
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interesting, I was just thinking about this.
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:40 AM   #21
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Headed to Mexico next Saturday, booked with a travel agent but have also used funjet.com.
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Old 05-03-2019, 11:06 AM   #22
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It depends on if it is an area I'm comfortable with, or first time there. First time or out of the country, best to use an agent.
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:02 PM   #23
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Agree with Brian L .
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:04 PM   #24
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We have tried it all. Travel agents are worth it!.... and I say that like they cost more when most of the time it’s the same or less total. Everything is thought out and taken care of, and you have someone that’s got your back if things aren’t right. We even used on for Disney and they knew all the ins and outs of booking things I would have never dreamed had a 6 month waiting list.
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:08 PM   #25
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Agreed, definitely use a travel agent. They don't cost you anything, will almost always save you money, and are priceless if you have an issue because they can get things worked out for you.

My wife is a travel agent and handles several TBH members vacations. Feel free to shoot her an email with any questions. audra@remarkablegetaways.com


How do they get paid if they don’t charge the traveler any fees?

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Old 05-03-2019, 01:51 PM   #26
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My wife usually mixes me a few extra drinks and she pulls up something on the internet and I say “book it sounds like fun”. And she don’t waste any time
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Old 05-03-2019, 02:38 PM   #27
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How do they get paid if they don’t charge the traveler any fees?

Not flaming, just curious to know.


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They are paid by the resorts, cruise lines, excursions, etc. When you book thru travelelocity, Expedia, or other places online they are getting that payment, if you book directly thru the resort yourself they keep that money themselves. If you book thru a travel agent the agent gets that money. Difference is have you ever had a problem with a trip purchased thru an online place and had an issue? It happens ALOT, and then who do you call? There 800 number? Yea good luck with that. If you book yourself then you are stuck dealing with any issues. If you book with a travel agent, you most likely get there cell phone number and can reach them any time and they deal with any issues while you continue to enjoy your vacation.

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Old 05-03-2019, 02:39 PM   #28
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We’ve been working with Audra for a few years now and she’s always done a fantastic job, I highly recommend her!
Thank you for the kind words and recommendation!
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:05 PM   #29
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I use expedia for ideas and then book directly.

I find it cheaper to do yourself. I saved $1000 on mexico resort next week over the travel agent my friends are using. Booking direct with resort was over 40% discount, am guessing the travel agent pockets those discounts.
One problem with using expedia for airfare is that if you have to cancel, you lose all. If booking flights yourself and cancel you can usually use the money on future flights within a year,
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What’s a vacation?
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:28 PM   #31
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A couple years ago we booked a big trip thru expedia. Got trip insurance and had to cancel. They refunded the resort but said they couldn’t refund tickets for airline but we could use them later so we did. It worked out great.

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Old 05-03-2019, 09:36 PM   #32
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Expedia for me
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:42 PM   #33
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We use VRBO most of the time. Just got back from Costa Rica. We used two different VRBO’s. One of our best trips.
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