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any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

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any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

I found what I thought to be a good price through a reputable online travel agent. Thought I would just check with the resort directly and they were $500 less! Seems like a no brainer but though I would check with folks on here.

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1. Re: any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

Are you booking with airfare as well? Or hotel only?

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2. Re: any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

I book direct with the resort most of the time.

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3. Re: any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

Just hotel right now. Was waiting on air

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4. Re: any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

What resort?

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5. Re: any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

I have found that if you are just booking the hotel, it is usually cheaper to book directly with the hotel rather than a travel agent.

If you are booking a package vacation (air+hotel), then depending on where you are traveling from, it is usually cheaper to book with a travel agent.

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6. Re: any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

That's a whopping saving which makes me wonder what's missing, just check with the resort that the price includes all taxes as that may be the difference, if it does you can't go wrong and well done, the cost of a couple of phone calls or time spent on a few emails was well worth it.

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7. Re: any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

Gran Principe Amber. I have been price checking and the airfare portion has been the same whether booking through an agent or on my own. $1700 through travel agent ( hotel only), $1200 booked at resort. Airfare $1000 whether booked through agent or a la carte.

Detroit, Michigan
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8. Re: any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

Price is everything including taxes

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9. Re: any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

Don't forget that if you are booking separately you will have to book your own transfers to and from the hotel. This should only be around $30-$40 round trip, per person. So even including that you are still saving quite a bit!

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10. Re: any advantage to booking direct versus with a travel agency?

That's amazing - I didn't know that & I booked with a travel agent, next time I'll book directly with the resort...thanks for the heads up...