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Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

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Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

Hello, I have been eagerly attempting to get booked to do a cut up Moorea/Bora Bora vacation, staying at either the St Regis, Four Season, Intercontinental, etc in Bora Bora.

It's for our honeymoon, yet having a very hard time deciding who I should book through. I am getting some pretty erratic pricing and have yet to really get anything in stone in terms of the ideal rate (a lot of the travel agents online just look a bit "shady" or if they're not, offering barely any deals versus what gets posted on the hotel's websites). Any recommendations?

Feel like I'm drowning here any help is really appreciated. Thanks!

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1. Re: Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

What time of the year are you going? There should be no confusion on prices between now and March 31, 2011.

Regards BO

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2. Re: Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

Hi - We were going towards the beginning of September. But like I say not so much the 'industry norm' as much as it is finding someone reliable that can offer something decent. The bigger agents are all offering pretty much the same rate that I'm sure can get beaten because it hovers the going rate if I were to just do it direct. Was just looking for suggestions. Thanks,

Edited: 11 July 2010, 03:32
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3. Re: Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

I would say figure out what it would cost you to book everything on your own. Don't forget ALL TRANSFER COST, TAXES inter island flights etc. and then compare exactly what you figured out with a reputable Tahiti Specialist. You might just come out evern:) and get some perks that an agent can get you.

Regards BO

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4. Re: Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

From perusing these forums for the last 4 months, there seem to be some common recommendations as far as what agents people have had a good experience with: tahitilegends.com, tahititravelmate.com, Costco travel, and by far the one that seems to have gotten the most praise is Claudia at pacificforless.com; i may contact her to book my june 2011 trip. Good luck! Keep us posted...Oh! Also, i THINK that Shully (one of the destination experts here on TA) is a tahiti specialist/agent. I'm not 100% sure; but at any rate, she has given lots of invaluable advice to lots of travellers....

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5. Re: Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

ALSO....easytahiti.com gets good reviews

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6. Re: Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

Bohemian and Beachlover....THANK YOU! Really appreciate the help. I'm taking a look at all options in detail today (lazy Sunday and tomorrow come the calls :)). Great to see some good honest opinions around here I'll let you know what I come up with.

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7. Re: Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

I was in a similar situation as you. Going back and forth between Regis and FS and also whether to book with an agent or on own. I ultimately decided on the FS and will be going this October. Cannot wait!

As Beachlover pointed out, Shully is one of the specialists who contributes here and I would recommend her. She rocks!!

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8. Re: Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

Seeing as I'm not from the US I cannot really comment on agents but as mentioned above, I'd be inclined to price it all up myself and then go through a agent and see best deals around. Most travel agents in England give deals like stay x amount of nights and get x free, or honeymooners receive ....... on arrival and such likes. Of course you can always include in a email directly that you are coming for your honeymoon and they may sort some deals out for you. Just don't forget the tax and transfer costs!!

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9. Re: Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

I just wanted to update on this....a quick flip through travelzoo and I ended up booking through Qantas Vacations. We got 6 nights in Bora Bora and 4 in Moorea, 1 in Tahiti airfare from NY incl. for under 5k, staying at the Hiltons.

Talk about friendly. I did in fact call some of the other places recommended on this thread, one in particular that got a very good recommendation took 2 weeks to call me back and ask if I was still interested, I said yes, and then another 5 days to get a reply (after I sent an email and called...ugh). And when they did send me a quote, it was way past what I asked for in terms of budget and the dates were all wrong.

But oh well either way we're good.

Cant wait and thanks again!!!

Edited: 05 August 2010, 21:10
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10. Re: Booking this trip...I think I'm getting lost here

winias, is that 5k each or for both of you?

if it's for both that's a really great deal!

Enjoy your honeymoon :)