Travel Agent or Do It Myself
Hi, I would greatly appreciate a response as soon as someone can find a chance. I want to book a trip back to CSA for Oct 2010. I've started to do it myself, but then I get nervous and I back out and decide to wait. I used a travel agent last time, but I'm not entirely sure what she did for us exactly. BUT Our trip went smoothly, we were expected, registered, received the right rooms etc. But I wondered if it wasn't something I could have done on my own. Cause it seems like lots of people on board book their rooms themselves online with no problems. Since Oct 2010 is so far away, it appears that I can't book my airline tickets yet. I think that is the main problem which is causing me such hestitation. Ok, I'm a worry wart anyway, but it makes me so nervous. What if there are no flights out on the date I need or some other awful thing like that. I know I could surely book my hotel now and book my airline later, but will Couples allow me to change/adjust my dates for available flights later if necessary? Thanks to anyone who can provide guidance. I don't really see a need for a travel agent, but I certainly don't want to mess up anything on my own.
I'd Say ............ Do It Yourself
We used to use a TA but after several trips I felt confident enough to do it myself & have booked our last several trips online using different websites - not only to Couples but to other destinations as well. Mainly what I was doing anyway was picking out exactly what we wanted online as far as flights & the resort & calling her to see if she could get it any cheaper. She never could unless we wanted to fly at some "off" time or something so she would end up booking exactly what I had told her anyway. That was fine, because it didn't cost any more & she got credit for it or however it works (the TA was someone we knew already so liked helping her out) but I have found it just to be easier to do it myself. The worst part is that you have to pay it all up front when booking instead of a deposit at booking with the remainder being due 45 days out. I have never booked directly with Couples, though. I have used different vacation websites or airlines vacation websites. We have never had any problems at all. I do call the airlines & the resort after I have booked to make sure all is OK with the reservation & confirm again a few days before we go just to be safe. I would suggest a travel newbie use a TA but since you've been before & know what to expect, I'd say you would be fine doing it yourself.