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Old 02-23-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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Travel agent or self??

Was wondering who books with travel agents and who does it themselves. Any suggestions on agents just in case??
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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I might get shot for referring another travel agent on the Dreams Unlimited forum, but I use Lori at Small World Vacations because they were referred by Mousesavers and I haven't been disappointed.

We re-book onboard and then have the reservations transferred to her and we get both the Disney shipboard credit as well as the Small World Vacations shipboard credit.

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Old 02-23-2013, 10:54 AM   #3
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I use a TA. Although most other travel I book myself.

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Old 02-23-2013, 11:01 AM   #4
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I'm way too neurotic to let someone else research and book my vacation for me. lol. I did contact a friend of a friend who is a TA but she came back with the same price that I was going to be paying anyway if I just booked it myself. So, IMO, what's the point? AFAIK she wasn't offering any onboard credit or anything and like I said, I have been researching it for almost a year, myself. But if you are the kind of person that doesn't enjoy that sort of thing (doing the resarch) I'd say just use a TA and have them do all the leg-work for you.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:10 AM   #5
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i love to plan and research ANY vacations ( but especially Disney) but for my DCL trips, I use Beth Czada at Dreams Unlimited. She has been quick to respond to any email I send (and there were times when I kept changing dates/rooms). I book onboard and name her as my TA, so I get the Disney OBC offer as well as the one from DU. I also like that they started to leave gift bags in the rooms this past year. Just another small perk.

Even though the reservation is through DU, I can still go online to make my payments (to DU) and go on Disney's site to do my PAT and any excursion/dining reservations.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:18 PM   #6
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I used Triple A when I booked my last cruise. No onboard credit, but about $120 worth of free photos from Shutters. Definately look into what the TA's are giving as bonus for booking through them. You can still do the research and then tell them exactly what you want. Don't miss out on anything extra you can get, it's expensive enough as is!
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:22 PM   #7
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I used Triple A when I booked my last cruise. No onboard credit, but about $120 worth of free photos from Shutters. Definately look into what the TA's are giving as bonus for booking through them. You can still do the research and then tell them exactly what you want. Don't miss out on anything extra you can get, it's expensive enough as is!
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:44 PM   #9
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I do the research. Once we've decided what we want, I call Costco Travel and have them book it so that we get the nice Costco cash card.
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I don't use a TA. I like to have control over my reservation. If I want to make a change I don't want to have to get in touch with a TA and then wait for them to do it.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:54 PM   #11
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I used to book it all myself until I met a great TA who gives me a generous OBC as a thank you. I still do all the research but give her the booking. If you have the right person who is responsive and on the ball, not losing anything, only gaining
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:55 PM   #12
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I used Dream Unlimited and have been happy, I did all the research myself and found the room type I liked. I contacted Dreams Unlimited,they responded back with an assigned room number with a 5 day hold ont he room. I looked at the deck plans and liked it and booked it through them

We got $150 of free money in the form of SBC, also we booked during a DCL promotion and got $25 from DCl. So, in May we have $175 of free money waiting on us to spend, if we would have booked ourselves we would have only gotten the $25 from DCL.

i controlled everything about my booking, the only thing they did for me was to locate and hold a room based on my requests and deck preference and I have made all my payemnts through their website. I also got confimation emails from DCL with my reservation number from DCl so I can log into the DCL websote and check on my reservation and add items of interest to my profile.

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I might get shot for referring another travel agent on the Dreams Unlimited forum, but I use Lori at Small World Vacations because they were referred by Mousesavers and I haven't been disappointed.

We re-book onboard and then have the reservations transferred to her and we get both the Disney shipboard credit as well as the Small World Vacations shipboard credit.

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I don't use a TA. I like to have control over my reservation. If I want to make a change I don't want to have to get in touch with a TA and then wait for them to do it.
Same here. Not only is planning and calling to make the reservation part of the fun for me, but I also like being able to call anytime and make a change (if need be) without having to call/email a TA and then wait for a response, all while wondering whether or not they were able to do it.
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