Originally posted by Cruise Fanatic:
I took the challenge. Just priced a cruise with a TA and Expedia. Expedia lost. They were $11 higher plus they charge you $15 booking fee for the privledge of you spending all your time doing the work. So $26 higher than TA. Who says you can't still get your own air when booking with a TA? You trust pictures on an internet over a TA who is more up to date? To each his own.
Thank you Cruise Fanatic, and you are correct, there are times it is to the clients advantage to book their own air, a full service agency can help you book air, but you will pay a booking fee. I personally will offer the air that the cruiseline has, and let the clients know that this also includes the transfers from airport to ship and back again, then we look at their options, many times it is to their benefit to go straight to the airline and book. I do recommend that if the client books their own air that they at least plan on flying in a day early..just in case things could go wrong.