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bandwife May 12th, 2006 03:05 PM

Better to book through a travel agent or Tour Crafters?
Our travel agent found us a good deal for a trip to Italy in December. She happened to mention that it was through Tour Crafters (

I'm wondering what the advantage is to booking through her or doing this on our own through the tour company?

janisj May 12th, 2006 07:06 PM

Well - IMHO your best bet is doing it totally on your own <u>without a tour company or a travel agent</u>.

What about this tour especially appeals to you? Most of the time you can do things more economically on your own - and go exactly where you want for as long as you want.

bandwife May 12th, 2006 08:27 PM

Oops - sorry, should have been more specific. It's not a tour, just airfare and hotel.

I'm not opposed to doing it on our own. I just wasn't sure I wanted to spend the time researching if the travel agent would come up with something that might be a little better.

5alive May 13th, 2006 12:04 AM

Give us all some idea what the cost is, and people here will give you some ballpark ideas.

If it's an exta $500 per person, I wouldn't do it. I doubt it will take you more than four or five hours of research. Do you have a job that's returning you a net of $250 an hour?

Plus, who knows if it's a good hotel, or one far from the city core that Tour Crafters gets a better margin on? I hate to say it but the more I think about it, you have a lazy travel agent.

bandwife May 14th, 2006 08:07 PM

$1,350 per person for six nights at the River Palace Hotel (all flights included).

I've actually done a lot of research already and this sounds pretty good - I guess I'm just wondering if we'd end up with a better deal if we do it on our own and hope for some airfare deals to pop up in a few months.

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