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    I've always booked on the VA webside as well but this year when I'm going by myself by booking the flight with VA (using air miles) and the hotel through Disney UK I've saved myself a whole lot of money. I priced a holiday next year doing exactly the same thing but with 3 of us going and I'm still saving a load of money. Virgin charge single person allowance for one person and when 3 people are going you all have to pay for the room so to book it through Disney, you pay the price of the room and then divide by 3 (or however many are going). You also get preferred viewing at Wishes and Epcot so I'm really happy with that.









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    We book independantly and enjoy the flexibility that gives us. To cover all the components of your holiday if you book this way you can buy a cheap insurance called "supplier failure cover" it starts from around 5 for your trip and can cover you for all parts of your holiday, ie: flights, villa, car hire, etc - so if any one of them fails you will be covered. Insurefor.com introduces Supplier Failure Cover will give you free quotes and details.

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    this is our 1st one that i have booked seperate and we have saved a fair bit but it took ages of searching and pricing its not for the faint hearted i was getting so stressed but we got there in the end

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    Well I have booked DIY plenty of times and I do enjoy the thrill of the hunt (for the greatest bargains). I have also used a TA in the past and that went well too.

    Now, I am a TA and like helping other people find the best bargains as well. TA's don't charge anything for their services. We look out for the best deals for people and arrange all the little details. Some people just don't like being bothered with this or they don't even know where to start. It can be overwhelming especially with someplace like Orlando where there is so much holiday information.







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    We usually book by going to out local TA but this year we have booked through a TA via recommendation from another forum site and have had no problems at all with.


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    We used to book with a high street agent then we found the internet and for the next visit will be booking with one of the people here.

    There's something about seeing your travel agent every day and knowing they really know their subject. Easy to contact them and hopefully they'll be able to book our meal reservations without us phoning.

    We did try DIY for the last one and missed out on some seriously large discounts that we just didnt know about which is why we'll be trying a TA this time around

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    If you book independendly ie thought the internet, car hire seperately, villa, hotel and flights if any portion goes bust you are not covered by ATOL, so say the accommodation co goes bust you can be left with no accommodation but as you have the flights it is up to you to sort out getting the money back if at all.

    Majority of accommodation only suppliers are not abta bonded so no cover as the same for attraction ticket agents and car hire.

    Earlier in the year a large American accommodation agent went bust and people have been charged on their credit cards for the accommodation as the hotels were not paid by the company, and this is months on.

    There are a number of companies we would not use due to them being not abta covered or not acting as principal which is also another thing!

    it is a mine field out there. The only way you are safe if booking seperately is use a credit card but then that does not cover you if the accommodation co goes bust as you will have to honour the payment to the hotel etc and you can find months later they will debit it from your card.

    Also check your insurance for dynamic packaging cover
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    Very interesting indeed everyone thank you.

    Is there some way to know if someone on a forum is safe to book with??

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    We've done both. Sometimes it's easier to let someone else handle the details. Other times we just do it ourselves - like our upcoming October trip to WDW. We booked almost all our ADRs online (had to call for House of Blues...), took advantage of a "bounce back" offer while we were at WDW in May, etc. I'll order Party for the Senses and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets when the time comes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wishonastar, post: 147490
    Is there some way to know if someone on a forum is safe to book with??
    If the company/person is a site sponsor, they should be safe to book with.
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