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Capricorn Leisure Travel Agents #62904
02/12/03 07:57 PM
02/12/03 07:57 PM
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 11
NJ, US
akafiend Offline OP
 
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Have any of you guys heard of them? Are they any good? I e-mailed them for info and they came back with a price for the Sunbreeze which they say includes a single supplement. Now the price they gave me really wasn't bad, especially considering it's high season, but I got on Sunbreeze's website with a link from here and the rack rates show that the rate for a single is actually LOWER than for a double! So why is this travel agent charging me a single supplement? I'm flying from NJ, can anyone recommend any other travel agents? Or do you guys all think it's cheaper just to book the air and hotel myself.

Re: Capricorn Leisure Travel Agents #62905
02/12/03 08:04 PM
02/12/03 08:04 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 11,046
Rockport, Maine
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I have nothing against TA's and there are a couple of good ones hanging around this board, but I personally always book my own, quite happily.

I think you might have already found your answer wink


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Re: Capricorn Leisure Travel Agents #62906
02/12/03 08:16 PM
02/12/03 08:16 PM
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Ask hotels you are considering if they have reduced rates should you book directly without a travel agent. Hotels may not advertise that discount on their web page, but they give it when they know that no travel agent is involved.

Re: Capricorn Leisure Travel Agents #62907
02/12/03 08:20 PM
02/12/03 08:20 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 105
Olathe Co
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Capricorn is one of the oldest and best.I used them a good number of years ago on my first trip..They took care of plenty of details that its nice not to worry about on your first trip.Since then I have happily made my own arrangements.Come on down look around and you will get a good idea of where you would like to stay next time.Not that you can go too far wrong anywhere on the island..

Re: Capricorn Leisure Travel Agents #62908
02/12/03 10:17 PM
02/12/03 10:17 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 147
Ottawa, Canada
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Take an example and it will make sense : a single room is 40.00 usd (so for one person) and a double is 50.00 usd (so 25.00 per person).... you pay more per person if you are alone in one room than if you were 2 sharing one room...so... single supplement... Does it make sense ? :p

Re: Capricorn Leisure Travel Agents #62909
02/13/03 07:29 AM
02/13/03 07:29 AM
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 918
BrownsTown
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akafiend,
This is how I started to stay at Banana Beach, they do not charge a single supplement. You pay for the room or suite, one price.Which I have found it a better way to go!!!
email me if you need any more info:
jackie@belizeanparadise.com

Re: Capricorn Leisure Travel Agents #62910
02/13/03 09:46 AM
02/13/03 09:46 AM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 147
Ottawa, Canada
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!!! Sunbreeze doesnt charge a single supplement... But the way the travel agent explained it confuses people...
Let's take your example Jackie... You (travelling alone) pay 68.00 for a "verandah room no kitchen" at Banana Beach... 2 people sharing a similar room will pay 34.00 PER PERSON (68.00 per room)... So you paid a single supplement compared to what they paid PER PERSON...
I hate that stupid way of saying "single supplement". People always believe that they pay more than the price of a double room... frown

Re: Capricorn Leisure Travel Agents #62911
02/13/03 10:19 AM
02/13/03 10:19 AM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 21
Boston
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With all the info available via the web, I'm amazed that TA's are still in business. I find it very easy to book all hotels & airfare on my own. I actually enjoy doing the research, and finding a good deal. How are TA's staying in business anyway?? The internet must have hurt the TA industry in a huge way.

Re: Capricorn Leisure Travel Agents #62912
02/13/03 06:07 PM
02/13/03 06:07 PM
Joined: May 2000
Posts: 3,281
Virginia
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I am a wholesale travel agent who only deals with Belize. I do not charge a single supplement but many of the larger agencies & wholesalers do. If they show packages with a per person rate, they usually have a supplement for singles for those reasons stated above. I always quote "per room" not per person. Most hotels charge the same or less for a single room. Some of the jungle lodges do charge a supplement for a single room, but none of the hotels on AC do as far (as I am aware.) Feel free to contact me for more info. I am pretty generous with the Belize info and answering your questions (even if you book it on your own!)

Capricorn in general is good. I used to book through them when I was a regular TA - before they became the competition!!LOL.

It is hard for most TA's to stay in business these days. The internet has hit the industry hard and the airlines, car rental companies, etc. have mostly stopped paying commissions too. I am surviving (swamped actually!) because I just do Belize and hit the niche right when tourism to Belize was just taking off. Many people still book through me even though they could do all the research and book it on their own (sometimes even for cheaper) because I have actually been to all or most of the hotels & sections of the country, and try to give honest assessments of the properties and what I think the client would like based on the criteria they give me. Every place looks good in the brochures (or on the websites!) but many people value the description of someone who has actually been there. Plus I do all the work coordinating the transfers, tours, etc. I do not have a service fee - I just do it out of the goodness of my heart, my love for Belize and of course the commissions I get from the hotels & airlines! wink Plus my husband has a real job!! ha ha

www.barbsbelize.com

Re: Capricorn Leisure Travel Agents #62913
02/13/03 06:47 PM
02/13/03 06:47 PM
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 11
NJ, US
akafiend Offline OP
 
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Thanks a bunch for all the info everybody! I appreciate the help.

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