RjayB Posted August 18, 2006 #1 Share Posted August 18, 2006 I'm very curious about this. Back in the "olden" days, it is said that the cruise lines sold their cruises directly for the brochure price...but if you used a TA you could get all sorts of discounts due to incentives offered to the TA's by the cruise lines. Now these days with internet travel sites and instant information, the cruise lines have wised up and now offer the best deals directly to the public. So where does the traditional TA fit into all of this? They still get a commission from the cruise lines, but how long can this system be supported when a PVP can offer the exact same deal with no middleman? My PVP is absolutely awesome. Recently I saw a price drop in our cruise after we had paid in full. I emailed my PVP and she not only gave me back the difference in an OBC, but she added $100 just because I caught it before she did!:D How can (and why would) a TA match that? Nothing against TA's at all, just wondering how they can keep up. If my booking was through a traditional TA, they may at best have been able to get the OBC, but they would have to pay their commission back to the cruise lines (i think??)! They certainly wouldn't give me another $100 out of their own pockets just because I did their job for them... So why not use a PVP? And I suppose the other side of this is how long can traditional TA's afford to stay in business?:confused: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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