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Old October 17th, 2002, 12:21 PM
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I booked my cruise through Dynamic Travel (www.dynamictravel.com) because they gave me the best rate for Airline Employees (Interline discount). I paid $228.21 for a 4A category guarantee on the Carnival Fascination departing next month. BUT!!! I called back today, after reading the posts on this board about checking back with the TA to see if the rates decrease, and now the rate for me is $208.21. I didn't speak to the TA that I was dealing with but the person I did speak with told me that once you book they do not offer any rebates etc. if the rate changes. I wanted some input from you all on whether I should fight this. I wanted some insights to better prepare me before I phone the TA that I had dealt with (ammunition if you will). Can I make them give me the lower rate? I don't think you can cancel and then rebook without a penalty can you? Saving every penny counts so I don't just want to let this go. If they refuse to give me the discount, should I ask for a greater upgrade? My boyfriend's birthday is on that day so I am expecting (hoping) the upgrade fairy will be genorous as it is. Also, the departure date is Nov. 15th (I only booked a couple of days ago) will it decrease even further? Should I wait until it decreases more before I call my TA? Or will the price rise again and I should call her now?

Please respond ASAP.

sincerely, Frantic (Hune)

P.S. I tried the TA's in the bargain finder here and they couldn't get me a better rate.

P.P.S I posted this message on the first time cruisers message board too to get the maximum input, so if you responded in one you don't need to respond in the other as I will check both! Thx
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Old October 17th, 2002, 12:51 PM
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Default Re: Help!!! Rate Decrease

Make sure you read the fine print on their website to see if there is anything there about them not honoring decreases. If there is there isn't much you can do but keep bugging them about it.

If it doesn't mention anything I would definitely point it out to them.
I have used www.olptravelandcruises.com and have had them call me telling me there was a price decrease.
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Old October 17th, 2002, 06:48 PM
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Default Re: Re: Help!!! Rate Decrease

We experienced this in 99 on the Triumph. About a week before the cruise I got one of those Seasaver emails saying the cruise we had booked for $500 somthing was now $308!! Well I checked with the Carnival website and it agreed with that price. So as soon as the travel agent was open, we called, and while she *****ed up a storm, she got our price reduced. Considering the lady's attitude, she would not have done it if she didn't have to. So anyway, I'm thinking they have to reduce for you. Unless like the other poster said, its in the fine print that they wont. Definitely worth a try.

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Old October 18th, 2002, 03:20 PM
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Turns out although the other TA's in the company weren't very helpful. Our TA was excellent. She was on the phone with Carnival for about 15 mins. (I know because I was on hold on the other line). Any way long story short, they couldn't do anything about the change in price but they did upgrade us to a 6A cabin!!!

So the moral of this story is...it never hurts to ask no matter how bleak things may look.

27 days left!!!

Sincerely, Hune (secretly hoping to be upgraded to the presidential suite upon embarkation :P)
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