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Bookit.com and the RPDC

Nabbed an amazing deal last night on Bookit.com for a stay at The Royal Playa del Carmen at the end of June into early July. Has anyone ever used this site before? Experiences? The deal was too good to pass up (7 nights and flight for ~$3000) and I figured worst case scenario we can dispute it with our credit card company if it's not legit.
There were decent reviews on TripAdvisor and on various other sites on the web.
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I think all of those travel sites get the same deals and are just the middle man. Looks like Orbitz has those same dates for about $1500 (I assume two people then, for a $3000 total?), so that tells me the deal is legit.


If you confirm with the hotel and airline, you should be good to go, but I see nothing suspicious.
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My vote is to always use a travel agent.
They have your back if there is a problem.
Websites donít.
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I think all of those travel sites get the same deals and are just the middle man. Looks like Orbitz has those same dates for about $1500 (I assume two people then, for a $3000 total?), so that tells me the deal is legit.


If you confirm with the hotel and airline, you should be good to go, but I see nothing suspicious.
I am planning to call bookit.com today to confirm that everything went through (I did get an email, but last night after I hit submit the site had an error which scared me). There was not a confirmation number for the hotel or airline in the information though. I'm wondering if this is because we opted for a payment plan?

I'm so excited regardless!
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My vote is to always use a travel agent.
They have your back if there is a problem.
Websites donít.
So before hitting submit we called the hotel's reservation line and were directed to an outside travel agency (I was hoping they would price match and we would have peace of mind) of some sort and the lady on the line said she HAD heard of bookit.com and had not heard either way of it being good vs. bad.

Fingers crossed since we jumped the gun.
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I've used Bookit before but just for a hotel room. Never had issues. I agree with Babaloo though, I like to always use a travel agent when vacationing. If something goes wrong, they have your back and you can trust they will help you. The one time I used Cheapcaribbean, I had something really bad happen to me, and it was a very big hassel getting assistance after the fact and virtually zero when I was there and it happened. Pretty much any travel agent will match any one of those sites anyway...mine has anyways.
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I agree about using an agent. We have an acquaintance that used one of the online booking sites to book a trip. Well, they got down to their destination and did not have their reservation. The hotel wasn't budging and it took them the better part of the first day to get a room. It also wasn't the type of room they booked when they finally did get a room.
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The first ones to get "bumped" if resort is over booked too😉
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I've been solely using online booking sites for the past decade, around four trips a year, AI and non AI, domestic, Mexico, Europe, all of them. So over 40 trips total now. The one exception was a work trip to Kenya and we had to use a TA.

I've never been bumped or given a room other than one I specifically booked, or been treated negatively in any way. With the majority of people using the online sites to book these days, I think that no longer applies. Why would anyone use them? You can e-mail he hotel before the trip yourself with an special requests and questions- I think this helps and I do it a lot, plus simply being nice to the desk agent.

I had to change dates and number of nights for a Vegas trip I booked with Expedia once and it was easy and quick. Most online sites have 24 hour phone service in case of emergencies- not many travel agents do that- so I don't get the comment about them not being helpful in case of emergencies.

I usually book packages on Expedia as I find the best deals there- but that depends I think where you are from, somewhat. I read a lot of Canadians saying that about Expedia.ca. Over the years you get to have your favourites.

I also book airfare direcly with the airline often (usually WestJet) and then use a site like Trivago to find the best deal on a hotel.

I try to stick with ones I know are solid- like Booking.com and Hotels.com or TA or Expedia, though.

I think Bookit is reputable- never read anything negative about them. I'd always google to see if they are legit.
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You've been lucky for sure. Just helps to have a real person you know to help you if you have problems or anything tragic....especially like I did.
To each his own I guess. I know bookit is reputable though, but know a few people who've been bumped with overbooking.

Where ya staying in Hualtulco? I LOVE that place. Stayed at Dreams a couple years ago, one of my favorite places. Hot as hell where ya can't even walk on the sand.
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You've been lucky for sure. Just helps to have a real person you know to help you if you have problems or anything tragic....especially like I did.
To each his own I guess. I know bookit is reputable though, but know a few people who've been bumped with overbooking.

Where ya staying in Hualtulco? I LOVE that place. Stayed at Dreams a couple years ago, one of my favorite places. Hot as hell where ya can't even walk on the sand.
Very good point. although it's rare, it would be nice to have that human touch at a time like that.

Yes it's beautiful. (a bit TOO hot, almost, though.) Love the gorgeous beaches there and the guaranteed good weather. I prefer Zihuatanejo but the boyfriend wants to see everywhere in Mexico before he picks a favourite- this will be the third place he's been in Mexico in a year and a half!

We are staying at two different non AI hotels. I'm not much of an AI fan. The first time I was there I stayed AI though- the Park Royal and the second time was another non AI.

The first week is the Villablanca and the second week is the Princess Mayev.

Both are small and get rave reviews. Both are in walking distance to both towns and to Entrega and Maguey beaches as well as Chahue and Santa Cruz marinas and beaches. Both booked on Booking.com.
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