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    joined Jul 2014
    post 1/1
    cruiser #24981
    Alert Accuracy

    Hi everyone,

    I just learned about this service and registered here. I've cruised before, but never use a price-drop monitoring alert.

    I asked my travel agent about this service, and she told me that they have a "standard ordering-system" and that they get daily (maybe weekly) updates of the data, and they have the ability to provide me with similar price-monitoring service at no cost.

    If that's that the case, can you tell me how different cruisefish from their alert? does cruisefish get the data directly from the cruiseline site every minute or so, making it more accurate? Is there any advantage to that?

    thanks!

    richardson, TX, United States
    joined Mar 2014
    post 4/4
    cruiser #21940
    Re: Alert Accuracy

    I don't know if my travel agent can offer the alerts that you mentioned.  He told me that he always checks the price when he sends the final billing but that has never resulted in a savings to me.

    With Cruisefish I can monitor the price any time (I am currently on my lanai in Hawaii drinking coffee).  I have two cruises scheduled and have set alerts on both.  The prices on both have continued to climb since I set the alert so I have not gotten any alerts, BUT when I was monitoring a couple of months ago the price of one dipped dramatically and I called my agent  on the spot.

    He reinvoiced the cruise and I got a $700 p/p reduction.  The price went back withen a couple of days and is now $1700 p/p more than I am paying.

    The other dipped $200 at that time and I decided to wait for it to go lowere.  It has climbed steadily ever since, but it is still a year away.

    Summary I can monitor daily not depend on my agent.  When the price drops JUMP.  If goes lower still jump again.

     

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    Tinton Falls, NJ, United States
    joined Feb 2014
    post 1/1
    cruiser #20916
    Re: Alert Accuracy

    I can tell you it was well worth the $9.95 for the alerts.  It's already earned me $$ back.  I had set up an alert to monitor when a particular cabin became available for a solo cruiser like me and it worked.  I save major $$$ with this alert system.  I was checking Royal's site every day for a cabin and never finding the cabin available or a decrease in price what I had already booked.   Definitely better than a TA system in my opinion.  Good Luck!

    Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
    joined Dec 2013
    post 6/13
    cruiser #19353
    Lifetime Member
    Re: Alert Accuracy

    ~~I stopped kidding myself a long time ago.  A large percentage of theTravel Agents (TA) are here to make money.  Guess how they fund that extra OBC and that free dinner for 2 at the specialty restaurant.  You got it... from the commission.  The higher the price they sell the room, the more commission they pocket.  There is no free lunch.


    My unlimited alert membership has already paid for itself over and over again.  If you want something done, you just have to do it yourself. In this case, you just need to monitor the price yourself; and CF is the tool that lets you do that.  Sometimes price drops may just last for a few hours because the cruise line only has a few of those rooms.  I also have had cases when CF has actually notifiied me of the price alert before RCL updated their search summary page to reflect the new prices.  Because I got the price alert for CF, I just drilled down to the actualy booking page and Bingo the lower price appears.  This when you are glad that you learned about the price drop and snapped up that less expensive room before your fellow passengers did.  ~~For EX: I, along with few others, saved over $400 on the 5/16/2015 Jewel OTS sailing.  Don't trust me, just read the forum posting on "Price Alert".

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    Phoenix, AZ, United States
    joined Feb 2012
    post 24/32
    cruiser #8247
    Re: Alert Accuracy

    Not sure how often CruiseFish reaches out to check prices but I can echo others in that it is far better than what you would get from a TA. Considering the alerts are about $1.00 and can save big $$$$$$ the service is well worth the small price paid. Just be sure to check your emails. While some drops remain for extended periods some may not be there for long.

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    TX, United States
    joined Jun 2011
    post 17/23
    cruiser #5835
    Re: Alert Accuracy

    On July 29, 2014 at 03:53 PM, 738073526 wrote:

     

    Hi everyone,

    I just learned about this service and registered here. I've cruised before, but never use a price-drop monitoring alert.

    I asked my travel agent about this service, and she told me that they have a "standard ordering-system" and that they get daily (maybe weekly) updates of the data, and they have the ability to provide me with similar price-monitoring service at no cost.

    If that's that the case, can you tell me how different cruisefish from their alert? does cruisefish get the data directly from the cruiseline site every minute or so, making it more accurate? Is there any advantage to that?

    thanks!

     

    Hi there,

    Speaking as one who has been in the travel industry for many moons, I've never heard of a price monitoring system (or standard ordering-system) in use at a travel agency.  I would think the logistics of notifying EVERY client of a price difference would be a monumental task and require an auto function to e-mail a client immediately.  The price drops are sometimes for only a few minutes to a single day and longer..  Nobody is going to monitor your price for you -- unless you do it yourself.

    If you're interested in the best price -- search online and book directly with the cruise line.  You can transfer your booking (within a certain time) to the travel agency who will give you the best deal and it'll be a good deal for both of you.  Personally speaking, I've had 6 price changes on a cruise booking and CruiseFish had e-mailed me every time.  Thanks CruiseFish..!