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Possible for TA To Take Over Existing Hotel Reservation?

Possible for TA To Take Over Existing Hotel Reservation?

Old Nov 16, 13, 11:23 am
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Possible for TA To Take Over Existing Hotel Reservation?

For an upcoming trip to South America I booked a week at a luxury lodge directly with the property. The reservations are confirmed and a substantial deposit is in place. Management has been most helpful in direct discussions (which they encourage) regarding villa and food preferences as well as excursions, etc. offered by the lodge.

Subsequently I decided to substantially expand the original trip and this includes additional hotels and lodges, private guides and transfers. A TA based in the region and recommended by the lodge is handling the additional arrangements. Coordinating the logistics of the new trip with the exisiting lodge reservations is becoming quite a challenge and will likely require a change to both date and length of stay at the lodge.

Is there any fair and ethical way my TA can take over the lodge reservation, deal with them directly in regard to changes, transfers and other matters and therefore integrate everything into one trip?

I would imagine my TA (who is commission based) would be reluctant to take on the additional work and responsibility without some compensation, and I would also expect the Lodge to be reluctant to pay a commission to a TA who has had nothing to do with a confirmed and secured reservation.

I know nothing of the inner workings of the industry so comments would be most welcome, particularly from the TA's who frequent this forum.

Many thanks
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Old Nov 16, 13, 1:14 pm
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Presumably if the Lodge recommended this TA as you say, he is well-covered by the commissions on all the other things you had arranged. If there is any need for a connection between the TA and the recommending hotel regarding your stay there, I would be reasonably confident they can work it out between them without troubling you.
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Old Nov 16, 13, 4:18 pm
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Depending on the property (or chain), it is possible for a TA to take over a booking. If the property is willing to have the TA take over the reservation, it would just take your authorization for the TA to be able to do so. If successful, the TA would receive a commission for the booking.
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