12-24-2011, 07:53 PM
Community Rank: Jetsetter
Join Date: Apr 2004
No specific discounts for a particular time of year. But there are always "low" and "high" seasons. But they vary from supplier to supplier. With cruise lines you usually get a better fare the further out you book.
As PixieMichele said, you can get "breaks" for booking groups. Sometimes it's price break, sometimes it's an amenity (free bottle of wine on a cruise, for example) or you get a "buy 10 get one free" kind of thing.
The agency isn't the one that sets the price, that's the supplier. To hold a reservation you need a deposit.
Perks? Used to be some. Now my "perk" is the commission I make when I travel. On occasion a cruise line might offer a special rate for a specific cruise, but not as often as even 5 or 6 years ago. I've done a couple of "Seminar at Sea" and the rates are great, but you have to attend classes every sea day, takes 3 to 4 hours of your "vacation" time.