CruiseFareMonitor.com vs CruiseFish.net

piggybankI was listening to Cruise Radio the other day and a company came on called Cruise Fare Monitor. They were saying that they can save people money but monitoring the prices. I went to their site to check it out. I already use Cruise Fish so I wanted to see the difference.

First of all, the site really upset me on how they say Travel Agents don’t care about getting you the cheapest price.

“Travel agents have no incentive to monitor price drops for you because their commission drops if you rebook at the lower rate.”

That’s a bunch of crap! I do have incentive! Every time I lower a price that’s a repeat client for me. I can name many times I have called the customer and my favorite was over $1000!. I lost maybe $ 80 in commission on $1000  but I make more by keeping the client happy. I also get referral business as well by checking prices. Now I will admit before these sites existed I had to find the price drop myself. So sometimes I would miss a drop. Now with these sites I miss nothing which has really helped my business. I even call for $10 so I get to keep in touch with my customer.

This is a relationship business and the more I know my customers the more they call back. However, the cruise lines are getting smarter and are aware of these sites. So I find now when I call on a drop the conversation also comes with a cancellation fee or final drop. The rules come from the cruise lines and not the agents. I hate these rules because it makes it complicated if they do need to cancel. I believe cancellation fees will be more common, due to these sites. So in the end for the price savoy shopper this may be null and void soon.

So lets talk about the difference of these two sites.

Cruise Fare Monitor.com

Option 1- They have a three tired system and you pay the fee once.

Option A $10-One-time fee in return for daily monitoring and unlimited alerts if the cost of your stateroom (per person) drops below the price originally paid. Option 1A is operational from date of sign-up until you make your final payment to the cruise line (anywhere from 60-90 days before departure). Reduced fares cannot be obtained after the date of final payment, but sometimes you can to use the price drop to upgrade to a higher category stateroom (see options 1B and 1C).

Option B $12-One-time fee in return for daily monitoring and unlimited alerts if the cost of your stateroom (per person) drops below the price originally paid. Option 1B is operational from date of sign-up until sailing date.

Option C $15-One-time fee in return for daily monitoring and alerts when the cost of your cruise fare drops below the price originally paid up until sailing, plus daily monitoring and alerts when the cost of any stateroom in a higher category on your ship drops down to or below the price you paid for your stateroom.

Option 2 Free-daily monitoring and unlimited alerts when your cruise fare drops below the price originally paid. If the cost of your stateroom never drops below the price you paid, there is no charge. Option 2 is operational from date of sign-up until you make your final payment to the cruise line (anywhere from 60-90 days before departure). Every time the cost of your stateroom drops we will: 1) alert you immediately, 2) your credit card on file will then be charged 20% of the drop in fare for the stateroom, and 3) you will receive two free bonuses at no additional charge: after final payment — continuous daily monitoring and unlimited alerts until sail date, and daily monitoring and unlimited alerts when the cost of any stateroom in a higher category on your ship drops down to or below the price paid for your stateroom.

CruiseFish.net

The unlimited monitoring of all cabin categories for a single saildate costs only $0.99 USD (less if purchased in bulk).

Here are some of the bulk prices. 1 credit per alert.

12 Credit-$9.99

25 Credit- $19.95

1 Year-$49.95

Lifetime- $149.95

All other CF services are free (deals, forum, ship alerts, etc.) and will always remain so.  There is no software to install or maintain. CF runs entirely online watching cruises 24/7 for you.

As a travel agent I have to use CruiseFish since the pricing makes the most sense to my business. In the end its really up to you. I would recommend reading the about us sections. They explain how many times they check pricing and other details. Both sites have potential to save you money.