I've done the research on my own using this great site as well as itravel2000, but just for the hell of it I contacted a trvel agent to see the rates they offer. Wow, what a difference!!! It's like $300 dollars a person less on these sites. I guess people use agents to do the research and booking for them, but is there something else I'm missing here? The difference in price is enough to send me to a 5 instead of a 4 star resort. Can anybody PLEASE help me understand why it costs so much more to use a travel agent. Is it commission? Is it a pain to not use an agent, cause that's all I've ever done. Thanks a bunch!!