Spend less, take a trip more … right?! If you like to make your trip travel dollar stretch, then like us, you might discover yourself considering a vacation plan promotional offer. Know that these promotional holiday package companies are not at all equal.
After the let down of our current stay at the Cancun all inclusive through Premier Travel Resorts, I just left the phone from attempting to book the rest of our vacation plan with them (a long time in Florida). Let’s just say that will not be taking place. We are simply going to forget and eat the cost about it.
From here on out, we will be reserving trip bundles through BookVIP. Here’s why …
Certainly, you have actually seen the Facebook sponsored posts. You will see that it is full of the most affordable vacation bundles to some of the most popular destinations if you click over to their website. They have some seriously glamorous looking stays all over the world at some insane great costs.
Our very first all inclusive experience was with BookVIP and it was fantastic. Possibly the Dreams spoiled us. This place was off-hook. It was everything we had expected and after that some.
One quick note … We have only used BookVIP one time, at one luxury resort in Cancun. Reasoning tells me that not every resort trip package is going to provide a similar experience. It actually is all going to come down to the research you put in.
Is booking Very Important Person a timeshare?
They don’t market the real name of the resorts. If you truly want to sleuth out the location you will be staying a bit of investigative work on Google to match up the photos will expose the true identity of the home you are considering. There was plenty of info on the BookVIP site to help us feel comfortable with making our appointment.
You understand ahead of time if the dates you desire to travel are readily available. There is time to compare the amenities and restaurants. This is a huge contrast to the promotional vacation package sales calls I will talk about in the next section.
When you are prepared to make your reservation with BookVIP, just be prepared for a couple of additional resort charges and taxes. In our case, part of the additional charge was to cover ideas for the resort personnel.
OUR EXPERIENCE WITH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS Book Vip Fine Print
In contrast to BookVIP, our experience with Premier Travel Resorts (out of Florida) was not the best. We very likely would not have actually participated in another marketing deal if this had actually been our first experience. It was that bad.
Are you on the calling lists? After our very first marketing resort stay, we started getting phone calls offering holiday plans to various destinations. That is how we wound up with a trip plan including our newest Cancun all inclusive plus a couple short remain in Florida and somewhere else.
These travel sales calls are always a high-pressure situation unless you just hang up. Say no sufficient times and they will keep dropping the price to where it really seems like a good deal. It is required that you do so before the end of the phone call if they record your interest and you choose to purchase. There isn’t much time to investigate the holiday residential or commercial properties they are providing. You may have a couple of seconds to quickly pull up some photos however that is about it. A photo is worth a thousand words, but not worth almost as much as being able to check out a couple of evaluations.
They drew us in with a stay in Cancun (which is convenient for us because of the distance to Belize) and a long time in Florida (hello, sailboat shopping!). We pulled the trigger and purchased a plan. Using it, that is an entire different story.
Premier Travel Resorts does not make it easy to in fact utilize the getaway time. There is a great deal of fine print that makes travel preparation really challenging and potentially a lot more expensive. They don’t reveal these information throughout the sales call.
THIS IS WHAT YOU OUGHT TO BE PREPARED FOR …
You can only just book dates 45-90 days ahead of time if YOU BUY A HOLIDAY PLAN WITH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS. Okay, reasonable enough.
Nevertheless, when you contact us to ask for your preferred dates, they require you to submit a long form requiring all the info that they already have. You then need to wait about a week to see if your dates are even available. Unless your itinerary will just consist of your stay at their resort, this makes planning the rest of your travel extremely bothersome.
Preparation inexpensive flights, or offered Airbnb stays in combination with your Premier Travel Resorts trip package is really hard. In our case, the Airbnb we wished to stay at after our stay at the resort was scheduled by the time Premier Travel Resorts got back to us.
Our bundle included a stay in Orlando and a stay in Daytona Beach. Premier Travel Resorts needs that those stays be back to back or 30 days apart. So, in our case, utilizing them on either end of a service trip we had actually planned was not permitted.
We utilized the Cancun part of our vacation bundle, however we will not be utilizing the rest of it.
THE BAIT AND SWITCH CANCUN ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ THROUGH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS
The space was unclean, the toilet was cracked, the lights flickered, which is just the start. You see, they put us up, not in among the luxury residential or commercial properties that they wished to sell us on, but rather at their ‘cemetary resort’. Seriously, that is what the men at the good home told us they called it. Genuine.
The one restaurant that was included in our ‘all inclusive’ (if you ignore the air conditioner dripping into our food) was in fact a good experience. They altered up the menu every night, featuring foods from various parts of Mexico. And extremely prepared to assist us with our Spanish.
Once over the shock of the difference in the kind of place we believed we would be remaining, we maximized it. We fulfilled some great individuals. Consumed some terrific food. Took some great strolls on the golf course. And picked up our rental car a couple days early to go off and explore the area.
THE SALES PITCH
Both BookVIP and Premier Travel Resorts need that you participate in a 90-120 minute sales pitch to get their discounted prices. No biggie. We feel like that is worth it.
Premier Travel Resorts, however, needs that you participate in an advertising presentation throughout each stay. This is various from what we were informed when they sold us the package. When you are staying somewhere for only 2 nights is a big portion of time, a two-hour sales pitch. They offered us 4 different stays, that implies as much as 8 hours of reasonably high-pressure sales! No thanks.
OK, THAT’S IT FOR MY RANT