Invest less, take a trip more … right?! If you like to make your vacation travel dollar stretch, then like us, you may discover yourself considering a trip plan marketing deal. Know that these promotional holiday bundle companies are not at all equivalent.
After the let down of our recent remain at the Cancun all inclusive through Premier Travel Resorts, I simply left the phone from attempting to reserve the rest of our trip bundle with them (some time in Florida). Let’s just say that will not be occurring. We are simply going to forget and eat the expense about it.
From here on out, we will be reserving getaway packages through BookVIP. Here’s why …
Undoubtedly, you’ve seen the Facebook sponsored posts. If you click over to their site, you will see that it has lots of the cheapest trip packages to a few of the most popular locations. They have some seriously elegant looking stays all over the world at some crazy excellent prices.
Our first ever all inclusive experience was with BookVIP and it was remarkable. Maybe the Dreams ruined us.
One quick note … We have only used BookVIP one time, at one luxury resort in Cancun. Reasoning informs me that not every resort vacation package is going to offer a comparable experience. It really is all going to boil down to the research you put in.
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They don’t advertise the actual name of the resorts. If you really want to sleuth out the location you will be staying a bit of investigative work on Google to match up the images will reveal the real identity of the residential or commercial property you are considering. There was plenty of details on the BookVIP website to assist us feel comfy with making our booking.
What we love about scheduling with BookVIP? You are on your own schedule. No sales calls, no pressure. When you have actually done your research study and you are all set, schedule. You will understand what you are getting. You understand ahead of time if the dates you wish to take a trip are readily available. There is time to compare the dining establishments and amenities. This is a huge contrast to the advertising trip package sales calls I will talk about in the next section.
When you are prepared to make your booking with BookVIP, just be prepared for a few extra resort costs and taxes. In our case, part of the additional charge was to cover ideas for the resort personnel.
OUR EXPERIENCE WITH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS Bookvip Bahamas
In contrast to BookVIP, our experience with Premier Travel Resorts (out of Florida) was not the very best. We really likely would not have actually taken part in another advertising deal if this had actually been our very first experience. It was that bad.
Are you on the calling lists? After our very first advertising resort stay, we began getting call providing holiday plans to various locations. That is how we ended up with a holiday bundle including our latest Cancun all inclusive plus a couple brief remain in Florida and somewhere else.
These travel sales calls are always a high-pressure scenario unless you just hang up. Say no adequate times and they will keep dropping the price to where it actually sounds like an excellent offer. There isn’t much time to investigate the holiday homes they are providing.
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!). So we shot and purchased a bundle. Using it, that is an entire various story.
Premier Travel Resorts does not make it easy to actually use the getaway time. There is a great deal of small print that makes travel preparation extremely tough and potentially a lot more expensive. They don’t expose these details throughout the sales call.
IF YOU PURCHASE A HOLIDAY PLAN WITH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS, THIS IS WHAT YOU MUST BE PREPARED FOR …
You can only book your dates 45-90 days ahead of time. Okay, reasonable enough.
However, when you call to request for your preferred dates, they need you to complete a long type needing all the info that they already have. You then have to wait about a week to see if your dates are even offered. Unless your itinerary will just include your stay at their resort, this makes preparing the rest of your travel extremely troublesome.
Preparation inexpensive flights, or readily available Airbnb stays in combination with your Premier Travel Resorts holiday bundle is very hard. In our case, the Airbnb we wished to remain at after our stay at the resort was booked by the time Premier Travel Resorts got back to us.
Our bundle consisted of a stay in Orlando and a stay in Daytona Beach. Premier Travel Resorts requires that those stays be back to back or one month apart. In our case, utilizing them on either end of a service journey we had actually prepared was not allowed.
We utilized the Cancun portion of our vacation package, but we will not be using the rest of it.
THE BAIT AND SWITCH CANCUN ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ THROUGH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS
The space was dirty, the toilet was chipped, the lights flickered, which is simply the beginning. You see, they put us up, not in among the luxury residential or commercial properties that they wanted to offer us on, but rather at their ‘cemetary resort’. Seriously, that is what the men at the nice property told us they called it. Genuine.
Now, to be fair, Laguna Suites wasn’t all bad. The one restaurant that was consisted of in our ‘all inclusive’ (if you neglect the air conditioning system dripping into our food) was really a nice experience. They changed up the menu every night, including foods from different parts of Mexico. And the personnel was incredible. Extremely friendly and accommodating. And very willing to assist us with our Spanish.
Twice the shock of the difference in the sort of place we believed we would be staying, we made the most of it. We met some good people. Ate some fantastic food. Took some good walks on the golf course. And picked up our rental car a couple days early to go off and check out the area.
THE SALES PITCH
Both BookVIP and Premier Travel Resorts require that you attend a 90-120 minute sales pitch to get their reduced costs. No biggie. We feel like that is worth it.
Premier Travel Resorts, nevertheless, requires that you participate in a promotional discussion throughout each stay. This is various from what we were told when they offered us the plan. When you are staying someplace for just 2 nights is a huge piece of time, a two-hour sales pitch. They sold us 4 various stays, that implies approximately eight hours of reasonably high-pressure sales! No thanks.
OK, THAT’S IT FOR MY RANT