Invest less, take a trip more … right?! If you like to make your holiday travel dollar stretch, then like us, you might discover yourself thinking about a getaway plan marketing deal. Know that these marketing vacation package companies are not at all equivalent.
After the let down of our recent remain at the Cancun all inclusive through Premier Travel Resorts, I just got off the phone from trying to reserve the rest of our getaway plan with them (a long time in Florida). Let’s just state that will not be occurring. We are simply going to eat the expense and forget about it.
From here on out, we will be booking holiday plans through BookVIP. Here’s why …
Undoubtedly, you have actually seen the Facebook sponsored posts. If you click over to their website, you will see that it has plenty of the most affordable holiday plans to a few of the most popular locations. They have some seriously elegant looking stays all over the world at some insane good prices.
Our first ever all inclusive experience was with BookVIP and it was incredible. Perhaps the Dreams ruined us. This place was off-hook. It was whatever we had actually expected and then some.
One fast note … We have actually just used BookVIP one time, at one high-end resort in Cancun. Logic informs me that not every resort vacation bundle is going to provide a similar experience. It really is all going to boil down to the research you put in.
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Investigating the properties offered on BookVIP can be a little a difficulty. They do not advertise the real name of the resorts. Rather, they use fake names. If you actually want to sleuth out the location you will be staying a bit of investigative work on Google to match up the pictures will reveal the true identity of the property you are considering. We didn’t trouble going that far. There was a lot of details on the BookVIP website to help us feel comfortable with making our appointment.
What we enjoy about scheduling with BookVIP? You are on your own schedule. No sales calls, no pressure. Schedule when you have actually done your research and you are ready. You will know what you are getting. You know ahead of time if the dates you wish to travel are readily available. There is time to compare the dining establishments and features. This is a huge contrast to the promotional vacation package sales calls I will speak about in the next section.
When you are ready to make your appointment with BookVIP, simply be prepared for a few additional resort charges and taxes. In our case, part of the extra charge was to cover tips for the resort staff.
OUR EXPERIENCE WITH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS Bookvip Com Playa Del Carmen
In contrast to BookVIP, our experience with Premier Travel Resorts (out of Florida) was not the best. If this had been our first experience, we likely would not have participated in another marketing deal. It was that bad.
Are you on the calling lists? After our first advertising resort stay, we began getting call offering vacation bundles to various locations. That is how we ended up with a getaway bundle including our newest Cancun all inclusive plus a couple short remain in Florida and in other places.
These travel sales calls are constantly a high-pressure scenario unless you just hang up. Say no sufficient times and they will keep dropping the cost to where it in fact sounds like a great offer. There isn’t much time to research the getaway properties they are offering.
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 (hey there, sailboat shopping!). We pulled the trigger and purchased a package. But utilizing it, that is a whole different story.
Premier Travel Resorts does not make it simple to really utilize the holiday time. There is a lot of small print that makes travel preparation very hard and possibly a lot more pricey. They don’t reveal these information during the sales call.
IF YOU PURCHASE A TRIP PLAN WITH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS, THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR …
You can only schedule your dates 45-90 days ahead of time. Okay, fair enough.
When you call to ask for your preferred dates, they require you to fill out a long kind requiring all the info that they currently have. You then need to wait about a week to see if your dates are even offered. Unless your itinerary will just consist of your stay at their resort, this makes planning the rest of your travel very inconvenient.
Planning cost effective flights, or available Airbnb stays in combination with your Premier Travel Resorts holiday plan is extremely tough. In our case, the Airbnb we wanted to stay at after our stay at the resort was reserved by the time Premier Travel Resorts returned to us.
Our package consisted of a stay in Orlando and a stay in Daytona Beach. Premier Travel Resorts requires that those stays be back to back or 1 month apart. So, in our case, utilizing them on either end of a business trip we had planned was not allowed.
We used the Cancun portion of our vacation bundle, but we won’t be using the rest of it.
THE BAIT AND SWITCH CANCUN ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ THROUGH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS
You see, they put us up, not in one of the high-end homes that they wanted to offer us on, but rather at their ‘cemetary resort’. Seriously, that is what the men at the nice home informed us they called it.
Now, to be fair, Laguna Suites wasn’t all bad. The one restaurant that was consisted of in our ‘all inclusive’ (if you ignore the air conditioning system leaking into our food) was really a good experience. They altered the menu every night, featuring foods from different parts of Mexico. And the personnel was incredible. Very friendly and accommodating. And very willing to help us with our Spanish.
Once over the shock of the difference in the sort of location we thought we would be remaining, we took advantage of it. We fulfilled some great individuals. Ate some excellent food. Took some nice walks on the golf course. And got our rental car a couple days early to go off and explore the location.
THE SALES PITCH
Both BookVIP and Premier Travel Resorts require that you go to a 90-120 minute sales pitch to get their affordable rates. No biggie. We seem like that is worth it.
Premier Travel Resorts, however, requires that you participate in an advertising discussion during each stay. This is different from what we were told when they offered us the plan.
OK, THAT’S IT FOR MY RANT