Spend less, travel more … right?! If you like to make your getaway travel dollar stretch, then like us, you might find yourself considering a holiday bundle promotional deal. Know that these advertising trip package companies are not at all equivalent.
After the pulled down of our recent stay at the Cancun all inclusive through Premier Travel Resorts, I just left the phone from attempting to schedule the remainder of our vacation bundle with them (a long time in Florida). Let’s just say that will not be taking place. We are just going to consume the cost and forget about it.
From here on out, we will be reserving vacation packages through BookVIP. Here’s why …
Surely, you’ve seen the Facebook sponsored posts. If you click over to their site, you will see that it has lots of the most affordable trip plans to some of the most popular destinations. They have some seriously elegant looking stays all over the world at some insane great prices.
Our very first ever all inclusive experience was with BookVIP and it was amazing. Maybe the Dreams ruined us.
One quick note … We have only used BookVIP one time, at one luxury resort in Cancun. Logic informs me that not every resort trip bundle is going to supply a comparable experience. It actually is all going to boil down to the research you put in.
Is booking Very Important Person a timeshare?
They do not market the real name of the resorts. If you really desire to sleuth out the place you will be remaining 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 thinking about. There was plenty of information on the BookVIP site to help us feel comfortable with making our booking.
What we like about reserving with BookVIP? You are on your own schedule. No sales calls, no pressure. When you have done your research study and you are ready, schedule. You will know what you are getting. If the dates you want to travel are offered, you know ahead of time. There is time to compare the restaurants and amenities. This is a big contrast to the promotional getaway package sales calls I will discuss in the next section.
When you are ready to make your appointment with BookVIP, just be prepared for a couple of additional resort costs and taxes. In our case, part of the additional charge was to cover pointers for the resort personnel.
OUR EXPERIENCE WITH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS Bookvip Key West
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 very likely would not have taken part in another marketing offer. It was that bad.
Are you on the calling lists? After our very first advertising resort stay, we started getting telephone call providing trip plans to different locations. That is how we ended up with a trip bundle including our newest Cancun all inclusive plus a couple brief stays in Florida and elsewhere.
These travel sales calls are constantly a high-pressure circumstance unless you just hang up. Say no enough times and they will keep dropping the price to where it in fact seems like a good deal. It is required that you do so prior to the end of the phone call if they catch your interest and you choose to acquire. There isn’t much time to research the vacation homes they are offering. You may have a few seconds to rapidly pull up some images however that is about it. A picture is worth a thousand words, however not worth nearly as much as having the ability to read a few evaluations.
They drew us in with a stay in Cancun (which is convenient for us because of the distance to Belize) and some time in Florida (hi, sailboat shopping!). So we pulled the trigger and purchased a plan. However using it, that is an entire different story.
Premier Travel Resorts does not make it simple to really use the getaway time. There is a great deal of fine print that makes travel preparation extremely hard and potentially a lot more pricey. They don’t reveal these details throughout the sales call.
IF YOU BUY A VACATION BUNDLE WITH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS, THIS IS WHAT YOU OUGHT TO BE PREPARED FOR …
You can just schedule your dates 45-90 days ahead of time. Okay, reasonable enough.
When you call to ask for your favored dates, they need you to fill out a long form requiring all the details 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 extremely bothersome.
Planning budget friendly flights, or available Airbnb stays in conjunction with your Premier Travel Resorts holiday package is really hard. In our case, the Airbnb we wished to remain at after our remain at the resort was booked by the time Premier Travel Resorts returned to us.
Our bundle consisted of 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. In our case, using them on either end of an organization journey we had planned was not allowed.
We utilized the Cancun portion of our trip plan, but we won’t be utilizing the rest of it.
THE BAIT AND SWITCH CANCUN ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ THROUGH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS
The space was filthy, the toilet was chipped, the lights flickered, which is simply the beginning. You see, they put us up, not in among the high-end properties that they wanted to offer us on, however rather at their ‘cemetary resort’. Seriously, that is what the guys at the good property informed us they called it. For real.
Now, to be fair, Laguna Suites wasn’t all bad. The one dining establishment that was consisted of in our ‘all inclusive’ (if you overlook the air conditioning system leaking into our food) was actually a nice experience. They changed up the menu every night, featuring foods from different parts of Mexico. And the personnel was amazing. Very friendly and accommodating. And really going to assist us with our Spanish.
Once over the shock of the difference in the kind of location we believed we would be remaining, we made the many of it. And picked up our rental vehicle a couple days early to go off and explore the location.
THE SALES PITCH
Both BookVIP and Premier Travel Resorts require that you attend a 90-120 minute sales pitch to get their affordable prices. No biggie. We seem like that is worth it.
Premier Travel Resorts, however, needs that you participate in a marketing presentation during each stay. This is various from what we were told when they sold us the package.
OK, THAT’S IT FOR MY TIRADE