Invest less, take a trip more … right?! If you like to make your holiday travel dollar stretch, then like us, you may discover yourself considering a holiday package advertising deal. Know that these marketing getaway bundle companies are not at all equal.
After the pulled down of our recent remain at the Cancun all inclusive through Premier Travel Resorts, I just got off the phone from attempting to schedule the rest of our getaway bundle with them (a long time in Florida). Let’s simply state that will not be happening. We are simply going to forget and eat the expense about it.
From here on out, we will be scheduling trip packages through BookVIP. If you click over to their website, you will see that it is full of the cheapest trip bundles to some of the most popular locations.
Our very first all inclusive experience was with BookVIP and it was fantastic. Perhaps the Dreams ruined us. This location was off-hook. It was everything we had hoped for and after that some.
One quick note … We have only used BookVIP one time, at one high-end resort in Cancun. Reasoning informs me that not every resort vacation bundle is going to supply a comparable experience. It truly is all going to come down to the research you put in.
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They don’t market the real name of the resorts. If you truly want to sleuth out the place you will be staying a bit of investigative work on Google to match up the pictures will expose the real identity of the home you are considering. There was plenty of information on the BookVIP site to assist us feel comfortable with making our appointment.
You understand ahead of time if the dates you desire to take a trip are available. There is time to compare the dining establishments and facilities. This is a huge contrast to the promotional trip bundle sales calls I will talk about in the next section.
When you are ready to make your appointment with BookVIP, simply be prepared for a couple of additional resort costs and taxes. In our case, part of the extra charge was to cover ideas for the resort staff.
OUR EXPERIENCE WITH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS Bookvip Gatlinburg Tennessee
In contrast to BookVIP, our experience with Premier Travel Resorts (out of Florida) was not the best. We really likely would not have participated in another advertising deal if this had actually been our first experience. It was that bad.
Are you on the calling lists? After our very first advertising resort stay, we began getting telephone call offering getaway packages to different locations. That is how we wound up with a vacation package including our most recent Cancun all inclusive plus a couple short remain in Florida and elsewhere.
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 cost to where it actually seems like a bargain. It is required that you do so prior to the end of the phone call if they record your interest and you decide to acquire. There isn’t much time to research the vacation residential or commercial properties they are using. You might have a couple of seconds to rapidly pull up some photos but that is about it. A photo is worth a thousand words, but unworthy almost as much as being able 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 a long time in Florida (hi, sailboat shopping!). We pulled the trigger and bought a bundle. But utilizing it, that is an entire various story.
Premier Travel Resorts does not make it easy to actually utilize the trip time. There is a great deal of small print that makes travel preparation very tough and possibly a lot more pricey. They don’t expose these information during the sales call.
IF YOU BUY A HOLIDAY PLAN WITH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS, THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR …
You can just schedule your dates 45-90 days ahead of time. Okay, reasonable enough.
However, when you call to request for your favored dates, they require you to fill out a long form needing all the information that they currently have. You then have to wait about a week to see if your dates are even available. Unless your itinerary will only consist of your stay at their resort, this makes planning the rest of your travel really troublesome.
Planning cost effective flights, or available Airbnb stays in combination with your Premier Travel Resorts trip package is really challenging. In our case, the Airbnb we wished to remain at after our stay at the resort was scheduled by the time Premier Travel Resorts got back to us.
Our package consisted of a stay in Orlando and a stay in Daytona Beach. Premier Travel Resorts needs that those stays be back to back or 1 month apart. So, in our case, using them on either end of an organization journey we had planned was not enabled.
We used the Cancun portion of our trip plan, however we will not be utilizing the rest of it.
THE BAIT AND SWITCH CANCUN ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ THROUGH PREMIER TRAVEL RESORTS
The room was dirty, the toilet was chipped, the lights flickered, and that is simply the start. You see, they put us up, not in one of the luxury homes that they wished to sell us on, however rather at their ‘cemetary resort’. Seriously, that is what the guys at the good residential or commercial property told us they called it. For real.
Now, to be fair, Laguna Suites wasn’t all bad. The one dining establishment that was included in our ‘all inclusive’ (if you neglect the air conditioning unit leaking into our food) was in fact a good experience. They changed up the menu every night, including foods from different parts of Mexico. And the staff was fantastic. Very friendly and accommodating. And extremely willing to help us with our Spanish.
When over the shock of the difference in the kind of place we believed we would be staying, we made the most of it. And selected 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 need that you attend a 90-120 minute sales pitch to get their reduced costs. No biggie. We feel like that deserves it.
Premier Travel Resorts, however, needs that you attend an advertising discussion throughout each stay. This is various from what we were informed when they sold us the plan.
OK, THAT’S IT FOR MY TIRADE