When you decide to go on vacation, you will obviously want the best holiday deals. However, the ‘lowest fare’ or the ‘attractive offer’ should not act as a screen against your better judgement. Yes, there are many great deals up for grabs, but there are also deals that will leave you stamping your feet in anger. Be a little careful when booking vacation packages, and of course, have a great holiday. Here are a few things to watch out for when booking holiday deals. |
It’s a Great Discount! Yes, the ‘big discount’ can seem very attractive and inviting to the untrained eye. A 30% or 40% discount does seem generous, and we need to be careful before we get caught in the web of a lead-on. The best way is to double check these ‘fantastic’ deals on other websites. Do your research, speak to others who are more regular travellers and learn how to swat false travel deals before they sting. Ask around before you jump head first into vacation packages that will leave you kicking yourself later. But when comparing, look for what’s on offer. A package that seems more expensive than another, may actually offer a higher grade hotel than the cheaper deal.
Is All That Included? It is very common for vacation packages to offer you the world with all its marvels. Especially, since you are eager enough to go on your vacation and are looking to catch the best holiday deals before they move out of your grasp. It is always a good idea to confirm what you are paying for, and what is included in the deal. Are taxes included? Is airfare included? What about meals, sightseeing? It is important to have everything out in the open so you know exactly how good a deal really is. There are many genuinely great vacation packages available, so doing your homework doesn’t hurt.
A Picture of Paradise! Like a picture out of Fantasy Island, every vacation spot looks absolutely splendid when you see it on the Internet or on a postcard. There are enough cases of people who have been lured into travel deals by a mesmerising picture, and found out that the real thing is quite another story. Cross check hotels and their rating before you commit to a package, and make sure that airline tickets you are given aren’t from an airline that’s known for cancellations, delays and no-shows.
When you book vacation packages, especially when you are going to a new destination, always investigate to make sure ‘what you see is what you get’. This will help ensure you have a great vacation, rather than a stressful, nerve racking one.
Noshir Lavangia has been working in the travel industry since the last 15 years. A travel buff with vast knowledge of tourist places, he knows exactly how to ferret out last minute travel deals. Noshir advises Cox & Kings on developing customised vacation packages.
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