Now that the summer is coming to an end, travelers are looking to plan their holiday and winter getaways. For those that are new to all-inclusives and are interested in trying one for their next adventure, you are all set. We have gathered a list to guide you in selecting a resort and save you some money in the process. Read on to learn these tips to save money on all-inclusive resorts this winter.
Tips To Save On All-Inclusive Resorts
Use A Travel Agent or Booking Site
Travel agents are a great way to get inside discounts and many specialize in all-inclusive resorts. Besides, most agents develop a relationship with these resorts and clients over time. This provides extra peace of mind, knowing that you have someone to call if there are any travel mishaps.
The major travel booking sites such as Expedia, Booking.com and Travelocity continuously offer travel discounts and specials. If you are looking to book a honeymoon or couples retreat, talk to one of the specialists at Scott Dunn Exceptional Travel. Those interested in high luxury resorts should consult with the specialists at Abercrombie & Kent.
Investigate Off Season Travel
Traveling in the off season and shoulder seasons is a great way to save money, especially on all inclusive. Travel flexibility is the key to amazing discounts of anywhere from 35 to 60 percent. You just have to know where and when to look. For instance, Travelocity offers a real ‘bang for less buck’ deals on all-inclusive off season resort packages.
You can also travel off season to a popular destination, but not during school holiday times, when the demand will increase temporarily. Also, in Jamaica, during their national holiday period in midsummer, the island is crowded causing the prices to rise.
Use Regional Airlines Whenever Possible
There are many low cost regional airlines worldwide that you can utilize to save money. Carriers such as Air Asia have many cheap flights to many exotic locales such as Bangkok and Bali. Others like Air Jamaica still have kids rates for all 12 and under. With a little research you will see that these small carriers overall will be much less than if you took a regional flight on say, American Airlines or Delta Airlines.
Bring All the Essentials!
Do some planning head and make a list of all your everyday essentials needed for the trip. You don’t want to be price gouged at a resort while in a mad rush to buy that forgotten essential item. Refill all your prescriptions from home and be sure to have enough to last for your entire trip, and a little extra would not hurt, either.
Take Advantage of Children’s or Family Programs at Resorts
Instead of spending additional money on activities outside the resort, take advantage of any program for children available. This gives the parents plenty of time to relax while your kids can make new friends. Another angle to investigate with all-inclusives is to ask if the resort has any Single Parent Packages so you are not hit with double the single adult rate.
Plan Your Own Tours
Do some research on your destination and plan a couple of day trips on your own. Then add up the total cost of the excursion through the resort verses doing it on your own. If you go on the tour in a taxi, for instance, it really can save you quite a bit over any excursions programs the resort may have. Better yet, All Inclusive Outlet has many hot deals on fun excursions to make your vacation experience the best ever.
Don’t Over-Extend Yourself or Others
The whole objective to vacation is to relax and have fun. Don’t force yourself and everyone else to do everything all day every day and night ‘because its already paid for’. You will not really enjoy yourself if you overschedule activities and run everyone ragged. Make sure there is plenty of time for everyone to decompress in-between excursions. You will end up having a better time overall if you act like you are actually on vacation, instead of making it like work.
Read The Fine Print Very Carefully
Some resorts do not charge for any children under 12 sharing your room. Others may charge up to $75 USD per day for each child over two. In other words, read all the fine print thoroughly before you book. You don’t want to get hit with any surprises with expenses during and at the end of the trip.
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