If you’re looking for an all-inclusive holiday, booking a couple of weeks before you go away can allow you to take advantage of some great deals. As the departure date approaches, hotels and travel agents are desperate to get rid of unsold places, and last minute holidays are perfect for those who want to enjoy a one of a kind vacation that has everything you need to have a fun-filled getaway.
My family managed to get a last minute deal on a family room at a popular all-inclusive resort. As well as bed and breakfast and access to the hotel pool, this included indoor and outdoor passes to an adjacent water park for the duration of our stay, tickets to a nearby theme park, £50 credit for the hotel restaurant, a 50% off coupon for the hotel spa, a ‘kids eat free’ ticket for the hotel restaurant and coupons for local attractions.
This was a great deal for us, and we could have left it at that and still made a saving, but we kept an eye on the hotel website to see if any new deals cropped up before we started packing. This turned out to be a great idea, as we checked again a few days later and noticed they had a very similar package, but without the spa credit, restaurant voucher or £50 restaurant credit, for £200 less. We happily downgraded, as we had planned to try out local restaurants rather than eating in a busy hotel dining room, and we hadn’t planned to use the spa voucher in any case. If we hadn’t kept looking, we would have paid an extra £200 for services we weren’t even going to use.
Booking last minute gives you a great advantage if you’re not picky about where you go, but the savings don’t end there. Once you’ve made your booking, keep calling your hotel or checking their website, as you might find an even better deal. Once you know where you’re going, you can also check out local attractions and see if you can snag well priced deals for activities and days out as well!
photo courtesy of Grand Parc – Bordeaux, France