There are certain things that insiders know that we want to share with you. We call it all inclusive confidential. Helpful hints and the terrible truth to help you make the your next trip the perfect all inclusive vacation.
All inclusive confidential general suggestions
Before you book be sure you have matched the right resort to you.
Some resorts are geared toward families some to couples. We highly encourage you research first before booking your resort.
All inclusive usually doesn't mean all inclusive.
Our clients have visited hundreds of all inclusive resorts during the last five years. And despite the term "all-inclusive" the majority of the resorts have some sort of extra charge for some items or services. Most spa services are extra. Water sports may require an extra charge. And some times "top-shelf liquor" especially at the value resorts, will not be included.
You really do get what you pay for.
Really. One of the reasons we started this internet site, besides hoping that you will book with us of course, is to help you find the best resort for your money. Expect less service, choices, and amenities when paying less. However, paying less does not necessarily mean that you will not have a great vacation. Trust our choices.
We want to sell you a time share.
If it sounds to good to be true it isn't. Time share selling continues to be rampant in the Caribbean and Mexico. Understand that the long hard sell is part of the time share experience. Take your time to make these decisions and don't succumb to the hard sell.
If you want to save money consider traveling during what we call the dead time.
We have found that the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the absolute best time to book an all inclusive vacation.
All inclusive confidential help for airfare.
It is all about timing.
Want to save money? Fly on a Wednesday. Midweek is best, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, followed by Saturday appear to be the cheapest fare days. The two most expensive days to fly are Friday and Sunday.
It is all about timing Part II.
When to purchase is just as important as what day you travel. Research reported in the Chicago Tribune indicate that the "sweet spot" to purchase international airline tickets is 89 days.
Fly to and from bigger airports.
Bigger airports mean more competition. More competition means lower prices. Airlines charge a premium to fly to and from smaller airports. Consider driving to a larger hub city to start your vacation.
At one time the charter business to the major all inclusive destinations was the smartest way to fly. Cheap. Non stop. And with a few draw backs the charter flight was really a no-brainer. But the charter flight business has changed dramatically. With the exception of a few larger vacation companies, charter flights have all but disappeared. However, if you choose a destination that is still served by the charter, and we do book them on a regular basis, it may be the smart move.
Please be sure to read our what to expect pages for more information before you go.