Sometimes planning a vacation is as fun as taking the vacation. But sometimes you want someone else to do all the work for you and just book a vacation package. Because, let's face it, sorting through hotels, itineraries, and flights can be a daunting task when you just want to get away. Plus, you can often find better deals when you book a package. For the greatest savings on your vacation package, use these tips to help you with your booking process:
Be Flexible on a Location
You're going to get the cheapest vacation package if you are completely open to any destination. I recommend either choosing an activity that you're looking for such as a beach vacation or a general destination of Florida. Then looking for vacation packages that meet this more general criteria. When you're more flexible on place, you're going to get a better deal. Find a vacation package deal!
Plan Far in Advance or Book Last Minute
The best vacation deals I've found have always been last-minute trips, or trips I have planned at least 30 days in advance. Your best bet is planning more than three months in advance or less than two weeks. Planning a trip in only two weeks may sound scary — but you can block off the dates now and choose the destination later!
Be flexible on time
Just like with flexibility on destination, travelers who are flexible with when they go are going to get better deals. “Time” includes days that you travel, how long you stay, and even time of day for flights. The more flexibility you have, the better, and cheaper, the deals you will find. Search sites like BookingBuddy can search multiple sites for you and come up with some awesome package deals.
Be flexible on amenities
Most vacation packages typically include flights and hotel. Some also include a rental car, admission passes to a nearby attraction, or all-inclusive meals. It's best to be flexible on the amenities you want — you can always opt to not use the tickets or to find a rental car on your own.
Know That You Can Extend Your Dates
A vacation package frequently has certain dates or number of days set in stone. For example, a long weekend package might begin on a Friday and go until Monday. Don't feel confined by these dates — many of the vacation packages will allow you to extend the dates for several more dollars. And if they won't let you extend your trip, consider finding your own way home. For instance, it might be cheaper to book the package, find an additional deal for a few extra nights, and change your flight with the airline. Sometimes, just booking the package deal, and then calling them helps too. A lot of times they are willing to change your package over the phone, or find you a package. You can call them to book a customized package as well.
Usually with vacation packages, you'll have a cheaper option for the package, then you'll be given an option to upgrade to a fancier hotel. If you upgrade, you'll get a much better hotel in a much better location. Every time I have upgraded, I have been very pleasantly surprised.