Save 89 percent on all-inclusive resorts with BookVIP
By Aimee Heckel
BookVIP.com is the newest travel site to catch our eyes — even though the service itself is not new. We only recently discovered it as a money-saving solution to last-minute family travel.
This website has a long list of all-inclusive resort deals for prices almost too good to believe. Usually, in those cases, there hidden fees or some other catch, so make sure you do your homework.
Still, here are some all-inclusive packages that are worth calling about:
Family-friendly: Save 80 percent at the Grand Palm resort (actually named the Grand Oasis; they changed the name on the website because the price is so much lower than advertised rates) in Cancun for $399 for six days and five nights (regularly $1,987) — kids under 12 stay free. This family-friendly resort (with nightly entertainment that includes acrobats) includes all food and drinks at 10 restaurants and 10 different bars. Two adults with up to two kids can stay for six nights for just $648.
A beach-lover’s dream: Or book the Krystal Resort Cancun (which gets a slightly higher TripAdvisor review, at 3.5 stars and boasts the widest stretch of white sandy beach in the city) starting at just $299 per night — that’s 89 percent off the regular price. Once again, kids stay free. The total cost for six nights for a family of four: $528, including all meals and drinks.
Five-star luxury: Another great option: Stay at Cancun’s new five-star luxury resort, the Villa Del Palmar resort, for $339 — 83 percent off. Enjoy spa treatments, set amid gardens and greenery; gourmet food; and nightly entertainment. TripAdvisor travelers rate this resort four stars. The total price: $628. Once again, kids stay free.
The catch: These deals are short-term; these specific deals are only good for 24 hours.
The bonus: You can book the deal now and pick the travel dates later — up to a full year later.
Lowest prices guaranteed: If you find a lower price, BookVIP will match it.
Warning: We would recommend calling and booking with an agent, so you can ask if there are any hidden resort fees not included in the cost, and also make sure you get a confirmation for the reservation, as well as the total amount to be charged. Also, it does not explicitly say whether you must participate in a time share presentation on BookVIP.com, but some travelers (not all) have said it included a time share meeting. Confirm with an agent whether your trip involves any other catches. Reviews are mixed, so do your research.
Money-saving tips: Always check the “Hot Weekly Deals” tab. Looking for an idea where to go? This changes the traditional process of planning a vacation, which starts with booking the airline tickets, then finding a hotel for those days. Book your cheap hotel first, then find the cheapest airline tickets to that destination and then select those days at the hotel.
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