When researching your family vacation online, you may see the option for booking a whole vacation – airfare, rental car, and hotel. Or, you may book a hotel that comes with extras like free meals, resort credits, and more. While those packages are often billed as money saving, can you actually save money by booking a travel package? Are travel packages worth it for family travel?
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We’ve booked travel packages several times, and have had great experiences. There are a few things to consider to make sure they really are worth booking, however.
What are you getting?
Make sure that you know exactly what you are getting from the package. If it includes airfare, be sure to confirm the exact flights and times you’ll be provided. Sometimes, you’ll get times that aren’t at all convenient for families. Also check to see what type of room you’ll get, and what types of restrictions are placed on your booking.
Will you use everything that’s included?
You’ll often find that package deals include extras like resort credits. Will you use those things on your vacation? If you aren’t going to use all of the components of the package, it may not be worth it to book the package.
Be sure to find out exactly what you would pay if you bought each item individually. If you are booking a vacation package with multiple components, check various websites to price compare. In my experience, you’ll find that depending on the trip, you’ll find that different providers have the best deal.
As with any vacation bookings, always check the fine print and make sure that you understand the policy around cancellations or changes.
Here are some of the sites that you an check for travel deals:
- Priceline (read our priceline.com expert tips here)
- Southwest Vacations
- JetBlue Getaways (read about our JetBlue getaways trip)
- American Express
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