Over the last year, Canadians have seen great prices for airfare, vacation packages, and tours. Initially because the Canadian dollar was near parity with the American dollar and now because of overcapacity during this uncertain economic climate. Prices are at levels we haven’t seen in years.
Before you purchase that great deal you found online or in the newspaper, be sure you know what you’re getting. When it comes to purchasing most items, consumers take into account brand, quality/workmanship, value, etc. However, when it comes to travel, price appears to be the most significant factor. For example, you see a 7 day all-inclusive vacation for $499 and you’re ready to book the deal and pack your bags. However, you need to ask yourself several questions first…is this the type of place I really want to stay at? will it have the amenities I want? have i checked the reviews on TripAdvisor.com? is it readily accessible to a beach? what excursions are available from the resort and are they at reasonable prices? etc
If you compare the cheapest deals available now to the ones last year or the year before…the price reduction is on average 12%. The best deals out there are actually in the middle to high range vacations. The margins on those are significantly higher and they can afford to offer deeper discounts.
The tough choice is for you to decide…spend abit less on a already cheap vacation or spend abit more on significantly discounted middle to high end vacation. I think you’ll enjoy the latter option more.
If at all uncertain, do your own research. If you are still uncertain, contact your travel consultant. That’s what they are there for. They can answer your questions, ease your concerns, and provide you information for questions you might not readily think of. Plus, your travel consultant may even find you a better deal than the one you found. Remember, they have access to the latest promotions and a range of sources to find you the best vacation that fits in your budget based on what you want to do and see.