We’ll show you how to save, (and win).
Short answer: maybe. There are plenty of times where flight and hotel packages will save you a fortune, and plenty when they’ll save nothing, might cost more and will also give you a headache. The key (unfortunately for some of you) is research- and knowing where to look. Here’s how to get a good feel for flight and hotel packages, where to find great ones and when they are most effective.
There are not many ways to bypass (jacked up) last minute airline fares. But flight and hotel are one of the few ways you can. By selecting one of these packages, it’s truly possible to get flights and hotel for less than the cost of flights alone- since you’re not charged a standard last minute fare. Never book a last minute airline fare without investigating package prices, even if you don’t really need the hotel or car rental…
We’re seeing a rise of “private” luxury travel booking sites. They cultivate major audiences- who are ideal customers for travel brands, and then they negotiate amazing packages, or work with top tour operators to swing a discount for their viewership, since that’ll bring a lot of bookings. We found amazing flight and hotel packages (all around the world) using Secret Escapes, and many of the other new top membership sites we recommend browsing. Some up to 75% off.
For last minute offers, each booking site will have different pre negotiated “super deals”. The key is to search all the players like Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, CheapOAir, since one may have a top airline and top hotel for the same package price another offers a discount carrier and budget accommodations. Sorry, but research is essential.
Here’s the final answer: find flights and hotels that you’d be happy with, and then look at the final cost of booking them separately. From there, hit the packages- seeing if you can improve on price while maintaining or beat the quality of flights, hotels or both for less. For significant travel savings you can’t argue with these packages (book em’), while tiny amounts may not be worth it- since dealing with package customer service is more difficult than dealing directly with airlines or hotels, if plans change.