Five Ways to Save Money on Your Caribbean Vacation

The most common assumption about how to save on your Caribbean vacation is to find the “secret” time of when to book. However, in recent years, more and more hotels have moved to dynamic pricing, similar to how airlines operate. Hotel room prices fluctuate more than ever. The same room can cost $510 one day, $430 the next, and $600 a month later. “We tell our customers that in today’s travel market, it’s less about finding the best deal and price and more about making sure your hotel is truly the best fit for your vacation plans. desired,” says Laura Sangster, Founder and Luxury Travel Advisor of The travel group and supplier of Caribbean trip, a website dedicated to providing valuable information regarding Caribbean travel with Mexico and Central America.

She adds: “When you arrive to find that your hotel ticks all the boxes on your wish list, you are almost guaranteed to have a fabulous holiday. Customers often come to us because they made a mistake in the past booking the flashy promotion that landed in their inbox. Then they arrived to find that not only was their hotel not to their liking, but that promotional piece hadn’t given up on a major fun factor, like the fact that there was construction next door.

Courtesy of Sangster, here are five ways to save on your Caribbean vacation:

  • Book early. This ensures that you will get the resort and room you want, which can save you money in the end. If you settle for a smaller room as part of a last minute “deal”, you might find that your family does not fit comfortably and be forced to pay an expensive upgrade at reception or hire the cost of moving to entirely different hotel accommodation.
  • Book out of season. Avoid traveling during holidays. The most popular weeks for Caribbean travel are Christmas, New Years and President’s Week in February. During these weeks, hotel and airfare prices skyrocket. If you need to travel during this period, you will want to book at least ten months to a year in advance. If you miss the early bird window and find that most hotels are fully booked, check back in late September. This is when many final payments are due for luxury hotels and villas and simultaneously when many travelers change or cancel their plans. We always see new inventory reappearing in hotel reservation systems around this time.
  • Book the club level. We work with many clients who do not favor all-inclusive hotels. They find them unappealing due to the mainstream culinary scene. However, these same customers often like the economical idea of ​​having meals and amenities included. Booking a club level in a hotel can help offset your food and beverage expenses, as the club lounge usually includes breakfast, a cocktail, a coffee bar and a few food presentations throughout the day. daytime.
  • Go for bigger and more popular islands. The more popular the destination, the more air travel is available. The more flight options, the more competitive the prices. Smaller and harder to reach islands can sometimes have double the price of airfare than larger islands. Another benefit of flying to a more popular island is that your likelihood of getting a nonstop flight increases. While nonstop flights can be more expensive up front, your risk of costly trip disruption doubles when your flight itinerary includes a plane change.
  • Hire a travel professional. An experienced travel professional can help you avoid costly mistakes. Over the years we have come to the rescue of several customers who had booked their trip independently and had inadvertently scheduled flights to the wrong airport. Several islands have two airports, but there is always one that is a clear winner in terms of proximity to your hotel. Some customers also booked their own hotel, assuming it included more meals and amenities than it did. Booking a trip these days is information overload, and a trained travel consultant can quickly guide you through the process and ensure you’re matched with the best-suited property.

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