Deal or Frill: Travel & Tours Package Deal

by Mike on July 1, 2010

I haven’t posted to the “Deal or Frill” series in a while. The idea is simple, I’ll post a story and you tell me rather you think the purchase is a Deal: A sale favorable to the buyer; bargain (Informal definition from thefreedictionary.com)

or

Frill: Something that is desirable but not a necessity (Informal definition from thefreedictionary.com). Though for our purposes, a “frill” will be something that is simply not a deal.

I would love to publish your Deal or Frill story. Use the contact page to send me your story. Place “Deal or Frill” in the subject line.

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Every so often I’ll receive a call from a travel / tourism company with what sounds like a great trip for an extremely low price. Typically, you have to make your decision immediately and pay for the trip before you get off the phone. I’ve never been in a position to take advantage of these offers, and often wondered if they are really worth it. That is, until now….

A couple weeks ago I received a call stating a Travel/Tourism company was celebrating there 35th anniversary and I was hand-picked to receive this great promotional package at a 90% discount. Here is the package:

  • 5 days / 4 nights in Orlando, FL at 5-star all inclusive resort
  • 2 all day passes to theme park of choice (Universal Studios, Epcot, Magic Kingdom etc)
  • 3 days / 2 nights in Daytona Beach
  • 4 days / 3 nights Bahamas Cruise and Stay
  • 3 days / 2 nights Las Vegas, NV (bonus)

The trip is for up to 4 people, includes meals, and can be broken up. There are no blackout dates and I have a year to use it. The only additional fees are port fees for the cruise ($175/person) and traveling to destination.

What’s the catch? They want 90 minutes of my time to “present” their company to me. (Translation: try to sell timeshares).

That is 1 90 minute presentation for the entire package…not 1 per location (I checked!). It doesn’t sound like a bad trade-off to me. At least I’ll have something interesting to write about after the presentation 🙂

I was told this package would cost over $2,900 (I didn’t verify if this was true or not, but sounds about right).
My cost: $298

I guess I really won’t know until I experience the trip if this was a good buy. But based on the cost and what I’m receiving….what do you think….deal or frill?

Have you ever went on a trip like this? What was your experience?
Which park should we go to? Universal Studios? Epcot? etc….


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