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


Frill: Something that is desirable but not a necessity (Informal definition from 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.


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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