This New Tool Lets You Book Affordable All-Inclusive Resorts
All-inclusives don't have to be expensive, you just need to know where to look.
All-inclusive resorts are more popular than ever right now. There is something reassuring about paying an upfront price for most, if not all, of your vacation. It makes sticking to a budget easier and it means planning less; you book, you travel, you stay. And during the pandemic, when other options were a bit more limited for a number of reasons, even more people were attracted to them.
"While it's always been a popular way to travel, a lot of customers got exposed to the all-inclusive experience during the past two years who might not have normally been interested—for example cruisers," James Ferrara, who has 30 years of experience as a travel advisor and is the co-founder and president of InteleTravel*, told Thrillist.
"Cruisers who had no options at all after the cruise industry voluntarily shut down for a year. They opted for this new all-inclusive resort experience. And it turns out it's an addictive experience," Ferrara continues. InteleTravel has over 60,000 travel advisors who assist travelers in booking ideal vacations.
With the increased popularity of these types of stays, it may be harder to find an upfront cost that still fits your budget. An estimated 70% of travelers want to stay in an all-inclusive hotel this summer. There are ways to join these travelers, and still keep your trip savings relatively low.
One great tool that I've been playing with? Beach Bound Vacations' Beach Finder. (This tool is not affiliated with InteleTravel.) You can select which airport you are flying out of and use the deal calendar to get an overview of the prices for trips throughout the summer months. The calendar is color coded, so you can see which trips are $600 or less, between $601 and $1,000, between $1,000 and $2,000, and $2,000 or more. You can also filter the calendar by the number of nights you want your trip to be.
For example, if you plan on flying out of New York area airports for a three-day trip, you can find a two-star all-inclusive and your flight for $255 per person, if you depart on June 30, 2023. That same trip would double in price per person if you were to depart just one day later, on July 1. The calendar works similarly to Google Flights' price map—which shows the cheapest and most expensive times to fly for different locations.
Depending on which airport you depart from, your deal destinations will differ. For New York, the deal destinations are Bermuda, Nassau, Bahamas, Cancun, and Riviera Maya. You can additionally filter the properties by the rating of the property, whether or not you want to stay at a family or adults-only result, plus a dozen other factors.
The Beach Finder tool also offers a quiz, which will provide you with a list of properties based on your top interests for vacations, including the size of resort, your main desires for your vacation, and what kind of culinary experience you are looking for.
So, even if you need to keep your entire vacation under $500, if you are flexible about the amount of time and your location, it is definitely doable.
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