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To think package holiday are a rip off ?

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Chickaletta16 Fri 29-Mar-19 07:23:17

Just that really. I've just paid a deposit on an all inclusive holiday to a 5 star resort in Turkey and it's costing me over £4000.

However when I check the prices to book the same hotel on the same dates and the flights separately it's £2500 !! I wish I had the money up front I'd pay for everything now and same nearly £2000 !! The only reason I'm still going ahead with it is I have the option of paying by DD. Does anybody else find that package holidays are a rip off ?

Backinthebox Fri 29-Mar-19 07:30:02

Yes, they are more expensive, but you are paying for someone else’s time and expertise putting in the legwork to put a package together, and also for the fact that the hotel requires paying up front and the travel company does that for you and permits you to pay by direct debit. There will be things you haven’t factored in, such as the transfer from airport to hotel (often surprisingly expensive as the companies that do this know they have a captive audience.)

Now you know what the price difference is, save in advance so you can book for yourself next year and save the extra cost. But enjoy this year’s holiday anyway. Sometimes I book all the components of a ski holiday separately, sometimes I book a package because my brain is full and I don’t have the time to arrange it myself. I always enjoy the holiday when I get there!

Grumpasaurous Fri 29-Mar-19 07:33:05

I looked at doing similar. Also Turkey.

The resort I was looking at worked out more expensive separately as the drinks package bought through the hotel was more expensive than the all inclusive option.

The flights were cheaper, but at rubbish times.

TapasForTwo Fri 29-Mar-19 07:34:44

Not always. I have booked separate elements of a holiday and package holidays. It depends what time of year you go, where you go and which tour operator you go with.

Also, I hate doing all the legwork of piecing a holiday together. Our holiday to Sicily was cheaper with TUI than doing it ourselves because the transfers would have cost £££.

I won't fly with Ryanair either.

jcq17 Fri 29-Mar-19 07:35:43

Do it separately and put it on a 0% credit card.

AguerosAngel Fri 29-Mar-19 07:36:59

We fell foul of this a few years ago, and it’s definitely cheaper to book seperately as you’ve found. I found joining FB groups in relation to where we were going was hugely helpful as people were really helpful with recommendations for transfers etc.

We always book seperately now, where ever we go.

m0therofdragons Fri 29-Mar-19 07:37:40

It massively varies. We looked at booking Florida separately but it was actually cheaper as a package. You could always get an interest free credit card - this is what we've done for this year's holiday which we did book separately.

DesparateDino Fri 29-Mar-19 07:38:05

Sometimes not all the time. Last year we got a fantastic package deal with Virgin, first time we have been on a package for years. Also some offer little or no deposits so you can spread paying it out.

We are doing it all ourselves this year as it was cheaper for us.

SileneOliveira Fri 29-Mar-19 07:38:47

You are also paying for:

the benefit of being able to pay a deposit and then make payments whenever you like before the deadline

transfers from airport to resort

ABTA protection which you don't get on individually booked elements

the service of a rep in resort

If you don't want to pay for those things then it's fine to choose to book flights, accommodation, transfers etc separately. You are free to do so should you wish. But lots of people much prefer the reliability and ethos of the package holiday. It's not a "rip off".

BunsOfAnarchy Fri 29-Mar-19 07:39:06

It really depends.
We have booked both package holidays and ones that are 100% researched and put together by us.

The differences are always because;
-Transfers are v expensive but are included in package.
- Package holidays has flight with the upper level of economy so the higher amount of weight/bag allowance plus ability to choose seat.
- last package holiday we had included an airport lounge (pretty sure we conceived DD as a direct result of tonnes of free gin and whisky sex)
- Package usually has the half board/all inclusive option

That being said if u book all that seperately, it might be a touch cheaper but it'll all require paying in advance for the flights, lounge, transfers (some hotels do pay on arrival espactually through but its a lot of headache.

My policy is; if its a nice break to Italy then I'd do flights and hotel myself.
If its a proper relaxing holiday where i wanna lay on a beach and not think about when i wanna eat or drink or sightsee...I'd do a package.

Always, however, check other providers and sites too.

Augustangst Fri 29-Mar-19 07:39:14

Not always! I've had some amazing bargains on packages. Some have been just a few pounds more than flight only. Also at least you've got all the ATOL protection even if it has been expensive in this case.

Cherylshaw Fri 29-Mar-19 07:39:41

I prefer to get an all inclusive package holiday as then food drinks and snacks are all sorted and I'd be a fortune paying for meals out at breakfast lunch and dinner for the 4 of us. There was a program on the other night called something like package holidays are they worth it? And it ended up cheaper doing the package even tho it was cheaper booking separate as his food and drinks cost a fortune

Looobyloo Fri 29-Mar-19 07:40:32

I've tried booking separately for flights and accommodation, transfers etc and always found it's been a lot more expensive. I always book with a company.

Chickaletta16 Fri 29-Mar-19 07:41:22

I've practically paid for the hotel - and if I'm really good I will be able to pay for the flights by then end of April. That way I can ask the company to use my deposit to pay for the hotel and I'll aim to pay for flights separately. She says lol
Lets see. But it's a lesson learnt. I'm going to start a separate savings account for our holiday next year and try and find myself the best deal !!

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 29-Mar-19 07:41:36

It is variable I have booked a weeks package to Canada later this year it is a third cheaper through the tour operator than doing it separately. I always get s your operators quote and price comparison with purchasing separately and then take a view on how much I want/need ABTA protection depending on the location.

HarrysOwl Fri 29-Mar-19 07:41:42


Saw a Europe 5-night break for £499pp.Way too much!

So I booked flights, central hotel, everything else separately to the same location. Including sightseeing, food, travel and extras like a concert I spent £235pp for TEN nights.

Definitely better to book yourself.

GottenGottenGotten Fri 29-Mar-19 07:41:56

You are also paying for the protection of knowing that if anything goes wrong eg the flight company goes bust, the travel company, if atol protected, are legally bound to provide the service, and will provide what you need. So accommodation etc till they can find you a flight home.

You may also have a rep available to you, and for all the infrastructure behind the tour operator.

At the end of the day, you have the choice.

WhyTho Fri 29-Mar-19 07:42:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Chickaletta16 Fri 29-Mar-19 07:43:31

I have a 34 mile transfer from the airport to side in Turkey- will that cost me loads in taxi fare confused

HarrysOwl Fri 29-Mar-19 07:47:01

Do you need to take a taxi? There will be a metro for only a few quid.

Chickaletta16 Fri 29-Mar-19 08:16:09

Ah ok thanks I'll do that x

maddiemookins16mum Fri 29-Mar-19 08:19:11

Some are, some aren’t.
The big difference is the Package Travel Regulations, they offer huge orotection (basically something goes wrong, you can sue the travel firm). So many people ‘self package’ these days, good luck with suing a Turkish hotel on your own when you get food poisoning.

IamtheDevilsAvocado Fri 29-Mar-19 08:21:03

Turkey is often reasonable prices...


How many of you are going??

Purpletigers Fri 29-Mar-19 08:28:28

Check out one of the W sites offering transfers . I think I used Hoppa . Worked out about £10pp as I found a code online too .

Nquartz Fri 29-Mar-19 08:34:59

Was going to say the same about Florida, generally cheaper as a package.

We're looking at Tenerife for October, the difference between a package & booking separately is negligible so we'll book a package so we can pay it off gradually.

I always research all different options to get the best deal, it's part of the fun for me!

BlueSkiesLies Fri 29-Mar-19 08:42:42

Not always. Often package holidays can be much cheaper as they screw the hotels so hard, and hold airline seats.

Chickaletta16 Fri 29-Mar-19 09:07:52

@IamtheDevilsAvocado there are 6 of us x

BarbaraofSevillle Fri 29-Mar-19 09:14:18

Do it separately and put it on a 0% credit card

^^ This. If you need to spread the cost, booking a much more expensive package just to access this facility is a stupid way to do it. Many hotels don't require you to pay until you go, and there's always credit cards - if you're spending money you would have spent anyway, and arrange things so you don't pay any interest. It's a no brainer.

They also give you protection if something goes wrong - eg when Monarch went bust 2 days before we were due to travel, our credit card refunded the cost of the lost flights and the price difference as new flights were £££s in comparison. Most travel insurance doesn't cover you in these circumstances.

I've compared booking separately vs packages and sometimes packages are cheaper, sometimes booking separately is cheaper, but I've never seen such a huge difference, so I'm wondering if you're really comparing like with like, ie same room type, transfers, same time flights etc etc.

We once got a week's package in a 4* HB hotel in Tenerife for 2 of us for just £200 more than the flight alone, so the hotel, breakfast and evening meal cost less than £15 pppn.

When we went to Gozo, it was cheaper for the package than the same hotel and flights, before I'd even looked at the cost of luggage, which we needed as diving, and the ferry and 2 road transfers.

thecatsthecats Fri 29-Mar-19 09:15:06

Best bargain we ever got was a package holiday.

£330pp. Turkey, all inclusive... but unbeknownst to us when we booked it, the hotel was actually a 5*, but due to the rating system they used, as they were new, they had to advertise as a 3*!

A week of luxury cocktails, a full, enormous range of facilities, free mini bar in room and excellent food available genuinely 24/7. Bloody amazing.

I thoroughly recommend looking for new hotels from premium chains!

The80sweregreat Fri 29-Mar-19 09:22:03

It all depends on where your going and having someone else to make sure you get to the right resort and just having someone around, such as a rep, to ask questions and so on.
there was a programme on the other day about all this the other day and the man doing it himself on line did not work out much cheaper than the people doing AI package holiday, but if your not going there to drink as much as you like ( or do not drink) and wont eat much, then its not worth it. I like a package for peace of mind really - plus you can pay it off etc.

BlooperReel Fri 29-Mar-19 09:24:40

I think it can vary wildly, we have got a bargain of a package holiday to Turkey next year, less than £3K for 4 of us for 2 weeks.

ceh7777 Fri 29-Mar-19 09:29:20

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killpop Fri 29-Mar-19 09:36:22

Not always the case. I'm an overthinker and overplanner and always check out all my options first before committing. Never paid more for a package than it would cost to do things myself.

Going away to Spain this year - 3 adults, 3 teenagers (so adult prices), one child... two apartments between us (3 bedrooms and two living spaces with beds)... AI, 4*... £3.5k

Noneyerbuisness11234 Fri 29-Mar-19 09:52:04

Op did u look into that part of turkey they use euros and the main holiday makers are German we as a family went a few years back and absolutely hated it we got moved to the other end of turkey there’s not much for kids to do but the hotel was beautiful we were glad we went package deal because then we had a rep to help us but each to their own wat I hate u may like and vide Versa

Elphame Fri 29-Mar-19 09:56:19

I only book package deals for skiing trips.

If the plane is delayed or diverted due to bad weather or you get trapped in the resort on changeover day due to bad weather (all of which have happened to us), it is the tour company's problem to resolve.

Otherwise I will always book direct.

Dowser Fri 29-Mar-19 11:07:28

I paid £4,400 for 6 adults ( 2 children were classed as adults) and 4 children for a week in a 4 star hotel in Tenerife, peak season half board.

So ten people altogether..including flights in September so still a busy time

Priced separately that would’ve been so much more

I think it’s always wise to shop around

CostanzaG Fri 29-Mar-19 11:15:59

I've actually found package holidays to be an absolute bargain. Depends who you book with and where you go I guess.

ZippyBungleandGeorge Fri 29-Mar-19 11:21:20

This is why we don't book packages. I don't want a transfer and have to drop twenty people off at a variety of locations first, I'll hire a car thanks, I'd rather choose my own flights not always both with the same airline or even the same airport, and it's unlikely I'll want to be in a hotel with the same mob from the plane all week, I don't go away to'make friends' I go away to spend time with the people in travelling with and to see a new country. Pay on a credit card for the added protections and either clear the balance straight away or if you need to pay it off over the time until you go (if it's an interest free cc) . We have a comprehensive annual travel insurance policy so I'm not concerned about other issues cropping up.

SilentSister Fri 29-Mar-19 11:54:38

I'm with Zippy. We go on holiday to get away from everyone else. I want to choose my own flights, on a decent airline, at a decent time, from my local airport. I want to speak to the hotel owner, ask for a particular room, and be given a direct booking rate. If we go back, which we do, to places we fall in love with, we get fantastic rates and the best rooms. We often become friends with the hotel owners, and this all makes the holiday experiences more personal. We always ask the hotel to organise transfers, and they tend to use the local taxi firm, or hire care company, which is much cheaper than using the airport ones.

flirtygirl Fri 29-Mar-19 12:25:12

You know you can get it for 2.5 but you are paying 4k. Package holidays are only a rip off if you want them to be.

I'm quite happy with early or late flights it often means a longer day on resort and you save money.

Shopping around wisely. You are only ripped off if you let your self be.

There are always bargains out there I'd you book early like months or a year ahead or late like less than 2 weeks to go.

Loopylou6 Fri 29-Mar-19 12:33:38

What part you going to OP? We did kusadasi last year, was beautiful

PlainSpeakingStraightTalking Fri 29-Mar-19 12:35:28

Does anybody else find that package holidays are a rip off ?

People always scream rip off when they are too stupid to do thier own research and compare pricces.

HopefulAgain10 Fri 29-Mar-19 12:43:15

It's so so easy and simple these days to price together your own package. I never understand why people use a travel agent anymore? Way back when I went on my very first trip and I used a travel agent and it was actually such a badly planned trip. I never did after that.

Chickaletta16 Fri 29-Mar-19 13:09:50

@Loopylou6 we are hoping to stay at the side premium hotel in antalya. I'm going to save up every penny and buy my flights at the end of the month. The hotel has.practically been paid for via the deposit. If I can manage to do it I will have saved over £2k !!

Chickaletta16 Fri 29-Mar-19 13:10:58

@Loopylou6 I'm not too stupid to do my own research thank you !! I did my own research that a why I asked the question. Why do you think we are all like you grin

Chickaletta16 Fri 29-Mar-19 13:12:23

Sorry @)loopylou that message was meant for @PlainSpeakingStraightTalking

drspouse Fri 29-Mar-19 13:12:59

I would rather eat my own arm than stay in an all inclusive resort and we have only had one package holiday in the summer (a resort where only charter flights go and it would be hard otherwise to get the transfers).
But we use them for skiing as there's so much more to think about and you want to be out skiing, not organising stuff.

Chickaletta16 Fri 29-Mar-19 13:13:35

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Snappedandfarted2019 Fri 29-Mar-19 13:18:05

Turkey is often reasonable prices...


How many of you are going??

I’m going to Antalya in June there’s 5 of us 2 adults 3 kids 5 Star hotel all inclusive £2960 we did book in advance and made sure the travel agents did a price match

Chickaletta16 Fri 29-Mar-19 13:24:01

@Snappedandfarted2019 I think the problem is i have to go during school hokidays and prices are so much higher.

Snappedandfarted2019 Fri 29-Mar-19 13:48:00

We are going in the school holidays however we get a week in June instead of two in Easter

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