‘Deal of the Day’ room

So, what IS the ‘Deal of the Day’ room? You’ll often see it come up on last minute travel sites…. and 9 times out of 10 it’s a heck of a bargain.

So, what IS it? Well, honestly, it could be the worst room at the resort. It could be at the end of the  hall, or over the nightclub or facing the parking lot. But…. what if it’s not?  What if it’s just a way to sell off some perfectly amazing vacant space at an amazing hotel?

It’s a gamble, that’s for sure. However, I think it’s worth it.

If I was offered ANY room at a resort like DREAMS, NOW, ROYALTON or SECRETS, for $500 less than the normal price, I would say hell yes. Put me in a closet at the end of the hall if I get 100% of the value of the restaurants, location, service and relaxation. Honestly, at that kind of savings, I’d make my own bed & help supervise kids’ activities. Lol Give me a name tag & put me to work!

The ‘Deal of the Day’ Room is NOT for you, if a view of the ocean would make or break your vacation. The ‘DOD’ is NOT for you if you fuss and rant trying to get a better deal or something you didn’t pay for. The DOD is NOT for you if don’t like taking risks or trying new things.

The DOD is perfect for happy, optimistic people who make the most of life, and value the unique opportunities that sometimes present themselves.

If your travel agent is a friend & knows his/her average prices, AND he/she tells you it’s a legit deal, you should believe them.

I saw a DOD the other day & hollered across the room to my colleague, “OMG you have to see this!! We should go!!”

The resort was NOW Sapphire. (Look it up!)  And the savings was $500 per person off the normal rate.

What makes a travel bargain?

In my opinion, a travel bargain worth mentioning has to be the right blend of quality, reliability, and price. 

If the food is of poor quality, it’s no bargain.

If the airline regularly cancels flights or routes or has a reputation for delays, it’s no bargain.

If the discounted price still offers high quality and reliability of service, that’s a bargain. And only when it meets this criteria, do I consider posting it to the She Talks Travel Facebook forum.

What if the price is abnormally low? Then it is important to investigate further. Why is there a deep discount?  To use one recent example, the “NOW Emerald” Resort is priced  about 20% lower than its sister (and similarly named) resorts NOW Sapphire and NOW Jade.

(This is where it’s handy to know a travel professional and can ask this question before you book. “Why is this one cheaper?)

In this case, NOW Emerald is a recently acquired property. AMResorts,  (the parent chain) has purchased this location from Oasis Resorts. So, it was an existing resort that has been purchased and is in the process of renovating and rebranding. During this time of transition, and renovation, they are offering lower introductory rates.  Knowing the high quality of standards and reputation of AMResorts, you can be assured of quality food, accommodations and service. Therefore I believe the introductory price qualifies as a bargain.

Another time a bargain comes up is when there is increased competition. So for example, when Flair started flying to Phoenix, WestJet slashed their prices on the same route.  In this case WestJet was the bargain.

There is almost always a bargain to be found when you move in the opposite direction of a crowd. For example when everyone goes back to work and school in September, if you go out to travel you’ll find a bargain.

What is NOT a bargain?   Anything that is not the right fit for you or your family.   It’s simply not a good idea to force a size 9 foot into a size 6 shoe. You will regret trying or buying that “shoe” or trip, no matter how good it looks in the ads.