“Last minute vouchers! Last minute tours! Last minute !!!” Come out, gentlemen …
“Last minute trips, last minute tours,” is heard almost on every corner. “Last minute trips, last minute tours,” we read in almost all advertising magazines and newspapers. Remember – if the tour company went to a sharp decline in prices for you, it always tries to keep its losses to a minimum. And only at your expense. “Turkey – $ 150! Egypt – $ 200! Cyprus – $ 220!” read ads all over Kiev. One would like to go to the first nearest company, buy a tour and fly somewhere for a week or at least for a weekend. For $ 150-200, the voucher will include flights, transfers, accommodation and meals at the hotel 3 *** – 4 ****. “Last minute trips, last minute tours” …
It’s hard to imagine: a trip to Chernigov or Kamyanets-Podilsky will cost at least $ 80 for two days, and here you will have both the sea, the sun and sights … However, not all that glitters is gold: last minute tours and last minute trips are a real game Roulette. There are simply cheap trips, for example, to a country with an unstable situation in the region (as in March 2004 in Spain, where explosions thundered). Also the prices are influenced by the month of travel: during the “low” season, hotels are empty, and therefore reduce the cost of rooms – sometimes by 2-3 times. Thirdly, there may be uncomfortable, for example, night flight, flight with transfers, reliability of the airline, etc. – All this will also affect the price of the permit. However, in order that the tour from ordinary became burning, it is necessary to observe several conditions. First, it is always either unsold or sold, but returned tour. In this case, it is better to ask the seller for what reason it was returned. The second reason is that the hotel does not fill up, there is not much time left before the check-in, and there are still plenty of rooms.
Then the administration has to give discounts on rooms, and prices are sent to tour operators who form special offers of last-minute trips with these discounts taken into account. The third reason is that the tickets for the nearest charter flight are not sold out. Then it reduces the cost of the ticket and the total price of the ticket decreases. In addition, there may be a combination of these two factors. By the way, last-minute tours are therefore called that it will be necessary to fly out in the coming days. Therefore, in the event that in the office of a travel company you are offered vouchers for “hot tours” for the month of August, while it is still snowing outside the window, you should know that these will be fraudsters who will collect money from free cheese lovers and disappear. In addition, there are special tricks aimed at making the client pay for the tour, for example, to Egypt, by 50-100 dollars more. There is no place to make it easier: you just need to “dilute” the client for excursions and additional services. For example, to offer him “an amazing excursion to the tomb, which unfairly remains outside the ordinary hiking trails.” It’s really hard to resist: you fly to Egypt anyway, and here you’ll be taken directly from the hotel on a comfortable bus to the ancient tomb, will have a tour and will be taken back. In fact, it turns out that the ancient tomb is a valley overgrown with weeds and there is nothing worthy of attention in it at all. It should be noted that, as a rule, prices are indicated in advertising based on a package for two people, but if you want to go on holiday alone, the cost will increase by 20% -30%. However, there are many examples of how hot tours, instead of rest, bring only spent nerves and money. Is the opinion of many that last-minute tours are a hoax? Recently, I read the following interview with the head of the sales department of a company:
– It is no secret that many people are afraid to buy cheap tours, considering that they will be tricked. How to avoid problems when buying a burning tour?
– At its core, last-minute tours are no different from ordinary ones. Simply, these are tours at discounted prices. Of course, it happens that hotels, for example, due to a power outage, sell more rooms at a discount than they have. However, this is an exception to the rules and the difference may be one or two numbers.
Clear. But, literally in a day, I had to come across a review of the former client of this company, Alexander, who had a slightly different opinion about the range of services that was provided to him as part of the purchase of a burning tour to Turkey:
– Holidays in Turkey at the Palm Beach Hotel 4 * (Kemer), organized by the company turned into a nightmare for us. We were met at the airport, drove to the hotel, and, very organized. This was followed by the usual check-in at the hotel lobby and suddenly we were taken to the neighboring Sea Gull 3 * hotel (as they called it – “another building”). Then everyone understood that they were trying to “throw.” After it turned out that there are no places in the Palm Beach Hotel 4 *, and there will not be the next 2-3 days, so in any case you will have to settle in another hotel, please note the class below. Settled refused. We began to wait for the guide to final clarify the situation.