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Old 09-29-2009   #1 (permalink)
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Old 10-20-2009   #2 (permalink)
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book on the riu site

My wife and I are going in December and the prices are very good. We have found that if you book on the RIU site, you will get a little better price than anywhere else. Plus you get a free bus/van transer from the Cancun airport. So, that should save about $130 to $140??? The overall savings for my wife and I was about $230 to $320 depending upon how you compare...

We will be staying at the RIU Palace Mexicon in Mid-December, 2009. This is a wonderful site with so much great information and wonderful sharing people.

All the best!

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Edit: I've susequently been told that there may be cheaper options than going directly through RIU. I did see someone post some prices they got from BJ's wholesale club that looked pretty good, but since airfare and number of stops has a big effect on the price, I don't know if they got a better price that way or not. Also, a Mexican based travel agency may have better pricing too. I know that the RIU resorts often give pretty good deals to locals when their occupancy starts to dip...

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Old 10-21-2009   #3 (permalink)
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Info please....any deals out there in June?
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My wife and I are going in December and the prices are very good. We have found that if you book on the RIU site, you will get a little better price than anywhere else. Plus you get a free bus/van transer from the Cancun airport. So, that should save about $130 to $140??? The overall savings for my wife and I was about $230 to $320 depending upon how you compare...

We will be staying at the RIU Palace Mexicon in Mid-December, 2009. This is a wonderful site with so much great information and wonderful sharing people.

All the best!

Jim

Edit: I've susequently been told that there may be cheaper options than going directly through RIU. I did see someone post some prices they got from BJ's wholesale club that looked pretty good, but since airfare and number of stops has a big effect on the price, I don't know if they got a better price that way or not. Also, a Mexican based travel agency may have better pricing too. I know that the RIU resorts often give pretty good deals to locals when their occupancy starts to dip...
We've been going for 6 years, this will be our 7th, to the RPM and believe me there are NO deals from Canada. Sunquest Vacations hold a monopoly and they charge what they want. And you can't get the air/hotel packages from Riu.com in Canada that you can through the States. Nearest major (kind of) US airport for us is a 5 1/2 hour drive.
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Edit: I've susequently been told that there may be cheaper options than going directly through RIU. I did see someone post some prices they got from BJ's wholesale club that looked pretty good, but since airfare and number of stops has a big effect on the price, I don't know if they got a better price that way or not. Also, a Mexican based travel agency may have better pricing too. I know that the RIU resorts often give pretty good deals to locals when their occupancy starts to dip...
If you are close to Chicago, Apple Vacations has non stop flights. Also check MLT / Delta Vacations. They are reputable companies and the packages include transfers. There are usually promo codes for the Riu discounts. Call your local Travel agent or if you have questions, Shammy and I both Travel agents.

edit: Sorry, Marissa would be able to help you also!

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Old 10-25-2009   #6 (permalink)
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We've been going for 6 years, this will be our 7th, to the RPM and believe me there are NO deals from Canada. Sunquest Vacations hold a monopoly and they charge what they want. And you can't get the air/hotel packages from Riu.com in Canada that you can through the States. Nearest major (kind of) US airport for us is a 5 1/2 hour drive.
I understand completely what you are saying about Sunquest. We are going (out of Buffalo with funjet vacations) for 11 nights in Dec. (Riu Tequila) and the price was about 50% less ( 2 adults/2 kids) vs. flying out of Toronto. Its a shame you don't live closer to the U.S.
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Hey RIU Girl tell me more. I live in Niag. Falls. Ont. about 25 min. to Buffalo airport. I went and booked with Sears (lots of dough) before I read this post. Duh. Did you really save that much money? I prefer to travel out of Buff (except when going to Cuba) because of the expense. Also I like leaving my vehicle there where it is safe.
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First, price out your dates with a large Ontario agency (ex. selloffvacations, travelocity, belairtravel, sears ) etc. out of Toronto and then compare the same vacation to www.funjet.com. For us, it was great value flying out of BUF.
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Riu matches prices

it took a few tries but riu will match anyone elses price...you have to get a screenshot and book with Riu first and make sure its for the same room, number of people, hotel, dates. This is handy because we found the best prices in the us through vacationexpress...they have always had the best deals, for us, with or without air for mexico. they also have a deal with a transfer company so transfers are less than $30 to PDC. The only downside is they dont have a contract with Riu Lupita or Tequilla. They do have better hotel only prices than the Riu website $192 cheaper on our 8 night stay at Riu Palace Mexico this December. we saved even more when Riu matched the price and included their free transfers for booking throught the hotel's website. We used Frequent flier miles to get there but vacationexpress usually has many flight options and the best prices, they also have their own line in the airport which was awesome the first time we went to cancun. We were worried about the exit fee and the huge line at the delta counter when a rep saw our VE luggage tag and directed us to their line, we breezed through and didnt have to pay the exit fee (i guess we already did in the vacation price)
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it took a few tries but riu will match anyone elses price...you have to get a screenshot and book with Riu first and make sure its for the same room, number of people, hotel, dates. This is handy because we found the best prices in the us through vacationexpress...they have always had the best deals, for us, with or without air for mexico. they also have a deal with a transfer company so transfers are less than $30 to PDC. The only downside is they dont have a contract with Riu Lupita or Tequilla. They do have better hotel only prices than the Riu website $192 cheaper on our 8 night stay at Riu Palace Mexico this December. we saved even more when Riu matched the price and included their free transfers for booking throught the hotel's website. We used Frequent flier miles to get there but vacationexpress usually has many flight options and the best prices, they also have their own line in the airport which was awesome the first time we went to cancun. We were worried about the exit fee and the huge line at the delta counter when a rep saw our VE luggage tag and directed us to their line, we breezed through and didnt have to pay the exit fee (i guess we already did in the vacation price)

So are you saying that Vacation Express priced matched the RIU website price (which of course they will... ) or the RIU website matched the Vacation Express price?

My only thought is why not use someone like me or Shammy to book or price match for you? That is what good travel agents do....
I understand that many people want to do their own research and book their own trips. I completely understand and admire that......but any post that starts with 'it took a few tries' makes me think maybe using a travel professional would have been a better use of your time.....
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Riu matches prices

The Riu matched the vacation express price, which ran a lot less for the same room. toss in the fact that Riu gives free transfers if you book through them and we saved even more after the pricematch on the room. It makes me wonder when the best price is not through the companies website. the "few tries" part of it was getting the customer service people at Riu to finally match the price (they have that laid back spanish help that shuts down their reservation call center and sometimes you cant get through) I had to e-mail 4 different reps at Riu with the screenshot and info they requested before one of them got off their butt and confirmed my new price.

Sorry if it takes commission away from you, but with the consolidators putting out packages online that are easy to pull up for rock bottom prices, I cant see paying more to have someone else make the phone calls for me. Vacation express is the low priced leader to Mexico, but i research many sites, one of the best being Travelzoo.com which offers the best deals from multiple sources, then bookit.com, then cheapcaribbean.com
I have found apple and funjet to be slightly higher than most and I think it's just because they are older companies and it's convienent to pick a package instead of putting together your own flight/room/transfers, they also advertise heavily which has to be paid for somehow.

Maybe I should have been a travel agent, in the old days you used to get free stays to preview places and cruises, I doubt they still do. Today your job is losing business to the information age, no longer do you have to put in your agent ID and scour secretive booking engines for prices to anyplace. The info is out there for anyone to peice together and companies like I mentioned put together packages that make it childs play.
Don't get me wrong I feel that travel agents have their place too, there are some people who are too lazy or ignorant to do it themselves, and some people have more money than sense and would rather shell out an extra $100 to have someone plan their vacation for them. In certain cases people may be unfamiliar with an area and unaware of resources like this forum to get info, so they need help to find a place appropriate to their tastes. Before cruisecritic and other forums you had to ask an agent what the difference was between cruise lines and ships. Before tripadvisor and firsthand reviews on other forums and sites you needed an agent to tell you if the hotel you were thinking about was a nice place or not, if it is a family hotel with kids everywhere or a slutty swingers place...nowadays all that info is out there for any person willing to spend a couple of hours researching. To me it serves a couple of purposes: I find the best price on the best place I can so I have more money to spend on tourist activities (which I also research). I get psyched up for my vacation while doing it. It also saves me from any nasty surprises...most of the time..except one year after the hurricane that I read Chakanaab was a great place to snorkel from outdated boards and their official site, only to find out after I paid for a cab and park admission that it was decimated. I went back and told everyone ,on every board i could, to stay away from that ripoff and hopefully i saved the next guy some dissappointment.

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The Riu matched the vacation express price, which ran a lot less for the same room.


Don't get me wrong I feel that travel agents have their place too, there are some people who are too lazy or ignorant to do it themselves, and some people have more money than sense and would rather shell out an extra $100 to have someone plan their vacation for them.
I completely respect all you had to say. I am not a travel agent to make money or get free trips. I just happen to TRULY LOVE what I do.
And AND I don't charge someone a fee to plan their vacation. I probably should but again I do what I love..and when you do what you love money comes to you. I'm living proof of that.

What I find interesting is that a tour company had the lowest price. The same price I would have sold to you..or Vacation Express would have sold to you...but instead you choose to try 4 times to get RIU to match the same price...

I admire your fortitude...although I think you final savings was probably not that great. Maybe 50bucks total. I know how much V.Exp charges for transfers.....

I am eternally grateful always that my clients love and trust me. They are neither lazy nor ignorant. And I'm sure Shammy's clients are neigher lazy nor ignorant either....

And even if they would be...I would be grateful for them and happy to help them just the same.

Have a super great trip! And a very happy holiday season!
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I too am a Travel agent. Yes, it's true that the travel industry perks are a thing of the past, but we love our jobs and our clients. Our offices has numerous calls from people looking for prices on a vacation. They just spend hours online researching and 9 times out of 10 we are lower. There are other perks for using a travel agent. We are privy to discount codes, You have backup if there is a problem or delay and we have clout with hotels, cruise and tour companies. Oh, and we do not charge any service fees on packages.
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I too am a Travel agent. Yes, it's true that the travel industry perks are a thing of the past, but we love our jobs and our clients. Our offices has numerous calls from people looking for prices on a vacation. They just spend hours online researching and 9 times out of 10 we are lower. There are other perks for using a travel agent. We are privy to discount codes, You have backup if there is a problem or delay and we have clout with hotels, cruise and tour companies. Oh, and we do not charge any service fees on packages.
Thanks DarBill!

Yes, I forget to say that using a travel agent means having someone on your side should there be a problem. We are your avdocate - always.
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One other thing to add...Keeping your local businesses open! In Michigan there are far too many people losing jobs!
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