Like every other points addict, I like a good deal. I’m the girl who used to haggle with the ice cream man over the price of a Choco Taco (and always came away paying less than the other kids). But what I don’t like is when a bad deal is branded as a “good deal.” Still, I enjoy ranting about what a rip-off they are.
When I saw an email from British Airways, advertising a “Better Island Vacation” I figured they were announcing new flights to the Maldives or some other exotic island. No such luck. Instead, they’re offering 2 free nights when you book a British Airways flight to anywhere in Great Britain.
I did a few sample searches and the only thing this island has in common with the Maldives is that you’ll spend the same amount of money on a 2-night stay. You be the judge of what is a “better island vacation.”
Personally, I’d rather lounge on the deck of an over-water bungalow than stay at the Holiday Inn Stratford City miles from the center of town. Nothing against London – it’s on my travel list for this year, but I wouldn’t shell out $3,700 per person to fly there and stay at the Holiday Inn for 2 nights.
Not when a very basic search turns up fares of less than $1200 per person and the Holiday Inn goes for $146/night. Booked separately, this “better vacation” would cost $4,500 less.
I certainly hope no unsuspecting tourists fall for this “deal”…
Have you ever booked a “deal” only to find out it wasn’t one after all? Please comment below.
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