Do the math when hunting for vacation deals

Here’s a good article about hunting for vacation deals. I’m sure we already knew that not all travel bargains are created equal, but consider this example:

The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in St. Martin, for instance, advertised a “Fourth Night Free Special,” good through Oct. 31, on its Web site. With that special, the four-night tab for Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 totaled $630 for a Supersaver King room. The package beat the hotel’s “best available rate” total of $760. But I could have paid only $500 using the resort’s $125-per-night “Web rate.”

No. 1 lesson: It’s not the “free” night; it’s the cost of the paid nights that counts. Effectively, I would pay $157.50 per night under the free-night special.

No. 2 lesson: “Best available rate” isn’t always the least expensive.

There are some more good examples in the article from golfing in Hawaii to buying vacation packages online.

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