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If you asked me two months ago what a travel auction is, I would have no idea. Looks to me like no one really is aware of them or…they’ve been keeping it secret!
I discovered travel auctions back in October, after Dominica was hit by a hurricane and the Caribbean islands came together to donate hotel stays. The rooms were auctioned off with all proceeds going to restoring the island of Dominica.
And so this is where it began. I found myself scrolling through the list of resorts which were offering bids for as low as $200 for several nights in a resort! Some bids would start at $300 or $500, but for what was being provided, it was a fraction of the real price you would pay if booking through Expedia!
I googled more and more and found other auction sites providing travel auctions.
Not only did I search, but I bid and won an auction item.
For $450, I had the winning bid for a 8 day/7 night stay in an oceanfront resort in St. Maarten (The Summit Resort) for two persons, in an oceanview room, with all taxes included!
Oceanview rooms in St. Maarten go for close to $200 per night alone. Looking at my particular resort on Booking.com, it would have cost me about $1,015 – without taxes for the 7 nights. If we run the numbers, I am paying about $65 per night instead, with the tax already within the price.
How have I not heard of this before? Well, better late than never!
Here is what a travel auction is:
A travel auction consists of a hotel/airline/tour company providing an experience for a low price that is bid on. This can include a few nights at a resort, a voucher to redeem through an airline, or an excursion – such as a yachting trip or scuba diving excursion. There is always a starting bid (meaning, a minimum amount) and the highest bidder wins. If one is outbid, it is mentioned how much the next bid has to be. For instance, you cannot outbid someone by $5. On the auction I won, it was going in $50 increments per bid.
If you are to bid, please read the Fine Print! This won’t take long, but you will see what is included if you do win the auction. You will see what is not inluded, when the auction ends, if the auction is extended if someone bids in the last few minutes, and redemption of the prize with any additional fees.
My auction had a $9.95 processing fee. Not bad at all! Contacting the resort and redeeming my prize was easy. I am set to travel to St. Maarten on June 7th 2016 and depart on June 14th. Some auctions will mention if you need to book your days within a 30 day period or so, and when the prize expires.
Bottom Line – Travel auctions can save you lots of money and help you snag the best deal on a resort ever!
Here are the travel auctions websites –
I saw some great deals for Bonaire, many for Antigua, Europe, and the list goes on and on.
This post is part of #gvglinkup.