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Why package deals leave you short-changed

Cyprus

Cyprus

Published Aug 19, 2013

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London - With everything you can eat and drink thrown in, all-inclusive deals are promoted as the most economic way of enjoying your holiday.

But they may not always be such good value, according to a survey.

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Bed and breakfast holidays where you buy your own drinks and eat out at restaurants can be £700 (about R10 500) a week cheaper than a comparable all-inclusive break.

A seven-night bed and breakfast trip to the Portuguese Algarve, for example, could be £648 cheaper per couple than an all-inclusive break in the same region where food and drink are part of the cost.

B&B trips to Cyprus and to Spain’s Costa Blanca are also better value than all-inclusives. However, those visiting Spain’s Costa del Sol, Majorca or Corfu would be better off going all-inclusive.

The study by Post Office Travel Money also found that one in six holidaymakers on all-inclusive breaks went out for restaurant meals, at extra cost, to avoid the repetition of eating in the hotel.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: “Holidaymakers need to be aware of what is included to avoid getting caught out.

“In some destinations like the Algarve and Spanish Costas, where restaurant prices have fallen dramatically this year, it may be cheaper to book a B&B package and eat out each day.” - Daily Mail

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