Posts Tagged ‘resorts’

Skyauction.com, still as relevant as ever.

July 24, 2013

 

In the world of purchasing travel everyone has been taken for a ride once or twice.  Even the most frugal and savvy amongst us don’t know, and can’t know what pricing surprise is about to occur a day, a week or a month from now.  The entire industry has gone through what can only be called a dynamic rearrangement of consumer behavior in the past 5 years.  Advance planning is on the wane, and last minute impulse (hey, I still have a job) is growing each and every day.  It is true that some of the more paranoid individuals do things way, way in advance but that crowd is now down to a fraction of what it was ten years ago.  Sure people understand that travel product spoils like fruit and the older or closer to utilization it come, the less it is truly worth.  These days, even products that never discounted now are creating more and more, “specials” because it is important to get every last dollar of revenue possible. 

Understanding this new dynamic, Skyauction.com is in the perfect place to help intrepid, engaged travelers save money.  We do require a certain, higher level of engagement than most other “deal centric” sites, but in our case that extra work converts directly to dollars saved by the consumer.  If you want to save, you have to take these simple steps:

  1. Read the offer carefully
  2. Study the value of the product you are interested in on some other sites.
  3. Bid with your head, not over it.
  4. Understand that the entire process from initial bid to confirmation can take a bit of time.

These four easy steps have been managed by millions of winners over our tenure.  Sure, some people come to the site and want to win for the $1 starting price but while we control the starting price we don’t control the ending price, all of you do that.

So if you are serious about purchasing travel for less, by now (after 14 years) you should have gotten to know us.  If you haven’t and somehow you come across this piece, click here to see our latest round of $1 offers.  We are only just getting started!

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When common sense loses out…

July 18, 2013

 

After being in this crazy tourism business there are a few unstated rules you understand but never fail to ignore.  One of the understood principles it that travel is a subjective experience and what is great for one really sucks for someone else.  There is little you can do to prepare yourself for the inevitable complaints about something you have sold hundreds of times before flawlessly, only to have it blow up on you when you least expect it.

Review sites point out this in a very dramatic fashion.  I know that of course, many of these sites are loaded with brilliant, glowing endorsements written by contracted staff or “ghost reviewers”. By the same token many of the glaring bad reviews are written by competitors employing “blog saboteurs” whose only role is to make the other guy look really bad.  On some occasions however, the actual guest sees everything in a very different way.  Perhaps he is used to staying at Ritz Carlton, but just decided to check out the motel 6 for this particular trip.  Just maybe they got such a good deal they thought, “What the hell” and purchased something outside of what they would do normally.  Either way, it is usually quiet impossible to tell as with all things blog, track record could be completely fabricated and fictional or totally non-existent.

I have written on the dangers of review sites before, yet they grow in strength and numbers every day.  I have even made the mistake of directing customers, friends and family to do their own research prior to purchase only to end up with shock, surprise and dare I say, crap as a result.  Aren’t we all responsible for our own choices?  Is there anything objective about travel other than getting someone to a place, getting them a room and services they paid for?  Even these elements aren’t a slam dunk, usually due to what someone “thought” they would be getting.  How it looks when you are there may not be entirely the picture you had in your mind’s eye.  Travel is about the experience, and expectations and perceptions are just that, not real.

I know it is wrong to rant, to blame others for their misconceptions and expectations.  Dream on, book that $1,000 per night hotel room for $100, I am sure it is the same, exact thing!  Maybe, just maybe value isn’t at all in the place or the food or the room, maybe it is in the experience you have with those you are travelling with or those you meet along the way.  That is the only real reason to travel, after all.

A safe and effective way to enhance your travel performance without the use of steroids or any type of enhancement drugs. (By using your Brain)

June 7, 2013

With all this talk about people using all types of substances to enhance this or that performance you can rejoice in the fact that you can enhance your “travel” performance without the use of any outside stimulus.  That is correct, each one of us possesses the tools we need to travel and save money like the most seasoned professional, and we only need to use one thing, our brain!  (You might need your fingers to type with or maybe not) 

I am not trying to be sanctimonious or pass judgment on those who feel injecting themselves with hormones or smothering themselves in product reviews and brochures might somehow bring them to a greater state of travel enlightenment, quite the contrary.  Go on, go through whatever ritual you feel works for you but no matter what you do, you aren’t getting the most for your travel dollar unless you understand how auctioning travel changes the very game itself. 

 WWW.skyauction.com has been around for many a year now. (Since 1999)  We have helped millions of customers to develop their full potential when it comes to the confusing world of purchasing travel.  Our formula is quite easy to relate to:  Find the best price you can on the trip you want to take and then come to our site and bid for it, or any like product.  I know you are getting bombarded by tons of sites telling you this and that about what a great deal they have for you.  You are receiving daily deals, deals with groups of other travelers, deals for jetsetting people, deals with prices on the line, deals for bookings and so many more, you just don’t understand which one is the best for you.  That is where we make it easy, you put in the bid amount you want to pay, simple. 

You use your brain to determine the best price on a deal and that is what you bid on www.skyauction.com.  We have luxury products that can save you hundreds on your purchase.  Of course we have cruises, hotels, packages, vacation rentals (no one has them for less) and even shows and attractions.  What we don’t have are a lot of fixed prices that steal your individualism by forcing you to join some kind of “group” to get a real deal on travel.  Besides, no other company makes you a winner in the process! 

So bulk up on your knowledge and come and bid on your next trip.  Don’t worry we don’t test for any banned substance either!

Hot Trends, why Vacation Rentals are cool

May 21, 2013

Whenever I am relaxing with a group of friend they always get around to the subject of travel and they pick my brain about what is “hot” in the marketplace.  Over the past few years there have been more deals available than travelers to occupy them, but not so much in 2013.  First of all, airfares are crazy high right now and it is really cutting down on the type of long distance family travel this summer.  People are still going, but they have to dig a lot deeper into their pockets if they want to board a plane.  The one constant area of growth for this year is in the area of vacation rentals.   What is a vacation rental you ask, it is more like a hotel/apartment than your standard hotel accommodations.  In many cases they are substantially less money that hotel rooms and they allow you a lot more room and flexibility and they are usually concentrated in great locations at all the major tourist destinations.  Here is what I see as the major benefits provided by using a vacation rental for your next trip.

Benefits of Vacation Rental

  1. Size matters: larger accommodations at the same or lower cost as a regular hotel room.  If you travel in a large group of friends or with extended family, a vacation rental apartment is a practical option.

 

  1. Location, location, location: Good locations near local attractions, restaurants and transportation.

 

  1. You gotta eat:  Most of our vacation rentals come with a fully equipped kitchen and private dining space which means you can save money dining in and plan meals around your family’s schedule.

 

  1. Home away from home:  A vacation rental apartment for a family means parents do not have to worry about their children being in another room down the corridor. A vacation rental apartment will function like a second home, making it easier for you to monitor your children.

 

  1. Laundry: This is a huge benefit. Most vacation rentals have a washer/dryer in them. This means you can pack less and save on baggage fees if you are flying. You can also do laundry mid-week, or if you are like me, do all of your laundry while on vacation, so you come home with two big suitcases full of clean clothes! (Don’t forget to bring laundry detergent with you.)

 

 

  1. Selection:  No one offers you a wider selection of vacation rentals to choose from than Skyauction.com.  We have them, all over the world at amazing discount prices.

Many vacation rental destinations in the USA are easily accessible by driving which is also a huge benefit to traveling families.  Just pile the family in the car and off you go.

Skyauction.com has been offering a huge variety of highly discounted vacation rental units for many years now.  We have sold many hundreds of thousands of weeks all over the world but many in your favorite USA destinations.  Orlando, Las Vegas, California, Atlantic City, Williamsburg, and up and down both coasts and to many, many places in between, we have something for everyone that will save you money and provide a great vacation that you can indeed afford! Image

4 Travel Deals: Buy it or Bid for it? You be the judge.

March 22, 2013

It was not all that long ago that the travel industry was pinned down to one standardized method of distribution. Not that working through travel agencies is a bad thing but the quality of the service varies wildly and without any warning. You have some great industry minds who manage and run agencies and you have a lot of people who think working in travel is a sexy, glamorous way to make a living. (It really isn’t) What you have is a big wide world of possibilities and no one can really expect any agent to know it all, all the time.
Along comes the Internet and prospective travelers can not only do unlimited research they can also work with companies directly whose expertise can be narrowed down to their area of interest. It is safe to say that someone who sells Greece for a living knows a thing or two about it. So consumers, more and more, are purchasing based on their own criteria and not worrying about whether or not their local agent is selling them something simply because they are making some additional money in commission one product or another.
As empowering as it is to have real distribution choices, there are limited choices when it comes to finding the products you want to purchase for less money. If you really want a deal, you simply can’t rely on most of the sites that promise you as much. Daily deal sites are a joke when it comes to their travel offers. Most tour companies have to build in commissions whether or not they are distributed via a travel agent and rock bottom, net price online giants are battling more and more with hotel companies that simply won’t let them discount. So what’s the solution? I think it is auctioning.
For over 14 years we have been offering a wide array of top quality, brand name products at auction each and every day. We have quietly and efficiently saved people tons of money over our tenure. We are considered an “alternate distribution outlet” and hence, are not subjected to some of the rules other distributors find themselves constrained with. It all depends on whether the consumer wants to engage in the purchase process that requires them to study, understand, price and bid for the products they want to buy. I mean, people are saving hundreds on a single trip so, why not?
Check it out for yourself?

4 Travel Deals to Oasis Resorts

March 11, 2013

Can I pay a bigger compliment to a hotel than gracing them with my own vacation?  While I am not sure that everyone would think so, I do believe, at the very least my family has always been quite satisfied.  Mexico, despite the constant bad news and horrible press it has gotten is one of the very best destinations for you vacation dollars, in my humble opinion.  I would never take my family to a place that I felt is extremely dangerous or even dangerous beyond other comparable destinations.  You can stay home, watch the cable news networks and literally become so scared and paranoid that you would never venture out of your front door.  The key to traveling safely is awareness and preparation and some of the other well placed commandments I mention in an older blog piece.  Shall I quote?

  1. Know where you are and stay where you belong:  roaming outside of those areas with infrastructure for tourism is risky in Mexico, just as it is in Chicago so don’t go looking for adventure or you might find more than you want.
  2. Don’t buy Drugs:  Yes, don’t buy drugs because usually the people selling them aren’t really the kind of people you want to hang out with and flash money and valuables around.  Many Americans are victims due to their attempts to purchase illegal drugs.
  3. Don’t let the party get out of control:  Getting drunk is bad.  Getting drunk in a foreign place is worse so if you have to party out of control do it in your hotel room not in a public place where others are scouting out potential victims.
  4. Don’t use ATM’s in public places:  Hello, hang a sign on your neck that you have money.
  5. Chill with a group of people:  People that are by themselves, especially at night are more likely to be prospective victims than people in large groups.  This is especially true for women.  Don’t go for long walks alone at night unless you are Chuck Norris.
  6. Spring Break:  Yes, a lot of the crime and deaths in the Cancun area arise from out of control young people who forget life is long, and the party a marathon, not a sprint, so be cool.
  7. Don’t go anywhere with people you don’t know:  Like your Mom told you, strangers can hurt you, better not to trust them then to make a regrettable mistake.
  8. Things are different here:  Everything from the money, to the roads is different than you are used to.  You can’t just expect everyone to abide by rules you are used to so adapt, be alert and be advised that you should expect the unexpected in the streets and on the road.

Sorry to be redundant, I just thought it was worth mentioning again.

 

With the uncleanliness out of the way, let’s talk about a group of hotels in Mexico that I believe offer you an opportunity to have a great trip at a great price, Oasis Resorts.  These hotels are well run and recently revamped, not just in the bed linens and paint department, but in the very spirit of the resorts themselves.  Grand Oasis Cancun has been transformed into a quasi-Vegas style resort, with a Mexican twist.  They have gone from sleepy, seaside mega hotel to the very pinnacle of entertainment for the entire area.  They are bringing in top name entertainers of all types and they have nightly shows that turn the giant pyramid shaped atrium into a choreographed, acrobatic hot spot.  Big names like “Snoop Lion” and DJ Paulie D are rocking this place right now!  So if you’re up for a party, this is the place to be.

Oh yeah, the beach is great, the service is in the upper range of Cancun resorts and the value for the money you spend to get there is phenomenal. 

So if you want to party Oasis style check out some deals that can get you there for less!ImageImageImageM

4 Travel Deals Vacation Rentals

March 7, 2013

We know that Vacation Rentals offers travelers some of the best values on accommodations to be found anywhere. With spring and summer coming and so many families looking to “hit the road” we want to make sure you get the most for your money so you can bring along the whole gang and not go broke just paying for hotel rooms. There are thousands of low cost vacation rentals waiting for you in most of the popular destinations, not just in the US but all over the world. These accommodations can range in number of bedrooms and kitchen sizes so you can get as much or as little room as you might need. In destinations like Orlando there are so many locations to choose from at prices that are sure to fit any budget. So if you are looking to save money on your next family getaway, make sure you take a look at all that vacation rentals have to offer before staying anywhere else.Image

Atlantic City, for Bettor or Worse.

March 3, 2013

 

Atlantic City, this almost reborn jewel on the New Jersey coast has recovered nicely from its recent bout with Hurricane Sandy.  As someone who has been known to frequent this town from time to time, I have always been puzzled by AC’s schizophrenic nature.  A part of the city is big and gaudy and loud, and the other part seedy, and unattended and shot but together they make up a really freaky intertwined mess of place that is generally a lot of fun to visit.  I mean, there are not too many places you can go that offer you the ability to see a slice of history along its streets and sleazy boardwalk, all while being showered in the glaring lights from hotels that are as out of place here as they possible could be.  Strolling, you are moving through a maze of carnival games, homeless squatters, pretty girls dressed to kill, and fat, middle aged men with that, “Forgetabout” look and pinky rings.  The Casinos offer you an opportunity to sit shoulder to shoulder with people you would never get a chance to meet if left up to your own devices, and I mean never.  I love to walk around and just watch all the different types of people mesh together in what can only be described as a bastion of universality, it is a melting pot for every one of every shape, size and background.   

If you have never been to Atlantic City, it is someplace to be seen.  People like me are left to wonder if this is what they set out to create, and if it is, what bizarre mind came up with the idea?  Nothing here seems to fit right, not the structures, not the boardwalk, not even the people.  It seems always one step away from being anything cohesive, and it kind of works, but you’re never quite sure how it does.

The only thing that would be worse than spending time here is never doing so.  It isn’t funky chic, its sleazy chic. This is the East Coast baby, NJ’s version of hip meets trailer park meets the down and out, over a latte with frothed soy milk while being walked down the ocean front in a foot driven pedi-cab by an Angolan kid who speaks better English than you do!

Don’t be confused just check it out.