Originally Posted by AfricanVenus
That's awesome that you two will be there at the same time. Maybe you could trade tips! Sarahinlove, explain to me this week-long charter flight situation. What does that mean?
Well, it goes like this. In Canada it is really popular to take a "hot holiday" in the winter to escape the cold. However, places like Mexico and the Carribean are pretty far away to go for a weekend. And the flights/hotels are really expensive. So, there are a handful of companies that have emerged that offer charter "vacation packages" to all inclusive holidays in the south. It is WAY cheaper than booking everything yourself. They are usually for 7 or 14 days, and you pay one price, which includes flights, transport to hotel, and the all inclusive hotel stay. So, for example, we are going to Dreams PV in June, the very end of the season for these charters (most of them have stopped running for the season). The charter flight leaves from a major city called Calgary. All my friends/family get on a plane in their city wherever they live and fly to Calgary. There, we all meet up in Calgary and the charter flight takes us to PV, and drives us to the hotel. For a one week all-inclusive holiday including hotel AND airfare, my guest are paying $1200 including taxes and fees. If we didn't go via a charter company, the flights alone would have cost more than that. So its a pretty sweet deal!