This morning I received an email offering me a great deal on the perfect holiday for me from a major High Street travel agent. I clicked on the link so that I could compare their prices with the holiday that I have already booked.
The first issue was that they don't fly from my chosen airport to my destination at the weekend, they only offer one flight per week on a Tuesday evening but as I only wanted to compare prices I let this slide.
The second issue was that they only offered one hotel in the whole resort, and this is a hotel that I will NEVER be staying at again, but again this was just a price comparison exercise.
The package price for two travellers was £493 per person for a week's half board in a 3 star hotel and included flights and transfers, this was for mid June. Breaking this down, the flight was £198.98 per person, the hotel £276.50 per person and the remaining amount covers the costs of transfers and the rep at resort.
The third issue was that when I searched for 1 person travelling, as you know I always travel alone, the hotel was sold out. Change the search back to 2 people travelling, and the hotel was available again.
Booking separately, the flights work out at around the same price once hold luggage is added, however, the hotel can be booked much more cheaply. Going to just one of the many comparison sites the same hotel can be booked for the same dates, the same board for £295 for two people, a saving of £258 on the original email offer. With transfers costing around £20 return this is a good saving.
You could possibly find even cheaper, this was just the first site I looked at, I usually look at a couple before I book anything.
I've talked before about shopping around, and this is another reason why.