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Turks and Caicos Vacation Packages

white conch shell on the beach at Leeward
One of the many outstanding beaches in the Turks and Caicos. Leeward Beach, Providenciales.

Before deciding whether to go with a vacation package, it’s important to know the general value of the individual items. Packages can be a good deal, but don’t get thrown off by some freebies such as a rental car (which can be a true economy class car worth $250-$350 for a week’s stay).

Grace Bay has a range of beachfront hotels, and the overall quality and star-rating does vary. Even at the same hotels, different packages often feature different rooms, from prime beachfront and ocean view rooms to garden-view units.

Overall, you’ll be best served to simply get the individual item prices and then checking for a package. It’s definitely possible to save, but be advised on the cancellation and change policies, as this is typically more restrictive in a package than individual flights, hotels and rental cars.

All-inclusive vacation packages

First decision is whether to book an all-inclusive vacation or an a-la-carte trip. If you’re interested in staying at Beaches Turks and Caicos or Club Med Turquoise, both offer their own vacation packages which bundle flights with accommodation.

Booking direct will usually result in the lowest rate. Travel agents are usually able to match the price, and have the advantage of a more personalized experience. In addition, travel agents may be able to assist in booking additional activities.

scuba diving at the Smith's Reef beach reef on Providenciales
A shallow dive site on Providenciales.

Packages can save money for one reason: commissions

Hotels, especially non-chain hotels, can typically pay between 10-20% in commissions to the big OTAs such as Expedia, Booking.com and other sites. As more items such as flights, hotels, and cars are added, the overall commission typically declines, and as such saves you money.

Check both aggregators and online travel agents

Make sure to check both the main travel aggregators, such as Kayak, and also the main OTAs, such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz.

In addition, all of the major airlines also offer their own packages. American Airlines Vacations, Delta Vacations, AirCanada Vacations and JetBlue Vacations are some of the larger airlines which offer Turks and Caicos packages.

The cheapest time to travel is September through November

September through November are the slowest months of the year in terms of tourism in the Turks and Caicos. As such, you’ll find the best deals then.

This extends beyond your flight and hotels. Car rentals, restaurants, and other activities such as water sports are typically cheaper thanks to fewer tourists and more competition between vendors.

powerboat rentals in Turks and Caicos
Boat rentals in Turks and Caicos.

You don’t always get points with a package

Depending on the vacation package booked, your flights may not be eligible for miles. It all depends on what class (price class, not seating class) of ticket is bundled with the hotels.

This also applies to hotels, however, nearly all of the hotels in the Turks and Caicos are independent and not affiliated with one of the large international chains such as Marriot, IHG, Hilton or Wyndham.

Be mindful of hurricane season

Hurricane season is officially June 1 to end of November, but most activity occurs between August 15th through September 31st.

If you’ll be traveling during this time, make sure you understand the cancellation policies and consider purchasing travel insurance.

No single site has the best deals

Many dates and origin cities were analysed across the major carriers and travel sites, and there wasn’t any site that universally offered a better price. You simply have to shop around.

Saturday is the busiest day for flights in Turks and Caicos

The Providenciales International Airport (PLS) sees the most flights on Saturday. Logic would suggest that this would be the most expensive day for flights, however it isn’t always the case as there are simply overall more scheduled flights on Saturday.

As always, simply check different days of the week for the best deal.

aerial photograph of boats at Water Cay during the Caribbean House Evolution party
The Caribbean House Evolution boat and music festival at Water Cay.

Watch out for the multi-stop flights

Many of the major OTAs were offering packages with horrendous flights with multiple stops. 10+ hour flights could be ‘upgraded’ to non-stop for under $25 in several cases.

Make sure you compare the room types

Packages feature the same airline route and hotel, didn’t always offer the same room type. With some hotels, there’s a big difference between the beachfront rooms and the ‘garden view’ rooms.

Cancellation policies can be quite a bit worse

The cancellation policies can be a lot stricter with a bundle versus flight and hotels separately.

You’ll get different results based on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.

An analysis for vacation packages to the Turks and Caicos conducted on the main popular travel websites showed that different devices and operating systems feature different results. Notably, on lower-end Android devices, cheaper packages were pushed first compared with a new iPhone.

Whereas a difference in actual price wasn’t observed, iOS users should be aware that cheaper and lower-cost options are available, however you may need to look a little further.

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