We're always on the hunt to find you the very best travel deals. Yet, we know it's easy to get caught up in the industry jargon and skip over a good deal – or worse, book an offer without fully understanding all the conditions only to get a nasty surprise later. Here's a handy deal dictionary to decode all the offers you see.
Based on double occupancy: Many hotels base their rates on two people staying in one room. Extra fees could apply if you want the kiddos to stay in the same room, too.
Rack rate: This is the official price a hotel says it will charge at a given time, without any discounts or special offers. Though few people end up paying the rack rate, hotels and deals sites like to use it as a base to make the actual rate seem like huge savings.
Escorted tour: Usually a package deal including guided visits to attractions, hotels, and possibly airfare, booked for travel with a group of people you may or may not know. While it can be nice to have a guide to explain the sights and lead you along every step of the way in an unfamiliar country, be sure you’re aware in advance how large your group is – and figure out whether or not you’ll be happy traveling with a busload (or three) of other tourists.
Self-guided tour: Hotels, car rental, and even activities may be pre-booked, but you’re on your own to get from place to place.
Minimum stay: Certain deals and discounts only apply when you stay a certain number of nights. Hotels and airlines may also require you to stay a specific day of the week, such as Saturday night for airfare deals.
Blackout dates may apply: The special offer may not be valid on all dates within the travel window. Most often, blackout dates are holidays or other periods when a hotel expects to be able to book up without giving any extra incentives to guests.
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