Scammy Things At All Inclusive Resorts

I love going to all inclusive resorts, but it really gets me going when all inclusive resort companies try to take advantage of their customers.

 

A few examples from prior discussions on this site:

 

* Sandals always has a 65% off sale and the countdown clock on their site simply refreshes when it hits zero.  That is pretty scammy.

 

* Not sure if it is true, but I heard that there was no wine available in the French restaurant at a Now Resort (even though there was house wine available everywhere else in the resort) because they wanted to force people to buy expensive bottles of wine.

 

* The internet issue.  Charging your guests $15 per session or hour of internet use is really scammy.  Resorts should all have free resort wide wi-fi so guests can post updates about how much fun they are having on their vacation at xyz resort.  It also would lead to more business travelers having confidence that they can take a break at an all inclusive resort.

 

* Is it oceanview or not?  Just because it faces the ocean doesn't mean it is oceanview.  If there is a bunch of palm trees or another building in the way of the view, then it is not oceanview.  I shouldn't be paying a premium for the room.

 

What other scammy things are all inclusive resorts doing?  Maybe if we can out them and shame them a little bit, they will stop what they are doing.  I would be interested to hear other examples so I know what to look out for.

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Tags: 65% off, Sandals, all inclusive resorts, internet access, oceanview, scammy

Comment by Margaret Tess on June 29, 2011 at 8:43pm

Oceanview is probably the biggest scam (partial or full--what is in the way), the biggest problem I've run across is when booking on the internet what room category to book--sometimes the categories offered are different than all the options availlable on the home site, so you wind up with something different or less than what you want (re. thinking you're booking an oceanvew room when it's actually partial oeanview).  Best to check the home site to see exactly what you're booking. 

Comment by Nathan Andover on July 3, 2011 at 11:05pm

Someone recently posted a comment about how a resort company was over selling their more popular resort and then sending the "overbooked" customers to the less popular resort next door.  

 

Pretty much the definition of a bait and switch scam.

Comment by lea on July 11, 2011 at 9:23pm
Not specific to the resorts, but I'm sick and tired of never getting the promoted price when I book a vacation.  I know there will always be taxes and fees added on, but some online travel agencies really put out some misleading teasers.  The worst experience I had with that sort of thing was with CheapCaribbean.com
Comment by Tom McCann on July 21, 2011 at 2:08pm
Timeshare presentations have to be the most scammy thing at an all inclusive resort.  Not all resorts have timeshare reps or allow them on their property, but the ones who do are using their own guests as they push them into hard sell presentations with thousands of dollars being asked for on the spot.

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