We have had several questions lately on “Square Deals”. As they grow even more popular, I thought I’d explain them again. Apple Vacations offers what we call “Square Deals”. They are amazing offers where YOU pick the departure date, destination and Apple rating and WE pick the hotel.
Since we do not advertise a hotel name, we can offer some amazing rates without associating the name of a high – end hotel with such a low rate. Why would Apple or a hotel do this? An empty hotel room is lost revenue to the hotel, just as an empty seat on an airplane is to us. There may be a window where a group canceled, or there happens to be some open inventory. When this opportunity arises, we work together to come up with some GREAT offers that would never be available, if you booked the hotel as an advertised name brand.
“Square Deals” offer great value to Apple Vacationers looking for an unbeatable value. When you book, you must understand the potential hotels. If you would be happy with any of the possibilities, then a “Square Deal” is good for you. For example, if you book a “5 Apple Square Deal” you will be placed in a “5 Apple Square Deal” rated resort OR ABOVE. So you could get a 5 Golden Apple or even a 6 Apple resort.
I had someone ask where they would wind up if they booked a 6 Apple Square Deal to Cancun. I can’t tell you exactly, but I can say that Dreams Cancun, Le Blanc, Palace Resorts and Gran Melia are 6 Apple luxury hotels in Cancun. I’d be happy with any of them. If you would, then book it!
We had a recent Facebook fan who booked the “4+ Square Deal” to Cancun, and he received just that. He wrote to me last week, that it was a GREAT trip. His pictures are featured on this blog (Thanks Will!).
You should not book Square Deals if you need a specific resort, need the hotel information ahead of time or have special dietary or rooming restrictions. Also, do not book a “Riviera Maya Square Deal” if you want to stay in Cancun. Understanding the potential hotels, is very, very important. Do not book if there is a hotel or hotels on the list that you will not stay at. A few weeks back, we had a vacationer that booked a “5 Apple Square Deal”. When she was placed at a 6 Golden Apple resort she was not happy. And keep in mind, since these rates are extremely negotiated, if you want to move the rates may be a huge difference in price.
Here are some FAQ’s on “Square Deals”.
Q – When do I find out my hotel?
A – At the airport upon check in.
Q – What if I get there and do not like the hotel?
A – Most people are more than happy with the hotel for the price they paid. If you are unhappy, the Apple Representative in resort can provide options for moving. Keep in mind, since the “Square Deal” was sold at such a negotiated discounted rate, to move to a hotel with an equal Apple rating may be substantially more expensive.
Q – Can I request a specific hotel?
A – No, hotel requests and specific room requests cannot be made for “Square Deals”.
Q – Are “Square Deals” ever to a specific Hotel Chain versus an Apple rating?
A – Yes, at times a chain, such as Dreams Resorts & Spas or Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, will offer a “Square Deal”. They can offer this for any hotel in their chain in a specific vacation destination or by any hotel in their chain at a specific Apple rating.
So if you are just a little bit flexible and want a great deal on your next Apple Vacation, book a “Square Deal!”