How To Get The Best Deals At Sandals or Beaches Resorts

When it comes to a Sandals Resorts or Beaches Resorts vacation, it's not uncommon for travelers to want the best. This includes the best price too. But it's hard to understand if you're truly getting the best deal or not, and I find myself being asked often what the secret is to getting the absolute best deals on a Sandals or Beaches vacation package. When I explain my tips, I find that most people don't know half of these deals even exist or how to go about getting as many as possible. That's why, in my blog today, I'm tackling this ever popular question:

How To Get The Best Deals At Sandals or Beaches Resorts


Travel During Shoulder Season

Shoulder season is travel industry talk for the times of year when school is in session and no major holiday breaks take place. Normally this is late April through mid-June and late August through to early November. Any time you travel around a holiday the prices will increase significantly. Example: for families, it's cheaper to travel the last two weeks of August than it is to travel the first two weeks of August. If you truly want to save the most money, be flexible with your travel dates and don't plan your vacation around a holiday.


Be Flexible With Flight Dates 

Being flexible with travel dates goes for flights too. Depending on the time of travel, you may be able to get a cheaper flight on a Tuesday verses flying on a Saturday. Also, not all airlines fly every day of the week, so if you're dead set on flying Wednesday-Wednesday, you may be missing out on a cheaper airline option that only flies Sunday-Sunday. 


Stay 3 Nights or Longer 

It's often assumed that the shorter your stay, the cheaper the overall vacation package will be. With Sandals and Beaches, their promotions only apply for bookings of 3 nights or longer, which means that a three night stay actually comes out to less than a one or two night stay. If you're short on budget or time, consider a stay of three nights instead of two and you can save up to 65% on the same exact room.  [For more information, click here]


Airfare and Bonus Booking Credits

Make sure to take a look and see what deals are being offered for the dates you plan to travel. Some of the best deals Sandals and Beaches offer are for the Fall shoulder travel season. At times airfare credits can be up to $1,000 and there are bonus booking offers available, as well as free nights and spa or tour perks and credits. Again, the longer you stay the better the deal you'll get. Take the airfare credits for example. In one case, a 3 night stay will get you a $350 credit, but if you stay for 7 nights that credit goes up to $1,000.  Remember to pay close attention to the "Book By" dates so you don't miss a deal before it expires.  [For more information, click here]


Free Nights 

At times, Sandals and Beaches may offer 1 Free Night for bookings of 6 nights or longer.  This means that if you're staying 6 nights, the 7th night becomes free. One thing to keep in mind about this promotion is that it is not for every room category.  Normally it's for butler level bookings, or at times, some of the top Club level suites. This deal may not be for someone looking to save on an entry level room, but it's great for someone who wants to experience a higher level of service for less. [For more information, click here]


Military/Police/Firefighter Discount 

United States & Canadian guests who qualify are able to receive a 10% discount at all Sandals and Beaches Resorts on top of all the other savings available to the public.  For firefighters, the qualification is they must be part of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF).  Members of the military include active or spouse, retired, reserves, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Veterans, U.S. Department of Defense and Canada Department of National Defense.  Police in U.S. and Canadian must be active members of the force.  All service personnel must provide proof to the resort chain ahead of time and carry their service ID with them to show at check-in. [For more information, click here]


Airline Miles 

If you have miles or points accumulated through an airline that you prefer to use, you can book that on your own and still get the airfare credit. The way the airfare credit at Sandals and Beaches works is that it comes off of the room price automatically, so the price you see online is the price including the airfare credit already. 


Sandals Select Guest (SSG) Return Guest Discount 

Been to Sandals or Beaches before? Even if it was a long time ago you can still sign up for the return guest program to get a discount on your new reservation.  When you sign up, after your first Sandals or Beaches stay, you qualify for 10,000 points which equals $250 off your next visit. [For more information, click here]


Double or Triple Point Promotions 

As an SSG member you'll also receive emails when double (and sometimes even triple) point promotions pop up. At times I've seen the deal go as high as $750 off in points! These promotions will typically only qualify for new bookings. [For more information, click here]


Sandals Credit Card

Many don't know that Sandals and Beaches also have a partnership with Bank of America that allows them to offer a credit card with perks for guests. The long list of perks include several tiers of savings such as $75 off or even $300 off, but the top reward is three free nights. There is no annual fee (see terms and conditions) and you earn one point per dollar spent on everyday purchases and double points for purchases at any Sandals & Beaches Resorts property. So it's not too hard to earn if you plan to use the card frequently, especially while traveling to the resorts. Plus, when you sign up and make a purchase in the first 90 days you qualify to earn a 10,000 bonus points offer, which is enough for a $100 spa credit.  [For more information, click here]


Free Anniversary Night 

The Free Anniversary Night offer is valid for clients looking to travel to Sandals or Beaches within 30 days before or after of their wedding anniversary date. It is for one free only with seven paid nights and the offer is only available to guests staying the Club and Butler level room categories. The only downside to this is that the offer is not combinable with any SSG promotions or point offers nor is it combinable with any other point offers through Sandals credit card. It is also not combinable with any other "free night" promotions Sandals offers. So this option is only a good one when the room you're in doesn't offer a free night already and you don't have any SSG or Sandals credit card points to cash in on.  [For more information, click here]


Test Drive Your Weddingmoon 

If you're planning on possibly getting married at a Sandals or Beaches Resort, you'll most likely want to make sure that resort is the right fit for your destination wedding needs. Sandals now offers couples the option to come down to the resort ahead of time for a two night stay to experience everything Sandals or Beaches has to offer you. You'll be able to meet the wedding coordinators, taste the cakes, sample menu lists, see the table set ups, and check out the wedding locations on property, all in person to prepare you for your big day. The best part is, prices start at only $500 per couple for two nights (air not included in that price) and those who book their Weddingmoon after the trip will receive up to a $700 credit to go toward their special occasion at Sandals, earning you back what you paid for the Test Drive trip, and then some.  [For more information, click here]


Trip Insurance

Your trip is an investment and you want to make sure you protect that money you spend. If something happens while away, you want to make sure that you have the coverage to recoup that money. I always recommend trip insurance for that very reason. What if you get sick? What if something happens to a family member and you can't travel? What if you're away an a storm hits the island or back home? These things happen, more frequently than most realize. Without trip insurance your options are limited and you won't see a penny back in what you spent. My best advice is to shop around for coverage that best suits your needs. Like with all insurance, the more you pay, the better coverage you'll receive. Look into the plans, call the insurance companies and ask questions if you're unsure of something.  Sandals offers a somewhat limited plan through Trip Mate, but there are also other great companies like Travel Guard and Travel Safe that offer more comprehensive coverage. Some have insurance through their credit card, make sure if you do that you understand the coverage and what's included. Research all of your options and always remember to go for the "Cancel For Any Reason" protection.


Book With A Complimentary Certified Sandals Specialist

I would be remiss not to mention the true value of working with a Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS) to plan and book your trip to Sandals. Being a Platinum CSS agent myself, I find it most important that I am able to help my clients by making sure they are getting the best deals available to them. Because my services don't cost them anything extra, and I book them direct through Sandals and Beaches, two brands I have a strong partnership with, my clients are always getting the best deals Sandals and Beaches have to offer.  But one thing that many don't know about working with a CSS agent is that through Sandals we are able to match several deals that come up later after you've booked. For example, two years ago I had a destination wedding I planned. All the guests booked in October and put down the refundable deposits on their rooms. A month later Cyber Monday deals came out, offering an additional $200 off of the same rooms they booked last month. Due to the terms and conditions of the promotion I was able to get Sandals to match the price for all of the rooms, saving everyone an additional $200 they hadn't planned to save.  As long as promotions allow it, your CSS agent can match it through Sandals. 

But it goes beyond that. A great CSS specialist will be there to answer any questions you have, pass along any special requests, and assist should you need anything at all before, during and after your trip.  Another example is when a client of mine was "stuck" in Turks and Caicos during a hurricane that hit the US. His family's flight home was canceled and he was alerted by the resort to go to the front desk to rebook his flight and figure out accommodations as Beaches had no vacancy left. When he got to the lobby the line of guests waiting to do the same thing was almost out the door. So he went back to his room and contacted me. I advised him to go enjoy the resort and let me handle all of it, and I did.  By the time he returned from his snorkeling trip I had worked with Beaches to get him rebooked on another flight three days later and booked at the neighboring resort (with free access to Beaches). While I did that and many other guests waited in line to do the same thing themselves, he and his family went snorkeling. That is what a good CSS agent is here to do. We take care of everything that you wouldn't want to deal with, and we do it at no extra cost to you.
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