I continue to have good success with SkyAuction. $600 return Los Angeles to Signapore ( I used a $200 discount coupon) plus a week in a Penang condo $200 and a week in a condo in Ooty India $211. Two local cheap flights one Singapore to Penang on Asia Air and the other Singapore to Kochi India on Tiger Air made a great vacation of 20 days Singapore, Malaysia & India for less then $1300.
It is also interesting to note, that most of the doubters are from people who have never used SkyAuction and are in Countries that most of the auctions do not even apply to.
Community is not built by doubting every first time poster.
Oscar Wilde said. "A cynic knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing !"
Thanks pceire32! I try to contribute to things when I know something - and tend to bounce all over the place online. Sometimes random posters can offer little jewels to discussions
I just discovered Travellers Point or I would have responded sooner.
I have been using Skyauction for about 5 years now--every transaction
has been stellar. You do need to see what the "going rate" is on the
product you're bidding on--some of the really stupid people seem to
get a gambling rush out of putting their bid in and as a result, they
almost pay full price.
I went on a Renaissance cruise (now Oceania) to Athens, 3 nights on land,
then cruised through the Greek isles, ended up in Istanbul with another
3 nights on land. We paid $3400 total, including all taxes and fees
and people we met had paid $6500. (by the way, this was with one
of the first balconies and no assigned seating, very small exclusive ship
of only 700 passengers which is the only way to cruise). After a while,
we stopped telling people about our bid because it made them look
sick and seemed to take some of the pleasure out of the vacation for them.
Next we went to Hong Kong and Thailand and paid 1/3 the going rate.
(sorry, don't have my details with me, it was 4 years ago).
We went to the Pink Beach Hotel in Bermuda, private cottages were
$550/night with meals. We paid $200 a night and again, no one would
believe us. We managed to go during the Bermuda Jazz Festival and
caught India Arie when she was just coming out.
Skyauction even released us once from our winning bid because the dates
we wanted were not available and we had a conflict.
I hate to tell too many people about it, but if you are aware of the
taxes and surcharges and do your research, you can't beat it! I wish
they sold cars--
after SEVEN month this thred gets an other happy first time poster.
travelbusiness is hard this days.........
haha. this is great. my favorite is the lawyer with his granite counter tops.
Too bad I prefer counter tops that are 100% tortoise shell.
I'm not a first-time poster and I'll concur - SkyAuction is fab. Most recently we stayed at the Pheasant Run Spa & Resort in St. Charles, IL for a quick weekend over Christmas break with the kids and had a fantastic stay at $40 / night in a room worth about $300 / night rack rate. Another family at the pool there also booked their stay through SkyAuction at around the same rate. Others had paid full price and were a little sick.. I'm starting to look at LuxuryLink now too - travel auctions are great. No scam about it.
Good to know. I am a Sky Auction member, but have never be successful when bidding. I want a dirt cheap flight to Asia and it never went off at the price I was willing to pay.
Maybe this year!
[ Edit: Edited on 08-Feb-2009, at 11:24 by vegasmike6 ]
OMG, stay away from Skyauction!! We won a bid on Skyauction.com for a cruise in Fiji. We paid US$450 for a cabin upgrade and US$80 for transfers to and from the airport. Neither of these 2 services were given to us and upon our return, they ignored our e-mails claiming simply that they were “investigating our case”. This has already dragged on for 4 months and I don’t think we would ever hear from Skyauction again if we hadn’t gotten American Express involved, asking them to reimburse us. Even so, Skyauction’s claims are simply unbelievable, saying that we were given compensations like drink credits on the cruise. What a scam!!
sorry ddjwms...It does not give me more confidence in you.
But I wish you the best of luck in business and travel.
I got a good laugh at this. I just logged in after a couple of years and noticed this "detective" still thinks I'm a shill for this company. What a cynical...well, I'll keep it positive and not call him what I think he is...but I assure you I have nothing to do with Skyauction except that I am a happy user. In the last few months, we have been to Hilton Head and Vermont where we stayed in lovely condos purchased on Skyauction for a week for about what others were paying for a night, and we ate for half the regular price at Rodizio in Denver with coupons purchased from the site. But it's okay, Maktub; keep up your preening about what a great detective you are...the more people you scare away, the fewer people to bid against me!!! And I will just keep on happily using this site while you sit smugly at home and miss out on all the fun!!!
(3rd post; are you convinced yet???)