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How does Contiki make money?

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1. Posted by mitchellpa (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

They include coach, room, some meals, bus transportation. I looked on United airlines and round trip tickets to New Zealand is nearly $2000 USD, and they are offering everything from their tour for $1800 and below. I just don't get it. Is there a catch somewhere?

I'm very interested in doing it but I don't want to give them 1800 and then there be some sort of fee that I am not hearing about. Yeah I know airport transfers and all that stuff, but something just doesn't sound right.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 8y

It might help here if you'd actually include a link to the contiki offer you're talking about. (I think that can safely be classified as non-promotional.) If I look at their website, I'm not seeing any trip which includes flights as well; it's all "start in auckland, finish in christchurch" and similar, and the prices they list for this seem expensive, but in line with what other organized tours do.

That said, $2000 for a return flight to New Zealand is over the top expensive. Doing a really swift search at kayak for some random dates I see return flights LAX-AKL for $1300, which is much more inline with my expectations, and there should be very few places in the USA from where you can't fly to LAX for below $200.

3. Posted by mitchellpa (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

OK, I was told through someone that coach airfare was included, and I thought it sounded absurd. And 2000 for round trip.

4. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 8y

I doubt that includes flights. However I reckon Contiki are great-I did a tour last year-had a 2 week holiday and decided to go off on my own and do Contiki in USA-was best decision I ever made!

Anyhoo I guess they probably do make good money. If you think about it they can pretty much guarantee the people running the hotels and included activities that around 40 people will be there on a weekly (depending how often the otur runs) basis. So I would imagine they are offerred huge discounts in order to keep their business. Hope that makes sense. If I owned a hotel and a company told me they would guarantee to book out 20 rooms (twin share) every week for a year then im pretty sure I would redice my prices!

Just my thoughts anyways.


5. Posted by BlueSand93 (Budding Member 23 posts) 8y

I did two Contiki tours and coach bus transportation is what is included not coach airfare, which is what they use to travel between cities or countries depending on where you tour. Airfare is something that is not included but can be arrange through Contiki if you choose to, on my trips I booked my air separate from booking the Contiki itself.

6. Posted by BlueSand93 (Budding Member 23 posts) 8y

I think I may have worded my previous post wrong, and have yet to figure out how to edit a post. To clarify coach bus transportation is included. Coach air transportation is not included. Contiki uses coach bus transportation to travel between cities and countries depending on which tour.

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 8y

Quoting BlueSand93

have yet to figure out how to edit a post.

This is only possible for the first hour after creating the post (during which time there'll be an "edit" link above it).

8. Posted by rowdy1 (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

i have not used contiki but have a couple with intrepid and they seem to be set up the same. every thing was laid on and all you have to do is turn up and enjoy. they are cheap and i have had no problems and where they make their money is with all the extra side tours and sightseeing that they offer. you do not get ripped of by taking these extras but you do pay a little bit more than organising it yourself, which gives you more time to do your holiday thing with out having to waste time sorting all these these things out yourself.its an ideal set up if you only have a short time and want to do a lot. just sign up, lay back and enjoy the ride

9. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

On most tours I know of (I'm sure Contiki is the same), you do have to contribute extra to the food kitty which your tour leader collects on the day of tour departure. This cost is dependant on the length of you tour, but roughly averages out at about $5-$7 local cuurency per day. Airfares are NEVER included in tour prices!! A list of what is included on your chosen tour will be available on the website, and clearly stated. Next time check there first - if someone's told you something that just sounds rediculous, or too good to be true.......chances are it probably is ;)