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Ireland -Anyone used vouchers for B and B?

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Aug 22nd, 2002, 01:12 PM
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HobbyWizard
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It's six months after the last post, but I wanted to chime in. I got a $419 fly/drive/voucher deal (6 nights) through the alumi association at my college. (Plus taxes and upgrades it will cost me $600)

I clicked around to see if I could beat that, or get a rate on a fly/drive that was low enough to justify dumping the vouchers. Ideally, I'd like not to worry about availability of participating bee&bees in Dublin or Belfast. But it was no dice. Lowest fly/drive I found for late Nov./early Dec. was $400 (plus the same taxes and upgrades, I'm sure).

So I'm taking the deal through my college - the prof. running the program says flight arrangements (Aer Lingus) are completely flexible, so I'm gonna just add on three or four more nights there and pay cash for nights in Dublin or Belfast.

I'm looking forward to it. Ireland sounds GREAT!
 
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Aug 22nd, 2002, 01:54 PM
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Sounds like a great deal Hobby. Have a great time!!!

Bill
 
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Aug 23rd, 2002, 03:21 AM
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Siobhan
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I know people who own B&B's in Ireland (no I am not plugging them!) and they prefer not to accept them. It takes them ages to get the cash back from the company adn personally I don't think they are much better than paying yourself. It's more hassle for the owners but they are guaranteed to be reccommended as taking vouchers and this fills up the B&B's. I think it's better to find you own B&B that you like and not limit your choices.
 
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Aug 25th, 2002, 11:07 AM
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Spectre Ireland also has the $399 deal outta DC or BWI for fly/drive/6 night stay. My husband and I are going for less than $1500 TOTAL package, including taxes, car, rooms (one night in a castle also). Because the average trip was looking at costing us $2000 or more, this is the best way to go, and we have that $500 difference to be able to spend on going to another B&B if we want.
 
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Aug 25th, 2002, 11:24 AM
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Krista. My husband and I are very seriously considering this package with Spectre.
I would very much appreciate if you could send me a note when you get back on the what you liked and disliked about this package.
Thanks
 
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Aug 25th, 2002, 12:00 PM
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I will be more than happy to but we aren't going until Nov. =( I keep looking up stuff on Ireland and am beyond impatient to go now. If nothing else, just the price of our airfare, taxes, car and the castle stay are well worth it.
 
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Aug 25th, 2002, 12:15 PM
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I just Booked my second trip with Sceptre tours 1st trip was In January rt AIR 6 nights b&b self drive with car for $399.with upgrade to the town and country plan $30.00 for more than 2500 additonal B&Bs with voucher system . they offerd for an additonal $7.00 per person to put us in a hotel in dublin for our last night. and a hotel for our first night in Shannon . the total cost was with tax $511.00 The voucher system work well. I pre booked the B&Bs ahead some place i called they had avalibility till I told thei had a voucher but all the places we stayed were great it is hard to find a [email protected] in dublin for vouchers But just get one in the town os swords the bus #46&48 takes 15 minutes to get to O'Connell Street. I just booked for end of Feb - March a pub tour for $499 rt air 6 days 4 nights, 4 night hotel , 2 dinners 4 breakfast, private coach with guide driver. with tax $540 and exted my flight home for 3 days later with no additional charge
 
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Aug 25th, 2002, 07:24 PM
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Thanks Krista. We probably will not go until after the end of Febuary or into March. So if you can give me feedback from November, that would be great.
McGuyver. We have never been to Ireland and so for this first trip decided to only stay the week and fly into and out of Shannon. Also, we will upgrade the car and accomodations.
I know someone said they did this on their own, but with the prices from Sceptre, I cannot see we will save much.
As you said, even with upgrades, it isn't much over $500.
With car rental prices in Ireland and airfare, it sounds like a bargain to me.
 
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Aug 26th, 2002, 03:44 AM
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I would recommend pre-booking your B&B-
It saves time to know where your destination is and were you will spend the night instead of driving around looking for a place. Also, some of the B&B's close for the winter.
 
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