Funjet Vacations: Pay For Your Vacation Over Time

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Let’s face it, vacations can be expensive!  Airlines require tickets to be paid up front and hotels ask for hefty deposits to hold rooms and paying that all at once can put a strain on your wallet. The alternative is picking a cheaper vacation or not going at all and neither of those options is acceptable.  So, if you want to pay for your vacation over time, put it on “LAYAWAY”!

Pay For Your Vacation Over Time

Funjet Vacations, an online vacation package planner, offers a “book now, pay later” option for most* of their vacation packages. This payment plan allows the user to choose their flights, hotels, excursions and airport transfers and pay a small* deposit based on the price of the package. (*Some flights, excursions, and transfers do not qualify for the plan – talk to a representative for more information)

Tip #1:

When choosing your flight, look for a “bulk fare.” Many large travel companies purchase blocks of airline tickets to then sell to their customers.  Bulk fares, unlike published fares, are usually less expensive and do not have to be paid upfront when you book your package.  This fare will lower the cost of your deposit.

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Tip #2:

You can choose to fly into one country and out of another.  The best way to get this option is by calling the 800 number and having a representative help you.  Don’t forget to ask for BULK FARES! We were able to fly into Venice, Italy and out of Athens, Greece.  It worked for us because we spent a week in Italy, making our way south from Venice, and then a week in Greece (mostly in Santorini).  If you’re wondering how to get from one country to the next, try low-cost, regional carriers in Europe like Easyjet and Ryanair.  You can find tickets for 10 euro and up!

Tip #3:

If you’re planning to rent through VRBO or Airbnb, don’t worry, you only need to book 2 nights in a hotel to qualify for the vacation package.  I choose the first and last nights of the trip for my hotel stay as I like being closer to the airport.   This option will cut down on the cost of your overall package price as well!

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Tip #4:  

While you can add excursions into your package I would skip this option.  It’s often cheaper to book directly with the company online prior to your vacation.  If you include it in the price, it may raise your deposit as it needs to be paid immediately.

Tip #5:

Remember, if you want to add travel insurance (AND YOU DO) it will be charged per person and it will need to be paid along with the deposit.  It may seem like a lot but you will qualify for a refund if you need to cancel your vacation.

My Experience

Personally, I’ve booked two vacations through Funjet, our wedding/honeymoon in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and a two week trip to Europe which included flying into Italy and out of Greece. For deposit, we paid no more than $600 for either vacation.  We thoroughly enjoyed both vacations and we would use them again in a heartbeat.

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Go plan your next trip and pay for your vacation over time… NOW!


Have you booked through Funjet or any other travel service that allows you pay over time?  Tell me about it in the comments! (Please note: I have NO affiliation with Funjet Vacations. My opinions are my own and based on my personal experience.) 

 

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  1. Reply

    I haven’t even heard of Funjet – I’ll have a look at it 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Monica!

  2. Reply

    What a creative business model and helpful for those not able to safe enough for a big vacation. I hate adding to my debt but would use this if a trip was important and I didn’t have the ready cash.

    1. Reply

      Yes, it is! I find that people give up on taking a vacation if they can’t afford to purchase the airfare. This is good for those people or those who are booking with a group and not everyone can handle the upfront costs.

  3. Reply

    I’ve never heard of funjet. I wonder if it’s available in the UK

    1. Reply

      I’m not sure but I bet they have something like it!

  4. Reply

    Great deal, but sounds dangerous for a person like me!! Ahh!! Like a credit card. Lol Never heard of it though so thanks for the tip!

    1. Reply

      Yes, it could be dangerous but it’s really a good service. We used it for our destination wedding and it helped our guests who couldn’t afford to pay up front.

  5. Reply

    Never heard of it. Glad to know the inside track. 😉

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Melody.

  6. Reply

    I need to check this out! Seems like a great deal and offer but I hope they don’t have a massive interest.

    1. Reply

      Hey Ryazan, there was no interest. The amount quoted was the amount we paid in the end. Also, we compared their prices to booking the flights and hotels on our own and they were only about $200-300 difference but if someone didn’t have the money they wouldn’t book.

      For example, if you looked online and found flights and hotel for $3000 and the Funjet package was $3300 with a deposit of $650 and you didn’t have $3000, which one would you choose? This type of package is for the traveler that doesn’t have the cash up front so they pay over time. Every service has a fee. Check it out!

  7. Reply

    Wow! I had no idea that something like this exists! It really has the ability to kick your vacation up a notch. Definitely need to check this out for my next trip!

    1. Reply

      Yep, it’s a great way to plan a bigger vacation! There are several sites like this one so check them out!

  8. Reply

    That looks like a relatively simple solution to a dream vacation. I’ll look into it, thanks for sharing the info!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Ana! It’s really helpfulQ

  9. Reply

    Sounds interesting! I’ve never heard of Funjet, but I like the idea!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Joe!

  10. Reply

    Luckily, this isn’t a typical travel agency! It’s just a way to get you to your destination and pay over time.

    • mar
    • October 11, 2015
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    That is a very clever idea and I bet it is very useful to many people who wouldn’t be able to travel otherwise

  11. Reply

    Great travel tips – I need a vacation 🙂 I am going to give funjet a go for our next vacation – thanks for sharing

  12. Reply

    I’m definitely going to have to look into this! Thanks for the suggestion and tips–sounds like a great way to book a vacation!

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