Posts Tagged ‘bargains’

It amazes me why, despite having an absolutely perfect year-round climate, the vast majority of Northern Europeans only vacation on Tenerife during the winter months and it’s ironic that, when the summer arrives and Brits flock instead to Spain and the Balearics – the Spanish head to Tenerife in their droves to escape the heat of the mainland!

It’s a sad fact that flights to Tenerife from the UK are not as cheap in the summer as they are in the winter and it poses the question: are flights more expensive because demand is low, or is demand low because flights are more expensive? Either way, it would appear to buck the trend in market forces which traditionally see prices dropping in line with falling demand, not rising.

There are a few things about summer in Tenerife that are worth mentioning, particularly for those who have a penchant for putting.
Firstly, the temperatures during the summer months average an 18 holes ideal of 25° to 27° C (75° to 80° F) with virtually no rainfall. Even in heat waves, the mercury rarely climbs beyond 35° degrees and is short lived. Contrast that with the likes of Majorca and the Algarve in Portugal where the summer averages are above 30°C and regularly send the thermometer into 40° C plus sweaty, slicing mode.

The second thing to note is that Tenerife has one of the highest concentrations of four and five star hotels in Europe and if you’ve ever enjoyed the exclusivity and luxury of somewhere like the Hotel Las Madrigueras, you’ll already know how tailored their services are towards the needs of golfers. But what you may not know is that unlike hotels in mainland Spain and the Balearics for whom summer represents high season, Tenerife’s hotels drop their prices in line with reduced demand which means that you can get considerably more for your money in summer than you can in winter. Fabulously stylish hotels such as the Hotel Jardín Tropical even include  green fees in their room rates during summer.

But the real birdie in the benefits of summer golfing on Tenerife are the island’s summer green fees which are cropped as closely as the grass, which means you can tee off on some of Spain’s finest golf courses, like Golf Las Américas, Golf Costa Adeje and the Abama, at prices that will put an ace on every golfer’s scorecard.

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Well that’s it – the late August Bank Holiday has been and gone, next week’s got a big circle on it to remind the offspring that it’s time to get back to the classroom and the UK summer holidays are officially over. But if sales of Real Tenerife Island Drives and Island Walks over the past week are anything to go by, it also means that the thing uppermost on many people’s minds is…booking their next holiday.

When the nights start to draw in and the prospect of a long, cold winter sneaks in to replace the disappointment of a poor summer, there’s only one thing that’s going to keep seasonal adjustment disorder from the door and that’s the knowledge that there’s an aircraft seat on a flight to the sun with your name on it.

According to a survey conducted this year by TotalMedia, almost 70% of consumers now use the internet to book their holidays, compared to 23% by phone and just 8% who use travel agents.
And you can be sure that the folks who sell travel and holidays online are only too aware of that statistic too and are constantly adding new content to lure browsers.

With so many flights, hotels and travel sites to choose from, it pays to be a canny shopper and to learn to seek out the best bargains. But that can be a time-consuming affair. So how can you find the best discounts without donating hours of your time to Google search pages?
Well one way is to use a site that does all the leg work for you and the other day I came across a UK site that gives you access to all those holiday voucher codes that I often see people on the TripAdvisor Tenerife Forum asking for but which I’ve never known how to find without spending hours trawling individual travel domains.

If you haven’t already discovered VoucherCodes.co.uk, they’re well worth a visit before you commit to any bookings online because they might have a discount code that will get you savings on the flight, hotel or holiday you were just about to book. They seem to have very good deals for many of the main travel retailers including a Thomson discount code, a lowcostholidays promotion code, an Expedia voucher code and loads more.

Those of you who aren’t tied to school holidays for getaways will find some exceptionally good deals on flights to Tenerife in the coming weeks and it’s the perfect time to visit the island. My personal favourite months, September and October bring long, hot days and sultry nights. So, grab a flight and a voucher discount code and top up the sunshine quota before someone starts telling you how many shopping days there are left to Christmas.

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Last week Jack and I visited ExpoSaldo in Santa Cruz; a huge annual market of stock clearance items where you can grab a bargain in anything from tights to Toyota Land Cruisers and everything in between.

It was very hot and a bit breezy, which is about par for the course in Santa Cruz, and it felt great to get into the air conditioned cool of the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos building.

From cars to cushions, theyve got bargains galore at ExpoSaldo

From cars to cushions, they've got bargains galore at ExpoSaldo

Seeing the ranks of new and used cars and motor bikes at incredible knock down prices and stepping onto the escalator to get to the upper concourse where the shoes and clothes were, I was already mentally drawing up a list of things I could possibly sell at a car boot sale to fund this outing.

We began our meticulous inspection of every stall, moving up one aisle and down the next so as not to miss anything. So many times I felt my hand twitch towards my credit card as I passed bargains like a hairdryer, iron and electric fan, all 3 for €9.99; racks filled with beautiful summer dresses at €8 each and sandals at 2 pairs for €5.

Its a kind of Magik...!

But as we rounded another aisle we could hear voices, English voices. A small crowd had gathered around a stall where two elderly gents were demonstrating ‘Magik Cloths’. One of the men was pouring water into a glass bowl and then placing a folded up piece of cloth the size of a tea towel over the water which was miraculously sucked up in its entirety. Removing the cloth and opening it out, not a single drop of water dripped, it was just like Magik. All the while the guy was giving a Cockney Barrow Boy-type sales monologue in English with the occasional word of Spanish in an appalling Spanglish accent thrown in for good measure:

“And, as you can see Senyors and Senyoras, the cloth has entirely soaked up the agwar and the only way you pweday remove it is by wringing the cloth like so…”
And he’d wring the cloth to release the water back into the bowl.

Now he had people hooked, they were obviously interested. But with complete and utter incomprehension of a single word spoken plastered across their faces, they were waiting for the key piece of information…el pressyo.

The guy points to a still from a TV commercial:
“As you can see, the pressyo on el television is death” (and here he holds up 10 fingers) “euros.”
People start to walk away assuming that he’s telling them that’s the price.
“No, wait, don’t go,” he says to the backs of the dispersing little crowd. “But here, today, you get not only oonow, or even doss, no, here today you get tress” (and he holds up 3 fingers) for the price of oonow!”
But it’s only a couple of people who have stayed to hear the final price and last I saw, he was bagging up two sales.

I felt really sorry for the guy and couldn’t understand why he hadn’t got someone to translate his sales pitch into Spanish for him. I could only surmise that he’d travelled up from the south and was expecting his audience to have a high English speaking content. He was wrong; I never heard another English voice apart from his. I very rarely do in Santa Cruz.

I hope he managed to sell more of his Magik Cloths and if he’s reading this now, I’m available to translate and do the pitch for you…at a pressyo pour supwesto!

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I’ve been updating the prices in our independent guide to car hire in order to take into account the reduced value of Sterling against the Euro and I’ve discovered a few surprises.

Some car hire firms have actually increased the Euro price quoted on their websites; an interesting marketing strategy. Most are unchanged which means the cost to British hirers has effectively increased.

But some have made significant reductions so that if you’re coming from Britain and want to hire a car while you’re in Tenerife, there’s no difference to the price you’ll pay now than the price you would have paid six months ago, despite the falling value of the pound. Which is very good news indeed.

However, the really good news is reserved for anyone travelling from the US to Tenerife and wanting to hire a car. With the reduction in prices, combined with the strength of the Dollar against the Euro, there are some fantastic bargains to be had. For example, you can now hire a car for a week from as little as US$109, and that’s with a company who gets consistently good feedback on its service.

We’ve done all the work for you; all you have to do is compare and decide.

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