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    Quote Originally Posted by dmo209 View Post
    personally I like high prices.......keeps the rift raft out.

    nothing worse than seeing 8 people crammed in a studio, using all the lounge chairs, barbques, passing ham sandwiches at the pool, etc. all because they could get $500 airfare and use uncle louies timeshare week for 100 bucks each.

    we go for presidents week and have been paying between $1,000 to $1,200 per person for airfare(family of four) to stay in our two bedroom. And we feel cramped.

    more high prices please

    see you at the Ritz soon.

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    You'll see my grandmother at the Ritz, not me!
    As far as supply and demand goes, i think I've reached my equilibrium. It will really bother me not to go back this year. But if i do go back, it's highly unlikely that it will be for my usual 2 weeks.

    I don't consider myself riff raff. I've always stayed at the hotel, just the two of us. Last year my daughter met us down there for the last 5 days, and i got her her own room. So like i said, i'm not one to just look for cheap vacations.
    But i just dont see spending $9-10,000 for a vacation for two people.

    Its sad, after 35 years of going down there, how its changed. I still love it, but its a lot different.
    Maybe i get lucky and there is a decent Casino package offered as we get closer.

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    this company usually has great
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    http://www.aruba4u.com/

    Quote Originally Posted by pratoman View Post
    You'll see my grandmother at the Ritz, not me!
    As far as supply and demand goes, i think I've reached my equilibrium. It will really bother me not to go back this year. But if i do go back, it's highly unlikely that it will be for my usual 2 weeks.

    I don't consider myself riff raff. I've always stayed at the hotel, just the two of us. Last year my daughter met us down there for the last 5 days, and i got her her own room. So like i said, i'm not one to just look for cheap vacations.
    But i just dont see spending $9-10,000 for a vacation for two people.

    Its sad, after 35 years of going down there, how its changed. I still love it, but its a lot different.
    Maybe i get lucky and there is a decent Casino package offered as we get closer.

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    Try booking with different airlines for outbound and return flights. We were able to save by booking airtran to Aruba from Pittsburgh and then using usairways for a return flight. The outbound on usair was quite a bit higher than airtran but airtran was too pricey to return to Pittsburgh. We found it cheaper on usair. Also, we are flying in on Christmas day and leaving N.Y. Eve. The kids don't mind a bit considering they are spending Christmas break in Aruba. But, I do agree EVERYTHING has gone up in price be it in Aruba, US, Canada and probably elsewhere.

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    @Andrea - Thanks Andrea, I will check out that link
    @AUA1989 - The airfare is up, but its not the big problem, its the hotels. The airfare is maybe, $100 over last year, if i recall. I am willing to pay that, to fly Jetblue, which not only has given me a good experience, but also has a great schedule from NY, leaves at 8am, return flight at 5pm.
    But the hotel is jacked up $90 a day plus 23% tax, which over 11 days is a lot.
    I actually took a look at the Holiday Inn rates, its about half of the Marriott Stellaris - $173 vs $322. Its not as nice, as i recall, but for that kind of money? I might just do it. If anyone has comments on their experience staying at the Holiday Inn, I'd appreciate hearing about it.

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    hey prato man

    have you ever considered renting a timeshare
    there are a gazillion out there to rent.

    my husband and i stayed at the holiday inn a few times over the years pre or post timeshare. we find it ok. not great, not lousy. a basic holiday inn on a nice stretch of beach. if it was not on the beach, it'd be just like any other holiday inn. QUOTE=pratoman;215032]@Andrea - Thanks Andrea, I will check out that link
    @AUA1989 - The airfare is up, but its not the big problem, its the hotels. The airfare is maybe, $100 over last year, if i recall. I am willing to pay that, to fly Jetblue, which not only has given me a good experience, but also has a great schedule from NY, leaves at 8am, return flight at 5pm.
    But the hotel is jacked up $90 a day plus 23% tax, which over 11 days is a lot.
    I actually took a look at the Holiday Inn rates, its about half of the Marriott Stellaris - $173 vs $322. Its not as nice, as i recall, but for that kind of money? I might just do it. If anyone has comments on their experience staying at the Holiday Inn, I'd appreciate hearing about it.[/QUOTE]

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    Also stayed at HI pre timeshare. Found it to be a typical HI. Rooms were clean and staff did a nice job. I believe the rooms have been upgraded since last stay there. Spent time in HI casino, shops and lobby in November. Clean and in good condition. Probably not near the Marriott in glitz, but like said half the price.

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    Tonight, i was "educated" by my lovely bride, regarding the chances that we will be staying at the HI this summer. "ZERO". So that takes care of that.

    I was looking at timeshare rentals on Redweek. Makes me a little nervous. How do i know whats legit, etc. Timeshare rental is not ideal because we like to travel midweek and stay 12 days, which timeshares are hard to do. But i would do it for a week, or two, if i felt comfortable with the people i was dealing with. Never did it before. Can you guys educate me? I would only do Ocean Club or Surf Club. I saw Ocean Club on Redweek for $900. Such a low price it makes me nervous

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    Well, why not chime into this convo :-)

    Aruba has always been pricier, but you get what you pay for (anyone want to pay discount for Mexico and wonder who's head is going to show up on the roadside???) - remember virtually every consumable is imported and I have not seen transportation costs decrease over the past few years with fuel cost increases.

    I have heard the argument that less traffic / capacity utilization on the island has meant that businesses are increasing their prices to cover more with fewer customers . . . an interesting hypothesis. I know that traffic counts are up, but in speak with shop owners, tourists are spending less . . . more of the essentials and less of the splurges.

    Also, for North Americans, we need to consider that many South Americans are flush with cash and looking for places to spend . . . Aruba is a great destination for that - we can't continue to think we own the world . . .

    Perhaps in the short term, there can be misalignment between price and value . . . but over the long haul, Aruba needs to compete with other locales . . . and price value will prevail so long as we have a free market economic system.

    My two cents . . .

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmattalo View Post
    I have heard the argument that less traffic / capacity utilization on the island has meant that businesses are increasing their prices to cover more with fewer customers . . . an interesting hypothesis. I know that traffic counts are up, but in speak with shop owners, tourists are spending less . . . more of the essentials and less of the splurges.
    Even timeshare owners face the ever increasing maintenance fees while "tourists" on land vacations face the larger/largest expense, accommodations. For those who do not own property and stay in a resort hotel if the hotel rooms have a higher occupancy rate than two years ago, it is only natural that prices will increase.

    Yes, tourists, timeshare owners, can and are cutting costs by eating more dinners "in" and resort guests can frequent less expensive restaurants to cut costs. So, yes, spending less in that respect.

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