The term all-inclusive was first introduced in the 1950’s and meant that all travel related expenses (flight, hotel, food, beverages, transfers and activities) were included in one upfront fee. However more recently the term has been used much more loosely and typically refers to the hotel accommodations and amenities. Furthermore what’s included in the all-inclusive rate varies between hotels and within chains. Some include all food and alcohol offered while others will only have a few to chose from, forcing the consumer to pay extra for premium brands or quality. In addition cruise lines are now using this term even though the cruise fare only covers food (but not specialty food/restaurants on board), forcing you to pay for soda, juice and all alcohol. So the short answer is no. Do your homework before booking all-inclusive or seek assistance from a travel professional who knows what specific amenities to look for according to your individual needs and expectations.
And that’s your MJST Prep School Lesson for the Week
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