While I typically do not post on one off hotel deals, I could not let this one get by! As you may or may not remember, me and Mr. Deals are headed to Barbados at the end of May to celebrate our 2 year anniversary. After much research a month or so ago, I came across the Crane Resort. I booked a reservation for three nights at a rate of $214/night with the 3rd night free. Since we are staying 5 nights, we decided to stay at the Crane 3 nights (to utilize the 3rd night free) and switch to a different hotel on another part of the island for the other 2 nights. Until today I still did not have the other two nights booked.

I went back to Jetsetter today to see if any other hotels were being offer and lo and behold, the Crane Resort was back! However, this time with a much better rate – $150/night for the month of May (3 night minimum)! I quickly cancelled my prior reservation and booked this hotel for the entire 5 nights. No switching of hotels and a 5 night stay at an amazing hotel (so I’ve heard) for $905 (after tax and fees) – wahooo!

So if you have plans of visiting Barbados through mid-December, this is a flash sale deal at Jetsetter lasting for the next 6 days (although could always sell out prior). I was originally hesitant to stay at a non-chain hotel, but after much research, reading this blog post from The Points Guy, and talking to AAdvantage Geek and New Girl in the Air (both who just returned from Barbados), I am very excited about my stay at this hotel! Additionally, this hotel is located on Crane Beach which has been named one of the ten best beaches in the world!

During the winter time, this hotel can average over $500/night, so this is definitely a steel! While this flash sale ends at the start of the Christmas holiday, this is a great rate through that date. May = $150/night; June = $155/night; July = $155/night; August = $150/night; September = $150/night; October = $155/night; October = $155/night (Thanksgiving = $190/night); December = $190/night.

This is one deal at Jetsetter I am extremely excited about! I am also thrilled to be vacationing in Barbados!

If you are new to Jetsetter you can sign up via this link here. Note that this is a referral link and I will receive a $25 credit for anyone that joins and completes a booking. Or find a friend/family member and use their referral link – just make sure someone gets the $25 credit! Unfortunately, Jetsetter has done away with giving the referee a $25 credit as well towards their first booking.

Anyone else interested in this deal? Or any suggestions on things to do in Barbados?!

  • jcmitchell21 said,

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but $214/night with the 3rd night free = $428 for 3 nights. $150/night with a 3 night min. = $450 for 3 nights. Am I missing something?

  • dealswelike said,

    @jcmitchelle21 – you are absolutely correct, however, you had to have in increments of 3 nights for the 3rd night to be free. And, unfortunately the current deal requires a 3 night minimum, so I was not able to add on just 2 more nights, thus needing to cancel the reservation and re-book. Originally, the room came out to $168.67/night (with taxes/fees) for the first three nights. This new reservation equates to $181/night (with taxes/fees). While I ultimately had to pay an extra $12.33/night ($37 total) for the first three nights, I was able to get the 4th and 5th night for $150/night instead of the $214/night, thus saving me money over the course of the 5 nights.

  • HikerT said,

    I sometimes find better deals on LuxuryLink/FamilyGetaway (after 10% off coupon and cash back via ebates). If you want an upgraded room, ocean view, private pool, airport transfers, spa credit, cruise with lunch, 1 dinner, etc. then you might snag a better deal via auction at LuxuryLink/FamilyGetaway, but if you don’t value the extras that much then Jetsetter’s flash sale looks like the better deal. A downside with Jetsetter’s flash sales is they are generally not refundable, changeable or transferable. We used $5K of of Jetsetter credits (obtained for ~40% off on CyberMonday) to book 8 nights in a Governor’s suite at LeBlanc in Cancun and we are sweating bullets as trip insurance doesn’t cover the cost of miles or credits.

  • elephant said,

    even seeing the name Jetsetter reminds me how they ripped me off a few months back with that JFK taxi scam…no thanks!

  • dealswelike said,

    @Elephant – I’ve been skeptical as well since the JFK groundlink deal, however, it seems as though it ended up right for everyone (after multiple phone calls). Was your issue never resolved?

  • HikerT said,

    BTW, hope you’re not in the park residences which according to Jetsetter are impacted by construction. Miss HikerT would definitely tell me to spend $90 more a night for the ocean view 1 BR with private plunge pool. Then again, maybe you’ll get upgraded for free if the noise is bothersome and they have availability.

  • dealswelike said,

    @HikerT- Thanks for the heads up. I already checked it out and the junior garden view suite is not obstructed by construction. However, I like your thinking about an upgrade if their is availability and a noise complaint!

  • elephant said,

    Once you’ve been tricked, it’s likely they’ll come right back and do it again and with greater fury- that’s why I am steering clear of Jetsetter and Groundlink…as are my friends who follow your blog…especially the ones who found out later that the deal was cancelled and we had to shell out of pocket for the cab rides to and from JFK…

    anyway, great blog!

  • dealswelike said,

    @elephant – I am really sorry about the issue you had. What do you mean though the deal was cancelled? A few other bloggers had issues and after a quick call to Groundlink got it settled and the voucher was able to be redeemed. Sorry about that. Glad you like the blog though.

  • Justin said,

    I am curious about the type of vacation destination Barbados is. I am looking for a Caribbean vacation but prices have been out of my range for the virgin islands. Is Barbados a good place for beaches, snorkeling and just laying on the beach? By the way, how much were your plane tixs?

    Thanks!

  • JTI said,

    Just a reminder in case it wasn’t on anyone’s mind during early Spring…July-October is the heart of hurricane season. Be mindful of that when booking during those months in the Caribbean.

  • dealswelike said,

    @Justin – While I cannot speak from experience since this is my first time going, I can let you know what I’ve heard. First off, if you go on an off-season, the prices are significantly cheaper. You can stay at some hotels in Barbados for less than $100/night. The beaches are supposed to be absolutely amazing in Barbados, plus there is supposed to be a lot to do. From what I’ve heard, food is Barbados is on the expensive side, but you’ll probably find that at most Caribbean vacations. I’ve seen plane tickets as low as $400 to Barbados during the off-season.

    The one other good thing about Barbados is that it lies outside of the hurricane belt, so you lesson the chances of rain during hurricane season.

  • dealswelike said,

    @JTI – That is correct, but some islands, i.e., Aruba and Barbados, are outside of the hurricane belt. But definitely keep that in mind for the July-October period.

  • Weekend Spa Breaks for 2 said,

    Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Cheers

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