Hotel review site Oyster.com won our admiration with their revealing, if limited, photo fakeouts series. Also worth checking out before you book? Their blog's "Bundle Breakdowns" section, which similarly shines a light on package deals that aren't actually deals.
Like the Photo Fakeout series, "Bundle Breakdowns" is helpful, occasionally funny, and revealing about the types of things that are covered up by the travel and leisure industry when they're pressing a hard sell. But it's also in need of its own organised, searchable spot, so travellers can find the particular deal or travel vendor they're looking at, and check to see if it's made the list of fake bundle savings.
Then again, some of the deals actually turn out to be decent. But not all of them:
So there you have it: Somehow, the Sheraton's free roundtrip flight deal ($1834.40) is $US245.36 more expensive than using a booking engine (like Orbitz) to pay for both flights yourselves. Pretty fishy, eh?
If nothing else, a quick read through Bundle Breakdowns will encourage you to price out the components of any travel "value" you find, just to make sure you're not getting the runaround.
Bundle Breakdowns [Oyster.com Blog]