The Australian online retailer best known for spruiking cheap TVs and gadgets has today launched a holiday booking website dubbed Kogan Travel. The service will purportedly offer savings of up to 75% on popular holiday destinations such as China, Fiji, Vietnam and Thailand. Let's take a look at some of the deals currently on offer.
Kogan's travel division is essentially a big list of holiday offers that are typically found on "daily deal" sites such as Groupon. The deals range from adults-only Thailand retreats to weekend getaways in Broome.
According to Kogan, its inbuilt customer base of approximately two million users has allowed it to secure large discounts with hotels, resorts and tour organisers, both locally and abroad. The options include complete travel packages with return flights, as well as standalone luxury hotel deals.
"The negotiating power of two million fans means we were able to curate unbeatable deals for holidays in Australia and around the world," Kogan CEO Ruslan Kogan claimed in a statement.
“Whether you’re looking for a luxurious escape to the Maldives, a Bali getaway, a tour of China, or a night at the Shangri-La in Sydney, we’ve got you covered.”
The website's launch offers include some pretty impressive sounding packages. For example, you can get a 10-day trip for two to China (Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Huangshan and Shanghai) which includes return flights, airport transfers, private coach transport, guided tours in English and meals for $2798 ($1399 per person.)
Local deals include a 5-night stay in a Cairns Australis Beach Resort for two with return airfares for $1083. All hotels are listed on the site, so checking the quality of accommodations is easy. As for flights, the site simply lists "a reputable airline" which seems a bit dodgy. (For what it's worth, Kogan Travel is ATAS travel accredited and registered with the Australian Federation of Travel Agents.)
Naturally, there are some caveats to be aware of. Some deals include hidden costs such as compulsory tips for tour guides and "high season" surcharges. As with any online travel deal, it's imperative to carefully check the terms and conditions along with any small print tacked on the bottom.
Currently, the majority of deals seem to be geared towards two people: if you have a family or like to travel solo, it's slim pickings at the moment. You can check out Kogan's new travel service for yourself here.
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