Most unusual travel bookings of 2011
23 December 2011, 20:17:05 (422 clicks)
FROM a $15 overnight stay at a hotel in Bali to more than $100,000 on a trip of a lifetime to Europe, Australian travel agents have revealed the cheapest and most expensive holidays booked in the past year.
Student Flights takes the prize for the least expensive booking of the year - a one night stay at the two-star Bakungsari Hotel in Kuta, Bali, for just $15.
At the other end of the scale, a man from Victoria booked nine back-to-back trips in Europe with the same company.
He spent more than $100,000 on the tours with Insight Vacations - despite having never travelled with the company before - and business class flights.
His five-month trip included the Channel Islands, Iceland, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and Greece.
Qantas Holidays claims to have encountered the savviest bargain hunter of the year.
A woman who rang to book accommodation in Bali revealed she had spent eight hours on the internet trying to connect to the server to get a sale fare to Bali with AirAsia, staying online until 3am.
Once she got the deal she called Jetstar and managed to get the same flights for 10 per cent less thanks to their price beat guarantee.
She told the representative at Qantas Holidays that she ended getting flights from Sydney to Bali for a family of five for less than $500.
A Melbourne couple, meanwhile, splashed out $18,000 to stay three months at Peppers Broadbeach in Queensland.
The pair, who had just sold their business, were meant to go to Thailand after the first month but loved it so much they changed their plans to stay longer.
Lastminute.com.au said many Australians had taken advantage of the strong Australian dollar and snapped up bargain-basement prices at five-star hotels in Asia this year.
They included customers who paid $30 per night for a four star property in Cambodia, $60 per night for a five-star property in Bali and $61 per night for a four-star Secret Hotel Thailand.
Flight Centre booked a number of trips to Woodlyn Park in New Zealand, where guests can stay in a Hobbit Motel, on a train, plane or boat. News from news.com.au
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