Don’t Use Get Your Guide! Save at Least 20%!

Don’t use Get Your Guide!

Avoid the headache and save money with this travel hack!

Want to save money on your next trip? First step is not buying from Get Your Guide!

Why shouldn’t you purchase from Get Your Guide? Well first of all it will be more expensive! Second, you’re booking through a third party, maybe even a fourth.

Let me explain and later will show you a travel hack.

You’re going to pay more for the same experience. Period.

Ready for a travel hack? I’m about to save you at least 20% on your next trip activity.

Get Your Guide doesn’t pay companies to have their products listed on Get Your Guide, companies pay a commission instead.

How much is the commission?

Well it varies but between 25 and 35 percent!

In competitive markets, competition is already fierce and the prices are as low as possible already.

So how can they offer the same product for the same or lower price on their website while paying a 25 to 35% commission?

They can’t!

So what’s the deal?

Well, there’s a few ways around this.

1. Change the activity slightly.

To absorb the cost of the commission, companies will adjust things or simply leave items off the normal tour.

Adjust? How so?

Well they can shorten the timings of a trip. That 2 hour cruise is now 90 minutes (no mention of that though!), the 90 minute tour is now 1 hour.

The parking location is moved to a cheaper boarding area.

The most popular Marina might be ideal, but the one “off the beaten path” is a lot less expensive to operate from… Good luck with a taxi to and from that location…

Almost There, Sort of...

Almost There, Sort of…

That 5 star meal is now 2.5 stars max.

The 30 minute camel ride is now a 5 minute photo op.

The hiking tour in the mountains with lunch, is now a convenient “hikers deluxe carry to go” package.

Why are the other guests in a SUV and we’re on a labor bus?

There are tons more examples, but you get the drift.

2. Upsell time!

Ok, you read the listing and don’t see anything that’s left off, so you’re good to go. Now you’re in the Desert and need a scarf for the sand. 10x the normal price. Thirsty? You get it…

Please Pay More!

Please Pay More!

Not every tour is all inclusive, but the unbelievably cheap tours have more of an incentive to upsell you to cover the costs. It’s more than likely their business plan.

Not everyone is out to give you a bad experience. In fact 50% of the time, you would never know the difference unless you had the other experience first to compare it with.

3. Simply raise the Price.

What most companies do, is simply add the cost of the commission onto their normal pricing.

Ok, you know what’s going on, now how do I avoid getting taken to the cleaners, being hassled or getting short changed on my trip?

4. Confuse the Price!

How does Get Your Guide “confuse the price”?

You go online and see a 1 hour private boat tour for 250 aed. Excellent, that’s a great price! Keep reading and you’ll see it’s 250 aed per person… Some tours are by nature a per person activity as it wouldn’t make sense to charter a complete dinner boat or high speed rib boat.

But an 8 person cruising boat which you can normally get for 350 aed per hour for the entire boat sounds like a great deal at 250! Just cheap enough for you to think you’re getting a great price! And “private boat tours” in Dubai are almost never per person, hence them being private!

You’re renting out the boat for your personal (private) use, the pricing should be per boat, not per person.

Next is not exactly price confusion, but more of a product confusion issue.

The reason we list boats and yachts separately, are so you can have a better understanding of what you’re getting.

Please see our blog “the difference between a boat and a yacht”.

Nice Boat, but not a Yacht

Nice Boat for cruising, but not a yacht if that’s what you’re looking for.

50ft Yacht in Dubai

50ft Luxury Yacht in Dubai

We constantly get customers ask us to price match a yacht offer they saw online.

When we have a look at what they’re actually getting, we see it’s a fishing boat and not even remotely a “yacht”!

Happens all of the time! Companies list a fishing boat on Get Your Guide as a yacht or mini yacht (read, a boat…) so customers feel they’re getting a great deal.

Umm, they’re not…

The residents who live here are our best customers because they know the game. They may have fallen for it the first time, but there’s never a next time!

Which brings me to my travel hack!

Go on Get Your Guide and search around for what you like.

Then call the company listed and ask for a 25 percent discount (or more).

Will it work? Yup.

If you don’t want to do that, then simply call me directly!

I’ll get you at least 15% off the cheapest price there (keeping 5% for meself 😅).

So why do companies use them?

They have the ability to generate bookings and increase sales for the tour companies, which are always looking for additional revenue streams.

A responsible company, will deduct the commission paid from their marketing budget, which in turn would normalize the pricing they give to the marketing or listing company (in this case Get Your Guide).

In a perfect world, most companies would do this and the rates would be competitive throughout the market. This however doesn’t happen. The commission from Get Your Guide is more than the marketing budget of most companies, or they don’t have the ability to stop marketing a certain product and segment out only the Get Your Guide income stream.

Add to that, other companies don’t have a marketing budget and use Get Your Guide as their sole marketing platform to try and squeeze through with razor thin margins. Their price is low and other companies follow them down which leads to a race to the bottom. To maintain the low price, they have to cut costs somewhere! That, or add the commission and hope you don’t check around. This leads to lower sales, so they try to offset it with much higher pricing. Cue the words “luxury” and the like.

Besides the price, there are other issues you should be aware of as well.

You’re not booking directly with the company providing the tour!

Your booking through Get Your Guide and the best case scenario is they in turn book from the tour company. This can lead to a bit of confusion of course, as you may not know the contact details of the company or other important information.

What also happens, is a company will list another companies activities on Get Your Guide, which adds yet another link in the chain!

If you’re a travel agent that does this, SHAME ON YOU!

1, your client isn’t getting the best price, and 2, you’re at the mercy of at least 1 (not needed middleman). As a travel agent, how can you ensure all of your clients needs are met, last minute changes are able to be handled and they can find their activity without issue?

Read our upcoming blog for travel agents…

They don’t post all of the bad reviews!

Did you ever leave a helpful but negative review (on Get Your Guide) on one of their tours and wondered where it went? They won’t post them! Some make it through, but others are simply not shown to the public!

I could go on and on, but I think you understand there’s a better way!

On a side note, see reviews of Get Your Guide Here

Get Your Guide

Get Your Guide Review

Stay tuned as I’ll update this in the future and will bring you even more travel hacks.

Find out why you should always contact the tour or travel company directly on our upcoming #travelhacks blog.

If you found this helpful or interesting, please share.

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  • Don’t Worry, We have Lots More to Offer!

    We have plenty of activities you can choose from!

     

    Here is a list of Our All day Adventures. 

    You can choose from a relaxing trip to the Burj Al Arab, a Luxury Yacht Cruise to the Palm Atlantis, or a Fast Boat Thrill Ride Sight Seeing Cruise followed by a Desert Safari.

    Your choice!

    First we have our Fast Boat Thrill Ride Sight Seeing Adventure!

    Can you handle our All Day Fast Boat Adventure?

    Take our Thrill Ride in the afternoon followed by lunch, Dune Bashing, Desert Safari, Live Entertainment and more, well into the evening!

    An All Day Adventure!

    Note* Parents You can choose our Yacht Sight Seeing tour for the first portion while the kids enjoy the Fast boat!

    We’ll pick you up from your Dubai Area Hotel

    • Next we’ll head to the Marina to board our Fast Boats!
    • After our Fast Boat thrill ride, we’ll have lunch at the restaurant overlooking the water.
    • After eating, we’ll head out to the Desert to begin our land adventure!
    • Here we’ll do everything as described below in our Desert Safari.
    • After the Dune Bashing, BBQ, Live entertainment etc… we’ll take you back to your hotel.
    1. FAST BOAT Thrill Ride!

    Join us on a high speed adventure on the Dubai Waters!

    See iconic landmarks such as the Palm, Atlantis, the Burj Al Arab and the new Blue Water Island.

    We’ll provide you with plenty of drinking water, unbelievable photo ops and a once in a lifetime experience!

    We cruise from the Dubai Marina and we’re super easy to find.

    The trip last approximately 90 minutes and if the sea is a bit choppy (or if everyone asks for it), you may get wet (& love it :)).

    1. Lunch at the Restaurant overlooking the water in the Dubai Marina.
    2. DESERT SAFARI

    Includes:
    • 4 Live Entertainment Shows.
    • 2 Belly Dance Show (On Ramadan season/Islamic Month not available).
    • Free exhibition & Tanoura Show.
    • Barbecue Buffet Dinner with the choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
    • Free Unlimited water, tea, and coffee.
    • Free unlimited cold drinks along with starters at 7:15pm.
    • Free Hubbly Bubbly in Hubbly Bubbly area.
    • Free Short Distance Camel riding.
    • Opportunity to capture sunset
    • Free Henna Tattoo Painting
    • Free Arabic Dress Photography (subject to availability)
    • Separate Men & Women toilet Facilities.

    Pickup for the Desert Safari is via our closest meetup point (Dubai / Sharjah

    Deira City Center, Burjuman Spinneys, LULU Market behind Mall of Emirates, Dragon

    Hotel and Private Residence Pickup in shared 4×4 available for 50 aed extra (per person).

    What’s included?

    • Entry or admission fee

    Includes pickup and drop-off at your Dubai Area hotel.

    The Fast Boat Trip includes your 90 minute adventure trip.

    Lunch is Provided at our restaurant located in the Dubai Marina.

    Your desert Safari includes the following:

    4 Live Entertainment Shows

    • 2 Belly Dance Shows (On Ramadan season/Islamic Month not available)
    • Fire Exhibition & Tanoura show.
    • BBQ Buffet Dinner with the choice of Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian.
    • Free Unlimited water, tea & coffee.
    • Free Unlimited Cold drinks along with Starter @ 7:15pm
    • Free “Hubbly Bubbly” in “Hubbly Bubbly” Area.
    • Free Short Distance Camel Riding.
    • Opportunity to capture Sunset.
    • Free Henna Tattoo Painting.
    • Free Arabic Dress photography (subject to availability).
    • Separate Men & Women Toilet facilities.

    Please note

    • Passport required

    Please bring a copy of your ID in case the Coast Guard does a random check.

    Cancellation policy

    Bookings can be cancelled whenever without any fees.

    Experience type

    Day tour / activity

    Duration

    9 hour

    Booking in advance

    Cut off: 1 days

    Physical difficulty level

    Easy

    Know before you go

    Minimum age of passengers is: 5

    Categories

    Sailing / boat tour Family friendly Group friendly Outdoor.

     

     

    Next We Have Our 3 Hour Burj Al Arab Sight Seeing Cruise Adventure

     

    Here’s your All Day Burj Al Arab Cruise Adventure!

    Take our 3 hour Burj Al Arab Cruise in the afternoon with lunch onboard, followed by, Dune Bashing, Desert Safari, Live Entertainment and more, well into the evening!

    An All Day Adventure!

    Note* Fun for all ages!

    We’ll pick you up from your Dubai Area Hotel

    • Next we’ll head to the Dubai Canal to board our boat!
    • We’ll have lunch onboard as we sail the open water.
    • After our boat trip, we’ll head out to the Desert to begin our land adventure!
    • Here we’ll do everything as described below in our Desert Safari.
    • After the Dune Bashing, BBQ, Live entertainment etc… we’ll take you back to your hotel.
    1. 3 Hour Burj Al Arab Cruise!

    We’ll cruise through the Dubai Canal for a bit of Sight See Seeing on our way to the Burj Al Arab!

    We’ll provide you with a buffet lunch onboard, unbelievable photo ops and a once in a lifetime experience!

    The trip last approximately 3 hours and is perfect for all ages!

    1. Lunch is on the boat!
    2. DESERT SAFARI

    Includes:
    • 4 Live Entertainment Shows.
    • 2 Belly Dance Show (On Ramadan season/Islamic Month not available).
    • Free exhibition & Tanoura Show.
    • Barbecue Buffet Dinner with the choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
    • Free Unlimited water, tea, and coffee.
    • Free unlimited cold drinks along with starters at 7:15pm.
    • Free Hubbly Bubbly in Hubbly Bubbly area.
    • Free Short Distance Camel riding.
    • Opportunity to capture sunset
    • Free Henna Tattoo Painting
    • Free Arabic Dress Photography (subject to availability)
    • Separate Men & Women toilet Facilities.

    What’s included?

    • Entry or admission fee

    The Boat Trip includes your 3 hour cruise with buffet lunch onboard.

    Your desert Safari includes the following:

    4 Live Entertainment Shows

    • 2 Belly Dance Shows (On Ramadan season/Islamic Month not available)
    • Fire Exhibition & Tanoura show.
    • BBQ Buffet Dinner with the choice of Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian.
    • Free Unlimited water, tea & coffee.
    • Free Unlimited Cold drinks along with Starter @ 7:15pm
    • Free “Hubbly Bubbly” in “Hubbly Bubbly” Area.
    • Free Short Distance Camel Riding.
    • Opportunity to capture Sunset.
    • Free Henna Tattoo Painting.
    • Free Arabic Dress photography (subject to availability).
    • Separate Men & Women Toilet facilities.

    Please note

    • Passport required

    Please bring a copy of your ID in case the Coast Guard does a random check.

    Cancellation policy

    Bookings can be cancelled whenever without any fees.

    Experience type

    Day tour / activity

    Duration

    9 hour

    Booking in advance

    Cut off: 1 days

    Physical difficulty level

    Easy

    Know before you go

    Minimum age of passengers is: 1

    Categories

    Sailing / boat tour Day trips and excursions Safari / wildlife Sightseeing Family friendly Group friendly Outdoor Couples

     

    Here’ Our Luxury Yacht All Day Adventure

    Here’s your All Day Luxury Yacht Adventure!

    Take our Yacht Cruise in the afternoon followed by lunch, Dune Bashing, Desert Safari, Live Entertainment and more, well into the evening!

    An All Day Adventure Starting with a Yacht Cruise!

    Note* Parents You can choose our Yacht Sight Seeing tour for the first portion while the kids enjoy the Fast Boat Thrill Ride!

    We’ll pick you up from your Dubai Area Hotel

    • Next we’ll head to the Marina to board our Yacht!
    • After our Yacht Cruise, we’ll have lunch at the restaurant overlooking the water.
    • After eating, we’ll head out to the Desert to begin our land adventure!
    • Here we’ll do everything as described below in our Desert Safari.
    • After the Dune Bashing, BBQ, Live entertainment etc… we’ll take you back to your hotel.
    1. Luxury Yacht Cruise!

    We’ll take it slow and easy as we cruise through the Dubai Marina for a bit of Sight See Seeing!

    We’ll provide you with plenty of drinking water, unbelievable photo ops and a once in a lifetime experience!

    We cruise from the Dubai Marina and we’re super easy to find.

    The trip last approximately 60 minutes and is perfect for all ages!

    1. Lunch at the Restaurant overlooking the water in the Dubai Marina.
    2. DESERT SAFARI

    Includes:
    • 4 Live Entertainment Shows.
    • 2 Belly Dance Show (On Ramadan season/Islamic Month not available).
    • Free exhibition & Tanoura Show.
    • Barbecue Buffet Dinner with the choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
    • Free Unlimited water, tea, and coffee.
    • Free unlimited cold drinks along with starters at 7:15pm.
    • Free Hubbly Bubbly in Hubbly Bubbly area.
    • Free Short Distance Camel riding.
    • Opportunity to capture sunset
    • Free Henna Tattoo Painting
    • Free Arabic Dress Photography (subject to availability)
    • Separate Men & Women toilet Facilities.

    Pickup for the Desert Safari is via our closest meetup point (Dubai / Sharjah

    Deira City Center, Burjuman Spinneys, LULU Market behind Mall of Emirates, Dragon

    Hotel and Private Residence Pickup in shared 4×4 available for 50 aed extra (per person).

    What’s included?

    • Entry or admission fee

    The Fast Boat Trip includes your 90 minute adventure trip

    Your desert Safari includes the following:

    4 Live Entertainment Shows

    • 2 Belly Dance Shows (On Ramadan season/Islamic Month not available)
    • Fire Exhibition & Tanoura show.
    • BBQ Buffet Dinner with the choice of Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian.
    • Free Unlimited water, tea & coffee.
    • Free Unlimited Cold drinks along with Starter @ 7:15pm
    • Free “Hubbly Bubbly” in “Hubbly Bubbly” Area.
    • Free Short Distance Camel Riding.
    • Opportunity to capture Sunset.
    • Free Henna Tattoo Painting.
    • Free Arabic Dress photography (subject to availability).
    • Separate Men & Women Toilet facilities.

    Pickup for Desert Safari at the listed meeting points.

    Please note

    • Passport required

    Please bring a copy of your ID in case the Coast Guard does a random check.

    Cancellation policy

    Bookings can be cancelled whenever without any fees.

    Experience type

    Day tour / activity

    Duration

    1 hour 30 minute

    Booking in advance

    Cut off: 1 days

    Physical difficulty level

    Easy

    Know before you go

    Minimum age of passengers is: 1

    Categories

    Sailing / boat tour Family friendly Group friendly Outdoor

     

    What to do on a Yacht?

    Ok, so we have a few nice yachts and boats available, what does it mean for you?  What can you do and why should you rent a boat or yacht?

    There’s plenty to do, but it’s entirely up to you.  You can rent a boat for an hour or 2 and cruise around with family and friends.  There’s always plenty of time to take pictures, relax and enjoy!

    You can rent a yacht if you’d like more room and a cabin to escape the weather (all of our yachts include an inside cabin with air conditioning).  On a yacht you can have a party, enjoy a romantic evening, take a swim or just relax and do nothing at all!

    All of our boats and yachts come with a Captain and crew.  They’ll handle the vessel and take care of everything!  All you have to do is pick your vessel and timing.  Water and ice are also provided complimentary to all of our guests.

    If you’d like decorations, catering, photography or anything else, just let us know prior to booking.  We’ll make sure you have what you need to have a great time!

     

    Our Other Activities.

    We have Plenty to Choose From!

    From Private Yachts, Sharing Trips, Dinner Cruises, Fishing Trips, Desert Safaris, Event Boats and more!

     

    Event Boats.

    Our Event Boats are perfect for corporate events, staff parties, large groups, sight seeing tours and more!  Ask us about custom solutions for your groups.

    We can handle your event from just a few people to 500 guests! We have our catamaran, 68ft Yacht, 75ft Yacht, 88ft Yacht, 90ft Yacht, 101ft Yacht, House boats, custom party boats, and Yachts specifically made for Yacht Parties!

     

    Private Yachts

    Experience Magic on Board with your very own Private Luxury Yacht Cruise!

    Experience a different kind of cruise, with amazing prices and exceptional service.

    Our Luxury Yachts are perfect for couples or groups of up to 500 people.

    We can provide catering, DJs, decorations, photography, videography, hostesses and more!  You can also bring your own food and drinks aboard with the exception of Desert Rose and Lotus Megayachts where you can take your catering and drinks from us.

    Whether it’s a romantic cruise or family outing, PRIVACY is GUARANTEED on our private yacht cruises!

    We do our best to make sure you have the trip of a lifetime!

    If you’re after the best yacht rental in Dubai, you’ve found it.  We offer the best boat rentals, yacht rentals, dinner cruises and sharing trips in Dubai!

    All of our Yachts includes

    – Sound System (Some are basic with an option to upgrade)

    – Bedroom(s)

    – TV(s)

    – Toilet and Shower

    – Captain and Crew

    – Water and Ice

    The price is not per person, but for the entire yacht!