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Hello Michelle

Considering Vouchers for my tour but it works out more expensive than using cash. And I have read that B&B get a reduced rate for the vouchers. So wouldn't be better for us to pay cash and for the B&B owner, so the B&B owner would prefare not using them. Why do they use them? It seem stange to me if it true.


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Sparle Madison




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I'm glad to hear you are enjoying my website. Vouchers are always a big topic for everyone planning a trip to Ireland. You are correct on all counts. Generally vouchers cost more than just paying cash at B&Bs as you go. B&Bs receive only a portion of their full rates from the voucher companies for the room and don't make as much as if a cash paying customer spent the night. You will be better off avoiding vouchers and paying as you go. Also, since not all B&Bs accept vouchers you will have many more options for lodgings open to you and not be restricted.

So why vouchers? Sometimes (usually off-season) vouchers are a good deal as part of an all-inclusive fly/drive/voucher package. Most of the time they are not a deal but on occasion they are. In the off-season when B&Bs are empty they would rather have people staying with vouchers and get a reduced rate simply to avoid having an empty room. At least they make something rather than nothing. Travel agents love vouchers because they get a commission and make money on them.

I hope that clears it up. Take a look at my "Lodgings" page for great places to stay in Ireland.



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