Here at the Ginger Travel Guru, I’m not one to parrot press releases as actually I don’t think it adds much value or useful content to the internet. However I did receive an email this morning from Attitude magazine in partnership with Virgin Holidays advertising pride packages to the US.
Clearly coming from a gay magazine, it is something that I would expect, but I am very pleased to see a company like Virgin nailing it’s colours to mast and openly advertising it’s support for Pride and the LGBT community.
Clicking through it was a little disappointing that a lot of the packages don’t yet have a price next to them. However the Las Vegas ones do, so I have done a little bit of analysis to see whether they actually represent a good deal, or not.
They all actually appear to simply be a standard Virgin Holidays package; there’s no thought been paid to adding any LGBT specific events to the extras. But perhaps I’m asking too much?
So lets look at a simple package which comes in at £2,025:
- Flights in economy from London Gatwick non-stop to Las Vegas leaving on the 19th October, returning on the 22nd October
- Three nights in an Ultra Hip king room
- No car rental
If we were to look and book the two elements separately, the cheapest flights I can find on those exact dates, departing from London are actually with Delta, who are a Virgin Atlantic partner meaning you can still earn Flying Club miles. However they require a connection in Salt Lake City on the way out and in New York on the way back. In total, it comes to £1,557 for two.
The cheapest non-stop flights are with British Airways from Heathrow.
So lets take a look at the hotel. Direct on the Planet Hollywood website, the hotel is selling for $852 for the three nights which is around £670 at the time of writing.
A quick search on other consolidator websites like LMTClub came up with the same room for $697 (£550).
So buying separately is more expensive and the package does provide some genuine value.
So I thought I’d look at similar package deals with another provider so I checked British Airways holidays. For the same package at the same hotel, they’re offering a £70 saving over the Virgin Holidays price coming in at £1,955.
So I guess in summary it’s awesome that Virgin Holidays are supporting the LGBT community and actively promoting their packages to go visit Pride in the US. However it always pays to do your research and shop around. Only you can make a determination if you’d rather pay a little more and see your Pink Pound (or Dollar, or Euro), go to a company that more actively supports us.