Great Easter Half Term Holidays

The Easter School Holidays are a great time of year to get away for some sunshine and relaxation. Many of the European favourites such as Spain & Portugal are hotting up for the summer whilst the more exotic India or “forever sunny” Florida offer highly competitive holidays in April. Here we take a look at 5 eXpectations holidays that were available on the RCI website when we looked (18/8/2016) for sunny escapes during the Easter School Holidays.

1Clube Praia Da Oura, Portugal

Escape to the gorgeous Algarve with this 7-night holiday to Albufeira for just 23,000 eXpectations points. Clube Praia da Oura is located directly on the beach where members could have been checking into a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) during 8th – 15th April 2017. Temperatures reach an amiable 19 Degrees C during April, perfect for exploring the Algarve’s award-winning coastline.

We compared the price of this eXpectations holiday against a similar offering via Booking.com. 7-nights at Clube Praia Da Oura during the same dates within a 1-bedroom apartment was advertised on Booking.com for £697 (based on 2 people sharing when we looked on 18/8/2016).

In comparison, eXpectations members were able to book this holiday for just 23,000 points. To put a figure to the cost of this holiday; the associated maintenance fee for 23,000 points, 1x annual membership, 1x online exchange fee plus a £25 utility surcharge all came to £423.25 (not including the cost of initial membership / points). This equated to a saving of over £270!

*Please Note: Price comparisons of example bookings are conducted at the time of writing which is likely to predate the time of publishing by a few days. Price differences are likely to vary as occupancy dates draw closer and third party prices fluctuate due to seasonal pricing variations, availability, discounts etc. Calculations are made using RCI and eXpectations Holidays prices (in sterling) at time of writing and are subject to change. Some elements of each booking may require fees to be paid in a local currency. For more information please see our article on Value for Money and Price comparisons.

2Orange Lake Country Club, Florida


Explore the magic of Orlando at the award-winning Orange Lake Country Club with this fantastic family holiday during 14th – 21st April 2017. For just 79,500 eXpectations points members could have booked this spacious 2-bedroom villa (sleeping up to 6 guests). Florida, the “Sunshine State”, enjoys warm temperatures averaging 22 Degrees C during April, the ideal conditions for sunbathing and exploring the exhilarating theme parks its famous for.

To compare the price of this holiday we checked against a similar offering from Booking.com. A 7-night holiday at Orange Lake Country Club during the same dates within a 2-bedroom apartment was available for £1,791 on Booking.com (based on 4 people sharing when we looked on 18/8/2016).

Members of eXpectations were able to book this holiday for just 79,500 points. To put a figure on the price of this holiday the combined maintenance fee for 79,500 points, annual membership and online exchange fee plus a £90 resort fee came to £813.13 (not including the cost of initial membership / points). Compared to Booking.com this equated to a saving of over £975!

*Please Note: Price comparisons of example bookings are conducted at the time of writing which is likely to predate the time of publishing by a few days. Price differences are likely to vary as occupancy dates draw closer and third party prices fluctuate due to seasonal pricing variations, availability, discounts etc. Calculations are made using RCI and eXpectations Holidays prices (in sterling) at time of writing and are subject to change. Some elements of each booking may require fees to be paid in a local currency. For more information please see our article on Value for Money and Price comparisons.

3Karma Royal Palms, India


13 of the Top 25 Beaches in India (TripAdvisor 2016) can be found in Goa on India’s West Coast where this eXpectations holiday was available at the Karma Royal Palms. Checking in for 7-nights during 8th – 15th April 2017 within a 2-bedroom apartment eXpectations members could have booked this holiday for 39,000 points. Temperatures settle at around 29 Degrees C making for perfect sunbathing weather along the beach or poolside and be sure to visit Shantadurga Temple.

To compare the value of eXpectations holiday against a similar offering we checked Booking.com. 7-nights at a similar standard Holiday Inn resort during 8th – 15th April 2017 within a 2-bedroom apartment was available for approximately £1,200 on Booking.com (based on 4 people sharing when we looked on 18/8/2016).

In comparison, members of eXpectations were able to book this holiday for just 39,000 points. To put a figure on the cost of this holiday; the associated maintenance fees, annual membership, online exchange fee and Luxury & Service Tax (charged in Goa) comes to £605.25 (not including the cost of initial membership / points). This equates to huge savings of over £590!

*Please Note: Price comparisons of example bookings are conducted at the time of writing which is likely to predate the time of publishing by a few days. Price differences are likely to vary as occupancy dates draw closer and third party prices fluctuate due to seasonal pricing variations, availability, discounts etc. Calculations are made using RCI and eXpectations Holidays prices (in sterling) at time of writing and are subject to change. Some elements of each booking may require fees to be paid in a local currency. For more information please see our article on Value for Money and Price comparisons.

4Club Bena Vista, Spain


Set against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range Club Bena Vista is a favourite family holiday resort. Expectations members could have booked this 7-night stay during 15th – 22nd April 2017 for just 29,500 points in a stylish 2-bedroom apartment (sleeping up to 6 people). The Costa Del Sol, “Sunshine Coast”, is blessed with a warm annual climate with temperatures in April averaging 18 Degrees C making it the ideal location for some Easter sun.

To show the value of eXpectations we compared the price of this holiday against a similar offering via Booking.com. 7-nights at Club Bena Vista during 15th – 22nd April 2017 within a 2-bedroom apartment cost £718 on Booking.com (based on 4 people sharing when we looked on 18/8/2016).

In comparison, eXpectations members were able to book this holiday for just 29,500 points. The cost of this holiday equates to £452.75 and includes: 1x annual membership, associated maintenance fees for 29,500 eXpectations points plus a Utility Fee charged by the resort (not including the cost of initial membership / points). This meant a total saving of £265.25!

*Please Note: Price comparisons of example bookings are conducted at the time of writing which is likely to predate the time of publishing by a few days. Price differences are likely to vary as occupancy dates draw closer and third party prices fluctuate due to seasonal pricing variations, availability, discounts etc. Calculations are made using RCI and eXpectations Holidays prices (in sterling) at time of writing and are subject to change. Some elements of each booking may require fees to be paid in a local currency. For more information please see our article on Value for Money and Price comparisons.

5Sheraton’s Vistana Resort, Florida


A marvelous holiday could have been yours at the family favourite Sheraton’s Vistana Resort for 7-nights during the Easter school holidays. Sleeping up to 6 guests this spacious 2-bedroom villa could have been booked for only 67,000 eXpectations points during 14th – 21st April 2017. Florida’s warm annual climate and abundance of sunshine offers the perfect combination for sunbathing and sightseeing in the city of Orlando.

To see how the value of eXpectations stacks up we compared this holiday against a similar offering from Booking.com. 7-nights at Sheraton’s Vistana Resort during 14th – 21st April 2017 within a 2-bedroom apartment was available for £1,831 via Booking.com (based on 4 people sharing when we looked on 18/8/2016).

eXpectations Holidays members were able to book this holiday for just 67,000 points. To put this into perspective; the associated maintenance fees, annual membership and online exchange fee comes to £651.25 (not including the cost of initial membership / points). This equates to a massive saving of over £1,175!

P*lease Note: Price comparisons of example bookings are conducted at the time of writing which is likely to predate the time of publishing by a few days. Price differences are likely to vary as occupancy dates draw closer and third party prices fluctuate due to seasonal pricing variations, availability, discounts etc. Calculations are made using RCI and eXpectations Holidays prices (in sterling) at time of writing and are subject to change. Some elements of each booking may require fees to be paid in a local currency. For more information please see our article on Value for Money and Price comparisons.