Luxury Link Online Vacation Auctions: Are They a Good Deal?

Can you get the vacation you want in a Luxury Link auction?

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••• Keemala resort in Phuket, Thailand, is yours via Luxury Link. Keemala

Luxury Link Is the Original Vacation Auction Site

In 1997, Luxury Link became the first vacation auctions and discount site on the web. Today it is the best-known, and now has a popular app. Luxury Link is best known for its vacation auctions. But it also offers thousands of discounted luxury hotel vacations at their price, so you buy, not bid

Luxury Link's 3,000+ available luxury accommodations cover hotels, resorts, inns, villas, and even castles.

Hotels are four-star or five-star and located all over the world. You can find every kind of hotel in Luxury Link: traditional or all-inclusive resorts; romantic, kid-friendly, pet-friendly, grand hotels, boutique hotels, wellness retreats, culinary magnets, golf or ski resorts, ranches, nature lodges, eco-resorts. Settings range from beach to city to mountains to overwater bungalows. What they all have in common is that these vacations are a deal.

How Good a Deal Is Luxury Link?

Luxury Link prices are at least as good a deal as you'll find elsewhere, whether on a hotel's own website or on "flash sale" sites such as Jetsetter. Sometimes Luxury Link's deals are only slightly discounted, but sometimes the price can be 60% or more off published rates. You can save big, and Luxury Link is one of TripSavvy's 12 ways to get luxury vacations for less

Luxury Link saves users money, but it also saves them time and frustration.

The site makes it easy to search for the hotel or resort that's perfect for your vacation, or to find a new destination and then a hotel.

The Nitty-Gritty: Luxury Link Works Like an Auction Site (Mostly)

Luxury Link hotel stays are sold in two ways, just like on eBay: in auctions and it "buy it now" purchase.

In Luxury Link auctions., the hotel is set, and the dates may or may not be. Auctions last several days. Customers can keep bidding, or submit maximum bids. Bids are legally binding; bidders must submit credit card info. In "buy it now" purchases, some packages are set, but in others you can specify dates and room category.

You're Bidding on Hotel Nights

Luxury Link combines forces with its many partner hotels to offer hotel stays from one night to a week or more. The hotel name is disclosed in the auction listing, so users are not bidding blind, as they do on "name your price" vacation websites. Most auctions are for flexible dates. Each auction package has a range of valid travel dates. Some even include holiday weekends, and there are few blackout dates. While Luxury Link can't guarantee there will be rooms available for the exact dates you want, nearly everyone gets their first or second choice of dates.

Luxury Link Costs Nothing to Use

There's no fee to join or use Luxury Link: no membership charges, closing fees, commissions, or other costs. Still, whether you buy once or once a month, Luxury Link does not offer a loyalty program or frequent-user perks.

Luxury Link's Travel Network

Luxury Link partners with many revered luxury hotel brands to offer nights in their famous properties. These include Amanresorts, Belmond, Four Seasons, Langham, Oberoi, One&Only, Peninsula, Relais & ChateauxRitz-Carlton, Rosewood, Sandals, and others.

Luxury Link also works with several travel companies to provide further discounts and services. These include Dunhill Travel Deals (Luxury Link's parent company and online provider of discounted budget vacations) and also Online Vacation Center (cruise bargains), Expedia CruiseShipCenter, and tour specialist Enrichment Journeys.

To get an idea of the upscale character of Luxury Link hotels, you can check some of them out here on TripSavvy: Viceroy Santa Monica in L.A. and Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego;; in Florida: Turnberry Isle Resort in Miami and Ocean Key Resort & Spa in Key West; Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; in New Mexico: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe; in Washington, D.C.: The Dupont Circle Hotel in D.C.; Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island, B.C.; In the Caribbean: Four Seasons Resort NevisLive Aqua Cancun Hotel Las Americas in Cartagena, Colombia In Thailand: Keemala and Amanpuri on Phuket and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay in Thailand, and on Portugal's Algarve, Vila Joya and Vila Vita Parc.