Although it may be possible to get a sell off or last minute price that is lower than our price, this is simply not possible with the large advance-booking groups we work with. A sell off or last minute seat is generally applicable for a small number of rooms or distressed inventory that has not sold out and must be paid in full at the time of request. With our trips, we would not have the ability to offer the infrastructure, staffing, events, group insurance, support, early booking incentives and payment plans using this method.
Campus Vacations works with over 300 groups every year with thousands of passengers. As a result, we need to ensure that we are holding space with the suppliers as early as possible. When booking large groups like this, we have to ensure the prices are set early or it would be impossible to reserve the space. This ensures that everyone has the same trip and that we have the proper infrastructure, staff, events, and security in place. Discounted pricing may be available at the same hotel, but might not be the same tour operator as the main group which would potentially result in some students having different air flights or routings, being assigned to different wings or floors within the hotel, and/or being offered different features.
When comparing dates and hotels keep in mind that we chose student friendly properties at a minimum and these tend to fill up the earliest. We are also travelling during Spring Break which is peak time for travel and typically does not offer discounts or selloffs.