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What's the difference between "All-inclusive" and "European Plan"?

Last Updated: May 29, 2024

There are many options when choosing your resort vacation, and different lingo can mean different inclusions. So, what is the difference between "all-inclusive" and "European Plan"?

What does "All-Inclusive" mean?

All-Inclusive means that the resort includes a minimum of three meals daily, non-alcoholic beverages, most alcoholic beverages, gratuities and many other services in the price. Some resorts even offer use of various amenities in their all-inclusive packages.

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What does "European Plan" or "EP" mean?

European Plan (also referred to as EP) usually refers to accommodations only. European Plans do not include meals or drinks, therefore, if you choose this option, you will need to budget in for food, drinks, taxes, and tips at the resort. If the resort you are looking at offers the European Plan and you do not plan to spend a lot on food and drinks within the resort, then this plan is a good option for you. Keep in mind that on the EP you can easily go beyond your anticipated budget once you are at your destination. For this reason, many people choose All-Inclusive packages to avoid "hidden" costs.

If you have questions, be sure to reach out to our team of travel agents who can find the best resort for your next vacation!

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