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Travel Costs to Mallorca — Should I Have Grabbed a Package Deal After All?

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My autumn trip to Mallorca is getting closer. Against all expectations, my travel companion and fellow travel blogger Teea and I are shockingly well organised at the moment. It wouldn’t be a surprise if we didn’t have our hotels booked and plans made two days before take-off.

A couple of days ago we managed to put the last pieces together, meaning the accommodation in Palma de Mallorca and the insurance for our rental car. That said, we’re finally aware of all travel costs to Mallorca — except for the money spent on the spot.

Do you know the feeling right after purchasing flights when your social media feeds and emails start immediately filling up from package deals to the same destination? How annoying is that? And yes, it happened again; As soon as Teea informed she had booked our flights to Mallorca, the first offer landed in my mailbox.

 

“Super Deal: Direct flights to Mallorca + accommodation in a 4-star hotel, now only 230 euros!”

 

My first thought? Oh s**t! I think we just missed our chance to halve our travel costs to Mallorca.

Or did we, after all? Now when we’re fully aware of all travel costs excluding what we eat, drink and fuel during the 5-day trip, it’s a lot easier to compare whether we SHOULD have grabbed a travel package deal instead of building our trip from scratch.

 

Travel costs to Mallorca - should we have grabbed a travel package after all?

Sometimes great companion is more important than great travel deal. This is the first picture of Teea and me, taken in 2015 just a few hours after we met. We clicked so well you could hear it!

 

How much costs a trip to Mallorca? Travel costs listed!

As we’re travelling to Mallorca late autumn, the travel costs are quite fair compared to high-season. Our first step was to book flights and rent a car. The next step was to find a hotel somewhere up north (and first of all, to decide where to stay in the Northern part of Mallorca). Last but not least, we finally managed to book accommodation in Palma for two nights and find a third-party insurance for the car.

 

And this is what we paid for our 5-day trip to Mallorca:

Direct flights between Helsinki and Palma de Mallorca by Norwegian: 94 € per person

Apartment hotel for 3 nights in Puerto de Pollensa, incl. taxes: 146,50 € meaning 24,40 € / pp / night

Guesthouse for 2 nights in Palma de Mallorca, incl. taxes: 101 € meaning 25,25 € / pp / night

Rental car for 5 days: 22,60 € meaning 11,30 € / pp (Can hiring a car get any cheaper than this?)

Third-party insurance for the car: 15,35 € meaning 7,70 € / pp

Travel costs per person for a 5-day trip: approximately 236,70 €

 

What did we book, where and why?

As a loyal ex-employee, I always start my hotel search from trivago. After comparing some hotel prices, I ended up booking the apartment hotel Apartamentos Habitat in Puerto de Pollensa through Ebookers. In the Northern part of Mallorca, we’re planning to spend our days hiking in the mountains, and that’s where an apartment hotel becomes convenient. Thanks to a small kitchen in the apartment, we can prepare some hiking lunch to go each morning. Because of its location right outside the centre, we can also park our rental car free of charge. Bueníssimo!

For our stay in Palma, we booked an extremely affordable guesthouse that has gained plenty of great feedback from customers. Thanks to its location outside the city centre, we’re more likely to find a parking spot for the car. We booked Hostal Bonany through Booking.com.

As Teea and I are famous for NOT being scared of a little walk (Teea’s blog is called ‘Curious Feet’), a 20-minute walk between the guesthouse and the centre isn’t a problem for us. Especially when we can choose the beach walk for the journey. A great location close to Bellver Castle is definitely a bonus.

 

Hiring car and finding the insurance for a Mallorca holiday

Hiring a car in Mallorca off-season is ridiculously cheap. A Peugeot 208 or similar little car is handy for the small mountain roads and, the best of all, incredibly budget-friendly. To rent one through Rentalcars.com with two drivers and a navigator for a 5-day trip was just over 20 euros. See, ridiculous!

Everyone who has ever rented a car for their travels knows how rental companies make their money; With shockingly-priced insurances. In our case, the insurance through the car rental would have cost a bit over 60 euros. Buying it from a third-party company reduced the price to 15 euros. There’s no excess, and the insurance covers all damage up to 50,000 pounds meaning approximately 56,500 euros.

Let’s hope there won’t be any need for claims, but as I learned from our road trip in England and Wales, you don’t need to be the one fucking up for having to pay the damage.

 

Travel costs to Mallorca: How much costs a 5-day trip for 2 travellers?

 

Usually, Daniel and I would go for Axa insurance that so superbly saved us after the incident in England mentioned above. This time, however, the Axa website was under construction. Due that, sorry Axa, I took my money to an insurance company called Worldwide Insure. I found the company through a comparison site MoneyMaxim which I found with the help of Google. How on Earth did travellers hire cars and buy insurances before Internet?

Despite an active search, I couldn’t find many experiences about this insurance provider from Finnish sites, so I took my time to read the small prints and exploited the British guy living in my house to check all the tricky English insurance terms. If anything goes wrong, I blame Daniel.

But, as stated above, let’s hope there won’t be any need for claims.

 

Would our trip to Mallorca have been cheaper with a package deal?

Once everything was finally booked for our trip, the little investigative journalist inside me woke up. So I started comparing the costs of our self-built trip with the package deals I found for the same period. These are the prices I found, presuming two travellers are sharing the room:

All-inclusive holiday in a 4-star hotel in Can Picafort, incl. flights
3 days starting at 266 € / pp
4 days starting at 349 € / pp
7days starting at 454 € / pp
14 days starting at 819 € / pp

5 days in Mallorca, incl. flights and accommodation in a 2-star hotel in Santa Ponsa: 234 € / pp.

7 days in Mallorca, incl. flights and accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Magaluf: 230 € / pp.

Cf. the self-built 5-day trip for Saana and Teea, incl. flights, accommodation in 2 different places in different parts of the island, rental car and a full-covering insurance: 236,70 € / pp.

 

Mitä maksaa matka Mallorcalle – onko omatoimimatka halvin vaihtoehto?

 

Would it have been cheaper to grab a package deal? Perhaps so, but when booking trips, it’s good to look at the price beyond numbers.

For me, an all-inclusive holiday has never awakened any other emotion but cold shivers. A thought of eating all my food and drinking all my Sangría in the same place isn’t my cup of tea. For someone else, it could be the perfect option.

If I wanted to make the booking as easy and fast as possible and stay in the same place for the whole time, I would have most likely grabbed one of the 230-euro package deals to Mallorca. However, the purpose of this trip is to explore the island beyond Palma de Mallorca and Alcúdia, so we wanted to stay in both, the capital and the Northern part of Mallorca.

Of course, Mallorca is such a small island that you could easily take a day trip each day from Palma to different parts of the island. For us, driving that much wasn’t an option for two reasons: the driving itself and the environmental point of view. Besides, during a short day trip, you only get to see and explore a tiny part of the area.

On the other hand, building your trip from scratch can be extremely time-consuming. As an entrepreneur, time is literally money; If I had used the time I spent for searching and comparing hotels and reading the small prints from the insurance to working or getting new clients, I would have been left with more money in my hand.

But planning the trip is part of the experience, am I right?


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  1. Hi there! I found this article to be so helpful and I’ve been inspired to book my tickets to Mallorca soon and build my own itinerary! I would also like to rent a car but I’ve already done some research and read many reviews that have said many of these cheap rental companies such as Goldcard or Record GO are scams and have cheated people out of their money by making them pay more in hidden excess fees, insurance, fuel, etc. Would you mind telling me what rental service you used and any other advice on renting a car in Mallorca? This would be my first time renting a car ever and I’m a bit nervous about doing so.. thanks!

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, I’m so happy to hear you found this article helpful. I’m actually preparing an extensive article about this topic, but as it’s nowhere near ready for publishing, I’ll try to explain this briefly to you. If you read carefully through the car-hiring section of this post, you’ll already get the image how to avoid unexpectedly high insurance costs. But, there is indeed a trick involved.

      We found our car via rentalcars.com and the company was called OK Rent a Car. This kind of comparison sites are reliable as they only work with trusted companies. The main things you need to check when comparing cars are:

      – Fuel policy: look for sentences like “fair fuel policy”, “full to full” or “quarter to quarter”. Avoid any cars that have a mention about pre-purchased fuel or anything like that. Full to full means that the tank is full when you get the car and you also need to return it full. If you return the car with half a tank, you need to pay for the missing fuel and it’s always a LOT more expensive than at a gas station. In Mallorca, there is a fuel station right next to the car rental area at the airport or you can fill it up on the way before returning the car.

      – Airport taxes or any other additional charges: reliable rental companies mention on their site something like ”no hidden fees/additional charges”. Look for a link to details or more information where you hopefully find these details.

      – Out of hour fees / oof: if you pick up or return the car out of normal opening hours, they usually charge “oof” fee. It should be included in your final rate. The pick up policy can be called “meet and greet” or something similar.

      – Mileage policy: look for cars with unlimited mileage. Then you don’t need to worry about expensive limitations but to drive as much as you like.

      – Insurances, excess fees and deposits – this is where it all gets tricky. So, rental car companies make their money with insurances. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have full insurance when renting a car (if you want to read what happened to us on our UK road trip, it’s all explained here: https://www.livenowdreamlater.net/en/2016/07/19/wales-england/ ) but you DON’T have to take the expensive insurance from the rental company. You can get full-coverage insurance from third-party companies very cheaply (like we paid 15 euros instead of 60 euros for this Mallorca road trip). But not taking the rental company’s own insurance means two things:

      1) They hold a larger deposit from your credit card for the time of your rental. They won’t charge it, they only hold it, but you need to make sure you have enough credit to do this. The amount can be anything from 200 euros to thousands of euros, so remember to check this before renting and make sure you’ll have the credit.

      2) If something happens, you need to pay the excess fee no matter what. So make sure you have this amount ready in case of an accident. You will get it reimbursed from your third-party insurance, but you have to pay it first to the car rental.

      Third-party companies I’ve used this far are Axa (which I can recommend as something happened on our UK road trip and we got the money back in no time) and Worldwide Insure that I took for this Mallorca trip. Luckily nothing happened, so I have no experience with any claims with them. And here’s a great tip that I just discovered a few days ago when renting a car for our next week’s road trip in Crete: a company called Rental Cover (rentalcover.com) will beat any other offer you get from third-party insurance companies. So, I sent a screenshot of the rate I got from Worldwide Insurance and they replied in half an hour beating the offer. I got my insurance payment down from the original 45 euros to 21 euros just with one email.

      I do realise this is a lot of hassle, so sometimes it might be easier just to pay the more expensive insurance for the rental company. The positive side is that you have no excess fees whatsoever (or at least some rentals decrease it to zero, this is another thing to check) and you don’t need as large amount of credit for them to hold on your credit card. Most likely there is some smaller deposit they want to hold even if you have their insurance, remember to check this one too, but it’ll be a lot less compared to what it would be if you had a third-party insurance.

      Ok, I realise now this answer wasn’t brief at all. I hope you got it all. If not, just drop a comment and I’ll help you as much as I can. You’ll love Mallorca, it’s a fantastic road trip destination. I have one more Mallorca post coming (about road tripping, of course) so I try to get it done as soon as possible for you to read and get inspired from! 🙂

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