Packaged vacation deals usually include airfare, hotel and some form of transportation. Depending on how luxurious that vacation package is, it could also have an all-inclusive program where meals, drinks and activities are included. Land-only packaged vacations are often offered at themed or high-end resorts.
Using Hawaii as a sample destination, it's easy to compare these three different types of packaged vacations. For example, Pleasant Holidays frequently offers Hawaii vacation packages at discounted rates. The least expensive of these are on Oahu and include air, hotel and taxes. Pleasant also gives clients the option to upgrade their hotel room, add transfers or a car and pre-book tours and activities, all as part of their packaged vacation.
Classic Vacations works in much the same manner, but they also book package vacations targeting specific groups, such as families. On Oahu, a typical family-oriented deluxe land-only vacation could include the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, taxi or limousine transfers, lei greeting and a pre-booked luau. They also offer land-only vacation packages to accommodate travelers with their own air travel.
Some hotels offer their own vacation packages. One example is the Travassa Hana Resort on Maui. This deluxe property offers both inclusive and a la cart vacations. As of 2015, the inclusive package includes all meals, on site activities and a daily credit towards a spa treatment or private classes. Sometimes, hotels like Travassa have short-term agreements with certain airlines to add air tickets to the package, but most often hotels offer land-only options.