My sister in law drives me NUTS. She's British and is a huge fan of the prepaid vacation. I thought she was just an anomaly until I started vacationing with different people from the UK - they all LOVE to pre-pay their vacations!!
If they saved substantial amounts of money on their holidays I could get behind the prepay deal, but they don't. I usually do much better booking everything separately myself. And many times we wind up at different hotels because I won't book into the dumps they wind up with!
This drives me crazy. I spent 10 years working in hotels, mostly at the front desk, and let me tell you this: when we saw a voucher hit the desk, or saw "prepaid" stamped on the registration card, we stuck those people in the worst rooms we had. If they really complained, we would move them, but they usually didn't. Why did we do it? Because we already had their money and they weren't going to check out and go somewhere else.
Please, friends, help me understand this phenomenon. It is a recipe for disaster in my book, but maybe I'm wrong. Why is the prepaid holiday so entrenched? And how do we pull our unwitting brothers and sisters out of the hole? Or am I just plain wrong?