AP vs MAP vs CP vs EP: Demystifying Hotel Plans

What's your meal plan?

AP. MAP. CP. EP… You will see these terms floating everywhere when you try booking a hotel or are scrolling through any hotel’s brochure or website. But what are these terms supposed to mean? Well, they are nothing but meal plans. Here is what they generally mean:

What's your meal plan?

AP or American Plan

American Plan or AP means that apart from room rent, quoted hotel tariff includes all 3 meals as well i.e. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. In Europe and some other countries the American Plan is also referred to as Full Pension or Full Board Plan. This plan is good for tourists visiting remote places where availability of food outside/nearby or hygiene could be an issue.

MAP or Modified American Plan

Modified American Plan or MAP means quoted rates include two meals a day, namely breakfast and either lunch or dinner. In Europe and some other countries the Modified American Plan is also referred to as Half Pension or Half Board Plan. Preferred by most of the tourists as you can leave hotel with a good breakfast, spend the day out, have lunch at some nice local restaurant and go for dinner in the hotel after a shower.

CP or Continental Plan

Under Continental or CP Meal Plan, room rent and complimentary free breakfast are included in the tariff. And in case you decide to have dinner and lunch at the hotel, you always have the option to pay extra. Continental Plan is supposed to include a continental breakfast. However, hotel nowadays use the term for any kind of breakfast. Most of the hotels have breakfast buffet (for all meal plans) with tea, coffee, milk, juices, eggs, pancakes, local dishes, breads and corn flakes.

EP or European Plan

European Plan or EP will mostly have the lowest tariff in a rate card simply because it includes only room rent and no meals. This gives you the option of trying local food and save some money as well. You always have the option of paying and having food in the hotel. Another advantage of EP is that since almost every hotel has more than 1 restaurant, you are free to try and choose the one you like.

How to get discounts on Meal Plans?

Whether you book a room with breakfast or with all 3 meals, there are several ways to get discounts. Hotel booking comparison sites like hotelscombined compares prices and offers across site and tell you the lowest price.

You should also consider sending a mail directly to hotels. You can get an offer better rates than other sites and travel agents. No harm in trying anyway πŸ™‚

59 Comments

  1. I’d need to examine with you here. Which isn’t something I often do! I enjoy reading a post that can make folks think. Also, thanks for allowing me to remark!

  2. Very nice post. Further, I have got one doubt:

    What is the difference between EP (European Plan) and EPAI (European Plan All Inclusive)?

    Does EPAI include all 3 meals or at least 2 Meals as well i.e. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner??

    Thanks in advance for whoever answers this question.

  3. another one more plan : JP ( Jungle plan ) :- its includes all meal plan (beakfast,lunch & dinner) also with jungle safari.
    another one more thing, its without taxes. so take always CPI,MAPI,API and JPI now its includes taxes and everything.

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  5. one more plan is barmunda plan. in this plan if guest is on map plan in taj mumbai. the he can take dinner in taj pune. ilkl not chargeble

  6. Stumbled upon this article. Nicely written, however, the section- How to get discounts on meal plans- talks about calling the hotels directly-though true in some cases-advise on bypassing OTA’s and sites may not be prudent to the all ?

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