Suppose a competition has a prize that contains flight tickets, all food and accommodation. Is there some special term in English to describe it? Flights with all inclusive stay or Flights with all inclusive living? Or something else? Luxurious living is an overkill, how to describe the prize with flights tickets, accommodation and all food covered?

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    I've usually seen this called an “all expenses paid trip” or “vacation.” – Bradd Szonye Mar 12 '14 at 1:55
  • @BraddSzonye In this case, it is not really a vacation because the winners represent a country in a competition so naturally they got all expenses covered. – hhh Mar 12 '14 at 2:00
  • All-inclusive usually covers all travel, meals and accommodations. It's pretty standard. More luxurious trips might include guided tours. – anongoodnurse Mar 12 '14 at 4:12
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    If you are using it as an adjective, you can use the hyphen (an all-inclusive trip to...) or not; if used after the 'trip/prize/other', then no. – anongoodnurse Mar 12 '14 at 19:21
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    Even when used predicatively, it is quite common to include the hyphen: the trip is all-inclusive. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 16 '14 at 20:05

All-inclusive can be used in this way, but it can also be used to describe only a hotel stay that includes all meals and other luxuries (spa, Internet, extra cable—what have you). As such, it can perhaps be slightly ambiguous for your particular context on its own. As an eternal sceptic, I would certainly assume that a competition that advertised an all-inclusive holiday really meant an all-inclusive hotel stay where you get to pay for your own tickets.

The combination of buying flight tickets, hotel, local transportation, and everything else in connection with the holiday together as one item is often referred to as a package deal.

As such, if you wish to be quite unambiguous, you can advertise that the first prize in the competition is an all-inclusive package deal to some location or other.

  • +1 For "package deal". Worth mentioning that both with that and even things referred to as "all-inclusive", what's actually included can vary. – Rupe Jul 16 '14 at 9:38

"All expenses paid" or "all-inclusive" are both acceptable terms.

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