Here are some admissions: I’ve never used Groupon for travel (just movie tickets). I’ve never used SweetJack for travel (just a local bowling coupon). I’ve never used Priceline or Travelocity. I’ve looked at all of these, but honestly I’ve never really figured them out. Was I saving money compared to doing it myself? How can I tell? What about all the SweetJack and Groupon small print. There was so much there I thought I needed a lawyer to understand it. All I could tell you was that by the time I read through it all, the dates for my trip came and went. LOL Well, not really, but if you’re going to buy one of these coupons, get a cup of coffee and relax while you get through the fine print. Some of them are almost as bad as the medication commercials where the side effects are longer than the benefits. By the time the announcer makes it through the side effects, I usually forget what medication they are talking about. That’s what some of these coupons are like.
Until the other day. I finally used a Groupon travel voucher. Although I’m a Virgin Traveler when it comes to traveling to most parts of the country, I’m not a virgin Disney traveler. My oldest is graduating college in just a few weeks and we are planning a one week vacation to Disney in the next few months. It’s a place we all love and probably the last easiest vacation we’ll be able to plan before my daughter goes off to the ‘real world,’ my son goes off to student teaching and my youngest goes off to college. This is it. The big shebang. But Disney? Ca-ching!
I had already booked a hotel that was costing me about $1200 and change for a week for the five of us. I had been at this hotel before and the rates were cheaper than anything else I could find. We wanted to stay on Disney property, but it cost even more. I have to watch every penny. So when I found this hotel I booked it.
The other day a Sweet Jack Disney coupon showed up in my email. By the time I was done reading the fine print I couldn’t buy the coupon for someone else, because if we used it together, it was null and void. No good. So I thought to check Groupon again and see what they had. I found one coupon that ended up saving me $400 on my hotel rate for the week, plus the hotel had free breakfast. Score! I’m putting the savings toward gas, since we’ll be driving to Disney. I was a Virgin Traveler when it came to saving money with Groupon, but no more. I don’t get paid by them to say this. I did this all on my own. I’m hoping to learn more about it when I start doing more traveling.
Tell me about your Groupon or coupon experiences. What is the first (or best) coupon experience?