How to use ‘groupons’ to save money on travel
By Aimee Heckel
Deal-of-the-day websites are beloved for their $29 massage deals and $15 pedicures. (Ahem, don’t forget to tip on the full value of the service; just throwing that reminder out there.)
But daily deal websites, like LivingSocial, Groupon and Eversave also offer excellent deals on travel. And when you’re dealing with big vacations, airfare, car rentals, lodging — this is where you can save some serious dough.
Here are our three favorite daily deal travel websites — and some current deals that caught our eye. Just to tempt you.
1. LivingSocial Escapes: Here’s how it works. This website offers new deals every day. The catch is these deals are only available for a limited time, so you have to act quickly.
The key to not buying something that you might later regret is to know what you are looking for, have a pre-set budget and embrace an adventurous spirit. Sign up for what you need on the subscriptions page, whether it’s fun outings for your family or a pre-planned international vacation.
Check out the current 44 percent off sale: Stay one night in the Keystone ski resort for just abou $100. Or for an eco-friendly Costa Rican excursion, check out the Montana de Fuego Hotel and Spa in La Fortuna, starting at $369 for three nights. That’s nearly half off.
Money-saving tip: Want to save even more on your LivingSocial Escape deals? Buy through ShopAtHome.com and get up to 2 percent cash back.
2. Groupon Getaways with Expedia: Sign up and Groupon will email you hotel, flight and car deals once a week. Groupon’s deals are often more than 50 percent off. Visit the website and search by region, price and distance away — perfect if you’re planning a road trip or staycation this spring.
Money-saving tip: Groupon Getaways have even better rewards through ShopAtHome.com. Buy through ShopAtHome.com and get up to 7.5 percent cash back — and use this code to get $10 when you refer a friend.
3. Eversave Travel Deals: This lesser known site is definitely not lacking, so make sure you check here for the deals everyone else might be missing. Such as 50 percent off a weeklong stay at a resort. Stay in an Orlando for seven days for only $299. Looking to go somewhere specific? Select your location on the top of the page and browse deals by geography.
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Photo of Keystone hotel, courtesy of LivingSocial Escapes.