10 things you must know before booking a Groupon getaway in order to get the best deal & vacation from your hard earned money.
Groupon is a magical website full of adventures waiting to happen!
At least that’s how I feel.
There are many people who frequently purchase on Groupon who say they often look at the Groupon Getaways & dream of traveling to far off lands, but for one reason or another they have been hesitant & held off on checking off a new destination from their bucket list.
I understand, it can be scary purchasing something so big on Groupon, but let me tell you, it is totally worth it!
And if you are nervous about planning a trip through Groupon I recommend you start out slow & work your way towards bigger vacations. Which is exactly what we did.
We started off as your normal Groupon users.
A purchase here, a purchase there. Mainly using it for restaurant deals.
Then once Roger started dental school we used it to purchase discounts & deals on hotels.
The more we did it, the more we became addicted to it.
I remember the first trip we booked was for a hotel right outside of D.C. during his second summer break from deal school.
Our families were skeptical, even after we told them all about it when we got back.
How could something so great come from Groupon?
Easy, we did our research & we planned ahead!
We kept booking & planning small trips in the southeastern United States for the next several years.
Once Roger graduated from dental school we began to dream about Europe, but our home renovations sort of took over everything.
By that Christmas, our dreaming turned into planning.
We needed a break from renovating & we were ready for an adventure.
He found an amazing deal for an 8-day vacation to Paris, Barcelona, & Rome & we quickly decided to make it our Christmas present to each other last year.
And from our little Groupon trips to our big European Groupon vacation, we have learned a lot about booking a Groupon getaway.
So I thought it was time that I shared what we have learned so that you too can find amazing Groupon trip deals!
And if you have any great Groupon tips be sure to share them in the comments.
We can always learn more from each other!
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1. Plan Ahead
Groupon Getaways are often for dates booked far in advance so you will need to look early to find a vacation for your future travel plans. While it is hard to find last-minute getaways, you can find amazing prices 3-6 months prior to your vacation days.
When planning a vacation through Groupon Getaway it is a good idea to check every day for a week or two because deals come & go often. A new getaway can have certain travel dates that can sell out within hours.
So if you have specific dates you want to travel, be sure to check Groupon Getaways frequently as new ones are added every week.
3. Extra Savings
You can save even more money on your already amazing Groupon Getaway deal through cash back insensitive or rewards with your credit card, by using Ebates, or both!
You should also check Groupon’s site regularly because they sometimes have 10% off getaways. And while that doesn’t sound like a lot, it is for a big trip. Think about how much you would save through credit card rewards, Ebates, & a Groupon discount!
Occasionally you can even find a deal by searching for Groupon promo codes on Google.
And yes, we used all 3 when booking our European Groupon getaway!
4. Not Actually Groupon
While you are purchasing your getaway through Groupon, it is not actually Groupon who is planning your vacation.
If you are doing something local or in the U.S. most like you will be arranging all of the details with a specific hotel. If it’s a larger vacation, such as outside of the conventional U.S. you will most likely be working with a travel agency.
What you purchase through Groupon Getaways is more like a voucher that you use to book the trip with a third-party company.
While many big Groupon vacations only list a few major airports, you can actually book your flight through other major airports. It might cost an extra fee, but you will get to fly out of a closer location.
Originally we thought we would have to drive or book a flight to New York for our European trip, but after speaking with a representative of the travel agency (see tip #3 for clarification) we were able to book a flight out of Atlanta, which is just an hour & a half away from Roger’s work.
Often times, you can purchase excursions with your Groupon Getaway purchase. These can often be cheaper than doing it yourself later, plus you know you will be with a legitimate tour/excursion.
We added on two excursions when we purchased our Groupon Getaway to Europe. The one in Paris was our absolute favorite, which you can read all about here.
Once we had our Groupon Getaway voucher & booked our trip with the third-party agency we able to change our airport from New York to Atlanta & we were also able to add on an airport to hotel to airport transfers. Which was great for first-time European travelers.
You can read more about why we purchased these & what we plan to do next time we visit Europe in this post here.
7. The Best Deals
If you are looking to get the best bang for your buck the best deal trips on Groupon Getaway are often those that come with airfare & an all-inclusive resort.
Also, be sure that when you are looking at specific deals on Groupon Getaway that you have the correct dates entered for the trip because prices often vary depending on the week & season.
8. Research Hotel Separately
Another important detail when booking a Groupon Getaway is to research the hotel(s) separately.
The hotels vary from trip to trip, but most are mid-range hotels. And by doing your research separately you can read reviews.
You will also want to look at the location of the hotel in relation to your trip plans. It’s important to know the general vicinity of where you will be staying so that you can plan the other details of your trip, such as transpiration & day trips.
9. Local Groupon Deals
This one is a bit confusing, but a good tip for finding more excursions for your already purchased Groupon Getaway is to look for local Groupon Deals for things like boat trips, snorkeling, restaurants, & museums in the location you plan to travel.
10. The Details
It’s always important to read the fine print & know the cancellation policies before booking any trip, including a Groupon Getaway.
Life happens & it’s good to know everything in case the unexpected happens. Plus you also want to be aware of any additional fees. You don’t want to be taken by surprise later on, especially while on your trip.
And if you have any questions there is even a Q&A section for each deal so that you can get the answers you need before booking your trip.
*** Bonus Tip.
Be sure to check out Groupon Getaways FAQ’s page for more details & information.
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With love, G
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,
for ever and ever!