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Today (Friday May 30th) the Daily Getaway Deals brings us discounted SeaWorld and Busch Gardens tickets for sale. I did a summary of the second week of deals here, and while I don’t plan to post a reminder before every single deal the way I have in years past, I do plan to post reminders the night before (or sometimes morning of) some of the deals that might be of more interest to the miles and points community than others. Depending on which SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park you plan to visit, these tickets can be a good discount over the standard discounts.
In case you are new to the Daily Getaways, they are daily deals for five weeks on discounted hotel stays, discounted points purchases, car rental deals, and more. Some of the deals are better than others, and since you are shelling out real money make sure you have plans for the deals your purchase. The travel packages are provided by U.S. Travel Association, in cooperation American Express. To get an additional 10% off savings you must pay with an American Express card. Daily Getaways are only open to those who are US residents ages 18 and up (though some packages are for 21+). Here is a link to some tips for successfully purchasing these limited quantity deals.
The deals go on sale at 1PM Eastern and are limited quantity, so be at your computer and ready a couple minutes before 1PM. Hit refresh on the specific deal you want until it says “buy” and then you are off to the races (click on the different deals on the far right to pick a different points package. Have your award program numbers ready if you are purchasing points, and good luck!
Single day admission tickets to SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego or SeaWorld San Antonio or Busch Gardens Florida or Busch Gardens Virginia.
- One day ticket to Busch Gardens Florida or Busch Gardens Virginia – $45 ($40.50 with Amex discount) – 640 available
- One day ticket to SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego or SeaWorld San Antonio – $49 ($44.10 with Amex discount) – 900 available
- Expires May 15, 2015.
- Valid during regular operating hours only.
- Not valid for separately ticketed events.
- Max purchase of 6
- No blackout dates.
Buy or no buy:
SeaWorld tickets can be around $80 – $100 if you pay full price at the gate, though of course hopefully you would never do that as discounts are easy to come by. There is currently a sale on SeaWorld San Antonio tickets through August 17th that brings the price down to $45 for adults and $35 for kids, but most other parks are more than that even with the best available discounts. This means that for adults, the prices available via Daily Getaways will probably be the best prices you can get for a one day admission unless you are getting the tickets free thanks to being under 3 years old, by being a teacher in FL, Southern CA, or TX or via being active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman or their dependents.
If you want to visit multiple days or multiple then you may do better simply getting a season pass or a multi-day visit ticket, but for one day tickets you probably aren’t going to beat these prices. I find that SeaWorld visits get pricey in a hurry thanks to parking, food, and extra activity fees, so you will absolutely want to keep the admission price as low as you can. We don’t have another visit to one of these parks on our calendar, so we are a “no buy” on this, but you should absolutely consider buying if you plan a one-day visit to one of these parks before May 15, 2015. Keep in mind these tickets are just for one park, so if you are heading to SeaWorld San Antonio then this won’t get you into Aquatica.
Since I know it is an issue on many minds and hearts that will come up, I also want to state that I have seen the documentary Blackfish, but I do not view it as my place to make decisions about whether other families should visit a park. That is a decision every family should make for themselves. If you do plan a visit to SeaWorld or Busch Gardens before May 15, 2015 then these tickets are a good way to keep the admission price as low as possible.