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One of the things that we frequently did before the little ones came along was use some killer Groupon deals to go out to eat at restaurants all across Austin for a fraction of the regular prices. Without Groupon we could have never afforded all of the fancy meals out, so I quickly became a Groupon fan. As the years went on I used them a little less in my daily life, but I have never stopped taking a peek at what they have to offer, especially when we travel to other cities.
I have found that Groupon Local can be a very useful tool to experience some pretty neat things at a discount ranging from spa services, to all you can eat sushi, to surf lessons, pirate ship cruises, helicopter tours, and even neighborhood food tours….yes, please!
Earn 500 Bonus Alaska Miles on First Groupon Local Purchase
I’ll get to some specific Groupon Local examples in a minute to give you a flavor for what is out there, but today’s big new announcement is that new Groupon accounts can now earn 500 bonus Alaska Mileage Plan miles on their first Groupon Local purchase of $30 or more. You can do this by signing up through the above link, entering your Alaska Mileage Plan number, and then using the discount code ALASKAVIP at checkout. This is brand new and still in the soft launch phase, so you may not just stumble upon this offer on Groupon’s main site quite yet, but it is 100% live and ready to award some Alaska miles for eligible Groupon Local purchases!
Existing Groupon customers can earn 4 Alaska miles per dollar with that code for their Groupon Local, Getaways, and Goods purchases on Groupon after registering for the program and using the code ALASKAVIP. Alaska miles are some of my favorite as you can use as few as just 5,000 miles to fly on Alaska and Virgin America operated flights, but you can also use Alaska miles on their partners like American Airlines, Cathay, and Emirates.
In case you aren’t familiar with what all Groupon has to offer these days, here are six example “Groupon Local” deals.
Six Fun Groupon Local Deals
If you go to Hawaii, visiting Pearl Harbor is a must. You can visit the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor for free, however they have a limited number of free walk-up tickets available each day. Not only that, but you often need to get there early in the day to get one. Additionally, your time to enter may be hours after the time you line-up to get a ticket. As long as you aren’t on a super tight budget, getting a package like this one is worth considering since it cuts out the uncertainty of securing tickets, includes transportation from Waikiki hotels, Taro Donuts from Kamehameha Bakery, and more.
There’s tons of free things to see and do in New York City, but I know lots of tourists have some additional activities on their “must do” list that are far from free. A way to mitigate costs and lines is to buy some sort of pass that includes a number of activities as a discounted bundle. For example, a Central Park Bike Tour, a ticket to the top of The Empire State Building or Top of the Rock, or a food tour alone can cost you $34+ per adult, but for $71.20 you can choose three attractions such as those and save a little cash over buying each one individually.
Okay I know all-you-can-eat-anything may sound scary at first, but I have very fond memories of all-you-can-eat sushi from when I lived in New York, so I wouldn’t hesitate to give this a try for just $28. Groupon reviews are really good and Yelp reviews seem to indicate you will do much better not going during a peak time. In NYC a couple of sushi rolls could easily cost you $28, so getting to try all sorts of things for that price + getting two glasses of beer, wine, or sake sounds fun to me!
This may not be as exciting as a delicious food tour, but spending less on airport parking is always a good thing. Groupon Local has tons of discounted parking Groupons available at airports around the country, but this one in Houston is just $15 for three days of parking, which is really good at just $5 per day. In fact, I just picked this one up myself.
Non-parents may not understand why you would spend money to play inside when parks are free, but experienced parents know how valuable an air-conditioned indoor spot to burn off steam can be for little kids when the weather isn’t cooperating for outside fun. Here in Texas, some summer days are way too hot to head to the park in the afternoon, so we sometimes head to an indoor play area not to far from us. We love IGI and it regularly has Groupons available to knock the price down to about $8 each, instead of the door price of almost $15 each! There are tons of places like this across the country that you can access with Groupon Local for less.
I am notoriously slow at getting our travel photos out of my phone and into the real world where you can touch them and look at them over and over, but my favorite way to (eventually) do that is by turning our trip photos into photo books via Shutterfly. I like to wait until there are fantastic Shutterfly sales and coupon codes, but getting a 20 page 8 x 8 photo book from just $5 with this Groupon Local deal also sounds like a very solid plan. There are other size options ranging up to an 11 x 14 for $33.99.
Turn Groupon Purchases Into Alaska Miles
In addition to either the 500 Alaska miles bonus for new customers who spend $30+ on a Groupon Local Deal, or the 4 Alaska miles per dollar spent for existing customers, the ALASKAVIP code also provides a small 1% discount (up to $1.00) on your purchase total. If you see that discount and a similar screen to the one shown below at check-out then you know you entered the code correctly. Assuming you are a new Groupon customer who spends close to $30 on a Groupon Local deal to trigger the 500 mile bonus, that works out to a very healthy 16+ Alaska miles per dollar for that purchase!
While no one site, deal, or discount code is always the best (compare different sites and even different Groupon codes!), I’m a big fan of checking Groupon Local for deals, and certainly a big fan of this new opportunity to earn some bonus Alaska miles in the process!
Does your family use Groupon Local to score some discounted meals and activities at home or on your travels?
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