I am inordinately proud of myself.
We’re in San Diego for a few days (hi Cloud!).
We needed to rent a car, and we wanted to do three big local attractions: Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and Legoland.
First I went to Priceline and saw that of the car rental companies near the airport, Enterprise was the cheapest at $11/day + fees. Alamo was the next cheapest at $15/day + fees. National was the most expensive at $42 + fees. National had perfect reviews in Yelp, Enterprise’s were a bit scary, and Alamo’s were pretty good (the negative reviews weren’t scary). Then I went to Alamo’s site. They said $11 paying online and $12 reserving but not paying online.
Then I thought… maybe there are some discount codes. So I googled Alamo discount codes. I found one for a free upgrade, but when I clicked that the $11 paying online choice disappeared making the “free” upgrade not really free. However, that page led me to a page with other discounts for Alamo, including a 3 day weekend 15% off discount. Which I took! In the end, I got it down to under $70 including fees and taxes– a savings of something like $40 off what I’d initially seen for Alamo.
Spurred on by this success, I went to the pages for Sea World, the zoo, and legoland. Their discounts kind of sucked. So I googled discount Sea World. That took me to the San Diego Go page. Which seemed too good to be true, but the about.com page said it wasn’t!
So I played with that and built an itinerary. Then I saw that one of their pre-built itineraries was 26% off four specific attractions, including my three, and even with the fourth it was cheaper than 15% off 3. So I got that and saved $84 off buying at the door. How awesome was that?
So, as a reminder, discount codes aren’t just for free shipping!
(Also: you don’t need to sign up for tempting emails to get the codes– usually a google search will do the trick.)