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Be Smart When Dealing with Discounts

squaretradePaper coupons, online coupon codes, group rates, and military discounts are spectacular ways to save big bucks when traveling to amusement parks.  However, not all discounts are authentic.  Each year, thousands of complaints are filed with the Better Business Bureau regarding counterfeit deals.  To protect yourself from getting ripped off this summer, consider the following:

Research:  When you see a coupon that appears too good to be true, go online and check it out.  Sites such as RipoffReport.com feature fraudulent coupon offers.  The popular website also gives tips on how to avoid using expired coupon codes.  It also has a page filled with signs that you may be getting scammed.

Ticket Brokers:  There are many online ticket brokers who are licensed to sell discounted amusement park admission with savings of up to $15 per ticket.  However, there are also people out there looking to rob you blind.  Before purchasing discounted tickets from online dealers, it’s a good idea to investigate the broker’s authenticity.  Also, be mindful that shipping charges, transaction fees, and other hidden costs could actually make “discount” tickets more expensive than those offered by other sources.  Some reputable ticket brokers include Ticket Mania, DiscountThemeParkTickets.com and Florida Vacation Store.  Despite their reputation for selling legitimate tickets for less, if you take advantage of a deal featured on the aforementioned sites, it’s still wise to check the expiration and blackout dates printed on the tickets.

Diversify:  Look for multiple ways to save on theme park admission.  The parks themselves often offer a wide range of money-saving deals.  For example, California’s LEGOLAND Park will let you buy an annual pass for a price that is equivalent to less than the cost of two regular park admissions.  You can also buy a membership PLUS pass that will score you financial benefits like free parking, restaurant discounts and free souvenirs, as well as seasonal deals, including half price adult tickets with the purchase of a child’s admission ticket, one free child admission with the purchase of a full price adult ticket, and buy one get one free tickets.  Just remember that each discount typically comes with unique conditions, such as quantity restrictions, blackout dates and other limitations.  Save yourself time and money by reading all the terms and conditions associated with reduced price tickets before handing over your cold hard cash.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.