(Closed) Experience with Living Social Escapes

posted 4 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

interested to see if anyone comments 🙂

Post # 3
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My spouse booked a hotel room in Las Vegas last summer through Living Social and while it was a great deal on a high-end suite in a very nice hotel, we had some problems accessing the reservation. Be sure to read the fine print, check your email for confirmation requirements, and any hidden fees. We loved our suite, but checking in took almost 2 hours, 4 phone calls, 2 beers, and an extra $80. 

Post # 4
213 posts
Helper bee

We have used both Living Social escapes, and Groupon Getaways. Living social we have used twice, once for 2 nights in DC, and once for a weekend at a cabin in Tennessee. We used a groupon to spend 4 nights in the Bahamas.

We had no issues with either. planning went smoothly, trips were great, and both times we saved significant money. My only advice would be to be sure you read the details of what is covered in the trip. Often times there are taxes and fees that are not included, the Bahamas trip (which was through Groupon but Living social has the same type of deals) did not include an Overnight guest tax that was something like $26 per person per night. It was in the fine print, so we knew about it, but I would imagine that a ~$200 bill would upset some people if they were not aware. Even with that the trip was stil about 40% cheaper than it would have been otherwise.

If you have a specific date in mind make sure you call the place ahead to be sure it is not full already, and read the fine print to be sure no dates are blacked out (often Holiday/vacation weeks will be).

I definitely reccomend being cautious, looking up yelp reviews, and verifying dates before you buy, but if you find a deal that fits your plans you can save serious money, especially in the off season for the area you are visiting. We got a great little cabin in Tennesee for 2 nights, with wine and Chocolate covered fruit waiting for us when we arrived last november for $75/night, the cabin had indoor and outdoor fire places, a hot tub on the deck, a full kitchen, and awesome views, all for the price of a night in an average motel.

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