This is a nice deal! Over on LivingSocial this morning, $71 gets you a Smart Destinations pass to see SIX Chicago attractions. You don’t have to see them all in one day, you have six months so can do something different every visit!
You’ll have six months to visit 32,000+ animals at Shedd Aquarium, explore outer space at the Adler Planetarium, and check out mummies and dinosaur fossils at the Field Museum. Walk through 14 acres of hands-on exhibits — including a 40-foot tornado — at the Museum of Science and Industry, stand on the SkyDeck of Willis Tower, and cruise along the lake to see its architectural landmarks in the springtime.
Since we’re talking about discount travel, here’s a site I recently learned about called Smart Destinations, which sells discount bundle attractions passes. (And, even if you’re not traveling, they have stuff for Chicago — I know a lot of you have been looking for discount tickets to the Aquarium, museums, etc!) So, here are a couple of interesting offers they’re running right now.
Through May 16, they are running a Go Select Private Sale: Build a custom travel pass & save big on attractions. Enter code MASHUPMOM to gain access! Important: You have to click the “Submit” button rather than hit “enter” after putting in the code, or you’ll get an error. This is a preview for you all to check out before the site goes live to the public on the 17th
After you sign up, you then will get an email to verify your email address, then can click to login and create a custom pass to one of five cities: Chicago, Boston, New York, Oahu, or San Diego. Pick several attractions (like in Chicago: Shedd Aquarium, LEGOLAND, Art Institute, etc.) and create a custom bundled discount attractions pass of your choice. Or, scroll down to pick a pre-built package of popular attractions (family packages, etc.). So, for instance, the Chicago family package includes Shedd, LEGOLAND, Children’s Museum, and Planetarium bundled for 29% off gate price.
Their FAQ says you have up to a year from the date of purchase to use your pass for the first time, and most are one-time use.
Go City cards and Explorer passes
Through June 8, they’re also offering Get FREE US Ground Shipping on all Go City Cards and Explorer Passes with coupon code MAYSHIP. (They normally charge $4.50 shipping — sheesh.) This code is not good for the Go Select passes above.
They’re currently running 10% and 15% off (including Orlando!) 3, 5, and 7 day attraction cards for various cities. These also offer some VIP perks like skipping to the head of the line in some cases, plus bonus dining and shopping discounts. Take a look at the city of your choice to see pricing and what’s included.