Tapping Into Deals in BA

Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By Elizabeth Gleeson on January 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Visitors from North America, Asia, and Europe tend to find Buenos Aires to be a steal for a vacation destination, one of the reasons that many choose Argentina as the spot for their trips. The favorable exchange rate means that you get more bang for your buck – taking a taxi clear across the city rarely runs more than US$10, and a whole table full of people can fill up on great food for US$50.

Even so, everyone likes a deal. These days, community websites with subscription services are popping up all over the globe, allowing subscribers to tap into a whole network of discounts and coupons, available for purchase, for restaurants, spas, hotels, bars, and other experiences in the city of their choice. Check out our list of the best picks in Buenos Aires – an entire world of discounts available at your fingertips. And the best part? The coupons can be given as gifts, meaning that you never have to give a lame last-minute present to that friend whose birthday you can just never seem to remember.

photo by whl.travel

Living Social – Sign up for free at the Living Social homepage to receive daily email discounts. With each purchase of a coupon, buyers are sent a unique link to share in their own social networks. If three more people purchase the coupon using that link, your money is refunded and your coupon is free.

Groupon – Already having caught on in the States, Groupon is perhaps the most popular of the coupon sites, and offers a fantastic variety of activities – couple’s spa treatments, kayaking in Puerto Madero, an Armenian dinner, 2 kilos of ice cream, golf classes, half-price hotel rooms in Rosario or Bariloche, windsurfing lessons… the list goes on. Whether you live in Buenos Aires or are visiting for a short while, logging on to Groupon’s daily coupons is a must.

Cupónica – A locally-run website, Cupónica offers spa, hair salon, and restaurant deals as well as the occasional discount on photo developing and enlargement.

photo by zed868

Let’s Bonus – Odd choice of name aside, Let’s Bonus, another local site, has daily deals for 50% off of Argentinian steak dinners and 60% price cuts on tango classes.

Por Un Dia – As the name suggests, the coupons up for grabs at Por Un Dia are available for just one day, so get ‘em while their hot! Or cold – a typical deal at the site will get you two frosty beers and some finger foods for up to 50% off.

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