Jan 27 2008

Walgreens “Vacation Cash” promotion

Walgreens is sponsoring a “Vacation Cash” promotion where if you spend a certain amount on Revlon or Almay products within a certain timeframe, you’ll get X amount of “Vacation Cash.”

This promo sounds similar to the “Spa Rewards” promo they had a few months back.

HOW IT WORKS:

Revlon

Buy $25 worth of product, Get $50 Vacation Cash Rewards

Buy $50 worth of product, Get $150 Vacation Cash Rewards

Buy $75 worth of product, Get $300 Vacation Cash Rewards

Almay

Buy $25 worth of product, Get $50 Vacation Cash Rewards

Buy $50 worth of product, Get $150 Vacation Cash Rewards

Buy $75 worth of product, Get $300 Vacation Cash Rewards

The fine print of the offer states that you must book your travel through their designated agency. It’s possible that that agency is overpriced, with limited travel options. You won’t be able to use your Vacation Cash as a gift certificate for your favorite hotel, or use it toward frequent flier miles.

Also, even if you get $600 in vacation rewards, you will NOT be able to get a “free” vacation.

See #7 in the fine print: Maximum savings per person are $50 for a 4-night/5-day vacation (minimum cost $400 per person); $150 per person for a 7-night/8-day vacation (minimum cost $600 per person); and $250 per person for a 14-night/15-day vacation (minimum cost $1,000 per person). Savings are based on staying in the same hotel for a 4- or 7-night vacation package, or two hotels for a 14-night/15-day vacation package. Maximum occupancy per booked room is two persons.

So, you might be able to get a little discount, but it will still be an expensive trip.

Click here and here to see all of the fine print.

Based on the fact that we can’t see how much certain vacations would cost through the travel agency, or where we could go, AND based on the fact that it’s going to be an expensive trip no matter what, I don’t think participating in this promotion for the travel benefits would be a worthwhile thing to do.

If you want to buy a bunch of Revlon and Almay products, go right ahead. But, don’t count on those purchases to fund your vacation. You’re better off booking a trip yourself, it seems.

What do you think? Do you think there’s merit in this promotion? Might it be worthwhile?



3 Responses to “Walgreens “Vacation Cash” promotion”

  1. Nice site. If only people realised that making money is also about saving money eh?
    I’m impressed with your spend /save ratio and I will certainly be keeping an eye on this site. Good luck.

  2. I think this deal will probably not be worth it. The spa rewards ended up being a real challenge for many people. For me, they lost my rebate form – and that is when I learned the lesson to make copies.

    I do know people who got the spa vouchers and it has been a total headache. If the vacation program is anything like the spa one, it;s probably not worth your time. Thanks for the info though!

  3. I saw this deal and read the fine print and quickly decided it wasn’t a good deal at all! Very similar to the Spa rewards that I have heard most people are having trouble redeeming.

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