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Discounting Discounts – A Guide to Availing Online Offers

Posted by Priyanka Lahiri on April 11, 2017

Picture this.

You open up your phone to see a flash sale happening on your favourite app. Discounts are aplenty, and there are cash-back offers as well!

Discounts

LET THE SPLURGE BEGIN!

You think to yourself “Is karma finally being kind to me?!” as you line up your bag with all the goodies that you can suddenly afford!

It’s time to click the Proceed to Payment button. Happiness is but a mouseclick away, and THAT is when the euphoria dies down.

 

“Offer only applicable on purchases above XYZ amount.”  

“The items in your cart already have discounts applied on them.”

“This offer has now expired.”

“Cashback of 5% not applicable on amounts below ABC amount”

Frustrated customer

It’s safe to say that we’re probably all familiar with the phrase “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

But in a world where sales and discounts are prevalent around every corner, it’s hard not to get swept up in the unrelenting waves of slashed prices, early bird offers and coupon codes that would tempt even the most tight-fisted customers.

While most of these offers seem straightforward, things can get pretty murky when you actually delve into the blocks of text and jargon.

To smoothen out the whole process of choosing and availing discounts and offers, we’ve made up a checklist of things to look out the next time you’re thinking of availing some of these offers:

 

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Navigating the Terms and Conditions page is as welcome as a table leg for you to bang your foot against, but the devil is in the details.

Going through the Terms & Conditions of any offer or website is a tiresome, but rewarding practice that will save you a lot of grief and A LOT of time.  

You’ll be surprised with what pops up. Hidden conditions, restrictions and a bunch of unfathomable jargon that even a corporate lawyer would have to struggle through will definitely have you thinking twice about

 

E-Wallet Offers

E-wallet Offers

E-wallet offers do seem quite attractive at first glance, but there are quite a number of things that you need to look out for.  The most common forms of rewards are cash-back offers.

Minimum purchases and maximum cash-back are the first things you should check before availing a cash-back offer, and always check if your wallet has the feature of transferring your cash-back points back into your bank account!

Another thing to look out for is the redemption periods on your cashback balance for website-specific wallets. Your cashback balance may only be available for a specific time period, and may also require a minimum spend amount to avail them.

Website / App Exclusive Discounts

Website / App exclusive offers

If you’re looking to avail certain promo codes or discounts, be sure to check whether they’re applicable to both is applicable only for a company’s desktop site, mobile site, or mobile app before you start purchasing something.

While most codes will work across all platforms, there are certain cases where promotions or discounts are exclusive to certain platforms and devices. A promotional code or discount offer exclusive to a mobile app will not work on the website of the same.

 

Reward Cards & Bank Rewards Programs

Reward Points

Getting points for buying things is like a competition where everybody’s a winner.  However, while Reward Points are usually easy to accumulate, redeeming them is another experience altogether.

While you can redeem the points, you’re often saddled with “participating partners”, and often rerouted to select 3rd party websites and outlets, where what you want is usually not up for grabs. And in some cases, you even have to contact Customer Service to avail these points. Not a fun experience at all.

 

Now that you’re better prepared to face the tricky world of discounts, why not check out Travelyaari’s Sunsational Offers? We keep things simple with flat discounts that are easy to avail, and provide long-term benefits as well!

Our TYSUN offer codes are designed keeping the solo travelers who may or may not travel often in mind.  In addition to Flat Discounts, the TYSUN offer codes can be used up to 8 times per user, and are valid till the 1st of May  so if you’re a frequent traveler, then this is the code for you!

The TYSHADE offer codes on the other hand are meant for large group travellers. The TYSHADE offer codes also come with Flat Discounts, but can only be used up to 2 times per user.

Do keep in mind that these offer codes are not applicable on State RTC buses. 

We’re also throwing in a Rs.100/- movie voucher if you pay using the Reliance JioMoney e-wallet! So there’s an added incentive for all you movie buffs out there.

Check out our SunSational offers and more here

 

 

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We are the road trippers, the track bashers, the ones popping our heads out the bus window to soak in that gorgeous view. In the business world, we help you travel by bus across India. But here, we are the friends you make on that long journey home. Come with us, discover the fun of travelling in India by road!

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