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Money Hack: How to get 10% off sightseeing tours with Gray Line

Posted: 23 March 2019 9:27 am
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Use a Visa card and you could save on everything from the Harry Potter Studio Tour in the UK to a walk along the Great Wall of China.

If you’re planning an overseas trip, a sightseeing tour can be a great way to see what’s beyond the surface of capital cities and cultural hubs.

For example, maybe you want to do the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour in the UK, check out the Great Wall of China or explore the Grand Canyon. If you don’t want to brave public transport or hire a car, booking a tour is an easy option – and Gray Line is a leading company in this space.

It offers tours all over the world, with different packages and prices available, as well as detailed itineraries. It also gives you the chance to save 10% by booking with an eligible Visa credit card or debit card.

The Hack

This offer is really simple and gives you an instant discount on tours booked between 1 January and 31 December 2019. Here’s a breakdown of the basic steps:

  1. Head to the Gray Line website (grayline.com) and search tours based on your travel plans or interests.
  2. Pick a tour and start the checkout process. When you get to the summary and payment page, enter the code VISA10 and click “Apply”. If the offer’s eligible, you’ll see an updated price reflecting the discount.
  3. Confirm your details and pay with your Visa card.

As an example, I did a quick search for the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour from London, leaving on Saturday 27 July 2019 (a peak time for this tour).

Initially, the Gray Line tour price was $370.97 for two adults. With the discount, the cost dropped to $333.87 – potentially saving me $37.10. While it’s only 10%, that little bit of savings can add up when you’re travelling (especially if you want to see and do all the things).

One key detail to note: watch out for foreign transaction fees. If your Gray Line tour shows a price in a foreign currency (such as US dollars), your bank or card provider could apply a fee worth around 3% of the transaction. This charge could also apply if the transaction’s processed outside of Australia (although that’s harder to tell before you pay). I found this out the hard way when I used a similar offer in 2017.

If you want to know how much this fee could cost you and when it applies, contact your provider or look at the product disclosure statement for your Visa card.

You could also consider getting a Visa debit card or credit card that offers 0% foreign transaction fees, which you could also use when you actually go overseas. Bon voyage!

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