Update: Warning! Please read comments below. Looks like many people are having issues, especially when trying to cancel the service.
Groupon has launched a membership plan called Groupon Select. This is not a trial, you will be charged when you opt in, so make sure you really want to sign up first. It costs $4.99 a month and you get the following perks:
- Get an extra 25% off Local Groupons
- Extra 10% off on tickets & events
- Extra 10% off on Travel deals
- Free shipping on most products. No minimium price exclusions.
- Member-only discounts on premium merchants and national brands.
If you pay for an initial 6 month membership, you will get the first month free. That’s a limited time offer. Then you can also get a $5 Starbucks gift card for signing up. I don’t think you can sign up and pay for just one month. You can see the offer and sign up here.
BeautyNow, Groupon+, and Marketplace deals are excluded. The maximum discount per transaction is $50. In addition, some merchants have asked to not have promotions apply to their deals, in which case you will see that your discount did not apply on the checkout page.
I’m not sure if there’s much value here for the occasional shopper. There’s often discounts of 20% every few days and more rarely there’s 25% discount. I doubt those would stack with the 25% discount you get from the Groupon Select program. But if you do a lot of shopping on Groupon it should save you some money for sure. I’m skipping it for now, especially since Groupon+ is excluded.