Update at 1:55 PM ET: The Sea World and Busch Garden tickets are completely sold out. I wasn’t at my computer at 1 ET, so I don’t know how quickly they went, but I’m glad some commenters snagged some of the tickets.

Daily Getaways takes the weekends off. The next deal is Monday and is MGM’s answer to Caesars’ deals on Thursday. I am most looking forward to the Club Carlson points for 0.3 cents on Wednesday. Check back here next week (or sign up for the email list on the top left of this page) for full coverage of all the deals. End of Update.

Today is the fifth day of five weeks of discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express called Daily Getaways.

Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will sell out in a few minutes. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today’s deal is discounted admission passes to all SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks.

How can you get the deal?

All Daily Getaways packages are discounted. And you get an additional 10% off each sale price by paying with an American Express, so that’s a no-brainer, and I’ll always quote prices after the American Express discount.

Prices are $44.10 for single-day admission to any SeaWorld park and $40.50 for one single-day admission ticket to any Busch Gardens park. There are 1100 tickets available for SeaWorld and 1050 tickets available for Busch Gardens, with a maximum purchase of six each per person.

Online, SeaWorld San Diego charges $64 per admission, regardless if it is for a child or an adult. Busch Gardens charges $79 for an adult ticket and $71 for a child.

These are both fairly straight-forward deals, with each ticket granting you one single day admission for either an adult or a child to either any SeaWorld park (there are locations in San Diego and San Antonio) or any Busch Gardens (locations in Florida and Virginia), depending on which deal you select. The admission must be used by May 15, 2014 and there are no blackout dates.

The tickets you purchase will be mailed to the address provided during checkout in 7-10 days.

Purchasing the Packages

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. This week’s sales have all started on time to the second. Keep refreshing for the best chance.

This is what happens if you try to purchase something where all quantities are already in someone’s cart.

This doesn’t mean the deal is sold out. If someone doesn’t complete his purchase, that quantity will immediately become available for someone else. Keep checking until the dreaded “Sold Out” appears.

I will be by my computer at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST / 7 AM HST / (2 PM in Buenos Aires) to check out how these two deals are selling. Do you plan to buy them? Post your successful or failed attempt in the comments, so we can gauge how quick you had to be to snag a card.

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Busch Gardens Ticket Terms:

  • One (1) single-day admission for an adult or child to your choice of either Busch Gardens, Florida or Busch Gardens, Virginia.
  • Expires on May 15, 2014.
  • Valid only during regular operating hours.
  • Not valid for separate-ticketed events, such as Howl-O-Scream or Chiristmas Town.
  • Parking is not included.
  • Not valid for discounts on food or merchandise.
  • No blackout dates.
  • Tickets will be mailed via US Mail within 7 to 10 business days from the date of purchase to the shipping address provided at time of purchase. No exceptions.

 

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