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[Update at 1:05 PM ET on 6/12/13: I was able to snag four San Fran passes the second the sale opened.

Despite the sale’s very limited quantities, no cities have yet sold out.

End of update.]

Today is the third 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 CityPASS ticket booklets to San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, and New York City. After all discounts, the ticket booklets are between 46% and 55% off retail.

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 range from $66.60 for the Atlanta and Seattle booklets to $95.40 for the New York City booklet. Each city has 100 booklets available except New York has 165 available. There is a maximum quantity of four booklets per person per city.

Yesterday’s sale still hasn’t sold out, but I expect these city passes to sell out pretty quickly, given how few there are.

For the Chicago ticket booklet, the terms say: “Within 5 business days of your order, CityPASS will ship your Chicago CityPASS ticket booklets via complimentary UPS Ground. UPS delivery takes 5-7 days. UPS Ground is available only to physical addresses and does not deliver to P.O. boxes.

Ticket booklets must be activated (first used) no later than February 28, 2015. Once activated, the ticket booklets are valid for 9 consecutive days.”

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.

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. Today the sale started on time to the second. Keep refreshing for the best chance.

I will not be by my computer at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST / 7 AM HST / (2 PM in Buenos Aires) to try to snag an one of these city passes. What about you? 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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Chicago CityPASS Attractions and Terms & Conditions:

This offer is for 1 adult Chicago CityPASSbooklet containing 5 prepaid attraction admission tickets to:

  • Shedd Aquarium: VIP entry to Waters of the World galleries, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, an aquatic show, and Jellies special exhibit, plus your choice of a 4-D Experience.
  • Skydeck Chicago: Fast Pass admission to Skydeck and The Ledge.
  • The Field Museum: All-Access Pass, including admission to all permanent and ticketed exhibitions, plus your choice of one digital 3-D film.

Plus your choice of:

  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago: VIP entry, plus an Omnimax show and a motion simulator ride.

OR

  • John Hancock Observatory: Fast Pass admission.

Plus your choice of:

  • Adler Planetarium: VIP entry to all exhibitions, the historic Atwood Sphere, and one 3-D theater show.

OR

  • Art Institute of Chicago: Includes audio tour and general admission to all permanent and non-ticketed special exhibitions.
  • This offer is for one (1) adult Chicago CityPASS booklet containing five (5) prepaid attraction admission tickets.
  • Ticket booklets are valid for nine (9) consecutive days; the validity period begins on the day of first use.
  • One (1) attraction admission per ticket.
  • Tickets are void if removed from booklet.
  • CityPASS is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged tickets.
  • No refunds or exchanges and not redeemable for cash.
  • CityPASS ticket booklets may be purchased and given as gifts; however, once activated (first used), they are nontransferable .
  • All sales are final.

 

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