If you love using Groupon for deals on local events, products, tickets and travel, you may have seen the ads for Groupon Select while shopping online.
Groupon Select is a subscription membership service that provides access to additional discounts, exclusive deals and more for $4.99 each month. But what exactly does Groupon Select offer, and is it worth it?
Team Clark signed up just to find out! In this article, I’ll cover all the benefits, drawbacks and fine print.
Benefits of Groupon Select
Groupon Select members enjoy additional discounts that are automatically applied during checkout with no coupons or promo codes required. Here are the specific perks of joining Groupon Select:
- 25% off Local deals (restaurants, massages, auto maintenance, family activities and much more)
- 15% off Goods (health & wellness essentials, games, home items, and more)
- 10% off Travel (flight-inclusive vacations, tour packages, resorts and hotels)
- 10% off Tickets and Events (improv shows, concerts, plays, etc.)
We found that sometimes you can get even more than 20% off local deals.
For example, at time of writing, this one-hour Rocky Mountain Paddleboard deal was available for only $1.40 after Groupon Select savings. That’s a total of 90% off.
There are no restrictions on the number of deals you can buy each day, and you’ll also occasionally receive emails regarding access to exclusive deals.
Groupon Select Exclusions and Fine Print
The Groupon Select discounts can be applied to only one product or service per transaction, but there’s no limit on how many orders you can place each day.
If you’re purchasing eligible products, you’ll receive free shipping anyway, so you’ll want to note that splitting up your orders is the best way to save with this service.
You can see an example of the free shipping discount on this seven-bulb LED light, which almost pays for the monthly membership:
Be sure to check the discounts on your checkout page, as some sellers have specifically requested not to participate in Groupon Select savings.
These deals aren’t eligible for discounts: Groupon+, Goods Marketplace and Getaways Market Pick.
How To Get the Best Deal Using Groupon Select
You’ll see how much you’ve saved with Groupon Select on each purchase under the subtotal in the order summary section.
If you’re a Groupon Select member and don’t see your discount during checkout, make sure it’s eligible for additional savings by checking the troubleshooting FAQ page.
To make sure you’re getting the best deal with Groupon Select, be sure to read customer reviews on both products and services. Read all of the details provided, and familiarize yourself with the Groupon return policy: Local deals can be refunded within three days of purchase, Groupon Getaway deals can be refunded until the “book by” date has passed and most Groupon Goods may be returned within 30 days of delivery.
You’ll also want to compare prices of the items you’re considering, using a tool such as Google Shopping, to ensure you’re getting the best deal available.
How To Get the Best Deal Using Groupon Select
To become a Groupon Select member, follow these steps:
- Visit this section of Groupon’s website.
- Click “sign up” to check your eligibility. Note: you must create or log into your free Groupon account in order to register for Groupon Select.
- If prompted, click “enroll”
- Link an existing credit card or select “add” to choose a new card.
- You’ll receive a notification that your enrollment was successful.
According to the fine print, you’ll be signing up for a six-month membership followed by a monthly plan. The first month is free, but keep in mind that you are committing to pay the $4.99 monthly fee beginning on the first day of the second month through the end of your six-month membership.
Once the first six months have passed, your membership will automatically update to a monthly plan at the same price that can be canceled at any time.
In addition to getting the first month free, we’ve also seen offers for a $5 Starbucks gift card upon signup or $30 in Groupon Bucks.
Once you’re signed up, you can visit the Groupon Select Account page to track your account status, payment method and billing history. This is also the same page you’ll visit if you want to cancel your membership. You can cancel your membership at any time after the initial six months.
In our experience, signing up was a little confusing, as Groupon Select offers and membership options appeared to change regularly.
Groupon is a great way to branch out and try something new, and Groupon Select makes it cheaper than ever. The service is probably best for regular Groupon shoppers who are confident that their savings will offset the $4.99 monthly fee.
Here’s what money expert Clark Howard has to say about Groupon Select:
“Groupon is trying to get you to be a subscriber. They want you to join Groupon Select. Is it worth your $5 a month? If you use Groupon regularly already and you find great deals, then it’s worth trying. On the other hand, if you’re just paying attention to Groupon again, a membership sounds like a bad idea because you’re not likely to remember to use it and $5 eats a hole in your wallet every month.”
If you do use Groupon often enough to justify the monthly membership fee, there are several benefits that you’ll receive as a member.
Groupon Select Membership Benefits:
- Additional savings on travel and entertainment
- Free shipping on select items
- Access to exclusive deals
- Sign-up offer may be available
- Membership can be canceled within 30 days of auto-renewal
If you try Groupon Select and decide that it’s not worth it, just remember to cancel to avoid being charged in the future. You can still access Groupon’s other deals without being a Groupon Select member!