After hours of online sleuthing, you've locked in some impressively low airfares and hotel rates for your family's upcoming trip to NYC. But now, scanning your guidebook for must-see sights to put on your hit list, you're freaked out by all the high entry fees: $20 for the Museum of Modern Art? $22 for Top of the Rock? A City Sights Hop on Hop Off Tour for $44?
Smart Destinations feels your pain. Creators of the eight-year-old Go City Card, which gets you discounts for a bundle of attractions at cities across the country, the company is launching an updated product this week: Go Select, which lets you customize your own multi-attraction pass—and carry it around on your smart phone, with no worries about losing cards or tickets on your travels.
New York, Chicago, Boston, San Diego and Oahu will be the first cities to launch (on May 17), followed by Orlando, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Blue Ridge by summer's end. But next week, the first 250 Budget Travel readers to visit Go Select are invited to try out the service in a private pre-launch sale (May 9-13) for the initial five cities. Just head here, use promo code BUDGET, choose your city and your attractions, and wait for the printable pass to hit your inbox (paperless passes will be usable right away, although not promoted until summer, when attraction staffers are trained on how to properly scan your smart-phones). You'll enjoy even deeper discounts than usual during this trial period.
But is Go Select really worth it? We think it is, as evidenced on a walk-through of the new site with company cofounder Cecilia Dahl. To try it out, we built our own NYC pass for a family of four with six attractions: NBC Studio Tour, Top of the Rock, a City Sights Hop On Hop Off Downtown Tour, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Ground Zero Museum Workshop and New York Botanical Garden. The total was $270.68—a savings of 30 percent, or $114.32. Plus, all passes come with a no-risk return policy in case your plans change, and are good for 30 days from the day you first use it. And keep in mind: the more you add, the more you save. So don't hold back. —Beth Greenfield
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