ScoreBig approached me and gave me a voucher to try out their site for free in exchange for writing about it. As with all sponsored posts, the thoughts an opinions are my own!
When I first moved to Texas, I took at least one to two trips home to Virginia a year. Usually at Christmas and at the end of the summer, when my job as an assistant youth director at church had a break. Every now and again my parents had airline miles to get me home, but often I was booking via one of those sites where you make your bid. A lot has changed about how those sites run, but back then, I would place my bid and refresh my computer screen for either a yes or a no. The crazy part was not knowing exactly what you were getting. You might have a red-eye, or some kind of bizarre time or ten transfers. Once you put in your bid, you were locked in.
The craziest time involved flying from VA back to Houston and then boarding another plane from an airport across town to fly back to the East Coast to New York City. Yes—I flew from one side of the country to halfway across and then back again in one night. I got into Houston at midnight and had to be at the other airport at four in the morning. I considered sleeping on an airport floor, but instead drove back to my place on the west side, slept for two hours and got back in the car again.
That is insanity.
When you’re 22, it might be a fun kind of insanity, but is it really worth the savings? I would have to say NO. But still…there is a certain allure to me still about bidding and waiting. And also saving. You know I love saving! Enter ScoreBig.
With ScoreBig, you can bid on tickets to events and attractions. You’re not going to end up driving across town in the middle of the night from one airport to another. What happens is simple: you find an event in your city, you make a bid. Within moments, you will get accepted or get a counter-offer. Then you can accept or not. No all-ins, no driving across town from one airport to another airport. Just a bid, a reply, a yes or a no. The whole thing took about two minutes.
I went for Sea World, because we’ve always wanted to go. It’s in San Antonio, which means that it’s even MORE expensive for us to go: gas, hotel, and the park itself. Being me, I first looked up the price of the park. Then I bid under. I got a reply back almost instantly with another offer for just $5 more. Lucky me—then my computer froze and I couldn’t accept the offer. Boo! You have to wait 24 hours to bid on the same thing, so the next day I went back and bid again. I got almost the same price and now we will be headed to Sea World! Woot!
I won’t get into actual prices, but short of finding a promo code or other deal, I could not have secured the tickets cheaper. PLUS I got to relive some of the fun of bidding…only without the risk. If you haven’t tried ScoreBig, check to see if they have events and attractions in your area.