I am a frugal blogger and a frugal traveler as well. I am constantly looking for ways to save as I strongly believe it’s easier to save money on the side than making money on the side. So when I wanted to visit the attractions of Toronto last year, I did some research on Tripadvisor and came to know about CityPASS.
CityPASS handpicks major attractions in a city and offers an all-access pass at a pricing that is almost 50% off when compared to the price of separate admissions to all these attractions. It is basically a ticket bundle that helps you save a lot of money while visiting the well-known paid attractions of a city.
CityPASS is currently available in the following cities – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay, and Toronto.
Should you buy CityPASS?
I bought the CityPASS Toronto passes for me and my wife and we were all set. I received the ticket confirmations on email and we can exchange the email tickets for real passes at the first attraction we choose to visit.
Here’s why you can trust CityPASS on their choice of attractions in a city.
The attractions included in CityPASS Toronto are CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum and Toronto Zoo (or) Ontario Science Centre.
In TripAdvisor’s list of things to do in Toronto, four out of six attractions covered under CityPASS are in the top 10 and the remaining two comes within the top 20 as well. So in terms of the value, this is a no-brainer.
How I won $ 2020?
Here’s the part you are waiting for. As any normal modern day traveler would do, I kept clicking pictures and posting on Instagram with a number of hashtags including #citypass
This was just one of the images from my Instagram that had #citypass in the hashtags. In all the pictures I had posted with the hashtag, CityPASS allowed me to enter a monthly giveaway. Basically, you can increase your odds by sharing multiple pictures with their hashtag.
I only knew about the contest then and I entered it by clicking the link on their bio and four weeks after, I received the second comment on the same picture (as you can see above, Not even a great picture as the pandas were busy sleeping)
My heart was beating fast and I opened my messages on Instagram to see this 🙂
I purchased CityPASS for saving money on the tickets and just like that, I was super lucky to win $2020. After the completion of tax deductions and formalities, I finally received the funds.
And that is the story of how I won $2020 as a part of the contest by CityPASS by just posting a picture on Instagram.
We spent three days in Toronto and visited all five attractions. Casa Loma and Royal Ontario Museum on the first day, Toronto Zoo on the second day and CN Tower + Ripley’s Aquarium on the third day
What’s great about CityPASS?
- You can purchase CityPASS in advance as it has a validity of 6 months before which you have to start your trip.
- Once you visit the first attraction, you have 7-9 days depending on the city to visit all the places included in the package.
- You can get your CityPASS ticket booklet at any of the locations and hence you can decide on the order of visiting the attractions. You will do this at your first attraction and then you just hand your booklet of tickets for punching and you are all set.
- In most of the places, you have a separate entry if you have CityPASS and the lines are often much shorter compared to the normal lines. Hence you save a lot of time in the process.
- It is a really great offering as it saves both time and money for its users.
Nothing beats the joy of traveling and when you save money on that, it is even better.