Did you know that in many Department Stores you can automatically qualify for a 10% discount card simply by presenting with official identification at the store’s customer service desk?! Sounds to good to be true? It actually gets better!
On a recent visit to El Corte Inglés, Lisbon, Portugal, I discovered that this discount can even be used on top of any existing store discounts. Lot’s of items are on sale there at the moment for 40% off so adding the 10% you’re looking at a 50% discount right away. Not bad eh?
The scheme is designed for non-residents and the way it works is that they give you a card with your name on it thats valid for five days. The card is valid right across the store — the only limitation being that you can’t use it During that period you can accumulate 10% of the total price every time you make a purchase.
You can choose to either use this credit against your next purchase or else you can decide to let the value accumulate of each purchase on the card until you are ready to spend it. This card can also be used to help claim your tax refund if you are visiting from outside the EU.
This deal works right across the store — the only places it doesn’t work is the electronics department and the restaurants. It does, however, work in the gourmet food section which I was a little surprised about! To get best value out of using the card it’d be worth putting a bit of intelligence into the order you buy things in. I gather that Spanish branches of El Corte Inglés also offer a 10% discount card but I’m not sure if exactly the same rules apply in Spain as in Portugal.
Galeries Lafayette, in France, also offer a similar discount for tourists. The last time I availed of that it was even better than the El Corte Inglés programme as the former gave you a straight up 10% off each purchase without having to make an additional purchase to unlock your gains.
Well worth checking ahead with other Department Stores in other countries / regions before planning your next overseas shopping mission as I gather these “Tourist Discounts” are available in most large Department Stores around the world!
Had you guys heard of these discount offers before? What’s the best discount deal you’ve ever come across when traveling? Maybe you’ve got a great discount story or travel hack you’d like to share? Then let us know in the comments!