Topdeck always-on discounts are a great way to save up to 10% off your Topdeck tour, and as the name suggests, these discounts are always available.
Always-on discounts aren’t exactly new though. Topdeck always-on discounts are a rebranded version of the Topdeck discount rewards – but the name isn’t the only thing that’s changed.
Always-on discounts vary in savings are made up of three types of Topdeck discounts, these include the loyalty discount (5% discount), friend-zone discount (10% discount) and the multi-trip discount (10% discount).
Because always-on discounts are always on, there is no restriction on the time of year that you take advantage of it.
The minimum you can save with an always-on discount is 5% while the maximum is 10% – but unless you read the fine print and meet Topdeck’s criteria, then the most you’ll likely save is just 5% on your Topdeck booking.
While the maximum you can bag is a 10% discount, you’ll need to either need to book with ten or more friends (friend-zone discount), or book four or more tours at the same time (multi-trip discount).
Trust me, that’s not going to be easy.
So how can you maximise your savings using a Topdeck always-on discount? The answer is that you’ve gotta double up! Why? Because you’re allowed to add two different always-on discounts together for a maximum discount of 15% 🙌
Let’s look at a two examples:
|Example||Always-on discount used||Total discount|
|You book three Topdeck trips at the same time, and you’ve travelled with Topdeck before||Multi-Trip Discount + Loyalty Discount||12.5%|
|You book a Topdeck trip with four friends, and you also book four trips at the same time||Friend-zone Discount + Multi-Trip Discount||15%|
As you can see from the examples above, it’s not exactly easy to get the 15% maximum discount. In all honesty, I cannot see many people ever really achieving this – especially as the always-on discount will far outweigh the amount you’ve actually spend just to get it!
You’d be better off using a Topdeck discount code or taking advantage of a last-minute Topdeck trip as some can save you up to 30% off.
Officially, there are three always-on discounts, but there used to be another – the early payment discount. I *think* this has been temporarily paused due to the COVID-19 situation, so it’s worth mentioning it anyway in case it does come back.
Read more about the Topdeck early payment discount.
Like any travel company, it comes as no surprise that Topdeck wants to encourage repeat customers. So if you’re thinking about going on another Topdeck tour, then you’ll get a discount of 5%.
Now, while this doesn’t sound overly generous, it is worth taking advantage of if you have already travelled with Topdeck before.
Let’s crunch some numbers to show you how much you could potentially save.
Let’s say you’re booking a trip valued at $1,800 AUD. If you take advantage of the 5% loyalty discount, then you will save $140 AUD.
Thank you Topdeck 👏
How to get this discount
It’s easy. Just find the tour you want to book, log into the Topdeck site and tick the “I have previously travelled with Topdeck” box.
The team at Topdeck will apply the 5% discount when they process your booking.
Another always-on discount to consider is the group discount or friend-zone discount. Quite a lot of people book Topdeck trips as a solo passenger, but according to a Topdeck poll, 53% of people would rather travel with friends than go solo.
So if you & your group of friends are thinking of travelling together, then you need to take advantage of the Topdeck friend-zone discount – the more people you book with, the more you’ll save.
This group discount ranges from 5% through to 10% off. The discount amount increases with the more friends who book with you.
Here’s a breakdown of the group discount:
|Number of friends||Discount amount|
|4 - 6 friends||Save 5% off per person|
|7 - 9 friends||Save 7.5% off per person|
|10 or more friends||Save 10% off per person|
Have you ever just thought “f*ck it, I’m going travelling for six months”? Well if you have – and you decide to make multiple trips with Topdeck, then get the 5% multi-trip discount.
5% might not seem like a lot, but let’s take a look at the numbers.
Say you book one trip worth $1,500 AUD and a second trip at the same time for $1,700 AUD . You’ll save $75 AUD with this deal.
Muti-trip discounts work on a sliding scale. With more bookings comes more significant savings.
Here’s how it works:
|Number of tours||Discount amount|
|Two||Save 5% off the cheapest tour|
|Three||Save 7.5% off the cheapest tour + 5% off the second cheapest tour|
|Four or more||Save 10% off the cheapest tour, 7.5% off the second cheapest tour + 5% off third & any additional trips|
How to get this discount
The only condition is that you must book multiple trips at the same time. The Topdeck team will apply the discount when they process your booking.
Now this one might be more difficult to achieve as it involves some serious planning and even better money management skills – neither of which I have.
But if you do, and you book and pay for your tour in full six months or more before your trip departure date, then you’ll get 5% off.
Sometimes the unexpected happens, and Topdeck knows that, which is why their no-strings-attached guarantee could be a real lifesaver. With the no-strings-attached guarantee, you can:
Make free changes
You can make as many changes to your Topdeck trip 40 days before your departure without being charged an amendment fee.
Book now and pay it off later
You can secure your Topdeck trip with a deposit of just $200. If for whatever reason you need to pull out before your full payment is due, then Topdeck will hold onto your deposit so that you can use it for another trip and another time. This is known as their flexible deposit.
Pay your trip off in instalments
Coughing up the money all in one go isn’t possible for everyone which is why Topdeck now lets you pay your trip off in instalments that suit you best.
Now while a potential 15% discount sounds excellent, a word of warning before you pull out your credit card.
You should weigh up whether using a Topdeck always-on discount is more advantageous than using a standard Topdeck discount code or deal.
Remember that always-on discounts cannot be combined with any other deal type and the maximum you can save is 15% – even when you combine two, so you might be better off not using one in some circumstances.
How does this work you might ask?
Let’s pretend there’s a 25% discount for the Topdeck tour you wish to book (which is quite common by the way); then you’re better off forgetting about these Topdeck always-on discounts and snapping up the 25% off deal instead!
In this case, you’d be saving at least 10% more.