Wowcher Mystery Holiday - The £99 Getaway Reviews & InfoDisclosure: This post may contain affiliate links
Fancy Trying a Wowcher Mystery Holiday? The £99 Getaway that everyone's talking about! Find out where people ended up, real reviews & how to get it cheaper.
A post on Twitter by user 'Liam Mcmahon' went viral recently when he told his followers about the luck he had when purchasing a 'Wowcher Mystery Holiday' - He had spent just £99 for a luxury holiday to Dubai!
As you can imagine, this soon went viral with millions of people purchasing these mystery deals. So we wanted to take a look at Twitter a few months after the hype and see if, or how many other people hit the jackpot with their mystery getaway purchases.
Wowcher Mystery Getaway
We love a good Wowcher deal and this one was no exception. I was expecting there to be UK destinations, and to end up somewhere like Skegness for the weekend, but all of the destinations are abroad which is a bonus.
This is the Tweet that went viral and got everyone purchasing the £99 deal....
£99 Mystery Break Explained
Wowcher are offering a mystery getaway deal, which is £99pp with flights included to one of 40 destinations worldwide. The deal is based on a competition/draw type system, whereby you purchase your deal, and wait until the given end date, when you will then be informed of where you're going.
Departures are from London only (Stansted, Gatwick, Southend, Luton for short haul, London Heathrow or Gatwick for long haul). Manchester, Liverpool, East Midlands, Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and Edinburgh airports incur a charge of an additional £40-£60pp
Your break will range from 2 - 7 days depending on location and all breaks are ATOL protected.
There's over over 40 different worldwide locations on offer.
Long-haul getaways: New York, Las Vegas, Dubai, Bali and Thailand.
European city breaks: Prague, Rome, Barcelona, Venice, Milan, Warsaw, Verona, Dublin, Paris, Lake Garda, Pisa, Turin, Brussels, Florence, Budapest, Marrakech, Krakow, Madrid and Disneyland Paris.
Beach holidays: Costa Brava, Malta, Costa Del Sol, Mallorca, Costa Dorada, Algarve, Barcelona, Porto, Croatia, Ibiza and Lisbon to name a few!
How to Purchase & Redeem Your Mystery Holiday
Firstly, purchase your Wowcher Mystery Holiday here and once Wowcher have emailed you your unique voucher code, you have to contact the merchant 'weekender breaks' directly to redeem.
Price is based on 2 people sharing so you must buy 2 vouchers to be able to participate. You have 14 days to change your mind for a refund, or you can have credit to put towards another Wowcher deal. Once you have confirmed your holiday, no cancellation is permitted.
Mystery Getaway Reviews
After the hype of the Dubai tweet, millions of mystery holidays were sold by Wowcher, so we decided to check out Google and the hashtag #mysterygetaway to see if anyone else had hit the jackpot, or if people were disappointed in their purchase and here's what we found out...
The first post on Twitter was from a user who was currently soaking up the sun in Milan - which was exciting!
There's 100s of posts from people saying they had booked and asking for reviews. There's also a lot of people posting from some really exotic locations that the got lucky with. Malta seemed to be very popular within the Tweets, so I'm assuming that's a popular giveaway destination.
There was also some complaints, it seemed to be around 50/50 once you had filtered through the people asking for advice. I could only find one complaint of poor accommodation. A lot of the peeves were from people who must have changed their minds, and were annoyed at waiting a long time for refunds.
Another large source of complaints seemed to come from poor customer services on weekender breaks behalf, which is disappointing.
Encouragingly though, people we're happy with their holiday destinations.
Next I tried a Google search to see what people were saying. The first couple of articles in google are from national newspapers and are complaints saying the deal is a rip off. A few customers paid extra to go in peak months, to be told the firm had overbooked, yet they still wouldn't be refunded the difference and would have to pay MORE to change to a date they didn't want - which I would be absolutely furious about.
I searched weekender breaks on Truspilot, and they have an excellent trust score. I filtered the bad ones and almost all are from the £99 Wowcher deal. Basically saying the customer services is poor again and high costs to make changes.
I really couldn't find many good stories via Google, but then again I do believe people are far more likely to moan to the papers and post on forums about bad experiences, rather than good, which is why it seems so one sided.
How to Get the Deal Even Cheaper?
Groupon also does a similar Mystery Getaway deal, and luckily, they are generous with their voucher codes, so to shave a minimum of 15% off your deal, check out the current Groupon Voucher Codes before you purchase, and you can get between 15 + 50% off if you're a new customer, making this deal even more exciting.
Mystery Holiday Conclusion
Booking a holiday is always scary because it can be a very expensive mistake to make when things go wrong. But with this deal, it's affordable and you're knowingly and willingly taking a gamble.
If you're flexible on time and aren't fussy where you end up, it's a fun gamble with the potential to end up as a fantastic luxury getaway. It's also a great present to get that person who has everything or is difficult to buy for.
I would definitely purchase this deal, and if it's still going on when my kids are older and I can get a sitter for a few days, I will definitely give it a go.
If you purchased a mystery getaway, please let us know your experience (good or bad) in the comments below...