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Old 01-05-2005   #1 (permalink)
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Is the Playa Card worth the money? We will be on our second trip to Playa in March. We are going AI at the Iberostar Tucan March 19-25. We plan on coming to Playa several times during the trip if not every day. We plan on eating in Playa on several occasions as well as shopping. Appreciate the help.


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We did not go with the Playa deal card this vacation, and I wish we had. Even if you didn't use it for the restaurants/bars, I think it would earn itself back for you if you planned to do any jewelry or handicraft shopping. First of all, the amount of shops along the main throughfares in PDC is daunting -- and how is any newcomer going to have a real sense of whose stuff is worth it or not? With the Playa Deal card, at least you'll have your choices winnowed through already, and you can be reasonably assured that they are quality shops offering quality wares. So this will, first of all, save you time and hassle. Secondly, if you were thinking of dropping anywhere over $450 (very easy to do, especially with jewelry), and you figure, conservatively, on a 10% discount with the PDC card ... there you go, it's paid for itself.
Ditto with the restaurants/bars on the PDC card.
The only reason we did not opt for the PDC card was that we were a party of four, and it sounded as though we would have to buy 2 PDC cards to cover us all. Since two of us were kids, we crunched the numbers in terms of what their bill was likely to be at the restaurants we were likely to frequent, and felt it was not worth the investment. Now that I have been in PDC, I would always get the card for the shopping discounts alone.
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Welcome to the board Hef.

I have used it on 2 previous trips and it saved me much more than I paid for it both times. I would recommend you read thru the offerings and if they sound like places you would go, go for it. The other key is to remember to take it out of your purse or wallet when the time comes. I missed a couple discounts that way.
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Is the Playa Card worth the money? We will be on our second trip to Playa in March. We are going AL at the Iberostar Tucan March 19-25. We plan on coming to Playa several times during the trip if not every day. We plan on eating in Playa on several occasions as well as shopping. Appreciate the help.

We have used it on both our trips and were pleased with our experience and savings.

If you shop at places on the Card and eat at places on the card, I suspect it will be worth the money, but it depends on how much you spend and where you shop and eat.

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If you are going AI, you will have to figure out how much you will be in the town. If you think you'll hit a couple of restaurants for dinner and a few bars or shopping then get it. We'll be down there for two weeks and hit most of the spots on the card so its a great deal for us. By the way, we go to the places on the card because they're some of the best places to eat. Getting the discount is a bonus.
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If you are going AI, you will have to figure out how much you will be in the town. If you think you'll hit a couple of restaurants for dinner and a few bars or shopping then get it. We'll be down there for two weeks and hit most of the spots on the card so its a great deal for us. By the way, we go to the places on the card because they're some of the best places to eat. Getting the discount is a bonus.
Ditto what David said, Hef. We stay in a condo, so eat out less than most, but we still think we get our money's worth from the PlayaDeal card.
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Playa Deal Card did the trick for me...Used it during my 2 trips and saved quite some money (mostly in restaurants although or rather because I'm not a big eater...)
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I would think the card would be a way to go to some of the high end restaurants, shops, ect & defray the cost a little. I'm trying to get everyone in our group talked into it even as I write this
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Welcome to the board Hef.

I have used it on 2 previous trips and it saved me much more than I paid for it both times. I would recommend you read thru the offerings and if they sound like places you would go, go for it. The other key is to remember to take it out of your purse or wallet when the time comes. I missed a couple discounts that way.
Vacationstar makes a good point about having the card ready when the time comes. I got in the habit of putting it on the table as soon as I sat down. I ran into a few servers who were a bit persnickity about what you could use it for, when it needed to be presented etc. Maybe they felt it cut into to their tips because people were tipping off the discounted price rather than the full price (I always tip off the full price). Anyhow, it seemed to work best when I got my card on the table right from the start. Also, when when using it in the shops, the discount usually is only good for cash purchases. We recouped the cost of the card within hours of being in PDC- a few beers, a few tequilas, a few pair of earrings, a few tacos....
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If anything other than getting a discount, it will help you decide which places in Playa you will "check out". I got one last year but had trouble using it as I did not get a list of where the card could be used until 2 days left in our vacation. No sour grapes here, as I fully intend on getting (and using) it again this March.
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We stayed at an AI in August and even so the Playa Deal Card is definitely worth the money. We are not staying at an AI when we return in May so I expect to be using it even more.
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I agree that the tip should be on the non-discounted price. Question is what's appropriate tip? I've always tipped 15-20% on total bill (including tax) unless the server completely pissed me off It appears most european service charges are 15% and sometimes a little more is left on top. Others say 15% on pre-tax bill for food 10% for drinks.

Not really knowing the culture (which in PDC would, I imagine be an amalgam of north emerican, european and mexican tipping practice) it would be nice to know what's reasonable and/or expected - any ideas?
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I tip 0-20% depending on the service, with 20% being the norm. Each time I have to ask for a refill on coffe or a drink I knock off 1%, if I am ignored or the servers fingers end up in my food the tip goes to the big 0, & will never eat or drink where the tip is automatically added to the bill, it just seems a little presumptuous that the service is that damned good
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Playa Deal Card did the trick for me...Used it during my 2 trips and saved quite some money (mostly in restaurants although or rather because I'm not a big eater...)
are you implying it saved you more on drinks than food??
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Others say 15% on pre-tax bill for food 10% for drinks.
That is what we do usually, maybe a little more or less depending on the service (not depending on the food -that is not the server's fault).

usually I have found in Mexico, the tip (propina?) is included on your bill- look for 'servicio' written on your bill. to avoid double-tipping.

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I don't think they are being 'presumptuous' , they do it because it is easier for everyone, then no one has to wonder 'what is the correct amount'. You would starve in some parts of Mexico, as this is the norm.

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