Looking to save money at the spa? There are plenty of ways to save, but spas
don't give discounts unless they HAVE to. Here's what spa insiders do to dig out the best deals and save money at the spa.
Ask About Off-Peak Rates and Other Specials.Some spas charge lower rates on the days and hours that have lower demand, such as Monday through Thursday or early morning hours. You'll save money at the spa if you get spa treatments then.
Sign up For Email Blasts. Spas don't want to advertise their spa deals, but they email or text deals to regular customers. You'll find out about last-minute discounts, even free treatments, classes and lectures. It's a great way to save money at the spa.
Watch For Spa Week. With $50 spa treatments, this is one of the best ways to save money at the spa. Spa Week takes place in major markets twice a year.
Travel Off-Season. If you're planning a spa vacation, rates drop dramatically when you go off-season. The best overnight spa deals are summers in Arizona or Florida and winters in the Northeast.
Join A Club. Chains like Massage Envy and facelogic offer memberships where you get a monthly treatment for $50. It's no frills, and some of the massage therapist or esthetician will be newbies.
Join A Rewards Program. Some spas have loyalty programs that reward you with a free massage after you get ten. That's a 10% discount, and you can go anytime you want.
Look For "Locals" Programs. Spas in big resort towns like Scottsdale or Miami often have lower rates and special deals for locals.
Ask For Group Rates. If you're looking for a girlfriend getaway (think five or more), tell the spa and try to negotiate a group rate. That will help you save money at the spa.
Buy A Series. Treatments that require a series, such as laser hair removal and microdermabrasion, are usually cheaper when you buy a series upfront. But it's only a bargain if it's the right treatment for you.
Find A Small Day Spa. If you're interested in just getting a massage or facial without all the frills, look for a small day spa. Prices should be a bit lower than a big glitzy day spa.
See A Private Practitioner. Massage therapists and estheticians who work out of their home usually charge less than a spa and you don't have to pay tip or tax. You won't get luxury amenities (and ambiance can vary) but they will learn your body and help your progress towards your wellness and beauty goals.
Make It A Day At The Resort Spa. If you do splurge on a resort spa, make a day of it. Get there early and use all the facilities -- steam, sauna, relaxation lounge. Don't rush off. Bring your swimsuit and a good book -- then hang out by the pool.
Let Students Work On You. If you go to massage schools or esthetician schools, you can get a massage or facial for $25-$40. Just remember they are beginners and ambiance will be lacking. I also wouldn't advise getting laser treatments, microdermabrasion treatments or aggressive chemical peels from a student.