I Paid More for a Meal By Buying a Travelzoo Voucher

Written by Karen Bryan

When Travelzoo were running 10% off restaurant deals promotion, I bought a voucher for a meal (lunch or dinner) at Jamie’s Italian. The original price of the voucher was £29 to two courses from the set menu for two people, but I paid £26.10 after the 10% discount. I was also attracted to the voucher because it was valid for several months until the end of June 2018.

I planned to use the Travelzoo voucher at Jamie’s Italian in Glasgow. I reckoned that as I am Glasgow at least twice a month either to visit our son or to see an art exhibition, that it would be straightforward to use the voucher.

However, it didn’t turn out that way. Our son had a hernia, so he couldn’t walk or cycle to Glasgow city centre. Often events which I attended where either not in the city centre, or I didn’t have time to fit in lunch or dinner.

I still hadn’t used the Travelzoo voucher for Jamie’s Italian by early June. So I had to make a concerted effort. By that time, our son had recovered from the hernia surgery. I wanted to see the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show, Our son works a four day week, with Fridays off.

It says on the voucher for Jamie’s Italian that it is not mandatory to book, but advisable. As we were meeting for lunch on a Friday, one of the busier days of the week, I thought that I had better book a table.

I made a booking on the Jamie’s Italian website. I was really annoyed to see that there was an offer for £11.95 for two courses from the set menu on the booking page. This meant that, even factoring in the 10% discount, I had paid £2 more for a supposedly deal on Travelzoo.

It just goes to show that promotions and special offers do not necessarily save you money.

I was disappointed by the meal at Jamie’s Italian in Glasgow. The main course pasta dishes were bland and the servings were small.