Quarantine Day Eight – Saga Possibilities discounts reviewed

I imagined there would be all sorts of free stuff I could get when I turned 60.  There are indeed a few freebies and offers though not many as I reviewed in blogs earlier this year. 

Truth is, partly because of Covid, the only discount I’ve availed myself of, so far, is free prescriptions.  Welcome though this is, I can hardly gorge myself on free heartburn tablets and inhalers.

That’s why I was quite excited by my free membership of Saga Possibilities that came with the Saga motor insurance I took out.

I’ve just checked out the Possibilities website and counted over 60 money-saving offers which are organised under four categories – Travel, Food & Drink, Home & Garden and Health & Beauty.  What more is there to life!

The travel section included a number of worthwhile 20% discounts on stays at popular hotel groups including Ibis, Mercure and Novotel.  


Being cynical as I am I was half-expecting that the exclusions would render the offers useless – things like you couldn’t combine them with other discounts or they’d only be available on weekdays but I was wrong.  Here, for example, are the Ibis Budget terms which seem fair enough to me:

  • Save 20% when you book at least 15 days in advance
  • Save 5% when you book 5 days in advance
  • Discounts are on top of best available rates meaning you could save up to 35%
  • Offers are available with or without breakfast
  • Offers applicable 7 days a week

In addition to hotel groups there are discounts on river cruises via Titan Travel, holiday villas, car hire and airport shops.

Food & drink

Under Food & Drink there is a tempting offer a Free Case of Craft Beer – might go for that though must remember to cancel the required subscription.  Other freebies, in return for subscriptions, are a free bottle of wine and a Simply Cook trial box.

There are also some worthwhile offers from well-known restaurant chains including Prezzo, Harvester and Chef & Brewer which I’m sure we’ll make use of at some point.

Home & Garden

I was less enamoured with the Home & Garden section with subscriptions to magazines and courses that didn’t appeal.  Other offers were a somewhat eclectic mix covering phones, car washes, personalised cards and flowers. Shame the hoped for offers for DIY and Garden Centre products weren’t there

Health & Beauty

Health & Beauty had a couple of offers that did attract including the free Covid lockdown inspired workouts with the admirable Dame Kelly Holmes, who turned 50 years-old earlier this year. 

I really enjoyed listening to her story about how she got into athletics that introduces her first #notgoingoutclub exercise session.  I might well give these a try, as I need to add some variety to my 20k a week of running.  The 30% off ‘Active Ageing 12 week online exercise journey’ also appealed.

Other offers include worthwhile savings on a range of health and beauty products plus I might be tempted for free delivery of my free repeat prescriptions via Pharmacy2U.

Not a bad range of offers, I’d say, for an insurance service I would have paid for anyway.

Published by brianjonesdiary

Dad, husband, brother and son. Interested in travel, politics, sport, health and much more. Semi-retired and aiming to making the most of life as I approach my sixth decade.

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