$99 TripAdvisor Plus Membership For Free

$99 TripAdvisor Plus Membership For Free

If you’ve ever gone on TripAdvisor and saw their $99 Tripadvisor Plus being promoted, you, like us, probably just ignored it. The program says, “Tripadvisor Plus – Get Member-Only Travel Deals. Travel often? Now, get paid for it. Earn cash at 700,000+ hotels and experiences.”

We’re still not sold on TripAdvisor.

For newer readers, it was years ago that Beat of Hawaii became known internationally for first revealing the enormous percentage of fake reviews on TripAdvisor. Many other exposés have followed that over the years. That included most notably, a London Times article in 2018 that reported one-third of all TripAdvisor reviews are fraudulent. TripAdvisor did its own report and said that only 9% of its reviews are fake. Others have also reported that TripAdvisor may be swayed by its advertisers into removing unfavorable reviews to improve TripAdvisor’s bottom line.

Interestingly, Beat of Hawaii editor Jeff has been looking for accommodation for an upcoming trip to a faraway place and ended up on TripAdvisor reviews. In short order, he became incredibly frustrated by what intuitively felt like fake reviews. He went to sites like Booking and Airbnb, where the reviewers needed to have stayed at the property. Booking says, “On Booking.com, only guests who booked through us and/or stayed at your property can leave a review.”

So many iterations of TripAdvisor, but none have stuck.

TripAdvisor has tried many things over the years, including being more social network-oriented and just an advisor for accommodations and activities. But it always comes back to reviews for getting eyeballs on its pages.

The latest innovation is Tripadvisor Plus.

This was an overly expensive and questionably valuable club-type deal offering discounts. Others who have tried TripAdvisor Plus have reported that the rates may be no better than elsewhere. We also understand that the Plus version of TA may be less focused on reviews and more on the booking aspect.

At the end of the day, Tripadvisor is an OTA (online travel agency) that uses reviews to help sell travel. TripAdvisor Plus will hopefully reveal special discounts and hotel savings as proposed. Members will receive 10% off on “Tripadvisor experiences,” the activities and tours part of their business.

How to get TripAdvisor Plus for free.

Starting tomorrow, March 5, a free year of Tripadvisor Plus is being offered through Target. It is part of the Target Circle Week event. Target Circle is free to join as well. The instructions will appear tomorrow on the Circle Week event page.

Can you save money on booking – let’s report back.

Tomorrow, then we have the opportunity to get TripAdvisor Plus for free; we’ll find out. Let us know if you do the same. Last day to redeem the offer is September 5, 2023.

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7 thoughts on “$99 TripAdvisor Plus Membership For Free”

  1. Thank you guys for letting me know this offer is happening again. However, I can find no place on the Target website to be able to sign up again. Mignon B would you have a link that I could use to be able to sign up? I’ve searched through Circle with no success and through the site in general but nothing indicating the offer is back on the table. BOH I believe your assessment of Tripadvisor is correct. All blow no go! I’m just surprised that Target has partnered with them for this major blooper.

    1. Target had sent me an email today with the deal. Like you, I checked Target’s website and the offer does not show no matter how I search for it.

      However, I GoogledTarget TripAdvisor $99 offer” and found the same deal on mymoneyblog.com/free-tripadvisor-plus-target-circle.html. The article is dated March 5, 2023 but was still able to see the deal when I clicked on the article:

      One of the Circle Week deals is a free 1-year membership to TripAdvisor Plus ($99 cost usually)

      I hope this helps and works!

  2. Aloha,


    Starting today Target is having the TripAdvisor Plus one year membership for free again. You must be a Target Circle member. The offer expires September 5, 2023.

    It worked this time and my free membership ends April 25, 2024. You do have to provide a credit card info, but the membership will not be auto-renewed when the free year is ending.

    Thanks, BOH, for all the valuable info you provide!

  3. we are always willing to try an offer for free, but this one is a bit confusing. The ad definitely says the $99 annual subscription is free. We are circle members but when we apply for the “free” year it asks for our credit card information. There are two places to sign up but either of them only says “Trip Advisor plus isn’t ready for you yet”. Anyone else having these issues? Thanks for sharing this info! Aloha

    1. Hi Denney.

      Unfortunately, on checking just now, we encountered the same issue. Hopefully, it will be resolved soon.


    2. Yes, I had the same issues trying to sign up for Target Circle’s Tripadvisor Plus. It never did work and I was unable to sign up.

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