Last fall, Active.com offered a Schwaggle deal for their Active Advantage memberships. It sounded like a good deal, so I jumped on it for $25.
So was it worth it? Active Advantage members can save money three ways:
- Discounts on races (I found that the discount was usually just enough to offset “registration fees”)
- Free races (if you were fast enough to claim the limited number of free entries), or discounts (usually $5) on the same races once the free entries were gone
- 20% off all Schwaggle deals
- Additional discounts on other web sites
- Free training plans
Of course I kept track of how much that membership “saved” me.
- $11 off of a $75 Schwaggle voucher for $125 at Trisports.com (hmm that’s not 20%)
- Free entry to the Cupid’s Chase 5K ($35 value)
- $8 off the Chicago Half Marathon (which equalled the “registration fee”)
- $8 off 13.1 Chicago (also equalled the registration fee)
- $3.88 off the Chicago’s Perfect 10 (again, cancelled out the reg fee)
- Free entry to the Jim Gibbons 5K ($35 + $1.64 fee)
- $3 off $15 Schwaggle for the Beverly Turkey Trot 5K
- $3 off $15 Schwaggle for the Jingle Bell 5K
Total savings = $108.77
Definitely more than the $25 I paid for the membership, and more than the $60 it would cost me to renew. However, I raced a lot this year. I jumped on free race registrations, and in both cases, those races were within a week of another race I was doing, and I probably would not have signed up if I had had to pay.
I did try to use the free training plans offered on the site, but found them confusing to use. I like a format that I can print or easily copy and paste into a Google doc, so I can easily add dates to my training plan. It seemed like the Active Advantage ones required you to log in regularly to see what your upcoming workout was. Which is not my style.
Ultimately, I decided not to renew my Active Advantage membership for another year. I don’t plan on racing as much in 2013, so I would not be as likely to jump on free races, and in the absence of those free races, I only saved $37.13 this year.
However, if you race a lot, or you purchase a lot of Schwaggle deals, or do a lot of online shopping for running gear, or you can figure out the training plans, the membership might save you some money.
Are you an Active Advantage member? Do you think it’s worth it?