posted: Oct. 8, 2012 @ 6:23p
It has been quite sometime since we have posted a deal for Vision Direct (VisionDirect.com). I have ordered contacts from them for the past eight years. They are part of drugstore.com which is now owned by Walgreens. Their regular price per box has gone down because they now get to use Luxxotica's wholesale pricing.
Also, this deal is specifically not just for new customers, but it does require Discover as your payment method. Of course, it might be YMMV if you don't do it right or the companies involved change the way they process and credit the transactions.
If you want any additional mfr rebate, you typically must have a recent eye exam done. In most cases, you should have an eye exam annually if you wear contacts daily or have other related health condition.
$1.99 processing fee and sales tax in CT, IL, NV, NJ, PA, WA, and CA. Free shipping on all orders over $99.
Step 0: Make sure you have no recent cookies or clicks to VisionDirect or drugstore.com via any other method including directly from a search engine or other CashBack site.
Step 1: Ensure you are registered for the 5% Discover online shopping Q4 bonus. Link to register for 5% quarterly bonus
If the bonus does not post within 2 billing cycles, you will need to ask for it. Based on the television commercials, this merchant should count and is listed as a mail-order merchant (old school flag) on Discover's side, but it does not appear to post immediately.
Step 2: Start At ShopDiscover to qualify for 15% CashBack. Link to start Vision Direct shopping via ShopDiscover
Step 3: Find the items you want. Remember, buying a year supply often qualifies you for an extra instant discount. For 6 pack disposables, this is 8 boxes (4 for each eye).
Step 4: Apply coupon code: VISA20 (for all customers, does not appear to enforce Visa card usage)
Step 5: Get your rebate (if applicable)
Acuvue: http://www.acuvue.com/buying-rebates (now valid through 3/31/2013)
Ciba Vision/Novartis/Air Optix: http://www.airoptix.com/rebate/index.shtml
Ciba Vision/Novartis/Dailies: http://www.dailies.com/rebate/
Step 6: You may have out of network reimbursement options from your vision insurance. It is almost always better to purchase your contacts out of network and submit a claim than from a contracted provider. If you have a national insurance company, almost all of those policies are written by just a handful of outsourced companies:
VSP Claim Form
EyeMed Claim Form (Luxxotica)
Spectera - UnitedHealthcare
Typically you get reimbursed $85 to $150 on contacts (every 12 months) depending on the benefit plan. It is okay to use a contracted provider for a low cost eye exam and buy your contacts elsewhere (take the paper with the prescription).
Step 7: You also get 5% of your order as a drugstore.com credit. Combine with Shoprunner and get something for close to free if you like. The 5% can be stacked with other promotions (instant coupons typically).
Example of Acuvue Oasys net price (in a non-sales tax state) with eight boxes (to get the full mfr rebate) and no insurance claim:
$25.99 per box - 207.92
8 box discount - 23.00 (instant)
20% coupon - 36.98 (instant) VISA20 - enter on shopping basket page. No stacking any other entered codes.
Processing fee - 1.99 (free shipping)
Total Out of pocket - 149.93 (before rebates or Cash Back bonuses)
Discover 15% - 22.19 (15% of 147.94 product amount). Reported 1 week after ship. Usable after next statement.
Discover 5% - 7.50 (5% of 149.93 total amount). Reported and usable within 2 billing cycles.
drugstore.com 5% - 7.40 (5% of 147.94 product amount). Usable during January 2013 for Q42012 purchases.
Acuvue rebate - 25.00 (non-new wearer rebate - comes as Visa prepaid card)
Total cost after all offers (excluding tax and exam costs): 87.84 (10.98 per box)
I have compared this price with Luxxotica-ran stores and other promos (Walgreens evergreen 20% off contacts) and this works out cheaper. It might be cheaper to find a deal using PM, but most PMs are difficult because you lose out on other incentives (via click tracking and such).