9 Flexible Travel Deals to Take Advantage of Right Now

We haven’t seen such a flurry of travel deals since Black Friday: Thanks to several

We haven’t seen such a flurry of travel deals since Black Friday: Thanks to several upcoming holidays, real and cooked-up—Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, National Plan a Vacation Day—and the cruise industry’s wave season, the discounts are plentiful right now. Whether you’re considering an end-of-summer getaway or a close-to-home weekend trip in the next few months, here are a handful of hotel, flight, resort, and cruise deals to consider booking sooner rather than later.

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Hotels

Marriott

Road tripping to the Big Easy? Marriott rates are up to 20 percent off for stays in New Orleans through June 30, with discounts at 13 hotels—the W New Orleans, Le Méridien New Orleans, and the Moxy New Orleans included. 

Marriott Bonvoy Escapes members can also take advantage of last-minute deals posted every Wednesday, with 25 percent off hotels and resorts for the upcoming month. (Not a member? You can still partake and get 20 percent off.)

Book now: marriott.com

Expedia

Expedia’s deals and last-minute deals (some of which extend into May) move pretty quickly, but there are always at least a dozen to choose from. Right now, discounted hotels include The Pierre, A Taj Hotel in New York, where rates are up to 34 percent off, 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami, and the Wynn Las Vegas. You’ll find even more last-minute deals in cities like Key West, Boston, and Atlanta.

Book now: expedia.com

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Several Wyndham properties are participating in a three-day flash sale, running through January 28. To take advantage of the deals—25 percent off when you stay two or more consecutive nights before September 30, 2021—you must download Wyndham’s app and sign up to be a Wyndham Rewards member, which can be done for free during booking. Participating properties include the new TRYP by Wyndham in Orlando, the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Golf & Beach Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, and the Dolce Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California, a prime location for resting and recharging.

Book now: wyndhamhotels.com



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: At the Kimpton Epic hotel in Miami, a Romance On The Water package comes with welcome bubbles and a poolside cabana.


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At the Kimpton Epic hotel in Miami, a Romance On The Water package comes with welcome bubbles and a poolside cabana.

Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton has a handful of Valentine’s Day packages going on right now. Two highlights are the Snow Your Love in Yellowstone promo at the Kimpton Armory Hotel in Bozeman, Montana, and Vermont’s Kimpton Taconic Hotel Valentine’s Day package. The former adds a $100 food and beverage credit and an America the Beautiful national park pass (typically $80), good for one-year entry to all U.S. parks, into your stay, plus holiday-appropriate bonuses like a bottle of champagne and gourmet picnic lunch. (Montana residents who live in the 406 area code can get 25 percent off their stay right now, too.) At the Taconic, packages include a $100 dining credit to Copper Grouse (which is taking outdoor dining reservations and offering pick-ups inside the hotel if you’d prefer to take dinner back to your room), local flowers and chocolates, and a complimentary room upgrade at time of check-in. These can be booked by February 27 for stays between February 1 and February 28.

One more Kimpton deal worth considering, especially for Utah residents: The Kimpton Monaco Salt Lake City has a Thrice is Nice Groundhog Day promotion with new perks the more you stay. Even if you only go once, you can get a discounted rate of $129 and a $20 credit to the hotel’s restaurant, Bambara. Bookings must be made by April 30, 2021, and are good for stays through August 31, 2021.

Book now: ihg.com/kimptonhotels

Hewing Hotel

Minneapolis residents may want to consider a Valentine’s Day staycation at Hewing Hotel. From Friday, February 12, to Sunday, February 14, the property is offering a private dining experience from executive chef Nyle Flynn in the form of a contactless, eight-course tasting menu in one of Hewing’s hotel rooms. There are 14 reservations available each night, and reservations can be claimed on Tock.

Book now: exploretock.com 

Casa Marina Key West 

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Casa Marina Key West recently launched a 100 Night Giveaway contest, with 50 three-day, two-night stays to be awarded from February 1 to June 30, 2021. To enter, past guests are invited to submit photos, memorabilia, videos, or letters from the resort by April 10, 2021, via email to [email protected]

Book now: expedia.com

Priceline

Through Sunday, January 31, Priceline is offering 10 percent off of Hotel Express deals with the code SAVELATER, good for travel between June 1 and September 30, 2021. Mind you, Priceline’s exclusive Hotel Express deals already save you up to 60 percent off, with low rates in dozens of cities across the country, so this could amount to pretty steep savings. However, it’s a dealer’s choice: In exchange for the low rates, Priceline only reveals the hotel name after you book. Adventurous travelers can take comfort in knowing all participating properties have been vetted and must have a minimum guest rating score, inclusive of cleanliness rating, to qualify. There is also a “New Cleaning Protocol” filter which can be used to limit an Express Deal search to only include properties who have shared an updated COVID-19 cleaning protocol with Priceline.

Book now: priceline.com

Flights

United

United’s airfare sale only lasts today, January 26, so move fast if you’re looking to fly before May 26. Fares are as low as $29 one-way, with award fares from 3,000 miles, on routes like Asheville, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C.; Nashville to Chicago, and Denver to Santa Fe. A few stipulations: The sale is for domestic U.S. travel only, and flights must be booked 14 days prior to departure. While the discounted flights run through May, United’s change fees are still waived, should your plans change (though, you may have to pay for the difference in ticket cost if you re-book).

Book now: united.com



a beach with a city in the background: Step out onto Condado Beach from the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.


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Step out onto Condado Beach from the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

JetBlue

JetBlue, Discover Puerto Rico, and San Juan Marriott have put together a National Plan a Vacation Day contest for anyone who’d like to visit the islands this year. To enter, simply block off a week in your Google, Outlook, or other digital calendar titled Fly JetBlue to Puerto Rico, and add the email address [email protected] to the invite before February 10. Three winners will walk away with two roundtrip JetBlue tickets to Puerto Rico and a six-day, five-night stay at the San Juan Marriott, a beachside resort in Condado. If you don’t win the grand prize, you could at least get some swag out of entering: One hundred participants will receive a goodie bag filled with travel gear.

Book now: jetblue.com

Book now: marriott.com

Cruises

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

While an official return date for cruising remains uncertain, that only means better deals (and flexible cancellations) for cruisers who want to plan ahead. Uniworld’s Cruise Back Into Travel offer has savings of up to 30 percent off bookings made by March 31 on end-of-2021 itineraries ranging from a trip down the Nile to a sailing through Northern Italy. Plus, those who book flights through Uniworld will get an additional $500 per person in savings and a private car transfer from the airport to the ship.

Book now: uniworld.com

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