Travel Deals to Book Now: $49 Flights, 50 Percent Off Amtrak Tickets, and More

As the list of places vaccinated travelers can go keeps on expanding, a summer of travel is looking more and more promising. And while airfares may slowly start to rise back toward pre-pandemic levels, travel deals from hotels, airlines, and cruise lines are still rolling in—providing plenty of incentive to start making plans. Whether you’re considering a tropical getaway, a close-to-home weekend trip, or are ready to make big plans for 2022, here are the best travel deals to consider booking sooner rather than later—most of which have flexible cancellation policies, should circumstances change.

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Hyatt Regency Indian Wells

Planning a trip to Palm Springs? This Hyatt resort and spa is offering a Welcome Back deal of 25 percent off standard rates on all room types for bookings made by August 31, 2021, on stays between June 1 and September 30, 2021. The offer is available seven nights a week with some blackout dates; use the discount code WCBACK when you book.

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Thompson Nashville

For those heading to Music City this spring or early summer, the Thompson Nashville, situated in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood, is offering 20 percent off stays, plus a $30 breakfast credit, when you use the promo code NASH20 while booking.

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The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale

For those still looking for Memorial Day weekend plans, this Scottsdale resort—a Readers’ Choice Award winner in 2018 and 2019—is offering guests a $50 nightly resort credit and rates starting from $199 per night over the holiday weekend. (Just be sure to use the promo code LPR if booking online).

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A new slate of Marriott Bonvoy Escapes deals are here, with discounts on bookings made by Sunday, May 2. More than 1,000 Marriott hotels are participating across the U.S., Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean, including the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa in California and the W Mexico City (both of which are recent Readers’ Choice Award winners). As a reminder, the last-minute Bonvoy deals are posted every Wednesday, with 25 percent off hotels and resorts for the upcoming month—ideal for those looking for a last-minute getaway or staycation. (Not a rewards member? You can still partake and get 20 percent off.)

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Expedia’s deals and last-minute deals move pretty quickly, but there are always plenty to choose from. Right now, discounted properties include the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, and the Fairmont El San Juan Hotel. You’ll find even more last-minute deals in cities like Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Los Angeles, and Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

A nice benefit of this extended WFH life is more flexibility when it comes to taking vacations—or checking into the hotel where you can plan to set up shop. Select Wyndham Grand hotels are rewarding that flexibility with 25 percent off of stays that begin Sunday through Thursday. To take advantage of the offer, book by May 1, 2021, for a stay any time this year.

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Kimpton Hotels

All year long, Kimpton is offering discounts of 15 to 25 percent as part of a stay longer and save campaign. Sixty Kimpton properties are included in the deal, which applies to bookings made through December 31, 2021, for three or more nights. With properties everywhere from Nashville and Miami to Santa Barbara and Chicago in the mix, it’s a nice staycation option no matter your home base.

This summer, Kimpton is rewarding teachers with its Extra Credit promotion, too, which lets educators take up to 30 percent off travel between May 1, and August 31, 2021 (they’ll also find a bottle of bubbly and a basket of apples in their room upon arrival). Participating properties include the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, pictured above, Charlotte, North Carolina’s Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, and Nashville’s Kimpton Aertson Hotel.

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Priceline’s exclusive Hotel Express deals are an ongoing way to save up to 60 percent off, with low rates in dozens of cities across the country. 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.

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Flights and packages

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is currently offering saver fare deals as low as $49 one-way when booked by April 29 or May 3, depending on the flight path. Those looking to visit Alaska can get there for $59 from Seattle or $79 from Las Vegas; Portland, Oregon; San Diego; or San Francisco. Cross-country hauls are discounted too, with New York to San Diego fares from $119 and Seattle to Boston flights from $129.

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Southwest Airlines

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Southwest has rolled out a ton of low fares for fall travel, with tickets starting at $50 one way (and, good for those who grew accustomed to pandemic-era travel rules, no change fees; to note, though, cancellations will result in fare credit rather than a refund). Travelers must book flights by May 3 for travel before November 5, 2021.

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Iceland Air

Fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and Canada are welcome to visit Iceland, and Iceland Air is ready to bring them back. The airline just announced a new Iceland Volcano & Blue Lagoon Getaway package, with rates starting at $699. That includes round-trip economy flights, a minimum three-night hotel stay, and tours to the Fagradalsfjall volcano and Blue Lagoon. Fly out of Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Portland, or Seattle.

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Dreaming of heading out to sea again? Hurtigruten has a tempting offer for anyone looking to book ahead: Through June, sailings to Alaska, Antarctica, and Norway are up to 10 percent off, and come with flight credits worth up to $2,500. Itineraries begin in October, so you can likely avoid having to reschedule, and stretch well into 2022. For those looking to stay relatively local, there are a few U.S.- and Canada-only itineraries included in the sale, too; one stretches up the West Coast from San Diego to Vancouver, another starts in Halifax and heads to Boston. 

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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 for select 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.

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To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Amtrak is offering 50 percent off of coach and Acela business class fares on routes across the country. Tickets must be booked by May 5, but apply to future travel taken between June 2 and November 13, 2021. Highlights include $15 fares between Boston and Portland, Maine; $18 fares between Portland, Oregon and Seattle; and $41 Acela fares between Philadelphia and New York.

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