The Best Deals to Help You Take Advantage of National Plan for Vacation Day
Get everything from round-trip flights under $199 to hotel rooms that start at just $30.
With the start of the year, travelers looking to plan their 2019 trips have an even greater incentive on Jan. 29. 2019, which is National Plan for Vacation Day.
The day, which is celebrated on the last Tuesday of January each year, was launched by the U.S. Travel Association's Project: Time Off initiative as a way to encourage Americans to plan time off and make the most of vacation days throughout the year.
Americans leave some 705 million vacation days unused each year, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which is why various booking engines, tour operators, and hotels are offering discounts to make it easier for travelers to make the most of their time off.
We’ve pulled together some of the top deals travelers can take advantage of, with some that are one-day only and others that extend throughout the week.
Amtrak is offering 30 percent off of its long distance and state trains, with deals available through Thursday, Jan. 31. The deal, which is available on some of Amtrak’s most popular trains, including the California Zephyr, the Coast Starlight, the Downeaster, and the Lake Shore Limited, is applicable for travel from the spring through the start of summer to allow for affordable Memorial Day and Fourth of July travel. Rates start as low as $22 for rides between Chicago and St. Louis.
CheapTickets currently has flight deals that start under $199 round-trip. The domestic flights are available across a variety of U.S. stops that include flights from Philadelphia to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Miami, or flights from Chicago to Las Vegas.
Various hotels are offering deals for bookings.
The Cove at Atlantis in Nassau, in the Bahamas, will offer a $400 luxury resort credit on stays of five or more nights. Guests can only book the deal through Jan. 31 to travel throughout the year. Blackout dates include: Feb. 9 through March 31, April 6 through April 27, July 7 through July 12, and Nov. 27 through Nov. 29 of 2019.
Las Vegas’ island-themed Tahiti Village Resort, which is located less than two miles from the Strip, is offering 15 percent off of hotel stays when using the discount code NPV19 for bookings of at least two nights. The resort is made up of condo-style accommodations and attractions that include a lazy river with waterfalls and a Tahitian-themed pool with a sandy beach.
Travel service provider CheapTickets also happens to be running deals on both hotel and airfare that overlap with National Plan for Vacation Day. When it comes to hotels, the booking platform is offering 16 percent off of hotels for bookings made by Feb. 3 for travel by Sep. 20 of 2019. Use the promo code VACAYFUND to score hotels that start as low as $30 a night.
To celebrate the occasion, Travel Oregon has teamed up with a variety of Oregon lodging operators to offer 20 percent off of rates to anyone who books on Jan. 29. Accommodations range from oceanfront properties to camping facilities, cottages, vacation rentals, and hotels.
Myrtle Beach’s tourism board is also offering a variety of savings to take advantage of across hotels. Deals range from a free night in a luxury rental and free water park and attraction tickets to 30 percent off on a 2019 summer vacation stay.
The historic Pilgrim’s Inn, overlooking the Northeast Harbor and the inn’s mill pond in Maine, is offering 10 percent off of lodging for 2019 reservations when booking on Jan. 29 for stays between May 17 and Oct. 12 of 2019. Use the the promo code VACATIONPLAN. The inn, which was originally created in 1793, has been restored with immaculate detail and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Driskill Hotel, which is located in the heart of downtown Austin, just steps from its famed music venues and restaurants, is offering up to 20 percent off of bookings for only 24 hours. The deal starts at 1 a.m. EST on Jan. 29, with rates starting at $159. The hotel, which has more than 100 years of history, is home to a variety of dining options that include the city’s only blues brunch at Antone’s Blues Brunch.
Hilton also has a variety of promotions that coincide with National Plan for Vacation Day that include:
- A promotion to get 2,000 bonus points per stay in addition to 10,000 bonus points for every five stays or 10 nights for Hilton Honors members. The deal is available through March 5.
- Savings on long weekend packages that include up to 50 percent off of room rates for Sunday nights. The deal is available to Hilton Honors members for stays that span from the U.S. and Canada to Latin America and the Caribbean, with a minimum three night stay required for travel throughout 2019.
- Bookings of two or more nights at Conrad Hotels and Resorts will include a $50 hotel reward for each night of a guest’s stay. The deal is available for stays at each of the more than 20 Conrad Hotels and Resorts across the world.
Book a sun-soaked getaway to the Sands of Kahana Resort in Maui, Hawaii, on Jan. 29 and get 15 percent off of stays. Use the promo code NPV19 for bookings of at least two nights to receive the discount and enjoy a stay in the resort’s condo-style rooms that come with magnificent ocean views.
Orbitz is currently running two different promotions that overlap with National Plan for Vacation Day. These include 10 percent savings on hotels when booking through the promo code SNOWFLAKE, and up to 40 percent on hotel destinations across the world when booked by Jan. 31 of 2019.
Booking.com also provides travelers with daily deals on a variety of hotels, with rates that can start as low as $6.
Package Tours and Trips:
Travelers who book a trip with travel service Noken on Jan. 29 will get their Global Entry application fees taken care of by the company. You’ll need to be one of the first 50 people to book a trip for the deal to apply. The membership for Global Entry, which costs $100, includes expedited customs screenings and TSA PreCheck.
Expedia’s new and improved Destinations of the Week campaign features popular destinations that offer a minimum discount of 20 percent or more off of hotels and packages. While the campaign is not tied to National Plan for Vacation Day, the deals refresh every Monday to provide travelers with savings to look forward to each week, so be sure to be on the lookout for the promotion even after National Plan for Vacation Day to score savings.
Small-group adventure travel company G Adventures, which offers more than 700 different tours across 100 countries, has a sale running through Jan. 31 that provides travelers with up to 25 percent off of tour packages. Packages range from worldwide trips that travel across entire continents like Asia and Africa, to trips that focus on particular countries or regions.
Celebrity Cruises is running several promotions through Jan. 31 for cruises departing from Feb. 1 of 2019 through May 11 of 2020. Deals include up to $300 off of rooms, free drinks, free WiFi, and up to 50 percent off for third and fourth guests joining on a cruise.