National Vacation Day Plan: The Best Travel Deals

According to the US Travel Association, the “National Plan for Vacation Day” — held annually on the last Tuesday in January — is designed to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days at the beginning of the year. The day is meant to “emphasize the importance of taking time off to travel”.

Even after two years of living through the Covid-19 pandemic with people experiencing high levels of burnout, data from the US Travel Association shows that Americans are still not taking the vacation days they are entitled to. According to the group, American workers left an average of more than four days on the table last year — or 29% of their paid time off. In fact, only a quarter of Americans used all of their earned free time by 2021.

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So, with the National Vacation Day Plan here, it’s a great time to reset, review your options, and plan. And luckily, there are plenty of travel deals to inspire you and think about how you want to spend your free time this year.

Keep in mind that rules and restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic change often. If you feel comfortable traveling at this point, you should keep an eye on the regulations at your destination to make sure you can still travel as your vacation approaches.

Here are some of the best deals we’ve seen so far on this National Holiday Plan.

The online travel agency Priceline offers discounts for National Plan for Vacation Day. The booking service offers a 10% discount on Express Deal hotels, flights and rental cars, including some of the best hotels for families. Use the promo code to activate the 10% discount when you book VCA2022.

There is a maximum savings of $50 per booking and the offer is valid until 11:59 PM on January 25th. In addition, the terms and conditions state that the coupon is not valid for flight bookings made through the Priceline app.

To celebrate the National Holiday Plan for just one day, Omni Hotels & Resorts offers additional benefits for travelers. On January 25, the first 250 guests who book with Omni will receive a free room upgrade, subject to availability and valid for leisure stays only.

In addition, for all bookings made directly with Omni through its website or phone number on January 25, the chain will donate five meals to Feeding America through the Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative that fights to end hunger in the United States. country.

Omni Hotels & Resorts has locations in the US, Canada and Mexico. For example, the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Florida, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, and Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas could all be good options for a vacation later this year.

Qatar Airways, based in Doha, is encouraging Americans to book their vacation this year to a bucket list destination such as the Maldives, the Seychelles and beyond. As part of the National Plan for Vacation Day sale, you can book round-trip flights from the US to many destinations for just $570. You must book travel before January 31 and travel before April 30, 2022.

Here are some sample fares Qatar Airways offers:

  • Boston (BOS) to Dubai (DXB) for a round trip of $570
  • Houston (IAH) to Beirut (BEY) for $640 round trip
  • Atlanta (ATL) to Nairobi (NBO) for $670 round trip
  • New York (JFK) to Istanbul (IST) for $690 round trip

Qatar flies from 12 US cities, including Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), Philadelphia (PHL), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) and Washington, DC (IAD).

On January 25 only, United Airlines is offering one-way fare for just $39, or just 3,900 one-way miles if you want to use your miles (plus taxes and fees).

Here are some examples of some itineraries with tickets starting at $39 or 3,900 miles:

  • Boston (BOS) to New York (EWR)
  • Burbank (BUR) to San Francisco (SFO)
  • Cleveland (CLE) to Washington, DC (IAD)
  • New York (EWR) to Richmond (RIC)
  • Las Vegas (LAS) to San Francisco (SFO)
  • Houston (IAH) to New Orleans (MSY)

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Under the terms of the deal, the low fares are only valid for domestic one-way tickets. The lowest fares are also in Basic Economy, which means you won’t get the benefits you’re used to, such as checked baggage and seat selection. Eligible trips must be completed between February 7, 2022 and May 18, 2022.

We will continue to update this story throughout the day as more deals become available.

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