Travel Deals December 2022: Now Is the Time to Book an Uncrowded Off-Season January Trip to NYC or New England
If you’re among the many who missed the travel deals bonanza that happened on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Travel Tuesday, don’t despair—you haven’t struck out yet. There are plenty of deals to be had leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
A couple worthy offers that caught our eye this week are January hotel deals. Encouraging off-season travel, New York City Hotel Week and Rhode Island Hotel Month are providing major sales on accommodations in two of our favorite, albeit very different, destinations in the Northeast. We love the idea of a January trip to either of these places—both more peaceful and affordable once the crowds have fled, especially in NYC. This is the time to visit if you want to skip the lines.
Additionally, Icelandic airline Play continues to deliver the deals with budget airfare to Iceland and elsewhere in northwest Europe. It’s a good time to book hotel stays on Expedia, too. Their regular rotation of deals are rich with great properties this week, as are Booking.com’s, and a Florida hotel that’s a favorite with Traveler readers is offering a winter package.
Below, our list of the most valuable travel deals to book while you can.
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Get more perks with JetBlue’s new loyalty program
JetBlue announced on Tuesday that its TrueBlue loyalty program has had its biggest revamp in a decade. Members will now be able to customize their own perks—including early boarding, priority security, alcoholic beverages, and 5,000-point bonuses. They also can now combine spend counts with all JetBlue credit cards, pooling points with others. Points don’t expire, and can be used anywhere, and members earn double points when they book with the JetBlue app or on jetblue.com. Hot tip: The airline is also launching flights to Paris this summer.
Jet off to Hamburg or Stockholm with an offer from Play
The recurring deals on flights to northern Europe from Icelandic airline Play are truly the gift that keeps on giving. Through December 18, travelers can book flights to Europe from $149 and flights to Iceland from $133, applicable on travel through March 2023.
23-year-olds are now eligible for United’s young adult discount
23-year-olds, everyone thinks you’re still babies! And the downside is that you often have to pay under-25 fees for car and vacation rentals (if the company or host will take you at all)—but there’s good news too: You can now fly for cheaper with United. The airline’s young adult deal has existed since 2019, but previously only included 18-22-year-olds. The five percent-off discount, which applies for certain flights, can be booked through the United app.
Plan a trip to the big city for New York City Hotel Week
New York City has a reputation for being particularly special during the holidays—and it is—but that also means you have to share the finite sidewalk space with crushes of tourists. A January visit, when the crowds disappear, is more enjoyable in many ways. And an added bonus is that there are steep hotel deals happening to encourage travel. NYC Hotel Week is taking place for stays taken between January 3 and February 12, 2023 (and, yes, we know that’s longer than a week). Eligible hotels are 23 percent off, including Readers’ Choice Awards Winners the William Vale and the Chatwal. The promotion is part of a whole set of deals, with discounts for NYC Restaurant Week and NYC Broadway Week happening at the same time.
Book a peaceful, coastal winter getaway to Rhode Island in the discounted off-season
Similarly to NYC’s January hotel promotion above, the state of Rhode Island just announced its second annual hotel month. The sale period is currently in effect, and is valid for stays January 1-31, 2023. Stays are up to 50 percent off. Rates for the famed Hotel Providence, one among 22 eligible properties, start at $120 per night.
Scan Expedia for fast-moving hotel deals up to 50 percent off
Expedia always offers a running list of last-minute deals on its site—but be prepared to act fast, since they move quickly and only apply to travel within the next two weeks. Right now, top discounted properties include the 1 Hotel San Francisco, Hotel Indigo Anaheim, The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort (25 percent off) in Las Vegas, and dozens of others. You’ll find even more last-minute deals with hotel stays up to 50 percent off in New York City, Aruba, San Diego, and more of our favorite places, towns, and cities.
Browse Booking.com for even more hotel deals
For your last stays of 2022 (technically, taking place before January 3, 2023), you can take advantage of Booking.com’s Late Escapes deal. The deals start at 15 percent off and can be browsed by destination, including New York City, Paris, San Francisco, and others.
The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, is offering a valuable winter package
The Diplomat Beach Resort, a three-time Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards winner, is now offering its fall-winter Warmer Sands Escape package. The deal includes a $50 nightly resort credit, early check-in, a complimentary room upgrade, discounted parking, and complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles, fitness classes, and more. It applies to stays two nights or longer, now through January 15, 2023. Offer ends December 15, 2022.
Save on five-plus nights of winter travel at Marriott Hotels
There’s nothing quite like savoring a long vacation. Select Marriott hotels—in the US, Canada, Latin America, and Caribbean—are offering big savings when you stay a minimum of five nights at hotels, or seven nights at resorts, and book by March 31, 2023. This deal is valid on hotel stays now through March 31, 2023, as well. Use code LTS to save.
World of Hyatt members can earn double points on select stays
Good news for World of Hyatt members—with the Bonus Journeys offer, travelers can earn double points on stays of two or more nights at participating Hyatt hotels around the world. Register by November 15, and stay at participating Hyatt hotels any time until December 20, 2022.
Save up to $350 on group trips from Go Ahead Tours
The travel company EF Go Ahead Tours offers 175 different guided group trip tours around the globe, and through December 23, with their Cheers to Travel Sale, packages are up to $350 off. Best-sellers include an 11-day Italian tour of Venice, Florence, and Rome; an Egypt and Nile River cruise; and an England, Scotland, and Ireland highlights trip.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering a free stay on land before or after your voyage
The best way to cruise? With an extended stay on land in the destination to which you sailed. With one of Regent Seven Seas cruise line’s free land program, called Gift of Travel, travelers can stay overnight pre- or post-cruise in places like Umbria, Cappadocia, Athens, Madrid, London, and Copenhagen. The offer is applicable on bookings made through January 6, 2023.
Your guest sails free to Antarctica on Atlas Ocean Voyages
Dreaming of a 2023 voyage to Antarctica? Now might be a good time to book, considering that for trips booked with Atlas Ocean Voyages before December 31—for expeditions taking place through March 2023—two guests sail for the price of one. Atlas Ocean Voyages’ small, sleek, yacht-style cruises hit far-out, wintry destinations that include the Antarctic Circle and Peninsula, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and the South Shetland Islands, where visitors will find penguins, albatross, black sands, calderas, and hot springs.
Save up to 50 percent off your child’s voyage with Hurtigruten
Hurtigruten is offering a major deal for families: Travelers can save up to 50 percent off of a child’s voyage on their next family cruise with this Young Explorers deal. Take advantage of the deal on select expedition cruises and Classic Coastal Norway departures. The highest discount applies when the child occupies a cabin with at least two adults. (When the cabin has just one adult, the savings go down to 20 percent off.) This makes cruising with family members of all generations even better—and easier on your wallet.
Couples get $400 off Rocky Mountaineer’s train and plane trips to Las Vegas
To book an epic American Southwest journey (whether it’s with your bestie or your boo) at a steep discount, visit Rocky Mountaineer’s site before 2022 ends and purchase one of their Rockies to the Red Rocks Las Vegas with Flightseeing packages. These trips are transportation experiences you’ll get nowhere else in the world—you’ll see the Southwest from the earth and from the sky. The two-day package begins with a journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Denver, Colorado to Moab, Utah, and then a flightseeing transfer to Las Vegas, floating 2,000 feet above Capitol Reef National Park, Zion National Park, and Valley of Fire State Park.