Travel Deals to grab right now – on WRAL

  • Where are the best deals right now? Well whether you’re considering an end-of-summer getaway or a close-to-home weekend trip in the next few months, there are a handful of hotel, flight, and resort deals to consider booking sooner rather than later. Major hotel groups like Marriott, Wyndham and Kimpton are all offering some fabulous and flexible packages for dates from now into 2022. For example, several Wyndham properties are participating in a three-day flash sale, running through January 28 of 25 percent off when you stay two or more nights before September 30, 2021.  Expedia is also offering many last-minute deals – some of which extend into May.
  •  What destinations are worth considering?  Much of that is dependent on if you are looking to drive, or fly. Of course anywhere that you can be outside this time of year is a bonus – especially with COVID. If you are looking to leave the state, from the Carolinas a reasonable option is somewhere like FL which is accessible by both plane and by road trip, so you have flexibility. The Seagate Hotel in Delray Beach has full COVID safety policies in place and are currently offering a Soak up the Sun package that includes one-night stay in their deluxe accommodations along with beachclub access and a signature beach towel and luxury beach bag.  Book online using PROMO CODE: PKGBCH, or call 1-877-577-3242.
  • When is the right time to book and what’s changed with booking?  (The need to schedule a COVID test before coming back?) As of January 26th. if you travel internationally you, ino order to return–you’re now required to have a negative COVID test within the last three days. If you are booking way in advance to grab a current deal, keep in mind – these restrictions might change by the time you travel. However, if you are planning to travel internationally in the next few months, make sure you book tests both ends of your trip to avoid being stuck. In terms of what’s changed with booking trips, as mentioned, most travel providers and airlines are offering flexibility on changing or canceling your trip, many offering credits if you cannot travel – however be sure to check with each one individually as they all have their own policies. 
  • What are the policies for refund/insurance you need to be on the lookout for? There are some main things to be aware of. Many hotels and airlines have updated their change and cancellation policies to be more flexible – and  even if your booking was originally nonrefundable, you may be able to get a full refund. Also using miles and points can also be a good hedge if you’re not sure you’ll be able to take your trip. In terms of travel insurance, most travel insurance policies do not cover fear of traveling due to COVID-19, but they may cover you if you contract it. Again you will want to check with your insurance provider before booking your trip.