Summer travel deals in Phoenix and around Arizona for 2022

Traveling feels more expensive.

Everything from airfares to rental cars is under pressure from staffing shortages and high demand.

But it’s possible to have a memorable vacation or staycation in the Phoenix area and save some money on the experience.

Phoenix tourism promoters offer a mobile passport that includes restaurant discounts and savings on hot air balloon rides and Grand Canyon trips.

And third party discount sites like Groupon and Travelzoo can help you save money on experiences like Jeep tours and spa days. Here’s some inspiration.

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Curated deals from Visit Phoenix

Visit Phoenix, the city’s convention and visitor bureau, offers a mobile exclusive passport with a selection of discounts at attractions, restaurants and shops in Phoenix and elsewhere in Arizona.

On a typical day, visibility is 60 miles in every direction, said Scott Appelman, founder and owner of Rainbow Ryders hot air balloon company.

Highlights include:

  • Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel: 20% off round-trip tickets for the train that takes passengers to the Grand Canyon from the Route 66 city of Williams.
  • Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Co.: $20 off shared flights, plus a discount on summer sunrise flights.
  • Stellar Adventures: 10% off guided desert tours, including all terrain vehicle or utility task vehicle tours, Hummer tours and stargazing tours with night vision.
  • Across Arizona Tours: 15% off bus tours to the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Oak Creek.
  • Pomo Pizza: 20% off orders for the downtown pizzeria considered one of the best in the nation.

Get the passport at visitphoenix.com/plan-a-trip/deals.

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Families can save money with Pogo Pass

Some destinations have all-in-one passes that offer free or discounted admissions to multiple attractions. The Pogo Pass is one such pass for Phoenix and Tucson.

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A Pogo Pass, valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, entitles a person to at least one admission for a variety of experiences, including two visits to the Phoenix Zoo, one visit to Golfland Sunsplash, two visits to regular season Arizona Diamondbacks games and one hour of bowling per month at 810 Billiards.

Pogo Passes are priced at $99.98, but the Pogo Pass Facebook page frequently offers coupon codes. Right now, it’s offering 50% off pass purchases with an affiliate code. Keep in mind that you will need one pass per family member.

Find out more at pogopass.com/phoenix.

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Groupon deals: Sedona Jeep tours, Desert Belle boat rides

Groupon’s deals on activities around Arizona include several big-ticket activities, including Jeep tours of Sedona. The best deals on Jeep tours are for group outings. For instance, a two-hour private tour with Earth Wisdom Jeep Tours for five people costs $345, originally valued at $530.

Desert Belle offers a relaxing, narrated cruise on the waters of the scenic Saguaro Lake

Groupon’s offerings in metro Phoenix include $17 cruises of Saguaro Lake aboard the Desert Belle, $20 admission for two at the Hall of Flame Fire Museum in Phoenix and $13 for a tour of SanTan Brewery and Distillery in Chandler. Go to groupon.com/browse/phoenix and enter your email to sign up.

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