Cheap Travel: Deals on Activities in Phoenix and Arizona Area – The Arizona Republic | Gmx Pharm

Travel feels more expensive.

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

But it is possible to have a memorable vacation or stay in the Phoenix area and save some money in the process.

Phoenix tourism promoters are offering a mobile pass that includes dining discounts and savings on hot air balloon rides and Grand Canyon excursions.

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 offers from Visit Phoenix

Visit Phoenix, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, offers a mobile exclusive pass 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 all directions, said Scott Appelman, founder and owner of Rainbow Ryders hot air balloon company.

Highlights include:

  • Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel: 20% discount on round-trip tickets for the train that takes passengers from the Route 66 town of Williams to the Grand Canyon.
  • Rainbow Ryder’s Hot Air Balloon Ride Co.: $20 off shared flights, plus a discount on summer sunrise flights.
  • Stellar Adventures: 10% discount on guided desert tours, including 4×4 or utility vehicle tours, Hummer tours and night vision stargazing tours.
  • About Arizona Tours: 15% discount on Grand Canyon, Sedona and Oak Creek bus tours.
  • Pomo Pizzeria: 20% discount on orders for the downtown pizzeria, considered one of the best in the country.

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Families can save money with Pogo Pass

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

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

Pogo Passes are $99.98, but the Pogo Pass Facebook page often offers coupon codes. At the moment it offers 50% discount on pass purchases with an affiliate code. Remember that you need one pass per family member.

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Groupon Offers: Sedona Jeep Tours, Desert Belle Cruises

Groupon’s Arizona activity offerings include several high-admission activities, including jeep tours of Sedona. The best jeep tour deals are for group excursions. For example, a two-hour private tour with Earth Wisdom Jeep Tours for five people costs $345, originally priced at $530.

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

Groupon offers in Metro Phoenix include a $17 Saguaro Lake cruise aboard the Desert Belle, $20 admission for two to the Hall of Flame Fire Museum in Phoenix, and a tour of the SanTan Brewery and Distillery in Chandler worth $13. Go to and enter your email address to sign up.

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