Deal alert: Brightline offering up to 50% off fares

Florida is a popular destination for travelers looking to escape the cold winter weather. With its warm temperatures and beautiful beaches, it’s no wonder why so many people choose to visit the Sunshine State. And if you’re planning a trip to Florida this late-winter or early-spring, there’s a Presidents Day deal that you may want to take advantage of.

Brightline, the private intercity rail company that operates fast-moving trains between Miami and Orlando, is offering half off some fares over the next several weeks. However, you must book in the next few days to tap into the savings.

From now through Monday, travelers in a group of at least three can save up to 50% on Smart fares, which are Brightline’s standard fares. Brightline also offers higher-end Premium fares, but the deal only applies to Smart fares. The discount is available for all trips taken from now through March.

Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway to escape the cold or taking a spring break trip in March, you can save big on a rail ticket. The discounted fares make it even more affordable to explore the beautiful cities and attractions that Florida has to offer.

Brightline operates 16 trainsets across its Florida line and launched its extension to the Orlando airport terminals last fall. It also makes stops at a half-dozen stations along the Florida coast, making it a convenient option for travelers who may have spent a few days at Universal Orlando or Walt Disney World and then want to enjoy a trip to the beach.

The travel time from one end of the line to the other (from Orlando to Miami) is anywhere from three to 3 1/2 hours. Ticket costs can vary, depending on the date and time of day, but are generally from $29 or $39 to as much as $109 for a standard Smart ticket.

As part of the Presidents Day sale, Brightline will knock 50% off a Smart fare for groups of three or more. One caveat, though: The deal can only bring you down to a minimum fare of $39. So, if you’re traveling in a group of three or more, you can save quite a bit of money on your rail tickets.

For example, a $99 fare drops to $49.50, an $89 fare drops to $44.50, but a $69 fare drops to just $39. While the discount doesn’t apply to Premium fares, Smart tickets still include onboard Wi-Fi, with food and drinks available to purchase.

To maximize your purchase, consider paying for your train trip with a card that earns bonus points or miles spent on everyday purchases or on broad “travel” expenses. The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card earns 2 points per dollar spent on travel. The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card and Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card earn 2 miles per dollar spent on every purchase, every day. Additionally, the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card earns 3 points per dollar spent on the first $150,000 spent on travel and select business categories each anniversary year.

The coming weeks will mark the first spring travel period since the opening of Brightline’s station at the Orlando airport, making travel between Central Florida and coastal cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale more convenient. If you’re planning to visit a theme park and the beach during a spring break trip to Florida and are traveling as a family or a group, this deal could knock a good bit off the price tag.

In conclusion, if you’re planning a late-winter or early-spring trip to Florida, take advantage of Brightline’s Presidents Day deal. By booking in the next few days, you can save up to 50% on Smart fares for groups of three or more. Whether you’re visiting Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, or just want to enjoy a trip to the beach, this deal can make your rail travel more affordable. So pack your bags and get ready to explore all that Florida has to offer.

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