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February 12, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Quick sales on Amtrak Cascades tickets, Whistler lodging

An Amtrak train travels along the Puget Sound waterfront. (Amtrak Cascades photo.)

“Buy fast before it’s gone” sales seem to be the travel-industry strategy  these days. Regionally, both Amtrak Cascades and the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort  launched such limited-time  sales today for train travel and ski-resort accommodations, with a three-day window for buying.

Sometimes the sales  can  be good deals – it’s hard to argue with a Seattle to Portland train  ticket for $16 (one way). But it’s also how businesses  create  a sense of scarcity and urgency that pushes you into buying more quickly and before you’ve shopped around. So take a good look, but don’t be bamboozled.

Amtrak, which is competing with the  low-fare  Bolt Bus service to Portland and Vancouver, B.C., is offering discounts for train trips from  March 12 to April 4. Tickets are on sale now through Feb. 14. Sample one-way Amtrak fares between these cities are :

Seattle and Portland, $16

Seattle and  Vancouver (Clark County),$16

Seattle and  Vancouver, B.C., $19.

Bellingham and Vancouver B.C., $7

As with most sales, there’s some fine print.  Tickets are available online only and the deals aren’t available around Easter weekend (blackout days are March 28-29 and April 1).

Whistler-Blackcomb, the B.C. ski resort, launched its 72-hour sale today (it ends just before midnight on Feb. 14). It offers up to 50 percent off at many lodgings, from hotels to condos, and stays can be booked by phone, 888-583-8155,  or at  Whistler-Blackcomb. Again, shop around on other Whistler lodging websites, too, and check out condo vacation  rentals by Whistler owners through Allura which can sometimes offer more space for less.

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