It’s that time of the year: when people across the country line up in droves to blow their hard-earned bucks on televisions and refrigerators during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. But the smartest Americans are spending their money on experiences, not things. And there couldn’t be a better time to book travel for the year ahead.
During the week around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the travel industry goes on sale. You can save as much as 55% on hotels, tours, vacation packages and more, says Alanna Smith, editor at deal site TravelPirates. Hopper, an app that uses data to predict and analyze airfares, says that the best day to score a deal on flights is Tuesday, November 27. And many other discounts are extending into what is becoming known as Travel Deal Tuesday — and beyond.
A word of advice: Most sales are only available for a short timeframe and for travel during a specific window. Be sure to check the fine print for other restrictions like minimum stays, upfront payments and nonrefundable rates. Here, we’ve got a roundup of amazing deals not to miss.
Hotels across Saint Lucia in the Caribbean have teamed up to offer island-wide deals offered throughout the month of November. You’ll find sales like 65% off rates at The Landings Resort & Spa, 50% off at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina and 30% discount on stays in some rooms at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. In addition, the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority has teamed up with American Airlines Vacations for a secret sale: Consumers learn about the discount upon booking. The booking window for the American Airlines sale is November 22-28, 2018 for travel between November 24, 2018 to August 31, 2019.
Provenance Hotels is committed to providing local, immersive experiences at stylish, independent hotels across the U.S. There are 14 locations (and more in the works), like the restored Heathman, a chic historic hotel in Portland, Oregon; the Villa Royale, a retro-cool spot in Palm Springs with 38 villas; and the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, a lofty hotel in New Orleans with an artsy appeal. Provenance Hotels is offering guests anywhere from 40-50% off stays through February 2019. Book November 22-27, 2018. The code to use is “cyber.”
Bluegreen Vacations, a vacation ownership company, is offering a Cyber Monday deal featuring an eight-night/seven-day resort getaway for only $499 (a cost savings of up to 80% off) at 20 of its resorts throughout the country, including properties such as Cibola Vista Resort and Spa in Arizona, Orlando’s Sunshine Resort in Florida, Mountain Run at Boyne in Michigan and Wilderness Club at Big Cedar in Missouri.
From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is offering a deal at 14 properties in the Middle East, India and Indian Ocean. Guests get 50% of the rate they paid back in cash credits, which can be used toward gastronomic experiences, spa treatments and more. This is available exclusively to members of the group’s Golden Circle loyalty program, which anyone can join at any time, free of charge. The booking window is November 23-26, 2018 for stays from May 1 to August 31, 2019.
B Hotels & Resorts
This boutique hotel group with locations across Florida, Louisiana and Georgia is offering 50% off at five of its properties: the beachfront B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale; B Historic Savannah, set in the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S.; B on Canal New Orleans, within walking distance of the French Quarter; B Resort & Spa in the Disney Spring Area; and Banana Bay Resort & Marina Marathon, situated in the middle of the Florida Keys. The sale begins midnight on November 23, 2018 and goes through November 26, 2018.
The Miraval brand is offering Cyber Monday deals at its two warm-weather wellness getaways. At Miraval Arizona, guests get $825 in resort credit, per person based on a three-night stay to be used toward spa services, private sessions and activities, as well as $275 in resort credit, per person for each additional night. Book by December 4, 2018. Miraval Life in Balance Spa at Monarch Beach is offering 50% off overnight stays from November 21, 2018 to December 31, 2019.
Allowing travelers to explore the world on a budget, Generator has 14 properties known for cutting-edge cool design across 14 destinations in Europe and the U.S. (There are also a range of room types, from shared accommodations to private rooms and suites.) Generator is offering an additional 25% its already rock-bottom rates off when you book two nights or more at each of the 14 properties. The offer is valid for stays from November 2018 to March 2019.
This San Francisco-based company known for personality-filled properties is now part of IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group), offering the best of both worlds — a boutique vibe and access to the perks of a mega hotel chain. Several of its properties are offering deals that extend from before Black Friday to after Travel Tuesday. Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego and Kimpton Goodland will be offering 30% off the best available room rate. The Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara is offering 25% off the best available room rate and Kimpton Shorebreak will be offering 20% off the best available room rate. These stays can be booked from November 19-30, 2018 and include stays through March 2019. Additionally, Kimpton will donate a portion of each night’s stay to charity (choice of No Kid Hungry or The Trevor Project).
Gurney’s Resorts — which started with a beachfront spa resort in Montauk, on the tip of New York’s Long Island — has been transformed into a brand known for coastal getaways. The group is offering 30% off all rooms at either the original, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, or the newest hot spot, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, when booked between November 21-25, 2018. On Cyber Monday, November 26, 2018, you can also receive 50% off suites in Newport. Valid for travel from December 1 to April 30, 2019.
HOTELS: UNITED STATES
Hotel Commonwealth, Boston
Hotel Commonwealth, located in the heart of Boston’s Kenmore Square just steps from Fenway Park, is celebrating the Red Sox record-breaking 108-win-season with an exclusive Cyber Monday deal. Beginning November 26, 2018 at 1:08 p.m, you can book rooms for just $108/night, for stays through March 14 (108 days). Book quickly because this record-breaking offer will only last for 108 minutes. Some restrictions and black out days apply.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey
The first casino to allow sports betting in New Jersey, Borgata hosts performances by people like Cher, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Seinfeld and more. Borgata is offering special rates for its classic rooms ($79/night) and Fiore Suites ($109/night) with no additional resort fee, for stays from November 26, 2018 through February 28, 2019. Offer code is available November 26-27, 2018, valid for arrivals from Sunday through Thursday only.
Isla Bella Beach Resort, Florida Keys
The first brand-new hotel to be built in the Florida Keys since hurricane Irma impacted the destination, Isla Bella Beach Resort is celebrating its 2019 opening with deals for Cyber Monday and beyond. In honor of the resort’s location at the threshold of the iconic 7-mile bridge, Isla Bella will offer 77 rooms for $77 beginning at 7 a.m. EST on November 26, 2018. As an added bonus, the resort will offer an additional 77 rooms for $207, once the initial 77 rooms have been reserved. Both specials will be offered exclusively via phone by calling 855-502-2875, on a first-come first-serve basis. One night and one room per reservation is permitted for both the $77 and $207 rate. Lastly, a Stay 3 or More Nights Get One Free offer with a $77 resort credit can also be booked online from November 26 to December 2, 2018 for stays through December 22, 2019; use the code “cyber” when booking.
Jackson Hole Lodge, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Mixing Old West authenticity with surprising affordability, Jackson Hole Lodge captures the essence of this storied valley tucked in the Teton Mountain Range. The hotel is offering a deal of 25% off nightly rates. Book from November 22-26, 2018 for travel through December 30, 2019.
Hotel Renew, Honolulu, Hawaii
Hotel Renew is an Asian-inspired retreat just steps from Waikiki Beach. The hotel is offering 30% off nightly rates. Book November 22-27, 2018 for travel through December 19, 2019. Some blackout dates may apply.
Grand Isle Resort & Spa, The Bahamas
Want to see the Bahamas’ famous swimming pigs? Head to Grand Isle Resort & Spa, set on a mile-long beach in Great Exuma. The resort is offering a 60% discount on its luxury accommodations. Guests must stay a minimum of four nights. The booking window is November 23, 2018 at 12 a.m. ET to November 26, 2018 at 11:59 ET. There are specific travel windows when the deal is available from the end of 2018 throughout 2019.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Bermuda
Open since 1885, Bermuda’s Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is also known as the “Pink Palace.” From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, the iconic hotel is offering 50% off the best available rate for stays through March 31, 2019 with a minimum two days advance booking; must include a Friday or Saturday night stay.
Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Turks & Caicos
Seven Stars Resort & Spa, a property located on Grace Bay Beach with the island’s only salt water pool, is offering 40% off all rooms. The rates include free yoga, breakfast buffet daily, watersports and more. The booking window is November 23-26, 2018 for travel April 21 to Dec 19, 2019. Book direct at www.sevenstarsgracebay under Specials, or call direct at 844-332-5315
Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun
One of Cancun’s most stunning properties, the Nizuc is known for its ultra-luxe getaways. The Black Friday deal includes 35% off room rates and complimentary daily breakfast for two in Café de la Playa. The booking window is November 22-26, 2018 for travel between January 6 to December 19, 2019.
Thompson Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen
With two locations in Playa del Carmen, Thompson Playa del Carmen offers the best of both worlds: Main House, right in the middle of the action with a 30,000 square foot rooftop, and the oceanfront 27-room Beach House, located just a few blocks away. This Cyber Monday, Thompson is offering 30% off standard guest rooms at both Main House and Beach House, as well as 50% off suites at both Main House and Beach House.
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
Tucked away on the shores of the Pacific, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is a beachfront escape that offers tableside whale watching, spa treatments and more. Guests save up to 65% on trips between February 1 and April 28, 2019. Book by visiting this site.
HOTELS: SOUTH AMERICA
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Peru
Sumaq, a stylish family-owned hotel right near Machu Picchu, will be offering travelers 20% off on stays between November 23, 2018 and December 31, 2019. The deal will be available starting Black Friday through Cyber Monday and can be booked using code SUMAQ2019 on the hotel’s website. All stays include luggage transfer to/from the train station, open mini-bar, a culinary demonstration (ceviche and pisco sours), mini-chef classes for children and more.
The Curtain Hotel & Members Club, London
At the heart of the hip Shoreditch district is The Curtain Hotel & Members Club, with a Moroccan-style rooftop pool and an outpost of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster. From November 22-26, 2018, The Curtain is offering guests 20% off the best available rate for all room types booked for December 20-25, 2018 and January 1 to April 22, 2019.
Small group adventure tour operator Intrepid Travel, known for taking travelers off the beaten path, is offering 20% off over 1,000 trips worldwide. Trips include India’s Golden Triangle; Essential Vietnam for 18 to 29 year olds; Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure; and Cycle Tanzania. The booking window is November 20-28, 2018 for travel from January 15 to December 15, 2019.
Bucket List Adventures with Global Family Travels
Global Family Travels is a company that helps families make life-changing connections with different cultures through immersive travel. With the Give Thanks Promotion, from now until November 26, 2018, you can save $500 for every two people booked on select volunteer vacations departing through summer 2019. That means a family of four can save $1,000 on a transformative trip of a lifetime.
Peregrine Adventures, Intrepid Group’s adventure tour operator, is offering a buy-one-get-one deal on three Asian adventure cruises. Book a spot on a cruise in the Thai Islands (from Phuket); Thailand and Malaysia (Phuket to Penang); or Thailand and Malaysia (Penang to Phuket), and you can bring a travel companion for free. The booking window is now until November 30, 2018 on cruises departing December 2018 through February 2019.
Luxury cruise and tour company Scenic is offering deals on more than three dozen sailings along the Danube, Main, Rhine, Rhône, Saône and Seine rivers, as well as cruise/tour explorations of Egypt and Jordan, plus Scenic-National Geographic Expeditions’ Springtime sailings in Holland and Belgium. Savings range from free roundtrip economy or premium flights on the European itineraries to free pre- or post-tour hotel stays in Egypt and Jordan to $500 per person savings on the Springtime sailings. These offers are available for new bookings made between November 19-26, 2018 for select 2019 sailings.
This one is an early-bird special. All-business-class airline La Compagnie is already offering a “Blue Friday” promotion, with roundtrip fares between New York and Paris for only $1,200. The sale began on Friday, November 16 and goes through Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Travelers can book flights on trips starting now through 2019, and experience the airline’s new fleet, making its grand debut in spring 2019.
A number of airlines will be participating in Travel Deal Tuesday this year. Look for deals from Icelandair, Cathay Pacific, South African Airways, Philippine Airlines and more.