Holidays

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & Travel Tuesday deals for travelers

Last week, the Stuck at the Airport deals desk shared some of the more interesting and generous travel deals landing in our inbox for the holiday shopping season.

Here are a few more to help you get back on the road. Many of these deals are live now or will be in a few days. And while many deals have blackout days and some restrictions, some offers are very straightforward discounts that can even be applied during the holidays.

Before you hit ‘buy,’ be sure to check if there are bonus discounts offered for members and sign up. (You can also unsubscribe later).

Hotels

Westgate Resorts, with properties in Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Park City, and other vacation hotspots,  is offering up to 50% savings on the best available rates for bookings made between Nov. 23 – 28, 2022.

Xanterra’s “Thankful for Travel” sale runs from Nov. 22 through Nov. 29. Discounts include 30% off Xanterra lodges in National Parks, including Yellowstone, Zion, Glacier, Death Valley, and the Grand Canyon South Rim.

Cruise Deals

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Black Friday Sale is being billed as the “Greatest Deal Ever” and is live now.

Through December 5, you can use the deal to book the second guest on your cruise for free (you pay port charges and fees) on any voyage on any ship across Norwegian Cruise Line’s 18-ship fleet.

In addition, the promotion can be combined with the company’s popular Free At Sea offer. That includes a bundle of perks such as unlimited drinks, specialty dining, shore excursion credits, WiFi, and free airfare for the second guest when airfare is purchased for the first guest. Be sure to check the rules and timing on this one. It is a great deal but has a short window.

Another cruise line, Hurtigruten, will offer Black Friday deals between November 21 and November 30 with up to 50% off Antarctica, Alaska, Greenland, Galápagos, Iceland, and Norway itineraries.

More Deals

Priceline Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals run Nov. 22 through Nov. 28 and include up to 99% off via Mystery Codes, 20% off select Express Deals, and up to $3,000 off cruises. The deals will be valid for thousands of hotels, flights, rental cars, cruises, top destinations, and more. Check for restrictions.

Flying on Halloween?

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Last week we began noticing how airports around the country were getting ready for Halloween.

The fun just keeps on going. Let us know what we’ve missed.

Airports getting ready to celebrate Halloween

We’re noticing that airports around the country are really getting into the Halloween spirit, with decorations and fun tweets.

We’re especially pleased to see that Red Skeleton is back working at Wichita Airport for this Halloween season.

Here are a few Halloween-themed tweets we spotted. Let us know what we’ve missed.

SFO Airport Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is sharing how the city’s Mission District is marking the Dia de los Muertos holiday.

Passengers will be treated to live music, dance, and cultural performances from San Francisco-based Latino artists.

The Dia de los Muertos celebration originated in Mexico and is now observed worldwide as a time for the living to pay tribute to those who have passed away. In San Francisco, the holiday celebrations center around the city’s Mission District, especially the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA).

And this year, the MCCLA is presenting a spectacular Dia de los Muertos shrine in SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1.

The shrine can be seen through November 10. Passengers will also be treated to music performances celebrating from October 26 – 28 and from November 2 – 4. The bands will perform multiple sets between 11 am and 3 pm each day.

Here are some details about the performers:

Wednesday, October 26: La Melodía de Cristo 
Representing Guatemala with joy and love in Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, and Bachata.
 
Thursday, October 27: Colectivo CalleSon
A community of musicians, singers, dancers, cooks, and poets that uphold and help sustain southern Mexico’s Son Jarocho tradition.

Friday, October 28: Tradición Peruana Cultural Center 
Music and dance celebrating the rich diversity of art from Peruvian cultures in the Bay Area and beyond.

Wednesday, November 2: Anthony Blea Afro-Cuban Quartet
Violinist Anthony Blea and his talented bandmates play danceable, infectious Afro-Cuban beats. 

Thursday and Friday, November 3 and 4: Cascada de Flores
A bi-national collection of musicians who find the joy of creation, individual expression, and musical communication within Mexican and Latin traditions.

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Unpacking SFO’s Dia de los Muertos altar


Dia de los Muertos marks a trio of events during which it is believed the spirits of children, adults, and all the dead return.

To welcome those spirits, the living create “ofrendas” or altars with items representative of the deceased person’s favorite foods and activities. Items to help the spirits continue their journeys are added as well.

SFO Airport and San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts share these tips on how to ‘read’ the three-tier altar, which represents three planes of existence: the sky, the earth, and the underworld.

The heart: The heart is a sacred symbol in Mexican art, representing divine love.

Marigolds: These bold, orange flowers are sometimes called “Flor de Muerto” or “flowers of the dead.” Their scent helps to attract souls to the altar. 

Papel picado: Beautiful and intricately cut tissue paper banners are light enough to blow in the breeze when spirits arrive in this world. Their delicate nature symbolizes the fragility of life.

Alebrije animals: Traditional in Mexican art, these fantastical creatures combine the features and characteristics of various animals.

Photos and personal items: Photos of the deceased draw their spirit to the altar, as do personal items that were important during their lives on earth. 

Water, pan de muerto, and other food:  “Bread of the Dead” (pan de muerto) in the shape of bones or skulls is included with the deceased’s favorite foods to nourish their spirit upon return to the land of the living. Water is placed on the altar to quench their thirst after a long journey.

Candles: Candlelight illuminates the path home for returning spirits.

Salt: Often shaped into a cross, salt purifies spirits as they cross into the realm of the living. 

Copal incense burner: Derived from the copal tree, the incense purifies spirits and elevates the prayers of the living.

Happy July 4th

If July 4 is a holiday for you, we hope you will enjoy it with a picnic, live music, family, and friends.

Courtesy Library of Congress

Flying for the Fourth?

If you’re flying somewhere for the July 4th holiday – or the day after – we hope your flight path is smooth.

Although, if you’ve been reading the news, you know there’s a fair chance you may get stuck at the airport. If you do, check with us and we’ll see if we can offer advice on what’s around that may make your time a bit less stressful.

A good place to start is our list of “5 Things We Love About” a long list of airports.