Cathay Pacific’s Black Friday Sale runs through November 28 and offers discounts in all three cabins to 30 destinations from Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco (SFO). See the website for dates.
(Viceroy DISCOVERY loyalty program members will receive early access to Cyber deals).
Already an economical place to stay, here are 17 Red Roof properties that will be offering a special 25% Black Friday / Cyber Monday discount.
BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY DEALS
Omni Hotels & Resorts will be offering a More Merry For Less Promotion offering savings of up to 40% on select Omni Hotels & Resorts.
BOOKING DATES: November 22, 2022 – December 4, 2022·
STAY DATES: November 22, 2022 – February 26, 2023
Beginning November 23, Hawaiian Airlines will share several offers, including HawaiianMiles and HawaiianMiles partner promotions, gift card deals, and special Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales on select Hawaiian Airlines flights, including those between North America and Hawai‘i and within the Hawaiian Islands. All offers will be available on HawaiianAirlines.com.
Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Travel Deal Tuesday Travel Deals Back with a Vengeance
(This is a slightly different version of a story we prepared for NBC News)
The pandemic put a ground hold on travel for much of the past 18 months. But with global travel restrictions lifting and holiday retail sales expected to shatter previous records, the travel industry is already rolling out Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for those whose holiday shopping lists include experiences, reunions with friends and family, and bucket list adventures.
“Sweaters are nice but what people really want this holiday season is a warm embrace from family and friends,” says Mike Daher, vice-chair, U.S. transportation, hospitality, and services non-attest leader for Deloitte.
With 42% of Americans planning to travel between Thanksgiving and mid-January, Daher doesn’t anticipate travel sites, airlines, hotels, or other attractions extending many promotions and discounts for travel during the holiday season. But that doesn’t mean eager travelers won’t be looking for bargains now and into the new year.
Where are the Deals?
“Although holiday travel demand is expected to reach 2019 levels, travelers are still very hungry for deals as a result of widespread consumer inflation,” says Brett Keller, Chief Executive Officer at Priceline. “So Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are now even more important than ever as consumers are looking for ways to save money.”
As they did last year, many companies are kicking off their sales early. Flexibility is still the watchword. But while some properties are offering their best deals, others may be pulling back a bit from last year’s fire sale offers.
The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel on the top floors of the historic former Meier & Frank department store building in downtown Portland, is offering its deepest discounts ever. From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, rates for king rooms, regularly $289, can be booked for $199, while the Presidential Suite can be had for $1999 instead of $4299 for stays between December 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.
“We want travelers back in Portland so they can see how we’re thriving,” said Kasey Connor, the Nines’ Director of Sales & Marketing. “A great deal can be the determining factor for any traveler on the hunt, so we pulled out our best one yet.”
The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia has more than 30 hotel and villa deals for Cyber Monday, a dozen more than last year, conveniently gathered in one place. Discounts at some properties may be slightly less in percentage than last year, but there are still extremely generous deals, says Colette McDermott, Marketing Manager, Saint Lucia Tourism Association. For example, the Ti Kaye Resort is offering 55% off 2022 dates plus perks such as hotel credits and spa discounts.
Get ready to shop
Finding the best travel deal during the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday shopping frenzy can be stressful. Experts recommend working up a wish list of destinations and travel times and doing some homework on current prices, so you’ll recognize the deals.
Sign up for the newsletters and frequent travel programs of airlines, hotels, destinations, and online travel agencies such as Expedia, Booking.com, Priceline, etc. to get early bird offers, which often come with extra discounts. (You can always unsubscribe later). Check to see if the destination you want to visit has a Black Friday/Cyber Monday landing page gathering up all the deals in one place. Myrtle Beach, S.C. has one, Orlando has one, and others will too. Also, before you hit ‘buy’ on any booking, check the cancellation and change rules, which may be more restrictive than last year.
And don’t forget Travel Deal Tuesday, on November 30. It is a growing ‘holiday’ when many travel brands roll out bonus deals and offers. Based on its analysis of historical pricing data, booking travel app Hopper found that the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has consistently offered the most significant volume of deals that week.
You’ll find many deals already available for booking. Some do not go live until Black Friday. But here are some to get you started.
National Park visits surged during the pandemic and still top many travelers’ wish lists. Xanterra, which owns or operates lodges in Yellowstone, Zion, Glacier, Death Valley, and Grand Canyon South Rim will offer a “Book Your Bucket List” sale through Tuesday, November 30. (Stay dates vary by site).
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, with 27 properties in 16 countries, will be offering up to 50% off the best available rates at its urban properties and up to 30% off at its resort properties, exceeding last year’s discounts. Book November 26 (Black Friday) to November 30 (Travel Tuesday) for stays through June 30, 2022. Use promo code CYBER21.
Viceroy Hotels & Resorts discounts will be up to 35% off across the brand with flexible cancellations. “We believe it is still important to offer flexible cancellations to encourage travel and offer guests peace of mind when traveling with us,” said Jane O’Shea, Viceroy’s VP of Sales.
Graduate Hotels, with locations in 30 university towns in the US, plus Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, plans a Cyber Monday Sale with discounts of up to 50% off. Book by December 3 for stays through March 31, 2022. (Link goes live Nov 29).
Virgin Hotels, with properties in New Orleans, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, and Las Vegas will launch a Black Friday sale with 25% off on stays between November 26, 2021, and December 31, 2022. (Booking window Nov 26 through January 2, 2022). As a bonus, anyone booking during the sale will automatically be entered for a chance to win a free upgrade to each property’s penthouse suite.
Planes and trains
Amtrak usually rolls out a generous Black Friday deal, so be on the lookout for that. Many airlines will likely join in on Black Friday as well. Alaska Airlines traditionally offers one of its largest sales of the year on Black Friday. And Turkish Airlines is lining up its “Friday Flyday” offer with discounts networkwide available for booking on November 26.
Cruises and Tours
Hurtigruten will be offering 50% off most of its expedition cruise line destinations online through November 30. The cruise line has also lowered its deposit requirement to 10% (from 20%) for the sale.
Virgin Voyages, Richard Branson’s new adults-only cruise line, is offering 20% off voyages on Black Friday/Cyber Monday for both Scarlet Lady’s Caribbean voyages and Valiant Lady’s European voyages. Booking window through November 29 for various sail windows.
And tour operators such as luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, and EF Ultimate Break, which offers Gen Z- and millennial-tailored group travel experiences will be offering Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on adventures through 2022 and beyond.
It can be a bit overwhelming, but if you’ve got places you want to go in the coming months you can save some serious cash by buying plane tickets and hotel stays during Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday.
Also, throughout Black Friday, Alaska is hosting five
giveaways on Twitter using the hashtag #AlaskaHappyHour. Follow that hashtag for a chance to win one
of five pairs of tickets to Alaska Airlines destinations across the
If you miss the Friday sale, Alaska will also have deals during its
annual three-day Cyber Monday sale starting Dec.2nd.
Pacific’s Black Friday includes deals that are as high as 75% off to a
range of destinations from US cities like LA, New York, San Francisco, and
Chicago to destinations the Asia-Pacific Region, including Bali, Bangkok, Hong
Kong and Singapore. The sale runs through December 3 and applies to
flights from January 1, 2020 through May 15, 2020.
Skip the things. Grab travel deals on Black Friday/ Cyber Monday instead.
Here are some travel-related deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Travel Tuesday to get you started on deal-shopping this season.
More deals to come!
Deals on getting from here to there
Look for Amtrak’s “Track Friday Sale,” to go live at
November 29. Last year’s deal offered 30% off nationwide train travel well into
the new year.
Many airlines will be offering discounts and flash deals.
To catch them, make sure to follow a few favorite airlines on Twitter and other social media sites and join their frequent flyer programs so you get email announcements sent to insiders.
Until December 2, Air France is offering current and new Flying Blue loyalty program members triple miles on most US to Paris flights purchased for travel December 7 to March 31, 2020.
Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus will offer $100 off on round trip economy fares and $200 off on round trip business class flights from the US and Canada to Europe booked between Tuesday 11/26 and Tuesday 12/3 for travel between January 1 and March 8, 2020.
Turkish Airlines is having a Black Friday “Friday Flyday” sale with discounts to various cities around the world.
Hopper, many other airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand,
Singapore Airlines and TAP Portugal will likely launch sale offers on Cyber
Monday or Travel Tuesday.
From 5 a.m. November 29 through midnight on Monday
December 2, travelers flying out of Toronto or Vancouver, B.C. can get 25% off
a 2 or 3-hour lounge stay and 35% off 2 and 3-hour lounge stays in their
airport lounges in Winnipeg and Edmonton.
Place to stay
It seems that just about every hotel and resort is courting
travelers with a Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Travel Tuesdays deals this year.
Savvy shoppers will be able to snag great lodging deals but pay
attention to the fine print on the offers. Some deals are non-refundable, have blackout
dates and narrow stay windows or other restrictions.
As with airlines, you can often get the best deals if you are a member of a property or chain’s free-to-join frequent-stay program. And, keep in mind that discounts often don’t apply to local and state taxes and resort and amenities fees, which can be quite steep at some properties.
For its ‘Black Friday Meets The Mile
High’ deal at The Curtis in
Denver, the hotel is linking its holiday booking deal to Denver’s elevation of
5280 feet. The hotel is offering discounted rates of $52.80/night for dates in
December and January booked from Black Friday to Cyber Monday (11/29 –
Virgin Hotels in Chicago, San
Francisco and Dallas are celebrating Cyber Month. Discounts of up to 30% off
best rates will be available December 2, 2019 through January 2, 2020 for stays
between December 2, 2019 and June 1, 2020. As a bonus, each hotel will choose a
winner each day to be upgraded to a penthouse suite.
MGM Resorts properties in
Las Vegas, including Bellagio, Aria and MGM Grand, have lined up Cyber Week
deals up to 35% off regular rates, plus 5% more for M Life Rewards members,
from November 25 through December 4, 2019. Look for many more offers Sin City
offers on visitlasvegas.com.
Pacifica Hotels, which owns boutique properties on the
Pacific Coast, will offer 40% off room rates during its Cyber Monday Sale. The
hotel’s Passport Program participants get early access to the sale on Friday,
November 29th. Sale covers stays from December 2, 2019 through March
If you book on the HotelTonight mobile app, use the code HTDEAL25 between Monday December 2 and Tuesday December 3 (Cyber Monday/Travel Tuesday) to get 25% off one hotel stay.
And double-up on discounts at Hotwire’s mobile app with promo codes
that can be used on top of discounted hotel bookings made between November 27
and November 29. Use code HWBF for $10 off $100 hotel bookings; HWBF40 for $40
off $300 hotel bookings and HWBF70 for $70 off $500 hotel bookings. On Cyber
Monday (Dec 2), use promo code HWHOTDEALS for an extra 11% off $100 Hotwire Hot
Packages and tours
Cruise lines and tour companies will be also be floating
special offers during this holiday shopping weekend.
Travelers looking to experience bucket list cruises destinations such as Antarctica, Alaska and Norway can take advantage of Hurtigruten’s deals of up to 50% off select 2020 and 2021 itineraries. Sale dates are November 27 through December 4, 2019, and include expedition voyages aboard the line’s MS Roald Amundsen, the first hybrid electric-powered expedition ship in the world.
Abercrombie & Kent’s Holiday Sale offers discounts of $1,000 to $3,900 on a wide variety of adventures to destinations such as Vietnam, India, Peru and Kenya. Their sale runs from 8 a.m. C.S.T. December 2 through 4 p.m. December 6, 2019.
Deals on attractions
While you’re grabbing airfare and lodging deals, be on the
lookout for discounts on attractions and amusement parks in cities you plan to
Now through December 8, 2019, use promo code “GIFT” to get an
additional 10% off the deals and discounts to more than 50 theme parks,
attractions, activities and dinner shows at Visit Orlando.
From Saturday, November 30 through Monday, December 2, use promo
code CYBERMONDAY to save up to 15% on Go City passes, which offer
discounted admission packages at popular attractions in more than 20 cities.
And in advance of the July 4, 2020 opening of LEGOLAND New York Resort, the price of the park’s highest tier annual pass, the Gold Pass, will be on sale for $99.99 instead of $209.99 from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
The pass can’t be activated until the LEGOLAND New York park opens but waiting will be worth it. The pass not only offers year-long admission to this new LEGOLAND resort, but admission to more than 30 other Merlin Entertainment attractions around the country, including LEGOLAND resorts in California and Florida, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquariums.
(My story about Travel Deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Travel Tuesday first appeared on CNBC in a slightly different form).