We hope your credit cards have had a nice, relaxing week. Because they’re about to get a serious workout as soon as the turkey is cleaned up, when Black Friday and Cyber Monday drain our collective bank accounts in the spirit of spending to save. And sure, while there are no shortage of 476-inch televisions and stuffed animals that giggle when you touch them, the best value you’re gonna find this weekend is in travel.
From airlines to cruise ships, hotels, tours, and dinners in strangers’ homes, you’ll find some insane deals going down this weekend. There are free bus tickets. And half-off a private island. And week-long European vacations for under $500. We culled through hundreds of deals to save you the time, and found the best travel bargains this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
If you’re looking to use Black Friday as an excuse to explore the world, or splurge on business class, Emirates will be offering some insanely cheap fares from midnight Wednesday, November 27 through November 30. Flights from its 12 US gateway cities to Milan will start at $449, Dubai at $729, and Johannesburg at $799, among others. Business class flights start at $2,969 to various cities in India.
The cheapest Paris flights on Cyber Monday will be on low-cost carrier French Bee, who hasn’t opened up any specials on its Tahiti route yet but will be selling tickets from SFO to Paris-Orly for $349.
Scandinavian Airlines, those purveyors of low-cost flights to very cold places, will be offering round-trip flights on its “Go Light” fares — essentially SAS Basic Economy — from the US to Europe starting at $349. The sale runs from until December 3, for flights between January 8 and May 14.
Delta has some pretty solid Black Friday deals this year, highlighted by New York City to Amsterdam for $309, LAX to Sydney for $693, and Atlanta to Costa Rica for $393. Domestic highlights include New York City to Austin for $184 and Miami to New York City for $187.
Tempted by a Greek Islands or Mediterranean cruise this summer? Check out Celestyal Cruises, which will be running buy-one-get-one deals on bookings made between November 28 and December 8 for 2020 and 2021 sailings. The all-inclusive cruises start at $979 per person, which means you could be all-in for your European vacation for $500 once you get your flights.
If you heard about those crazy, luxury swingers cruises setting sail this year and had your interest piqued, Black Friday might be your time to jump in. Temptation’s Caribbean Cruise will have interior staterooms with the unlimited beverage package — possibly a necessity if this is your first time — starting at $1,299 per room. That deal runs through Monday, December 2.
Not only will Norwegian Cruise Line be offering 30 percent off its cruise fares from now through November 29, it will also throw in a free open bar, free specialty dining, or free Wi-Fi on select cruises.
The budget travel deal of Black Friday/Cyber Monday in the cruise category has to be Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which will offer two-night Nassau getaways for as little as $69 per person. You’ll also have the option to pre-pay five drinks on your cruise and get five free, a deal that runs from Friday to Monday for sailings through February 13.
Given San Francisco rent, some Bay Area residents might be well-advised to take up an extended day at the BEI Hotel, which will be offering rooms for $80 a night from December 2 through September 30. The deal begins on Monday and runs through December 8, and while blackout dates do apply, there’s no word on if there’s a consecutive night maximum.
The early bird gets the cheap room in Santa Monica, where the Hotel Shangri-La will be giving 80 percent off eight rooms every day leading up to Black Friday. The rooms start going on sale at 11:00 AM EST each day, for stays between December 1 and February 29, 2020.
Any time you can show up to Vegas already up a few hundred dollars, it’s going to be a good trip. So take advantage of the Cosmopolitan’s sale running from now through December 4, where you’ll get a free night for each night you pay for from December 10 to February 29.
Ever dreamed of lounging by the pool at the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt like a modern-day Rock Hudson? Next year may be your chance as Hollywood’s most famous hotel is offering half off Tower Suites and Cabana Rooms for stays between now and June 20. Use the promo code CYBERDEAL on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday to redeem.
Though staying in Grand Canyon National Park won’t help alleviate the crowds, it’ll at least give you a nice place to decompress. Book a stay at the South Rim’s Maswik Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Bright Angel Lodge, or El Tovar between December 2019 to March 2020 and you’ll get 40 percent off your room. Or for a more complete experience, snag 50 percent off round-trip train tickets and a room at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams.
If the Caribbean breeze and turquoise waters of Belize have been on your radar for 2020, Cyber Monday is your time to pull the trigger when the entire Muy’Ono resort collection goes on sale. You’ll even get half off the Royal Belize private island, which you can have for an almost-attainable $5,000 a night from now until November 15, 2020.
Though we’re not quite sure what a “super inclusive” resort means, we’re guessing that once you pay for your reservation you won’t be on the hook for much else. Find out for yourself when the super-inclusive Breezes Resort & Spa in Nassau takes 55-62 percent off its normal rates from Friday to Tuesday, putting them at a solidly affordable $129 to $189, with no blackout dates.
Solidify your New England ski vacation plans on Monday when the Kimpton Taconic in Manchester, Vermont, offers a buy-one-get-one deal on rooms from Monday through April 30. You’ll only be able to book from from 12:02 PM to 2:02 PM on Monday, with one-night rates starting at $201.90.
Perhaps the most obnoxious Cyber Monday special of 2019 comes to us from the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, which reminds the traveling public of Boston’s 38 professional sports championships with a 38 percent discount on all its rooms.The sale begins at 12:01 AM on Monday and runs for — you guessed it — 38 hours, for stays until, sigh, March 8.
Go ahead and Instagram the living hell out of your fruity cocktail by the swanky waterfront pool at the Mondrian South Beach, as in addition to getting 50 percent off your Black Friday booking, you’ll also get 25 percent off all food, beverage, and spa items. Which means said fruity cocktail will only cost you $16 as opposed to the usual $20.
You won’t find rougher, more beautiful nature in the Caribbean than you will in Dominica, where long muddy walks through the jungle bring you to massive waterfalls over pristine rivers, with nobody else there to bother you. Base yourself at the Fort Young Hotel and Dive Resort, which will be offering 40 percent off its best rates with a free daily breakfast from now until Tuesday, but please, learn how to pronounce the island correctly before you go.
Not that staying in a castle is ever a budget travel option per se, but this year it might be a little more realistic when Le Torri di Bagnara Castles offers 15 percent off week-long stays at its main castle, and 20 percent off week-long stays at the entire property. And it’ll even throw in a truffle hunting experience. The sale runs from now until December 3, for stays between April and October 31, 2020.
Sleeping in an all-inclusive treehouse just got easier this Black Friday, when Sunset at the Palms in Negril slashes 60 percent from its normal room rates. The sale starts Wednesday and runs through Monday night, for stays between December 15 and October 31, 2020.
Pretty much the entire island of St. Lucia is throwing a Black Friday sale, where you’ll find insane deals like 50 percent off at Viceroy Sugar Beach (with a $50 resort credit); sixty percent off the Marigot Beach Club and Dive Resort; sixty percent off an all-inclusive butler suite at Serenity at Coconut Bay; and half off suites at Ladera Resort, with free a airport transfer.
Perhaps the holidays aren’t quite putting the pep back into your relationship as you’d hoped. A trip to Temptation Cancun might be in order, where the adult-only, all-inclusive resort is offering rooms starting at $120 per night from Friday to Monday, for travel between January 5 and December 23.
Not to be outdone, Desire Riviera Maya Resort and Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort will offer rooms at $210 a night, and a chance to indulge in their Fantasy Menu “brimmed with added experiences specially designed to spice up guests’ stays.”
Go ahead and start planning how you’d spend $1,500 at Palace Resorts, which will not only take half off its rack rates for stays over three nights, but also throw in fifteen $100 bills to use however you see fit, plus free transfers from the airport. You’ll have to book between now and December 4.
One of the cooler room keys you’ll ever get is at the Graduate Hotel, whose key cards are all student IDs of famous people from each city. You can get one for 50 percent off during its week-long sale from Friday to December 8, good for stays through March 31.
There’s never a shortage of guys with photo boards hocking things to do in Mexico, but should your travels take you to Riviera Maya you’re probably better off booking with Aventuras Mayas. It’s offering half off cenote trips, zip lining, ATV jungle tours, and other adventures when you use the code CM2019 from November 29 to December 6. And it also won’t try and sell you weed when you book.
Every little bit helps when you’re planning a Disney vacation, so head over to Visit Orlando, which will get you an extra 10 percent off its already-discounted tickets when you use the promo code GIFT through December 8.
What an age we live in when we can travel the world and have no qualms about going to dinner at a stranger’s house. Such is the allure of Traveling Spoon, where you’ll be set up unique culinary lessons and meals in local homes, and you’ll get 20 percent off said experiences if you book between Friday and Monday using the code BLKFRIDAY20.
Though the discounted beauty of a European rail adventure has lost a bit of its luster in the era of Ryanair and EasyJet, you can still train your way through the continent this summer when you get 10 to 15 percent off global Eurail passes if you buy before December 2.
Amtrak will unveil its annual Track Friday deal at the stroke of 12:01 AM Friday morning. Or, if we know Amtrak, more like 12:38. But better late than never to receive what has historically been at least a 30 percent discount or more on train travel, if you book between Friday and Monday.
This may be your year to try a big RV trip, as JUCY RV Rentals is cutting 50 percent from its rental rates for reservations made between Black Friday and Travel Tuesday. It’ll also throw in kitchen and bedding kits, plus 100 free miles a day.
Though we don’t have any facts to confirm this, what we assume is the biggest bus ticket giveaway in history goes down starting at 9:00 AM on Monday, when Megabus hands out 200,000 free tickets from travel between January 8 and February 9.
Give the gift of glamping this holiday season when Glamping Hub adds an additional 20 percent to any Glamping Hub gift card purchased between November 28 and December 4.
Go ahead and head over to Booking.com now, because its Black Friday banner ad will show you a preview of the thousands of booking deals it’ll have starting at 40 percent off. The dates and restrictions will vary, but you can click to confirm any time between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to lock your prices down.
Priceline is doling out 20 million special email codes as part of its largest sale ever, with a flash sale every two hours throughout the weekend and deals extending well into January.
Hotwire is using Black Friday as a chance to get a nice spike in downloads for its mobile app, asking people to go on the app between Wednesday and Friday to get up to $70 off their booking. You’ll get $10 off $100 bookings with promo code HWBF10, $40 off $300 bookings using HWBF40, and $70 off $500 bookings with HWBF70.
Travel and tours
The deal of the week goes to Azores Getaways, with round-trip flights from Boston to Terceira island, plus seven nights in a hotel with daily breakfast for $499. Even adding in your own flight to Beantown, this might be the cheapest European island vacation you’ll ever find.
If you’re home killing time on Thanksgiving break, head over to STA Travel, the student travel company that’ll be celebrating its 40th anniversary by giving 40 percent off G Adventures and Contiki tours from Friday to Monday. AND it’s offering $100 off flights to Australia and New Zealand with Fiji Airways.
Keeping true to its name, CheapCaribbean is taking 70 percent off all-inclusive bookings made from now until December 2. Sample rates include four nights at the Occidental Tucancún in Cancun for $499, three nights at Tamarijn Aruba for $849, and $629 at Warwick Paradise Island in the Bahamas. All those prices include airfare too.