America’s busiest shopping weekend isn’t just about buying new TVs and Christmas gifts. Multiple studies show that spending money on experiences rather than things makes people happier—so this Black Friday, give yourself a gift by planning your next trip.
Much like all other Black Friday deals, the savings vary quite a bit. We pored over hundreds (literally, hundreds) of deals and “deals” to find these worthwhile promotions.
Chain, Chain, Chain
Hotel chains big and small always put on a show—some more substantial than others—of slashing prices.
Outrigger, known for its island rentals and beachside hotels across Hawaii and the Pacific, has already jumpstarted its sale this week with network-wide deals that bring down rates to as low as $127 per night—even in places as far-flung as dreamy Fiji.
Marriott kicks off its Black Friday/Cyber Monday promo on Thanksgiving Day with a dedicated page listing more than 3,500 individual hotels across 20 brands throughout the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.
Also starting Thursday, Thompson Hotels will take up to 50 percent off its suites and 30 percent off standard rooms for stays through December 1, 2018, directly on its homepage thompsonhotels.com. Its Seattle property (which we love, especially its rooftop bar) has its own code, “HFTH” used at checkout, that will knock 25 percent off its guest rooms that start at $189. Book a stay next August or September when the weather is at its best.
Destination Hotels, with properties across the U.S. from Vermont to Hawaii (and some especially beautiful ones like L’Auberge Del Mar and Carmel Valley Ranch in California) is taking up to 40 percent off the rates in its entire portfolio. Bookable until November 29 at destinationhotels.com.
Wyndham even bought a unique web address to tout its promotion, which will take up to 55 percent off rates when you use the code HCYB17.
The Peninsula Hotels is taking 30 percent off certain rooms and suites in New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, and Paris.
Omni also has rates starting at $79, to be booked by November 28, at omnihotelscom.
It’s standard for cruise companies to toss in credits when you book, sometimes generously offering free air connection or two-for-one deals like Viking does. Over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, you might see even more deals than usual.
Norwegian, for instance, is bundling several deals as a “Take 5 Free” promotion. For those booking an ocean-view or balcony cabin, or a suite through November 24, will get perks like unlimited open bar, specialty dining, shore excursions, and Wi-Fi.
For those of us who get anxious about how much to tip, Cunard is offering free gratuitiesthrough November 30—and in case you’re planning that intergenerational trip, the offer also includes 50 percent off third and fourth guests on select cruises.
Silversea is shaving 5 percent off, which you can combine with existing promotions this week as well.
Booking sites love to promise deals, some of which actually deliver (while others are just mediocre “packages”).
From Friday through Cyber Monday, Expedia promises to cut up to 90 percent off hotels, $100 off cruises, and $750 off packages. The deal starts at noon EST on Black Friday here.
Priceline kicks off its promo on Wednesday, November 22, with 10–15 percent off hotels. But here’s the catch: The deals are valid for Priceline Email Insiders—so you’ll need to sign up for their spam, I mean newsletters, if you want to partake.
For the most intrepid of us—or those of us who want to gift something to the wanderlusty daredevils in our families—the medical transport program Medjet is taking $50 off individual membership and $100 off family annual membership at medjet.com/Cyber17.
Trains and Tours
Group tours come in all shapes and configurations, with specific target demographics. Some deals that shine this weekend:
Azores Getaways has had island packages under $700 this week that include round-trip flights from Boston and seven nights (!) of accommodation in this island eden in the Atlantic, just west of Portugal. Check the site for regular air-inclusive deals.
Intrepid Travel, which also offers some itineraries specifically catering to solo travelers, is now offering 15 percent off more than 1,000 trips around the world.
Contiki, targeting the under-35 set, is cutting up to 30 percent off select trips and $150 off all worldwide flights on its homepage, contiki.com.
Eurostar, the high-speed rail link between the U.K. and continental Europe, returns with Cyber Week savings of up to 30 percent, with Standard Premier fares from $108 one-way, bookable from November 23 to December 3.