As every American knows, after the turkey comes the shopping. And not just for clothes and toys. In the days following Thanksgiving (Black Friday and especially Cyber Monday), scores of travel companies offer discounted hotel rooms, vacation packages, rail passes, rental cars, cruises and flights.
One can argue that this is the best kind of holiday gift: Studies show that an experience — a night at a favorite hotel, a trip to London — will, ultimately, provide greater happiness than a new TV or a necklace.
Like other holiday sales, some of the most compelling travel deals will be revealed at the last minute. This is typically true of airfare, so keep an eye on the Twitter and Facebook feeds of your preferred airlines for announcements, and look at your inbox if you’ve signed up for their emails.
“Last year Cyber Monday triggered a fourfold increase in worldwide flight bookings,” according to research by Sojern, a data-marketing company that expects November bookings to skyrocket again this year.
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Also check out booking sites such as Expedia, and visit the websites and social media feeds of your favorite travel brands on Thanksgiving weekend to ensure you don’t miss their sales.
Last year Cyber Monday triggered a fourfold increase in worldwide flight bookings
Sojern, a data-marketing company
In the meantime, many hotels have already announced deals, some of which promise to be the biggest Cyber Monday bargains the brands have ever offered. (Note: The promotions are often for particular rooms, subject to availability, and may have blackout dates.) Rail Europe, a major purveyor of European train tickets in North America, has also revealed its deals. Below, a peek at some of what’s to come.
BIG DEALS FROM BIG CHAINS
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide — which includes brands such as Westin, Sheraton, Le Méridien, W, St. Regis, the Luxury Collection, Four Points, Aloft, Element and Tribute Portfolio — is planning its broadest Cyber Monday sale to date. Beginning Monday, more than 1,000 hotels and resorts will offer discounts of up to 25 percent; some locations will have rooms up to 50 percent off. Members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program will receive an additional savings of at least 5 percent during the sale, which runs through Dec. 6 for stays through Sept. 6. Information: www.starwoodhotels.com.
Morgans Hotel Group said that on Nov. 30 it will offer rooms up to 41 percent off (its lowest rates of the year) for stays on specific dates. In New York, hotels include the Royalton, Morgans Hotel and Hudson New York (valid for stays Dec. 20-25 and January and February 2016); London hotels include the Sanderson, Mondrian London and St. Martins Lane (for stays Dec. 20-29 and Jan. 2-10); California hotels include the Mondrian Los Angeles (for stays Dec. 1-30) and Clift in San Francisco (for stays Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1-11, 18-25, and 27-30); in Miami hotels include the Delano, Mondrian South Beach and Shore Club (for stays May 1-Sept. 30); and in Istanbul, the Karakoy (for stays on Sundays through March 2016). Information (the site is scheduled to go live on Nov. 30): http://Morganscyber.com.
At the Red Roof Inn economy chain, which has more than 425 hotels from California to New York, rooms booked on Nov. 30 will be up to 30 percent off. Valid for stays through March 3. Information: www.redroof.com.
25 to 50 percent Black Friday/Cyber Monday discounts offered by some hotel chains
Kimpton hotels in Florida — including EPIC Miami; Surfcomber in South Beach; the Angler’s in South Beach; Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa in Palm Beach, and Vero Beach Hotel and Spa in Vero Beach — are discounting rooms up to 15 percent Nov. 30-Dec. 1, for stays through Feb. 29. Information: www.kimptonhotels.com.
LUXURY HOTELS, HALF OFF
A number of upscale hotels and resorts plan to slash the price of rooms in half if you book on certain days and, in some cases, within a particular hour.
In Turks and Caicos, the Seven Stars Resort, a luxury hotel on Providenciales, is offering 50 percent off all room categories booked from Nov. 27-30 for stays between April 16-Aug. 12. Information: www.sevenstarsgracebay.com.
At the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, rooms booked on Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to noon will be 50 percent off; rooms will be 20 percent off the rest of the day. The offer is good for stays Dec. 11-March 31. Information: www.charleshotel.com.
On the beach in Long Island, New York, at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, private oceanfront cottages will be 50 percent off on Nov. 30 between 1-2 p.m.; all other rooms will be 30 percent off that day. The offer is good for stays from Dec. 2-April 30. Information: www.gurneysmontauk.com.
The Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego is offering 50 percent off rooms booked on Nov. 27 and 30 for stays through Jan. 7. Information: www.ranchobernardoinn.com.
For those in the market for a beach getaway, Half Moon, a RockResort in Jamaica in Montego Bay, is offering up to 30 percent off rooms for those who book between Nov. 27-Dec. 1. Information: http://Halfmoon.rockresorts.com.
Also in the Caribbean, the beachfront Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa and Casino will give those who book on Nov. 30 a deal on stays of five nights or more from April 1-Dec. 19, 2016. It includes 20 percent off a deluxe room, a welcome drink, a $100 resort credit to be used at the hotel’s restaurants and spa, cocktails for two at Piet’s Pier Bar, and Wi-Fi. Information: http://aruba.hyatt.com.
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, several hotels are offering deals, including Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort, Doubletree by Hilton San Juan, Condado Vanderbilt and La Concha, a Renaissance Resort. Information: www.sjcourtyard.com (use code 444), www.sanjuandoubletree.com (use code P02), www.condadovanderbilt.com, and www.marriott.com (use code 7YM).
Prefer powder to sand? Skiers can nab up to 50 percent off deals in Vail, Colorado, at the Lodge at Vail, a RockResort, and at Austria Haus, a 25-room boutique hotel. The discount will be offered Nov. 25-Dec. 1 for stays during this ski season. Information: www.snow.com.
In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Spring Creek Ranch plans to discount rooms by 50 percent for those who book on Nov. 30 for stays in January (a four-night minimum is required). Information: 800-443-6139.
For spagoers and hikers there is L'Auberge de Sedona, a luxury resort in Sedona, Arizona. Those who book on Nov. 30 will receive 20 percent off room rates as well as resort credits from $50 to $325, depending on the length of their visit, for stays from Nov. 30-Feb. 11, 2016. Information: www.lauberge.com.
Those who want to snap up a city-escape at an affordable price may want to consider the Hotel Abri in San Francisco near Union Square. Deluxe rooms will go for $99 a night to those who book between Nov. 27-30 for stays through Jan. 31. Information: http://hotelabrisf.com.
EUROPE BY TRAIN
You can buy train tickets at stations in major European cities, but if you’d like to give someone a gift ahead of time, Rail Europe has several deals available from Nov. 27-Dec. 4, including 30 percent off Eurostar Standard Premier train tickets; $100 off bookings on certain Eurail Passes (use code EURAILCYBER100); and an additional $30 if you buy a $300 Rail Europe gift card (for a total value of $330). Information: www.raileurope.com.