Black Friday travel on sale from hotels to cruisesOne big travel gift for the whole family is a great choice for people who don't like to shop very much and like to travel or know people they need a gift for who do. Travel gifts don't have to be big either, a travel gift card is a good choice for backpackers, road warriors and everyone in-between.
By: Chris Owen, www.gadling.com
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel companies are going all out with some outstanding bargains on everything from airfare to cruise vacations. It's a time when sellers of travel hope they can get us to buy big, once, and take care of the whole family with a single purchase.
One big travel gift for the whole family is a great choice for people who don't like to shop very much and like to travel or know people they need a gift for who do. Travel gifts don't have to be big either, a travel gift card is a good choice for backpackers, road warriors and everyone in-between. Still, Black Friday deals are up first so lets take a look at some of the best available, Friday only.
Travelocity has savings of up to 50% off with offers that might include third night free and 40-50% off at hotels in Hawaii, Chicago, and other cities. They even have a special Black Friday Booking site.
Yuupon is offering hourly, travel deals where shoppers get sale items that can include up to 90% off airline, gas and restaurant gift cards and Vegas shows and Florida tours are also included. Yuupon also has a special Black Friday website set up.
Hotels from Red Roof Inn to Intercontinental have special offers too. Follow Intercontinental Hotel Group on Twitter for special deals announced on Friday. Orbitz lets Friday buyer save up to 50% for stays at popular hotels in Orlando, Las Vegas, San Diego, New York, Miami and Hawaii. The company also promises similar savings at international locations, including Paris; Puerto Vallarta and Cancun, Mexico;and London.
"Discounts are likely to slip away faster than the parking spaces at the mall," Orbitz told CNN.
To get the deals, visit Orbitz Cybersale web site. The site goes live 12:01 a.m. Friday and closes 11:59 p.m. Monday.
Princess Cruises' first-ever After Thanksgiving Alaska Sale has travelers dreaming of savings on visiting the splendor of Alaska's wilderness.
Running from November 25-29, the sale offers passengers up to $1,000 in savings and up to a $50 on-board credit on one of the cruise line's popular cruise-tour vacations, which combine a Gulf of Alaska cruise with rail travel to Denali and stays at Princess' exclusive wilderness lodges. For those who opt to see Alaska by sea only, the sale provides a free balcony upgrade and up to $100 on-board credit.
Norwegian Cruise Line will offer reduced deposits (50% off) and up to $250 in on-board credit per stateroom. The sale begins on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and runs until Nov. 29. All sailings are included in this sale with the exception of 1 & 2 day sailings and those on the Norwegian Breakaway.
Costa Cruises, Europe's largest cruise line, is planning a Black Friday sale that will feature its lowest rates of the season on select Mediterranean and Caribbean sailings. Cruise-only fares for 11-night eastern Mediterranean departures will start at $599 per person based on double occupancy while seven- to 11-night western Mediterranean cruises will begin at $399.
"For the third consecutive year Costa is offering Black Friday fares because they have proven to be very popular with consumers," said Maurice Zarmati, president and CEO of Costa Cruises North America. "At these exclusive rates travelers can book one of our Italian-style cruise vacations at an incredible value."
Costa Concordia seven-night and Costa Serena 11-night Mediterranean sailings feature a $100 per person on-board credit for balcony cabins plus huge savings on Caribbean 10-night cruises. Cruise-only fares for 11-night eastern Mediterranean departures start at $599, and seven- to 11-night western Med cruises begin at just $399. The 10-night Caribbean cruises begin at just $699.
Royal Caribbean also has a special offer, extending their usual "Tuesday Only" sale to begin on Friday and run through the weekend. See your travel professional for details and pricing on this sales event too.