Have you done your homework?
Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend, may just be one of the best days of the year to find bonafide travel deals. Some deals may be available for several days. But you must be able to immediately recognize a deal when you see one. And you have to be prepared to buy on the spot.
Here are some important questions to consider in advance:
— Where do you want to go? If it’s the beach you are after, maybe it doesn’t matter which destination. .
— When do you want to go? The more flexible you can be, the more likely you will be to get what you want at a price worth bragging about.
— What is the deal? Will you use a resort credit? A free night?
— Who is offering the deal? Is it a travel company or tour operator you trust? A hotel brand you like?
Here’s a sampling of what’s being offered (note all times are Eastern Standard Time):
IN SNOW COUNTRY: Liftopia is featuring up to an additional 25 percent savings on gift cards, on top of already good deals (up to 80 percent off!) at more than 250 ski areas in North America. The sale starts at midnight Tuesday Nov.21 and ends Tuesday Nov.28. No fees or expiration dates and you can send digitally!
IN COLORADO: The historic Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is touting rates as low as $200 for select dates and 25 per cent off published suite rates. Based on space availability for select dates in December 2017, and January, February, March, and April 2018. They must be booked on Cyber Monday only. The resort is also offering 25 per cent off its three exclusive Wilderness properties; Cloud Camp. EVR and Fly Fishing Camp for the 2018 season as long as they are booked Cyber Monday.
IN NEW YORK’S HUDSON VALLEY: Mohonk Mountain House, another historic lodge that resembles a castle, offers two nights on select weekends between December 8 and April 8, 2018 at a 25 percent discount. Or stay on select midweek days (Sunday – Thursday) from December 5-April 29 and receive a 40 percent discount. The Cyber Monday sale will begin on Monday, November 27 at 8:00 a.m. and end on Friday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m. Deals will be accessible via www.mohonk.com/specials/cyber-sale
IN WASHINGTON, DC: The Embassy Row Hotel, a Destination Hotel, will offer the best discounts of the year. Travelers can book early and fast beginning Friday, November 24 at 12 a m. through Monday, November 27 at 11:59 p.m. to receive 40 percent off the best available rate as well as value-added perks including complimentary valet parking and a daily $10 food and beverage credit per room. The offer is valid on stays through August 2018 and can be booked through The Embassy Row Hotels’ website: The Embassy Row Hotel, A Destination Hotel using promo code CYBER.
ON A CRUISE: The luxury ocean liner company Cunard will feature Cyber Monday deals from Nov. 21-Nov. 30 on new bookings offering free gratuities, 50 percent off 3rd/4th Guests and a $200 Reduced Deposit. Itineraries include Transatlantic Crossings, Caribbean, New England & Canada, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Japan & Alaska voyages with fares from $899. This special promotion includes a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $200.
Book Princess Cruises on Cyber Monday and receive up to $1000 off per stateroom, reduced fares for the third and fourth gets and on Cyber Monday only, deposits of only $50. Book Nov. 17-Nov.29 for select winter and spring sailings.
IN PANAMA: Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa’s Cyber Monday Island Vacation Deal includes a fourth night free, two zipline passes, airport transfers, Wi-Fi and more. The Cyber Monday Island Vacation Deal can be booked from November 24 at 12:00 a.m. until November 27 at 11:59 p.m. and is valid for travel from January 2 to April 8, 2018.
IN FLORIDA: NAPLES GRANDE BEACH RESORT – Naples, Florida will offer up to 50 per cent off on rates and those who book the Advance purchase rate Nov 27 will have $5 donated to Florida Hurricane relief. Those who book standard rates will get discounts Dec 15-Dec 26; Advance Purchase Rates are good for future stays.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the largest full-service beachfront resort hotel on Northwest Florida’s l Gulf Coast, is offering 25 percent off the best available rate for overnight stays between Nov. 27 through Feb. 28. The offer is bookable on Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) only by calling (844) 567-3240. Use code CM.
The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando, a new Walt Disney World-area all-suites resort is touting half off during its Super Cyber Weekend sale from Friday November 24 through Cyber Monday November 27. Valid for stays through September 30, 2018. Rates start at just $149 a night
In Los Cabos, save at both the new luxe Hacienda Encantada Resort & Residences and Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa. Book from November 23 through November 27 and save 50 per cent on rooms at Hacienda Encantada starting at $176.00/night and at Marina Fiesta starting at $137.00/night plus tax. Save even more boking a hotel and flight package. Valid through Dec. 2018, with some blackout periods.
IN THE CARIBBEAN: (Kicking off Cyber Monday, CheapCaribbean.com will unveil a new deal every day for 12 days that are up to 60 percent off. Each deal is only available for 24 hours.
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, a leader in all-inclusive resorts, will offer up to 55 percent off nightly rates and a kids stay offer at select properties in Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica. Travel between Nov.18 and Dec 22 2018. Book between Nov 18-28 2017.
IN BOSTON: The luxe Hotel Commonwealth is touting more than half off — only $100/night – as long as you book starting at 10 am Nov. 27. The sale ends 100 minutes later and is valid on stays within the next 100 days (through March 7, 2018).
IN NEW ENGLAND: The historic The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Vermont has a 24-hour Cyber Monday sale on Monday, November 27, 2017 begins at 12:00 am Eastern Time and includes Guestroom rates starting at $169 and Bed & Breakfast package starting at $189 with guests able to save up to half off. Rates are valid for stays from Nov 28-June 28, though weekends and holidays are excluded.
ON ORGANIZED TOURS: Friendly Planet Travel is offering a savings of up to $1100 off per person, on their air inclusive packaged tours to over 60 countries, including Portugal, China, South Africa, Peru, Kenya, Galapagos. The sale starts at 12 a.m. on Monday, November 27th and lasts two days through Tuesday, November 28 including all airfare, accommodations, most meals, transfers, and an English-speaking guide.
FROM TRAVEL AGENTS: Liberty Travel’s Black Friday sale from Friday Nov. 24-Cyber Monday Nov.27 offers over 500 deals with savings of more than 60 per cent across the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, on escorted tours and cruises. Select destinations and resorts also are offering an air credit of up to $400 per person. Valid on trips through mid-December 2018.
Happy bargain hunting!