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The Best Black Friday Travel Deals

By Michelle Baran


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We scoured all the Thanksgiving Week, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday travel promotions and put together a list of our absolute favorites.

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A perfectly cooked turkey, delicious pies, and cherished time with family are stiff competition, but we know what a lot of you (okay, what we) are really looking forward to this coming week — all the great travel deals that are going to inspire our next getaway.

Over the last several years, travel companies have been jumping on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargain bandwagon en masse. Whether you’re looking to book travel as a gift (and aren’t experiences the best gifts, after all?), or just searching for a great escape for yourself or your family, these savings might be just the motivation you need.

As with all the holiday sales, the sheer number can be overwhelming. So, we combed through the barrage of travel deals and picked out the ones we thought were exceptionally good (read: They were actually knocking down their prices a solid amount) for the hotels, experiences, and destinations we love. In other words, the travel deals we want to book ourselves.

The recently renovated The Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, in San Francisco, is one the many Joie de Vivre properties discounting rates.

Joie de Vivre Hotels

We're crazy about this collection of chic boutique hotels. And not only are their hotels fab, but they are offering savings of up to 40 percent at all of their properties, including the recently opened Hotel Revival in Baltimore (where promotional rates are as low as $85 per night) as well as the newly renovated Marker and the Laurel Inn, both in San Francisco. In order to get the offer, you need to make your reservation between November 21 and November 28, 2018, for stays from December 1, 2018, through December 1, 2019.

Book It: jdvhotels.com (offer code: CYBER)

This idyllic beach is calling at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic.
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Our pick at this luxe 7,000-acre beach oasis in the Dominican Republic would be one of the oceanside villas with a private pool. Go big or go home, right?

Situated in La Romana, on the southern Caribbean coast of the island, Casa de Campo features three golf courses, an equestrian center, tennis courts, a marina, and a yacht club. The resort is launching a four-day Black Friday (November 23) through Cyber Monday (November 26) event with 35 percent off its guest rooms (which means rates as low as $169 per night) and up to 50 percent off its villas (or rates as low as $549 nightly). A $100 resort credit will be added for all room stays of three nights or more, and villa bookings of five nights or longer earn a $500 resort credit. The travel must take place between January 2 and October 31, 2019.

Book It: casadecampo.com

An aerial view of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, which is reducing rates by 30 percent.

Saint Lucia

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Numerous properties on the dreamy Caribbean island of Saint Lucia are offering Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials, so it’s worth checking in with any you may be interested in booking to see what kind of offers they have. A couple of standout savings we spotted include a half-off sale at the stunning Marigot Bay Resort & Marina for bookings made between November 21 and November 27, for travel between November 22 and December 19, 2018, and between January 6 and June 30, 2019.

Book It: marigotbayresort.com

We also noticed that the chic Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is offering 30 percent off for a luxury cottage or higher room category, an offer that needs to be booked by November 22, 2018, for travel between January 2 and February 14, 2019, or between April 20 and October 31, 2019. The offer includes a $50 resort credit.

Book It: viceroyhotelsandresorts.com (offer code: CYBERM)

Score a room with a view at the Thompson Seattle.
Thompson Seattle

Save up to 50 percent off suites and up to 30 percent off standard rooms at this distinctly modern yet cozy Seattle hotel with killer Puget Sound views. You can book anytime between now and November 28, for a stay through December 1, 2019.

Book It: thompsonhotels.com

This Napa oasis is a truly restorative escape in wine country.
Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection

Despite being a stone’s throw from the charming Napa town of Calistoga, Calistoga Ranch feels like a secluded oasis in its private canyon surrounded by oak trees, rolling hills, and a lake. The woodsy resort features individual luxury lodges, a restorative spa with healing mineral pools, and the upscale dining venue the Lakehouse Restaurant and Lounge. It is offering 40 percent off its one- and two-bedroom lodges for Black Friday and through the following weekend (with rates starting at $696). Book between November 23 and 25, 2018, for travel through April 25, 2019.

Book It: calistogaranch.aubergeresorts.com (offer code: CYBERPRE18)

A view of the pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt.
The Hollywood Roosevelt

Who doesn’t love a great throwback hotel, especially in Hollywood? This retro-revival property has a distinct classic cinema meets tiki room vibe, with its tasteful vintage-vacation stylings. The Hollywood Roosevelt is offering 40 percent off the accommodation of guests’ choosing (save for the penthouse), as well as two complimentary cocktails, for stays through the end of the year that are booked between November 21 and 27, 2018.

Book It: thehollywoodroosevelt.com (offer code: CYBER2018)

Book an itinerary that includes traveling with Berber nomads in Morocco.
Intrepid Travel

Looking for a deal on a group adventure to a remote corner of the world? Intrepid has you covered. The tour company is extending 20 percent discounts on more than 1,000 of its global trips for 2019 departure dates. They offer a wide range of experiences, including foodie trips, cycling tours, and family adventures, to an impressive roster of diverse destinations. The sale runs from November 20 through November 28, 2018, for tours departing January 15, 2019, to December 15, 2019.

Book It: intrepidtravel.com

A trip to Portland, Oregon, just got a whole lot more enticing.

Hotel Modera

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It may be getting a bit chilly and wet in Portland, Oregon, but with a deal like this, we can’t resist the idea of cozying up at the simple yet sleek Hotel Modera for a long weekend in the effortlessly cool Pacific Northwest. Book a standard king room between November 23 and November 26, 2018, for travel through March 31, 2019, to score 99 hours (or four nights) in Portland for $99.

Book It: hotelmodera.com

You could have the chance to see elephants roaming through the lobby at the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park.
The Bushcamp Company, Zambia

What better gift to oneself or to a loved one than an African safari? The Bushcamp Company is offering 30 percent off a five-night safari in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. You’ll spend two nights at the 18-room Mfuwe Lodge inside the park, and three nights in one of the company’s intimate Bushcamps deeper in the southern portion of the park. The itinerary promises game drives, walking safaris, and community visits.

Book It: To book, contact Paul Swart of Natural Migrations (offer code: 007) by emailing paul@naturalmigrations.com.

A winter weekend in Philadelphia just got a lot cheaper with this deal from The Logan.
The Logan Hotel

At only $99 a night, a long winter weekend at the sophisticated, centrally located Logan Hotel in Philadelphia is hard to pass on. Book this deal between Black Friday and Cyber Monday for travel through March 31, 2019.

Book It: hilton.com (offer code: CYBER)

The Viceroy Riviera Maya's reduced rates could be just the antedote to those cold winter months.
Viceroy Riviera Maya

Let’s face it, when the weather outside is frightful, the idea of a warm Mexico getaway is oh so delightful. In other words, the inviting villas, sleek pool, and palm tree–flanked beach at the Viceroy Riviera Maya are calling to us. The resort is offering up to 40 percent off (or rates starting at $363 per night) on select room categories for bookings made between November 22 and November 26, 2018, for travel through December 18, 2019. The deal includes complimentary breakfast for two.

Book It: viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

A discounted weekend stay at this uber-hip San Francisco hotel will land you stylish digs in the heart of the city.
San Francisco Proper Hotel

This is your chance to stay at one of the coolest new hotels in S.F. Make sure to also reserve a table at the beautiful on-site restaurant Villon, and head up to Charmaine’s, the see-and-be-seen rooftop bar and lounge, for an after-dinner cocktail. The 131-room Proper Hotel is offering up to 40 percent off its standard rates on bookings made through November 27, 2018, for weekend stays through February 28, 2019.

Book It: properhotel.com (offer code: CYBER)

Jersey Shore anyone? Get up to half off at the Asbury Hotel.
The Asbury Hotel

Rooftop outdoor cinema? Check. Relaxing pool and lounge area with chill vibes? Check. Nearby bowling alley and music venue opened by Bruce Springsteen? Check. This funky boutique hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey, from the Salt Hotels family, is bringing new life (and very cool stylings) to the Jersey Shore boardwalk scene. The hotel is offering up to half off for bookings made by November 25, 2018, for travel through May 23, 2019.

Book It: theasburyhotel.com (offer code: CYBERSTAY)

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