Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer savvy travelers the opportunity to save on upcoming trips. However, it’s important that you read the fine print to discover exactly what you’re getting.
Everyone likes a good deal, especially on travel, and especially if you save money on a place you want to visit. From Black Friday–November 25, the Friday after Thanksgiving—through Cyber Monday, November 28, Hotels.com touts deals of 50% or more on 300-plus hotels.
In addition, the site promises additional discounts of up to 30% off the reduced rates to those who subscribe to Secret Prices, emails sent to consumers by Hotels.com. Another offer: on Black Friday use a “mystery coupon,” available on Hotels.com’s site, and receive up to “an additional 99% off.”
So while your relatives and friends may be lining up for cut-rate televisions and T-shirts at the local chain store, you, a savvy traveler, can pocket deep discounts from the comfort of your living room.
But be smart. First, make sure you really want to travel to the destination. Then, consider the room being offered. Does the discount apply only to the “garden room” that faces the noisy parking lot or can you get the discount on a luxury room with a city view or on a suite? Also, before you click “book,” read the fine print. Find out about the allowed travel period, the blackout dates, the cancellation and refund policies, and exactly what else your deal includes or does not include.
Most of Hotels.com’s deals during the 2016 Black Friday through Cyber Monday period cover US travel because during the same timeframe in 2015, only 8% of the site’s users perused international destinations. The top 10 destinations searched for in 2015 were, starting with number 1 and descending: Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami, Orange County, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco and New Orleans.
Sample Hotels.com Deals in Top U.S. Destinations
Available to be booked during the November 25 through Monday, November 28, the rates below, according to Hotels.com, reflect a 50% discount. Prices quoted include taxes and fees.
Las Vegas, NV, Grandview at Las Vegas, rooms from $322 per night
New York, NY, Iberostar 70 Park Avenue, from $129 per night
Orlando, FL, Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa Universal Studios Area, from $60 per night
Los Angeles, CA, The Garland, from $151 per night
Miami, FL, Grand Beach Hotel Surfside, from $143 per night
Orange County, CA, Hotel Huntington Beach, from $81 per night
Chicago, IL, PUBLIC Chicago, from $77 per night
San Diego, CA, Carlsbad by The Sea, from $67 per night
San Francisco, CA, Hotel Whitcomb, from $75 per night
New Orleans, LA, Catahoula Hotel, from $95 per night