The Best Black Friday Travel Deals on the Internet
After hours of overindulging on turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, the last thing we want to do is muscle our way through Black Friday shopping crowds, so we're easing into it from our couch. And what’s better motivation for booking a quick getaway than spending a few days locked in with family?
Though the Delta variant has left things uncertain, people are still not slowing down on their revenge traveling. In fact, a study conducted by Amex Trendex revealed that 47 percent of respondents are planning to travel for at least one holiday this season. And, because many people are still able to work from home, they have the flexibility to avoid the busiest travel days and extend their trips if they need to. People are so eager to get away from their WFH nooks and everyday life that a new trend called “trip stacking” has been noted by travel experts. What is trip stacking, exactly? It’s when people book multiple trips over the same period of time so that if one destination falls through due to COVID restrictions, they still have a backup booked and ready to go.
So yeah, you’re going to want to check out our roundup of the best Black Friday travel deals you can expect this year. From glamping to group tours to airline miles, there’s something for everyone.
Note: Not all Black Friday travel deals are available for 2021 yet; when unavailable, we have listed the offerings from last year and will update as soon as discounts are announced.
What Types of Travel Deals Will There Be for Black Friday 2021?
While things may not be entirely back to normal, travel restrictions are not nearly as stringent as they were last year—thanks to multiple vaccines available—so if you managed to get a $100 round-trip to Bora Bora in 2020, don’t expect such a deep discount this year. Travel companies, airlines and hotels will of course be offering major discounts for Black Friday, but because demand is super high at the moment, they may not be as generous this year compared to last year.
The Best Black Friday Travel Deals
The Best Domestic Hotel Deals
1. MarriottOne of the most sought-after hotel brands, a stay at the Marriot means you’re getting the most bang for your buck since the hotel chain is known for unbeatable food, top tier resort amenities and exceptional service. This year’s Black Friday deal is available through the Marriot Bonvoy program—which was launched back in 2019 and replaced Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty brands.
Deal: For 2021, customers will be able to save 25 percent off their stay at one of Marriott’s participating resorts if they book for three nights or more.
2. Graduate Hotels
So your favorite cousin couldn’t make it to your house for Thanksgiving this year because she’s studying at a university far away, but you can bring the spirit of the holiday to her when you stay at one of these unique properties courtesy of Graduate Hotels. They give travelers comfortable accommodations in university communities across the country. We’re talking Bloomington, IN; Knoxville, TN; and Roosevelt Island, just to name a few.
Deal: The company was docking 50 percent off bookings last holiday season, and we’re hoping they’ll do the same this year. Cousin Molly has to taste Aunt Sally’s famed mac and cheese, exams be damned.
3. Collective Retreats
For those who’d prefer to be one with nature, Collective Retreats has a plethora of outdoorsy excursions for you to pick from. Gone are the days when camping meant shacking up in a rusty tent with mosquitos gnawing at you all night long. This luxury outdoor company gives their customers the VIP camping experience fit with breathtaking views, gourmet culinary experiences and once-in-a-lifetime activities, you’ll think you’re in a five-star hotel.
Deal: Last year, they were offering 40 percent off accommodations at their Collective Hill Country, Collective Vail and Collective Governors Island locations.
4. The Meritage Collection
Who doesn’t love a multi-layered deal that continues to give? With multiple locations in Napa, La Jolla, Huntington Beach and Kauai, The Meritage Collection has five luxury resorts in California and Hawaii.
Deal: The luxe accommodation brand made sure you forgot all 2020 woes offering a 21 percent discount when you booked a two-night stay at any of their hotels last year. Not only that, but they doubled down on the savings by giving $21 daily food and beverage credit. Fingers crossed we can expect more of the same this year.
5. New England Inns & Resorts
Maybe you don’t particularly care for the northeast, but you have a loved one who has a palate for clam chowder. Well, you can simply gift them a stay at one of these pristine accommodations courtesy of New England Inns & Resorts if 2020’s deals are anything to go by.
Deal: Last year, they gave customers a $50 promotional gift card with the purchase of a $250 gift card and a $100 gift card with the purchase of a $500 gift card. The best part was that the purchased gift cards do not expire so your friend or loved one can use it to book a stay at their convenience.
The Best International Hotel Deals
1. Glamping HubHey, a nice resort is great, but how about you take your family on a rejuvenating excursion in nature? For all your tent, cabin and treehouse rentals, turn to Glamping Hub. This mecca for all things outdoorsy has the rustic, woodsy vibe down pat. And for a great deal too.
Deal: Last year, the company was offering $30 off any booking over $200 at any of their 26,000 locations on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
With hundreds of luxury and business hotels, resorts and vacation properties around the world, there’s a Hyatt accommodation for every type of traveler.
Deal: If the November frostiness just isn’t appealing to you, try and hop on Hyatt’s Dream Away and Get Away holiday deal which could get you 20 percent discount off your entire stay at their resorts located in warmer places such as Aruba, Greece and Italy.
3. Palladium Hotel Group
Calling all thalassophiles (ahem, lovers of the sea), this one’s for you. Get your fill of ocean views and water-based activities when you book a stay through the Palladium Hotel Group which has locations on the shores of Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
Deal: The company previously offered 57 percent off a three-night minimum stay and $1,500 resort credit which you can splurge on a nice massage and delicious dinner after a day surfing, snorkeling and everything in-between. We’ll take two of those deals for 2021, please.
4. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
If you don’t know exactly where you want to go, but you’re all for a hotel that’ll give you the best deal then consider peeking at Wyndham Hotels’ locations page. This renowned chain has hotel and resorts across the globe. You can even filter your search by amenities: If you want to travel with your four-legged family member they have locations that allow pets or if you want an abode with meeting and banquet facilities because you want to turn that vacay into a workcation, they also have hotels with spaces for that too.
Deal: Wyndham typically offers 25 percent off your two-night minimum stay at a participating hotel during the holiday season.
5. Meliá Hotels International
If you’re planning an exclusive family vacation (and you might just need one after all that Thanksgiving hoopla) with just you and your immediate kin, a stay at one of Meliá Hotels’ posh locations may be the ideal pick. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from since the brand has establishments in coveted destinations such as China and the Arabian Gulf.
Deal: During their Black Friday offerings last year, the company was not only docking 50 percent off your stay, but kids could also stay for free at select hotels.
The Best Travel Company Deals
1. Booking.comOne of the most recognizable names when it comes to reserving a vacation, it only makes sense that Booking.com has tons of deals for travelers to choose from.
Deal: Last year’s offerings started with 30 percent off from participating establishments with thousands more unleashing on Nov. 19, 2020. So, we strongly advise you keep an eye out a few weeks prior to Turkey Day.
2. Friendly Planet Travel
Perfect for booking that group New Year’s vacation, Friendly Planet Travel compiles the best deals on group tours and flights in bucket list destinations such as Portugal and Morocco.
Deal: Check in on Black Friday for specific deals but we’re told that guests can save up to $1,300 per person on hordes of air-inclusive packaged tours.
3. Ker & Downey Africa
They may be based in Cape Town, but this luxury African safari company will help you put together your ideal Safari excursion across the African continent.
Deal: Last year, travelers were able to save up to 75 percent at some of the continent’s prestigious lodges and hotels with travel vouchers that went on sale in early November.
If hanging with elephants and zebras on an African safari are not your thing, how about a relaxing retreat picked for you by this travel company that specializes in beach vacations? Cue the beachside mojitos please.
Deal: In the past, CheapCaribbean has offered wanderlusters up to 75 percent off stays at their 600 participating properties which are located across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.
5. Brendan Vacations
If your bucket list includes jigging with the Irish and drinking with the Scots, then you want Brendan Vacations to curate a nice European excursion for you and your partner. The company focuses on trips specifically in the Celtic region.
Deal: Brendan Vacations was offering a free night in a castle plus up to $300 off flights for couples last year. Who knows what they may have in store this year?
The Best Airline Deals
1. JetBlueBooking a nice hotel and getting the best deal on a guided tour will be for naught if you end up spending a hefty penny on your flights. That’s why airlines such as JetBlue also give major discounts in honor of Black Friday.
Deal: Last year, JetBlue was not only offering up to $400 off vacation packages but perks included a $1,500 resort credit at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica or a guaranteed room upgrade at the Barcelo Aruba all-inclusive. Even Santa himself couldn’t drum up a better discount.
2. United Airlines
United Airlines may not have been offering discounts off travel packages in 2020, but they did their part in making sure travelers got some perks.
Deal: Last year, the airline was matching mileage purchases through its MileagePlus program, offering a 30 percent bonus for customers who purchased between 3,000 and 14,000 miles; 60 percent bonus if you bought between 15,000 and 34,000 miles; and a 100 percent bonus for those who bought a 35,000 or more.
3. Alaska Airlines
No, you don’t have to travel to the Last Frontier if you book a trip with Alaska Airlines (although you can if you want to). This major American airline operates a large domestic network, flying to places such as the Pacific Northwest, the West Coast and Hawaii, plus international destinations such as Belize, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico.
Deal: If you have always fancied a cheap trip to Vegas, perhaps 2020 would have been the year to do it since tickets to the gambling capital from anywhere on the West Coast were as low as $29 one-way. East Coasters were paying a bit more with a trip from New York to San Francisco going for $89. Still, that’s a deep discount considering that same trip costs $270 at the time of this writing.
4. Hawaiian Airlines
Another airline that was offering steep discounts for flyers, Hawaiian Airlines has yet to announce their Black Friday travel deals for 2021 but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a cheap getaway to the Aloha State this year.
Deal: In 2020, flights between Hawaii and the West Coast were as low as $198 round-trip, while flights from the East Coast were starting at $598 round-trip. Of course, nifty travelers could slash that price lower if they opted for flights with connections.
5. Qatar Airways
One of the most easily recognizable airlines, Qatar Airways is known for their A-class planes, impeccable service and killer flight attendant uniforms. That’s why we’ll definitely be keeping an ear to the ground to see if this lush airline will be offering deep discounts again this year.
Deal: Last year Qatar Airways docked 30 percent off airfares.