Over the past several years, travel companies have been jumping on the Black Friday 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 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, these are the Black Friday travel deals we want to book ourselves.
Hotel Group Deals
Whether you’re visiting your kid at school or returning to your alma mater for a reunion, this group of collegiate-themed properties in more than two dozen college towns across the United States are an exciting alternative to the basic hotels you’re used to in places like Ann Arbor and New Haven.
If you book between November 29 and December 8, you can take 50 percent off all rooms at every single Graduate location for stays through March 31, 2020.
Book Now: 50 percent off all room rates, graduatehotels.com
After a period of rapid expansion, this French hotel group now owns and operates more than two dozen brands that offer a variety of price points for all sorts of travelers. Its most recognizable brands are in its luxury portfolio, including the Sofitel, Raffles, and Fairmont hotels around the world.
This Black Friday, select Fairmont, Sofitel, Swissôtel, Novotel, Pullman, and 21c properties in North America will be discounted up to 40 percent for bookings made between November 28 and December 2, for stays between January 1 and March 15, 2020. Keep an eye out for deals at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle, Sofitel Washington, D.C., and the 21c Museum Hotel Nashville.
Book Now: Up to 40 percent off stays at select North American properties, accorhotels.com
Intercontinental Hotels Group
Save up to 30 percent off hotel stays from now through next spring at the various brands IHG operates around the world, including Intercontinental, Regent, and Hotel Indigo. To qualify, you must be a member of IHG’s Rewards Club, but it’s free to sign up.
From now until November 28, and again from December 7 to 17, 2019, members can save up to 25 percent on stays. But if you book between November 29 and December 6, 2019, members can save up to 30 percent off hotel stays. Travel dates must take place before May 31, 2020.
Book Now: Up to 30 percent off hotel stays, ihg.com
IHG Reward Club members can also get a 30 percent off deal on room rates at Kimpton properties for reservations made November 29 through December 6, 2019, for travel through May 31, 2020. For every booking made, Kimpton is also donating $5 per night to The Trevor Project and No Kid Hungry charities.
Book Now: 30 percent off room rates, ihg.com/kimptonhotels
Yes, there are even Black Friday deals on glamping resorts. Collective Retreats is offering 50 percent off reservations at two of its five properties across the United States. If you book between November 29 through December 2, you can save big on Outlook Shelters at Collective Governors Island in New York and Summit Tents at Collective Hill Country outside of Austin in Wimberley, Texas. Select dates may be excluded, but all reservations include breakfast for two.
Book Now: 50 percent off, collectiveretreats.com
Solo travelers and couples who don’t mind getting cozy should always consider Yotel properties around the world. The pod-like rooms are cleverly designed so that you don’t feel cramped and are priced accordingly compared to hotels with larger living spaces.
If you book by December 1, you can save even more during Yotel’s Black Friday sale. Technically the sale offers 40 percent off all rates for stays through December 31, 2020, but if you’re a member of Yotel’s Club@Yotel (it’s free to sign up!) you’ll get an extra 12 percent off. That’s a total of 52 percent off stays at all of Yotel’s properties, including New York, Boston, Singapore, San Francisco, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Porto, and Istanbul.
Book Now: Up to 52 percent off, yotel.com
U.S. Hotel Deals
Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection, California
Despite being a stone’s throw from the charming Napa Valley 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 50 percent off Sunday through Thursday stays for travel dates from December 1 through March 17, 2020. Book between November 27 through December 6, 2019.
Book Now: 50 percent off room rates (with promo code “CYBER”), aubergeresorts.com/calistogaranch
Santa Monica and San Francisco Proper Hotels, California
This is your chance to stay at two of the coolest new hotels in San Francisco and Santa Monica. If you’re heading to San Francisco, make sure to go to Charmaine’s, the see-and-be-seen rooftop bar and lounge. For those checking into the Santa Monica property that opened in June 2019, get a reservation at Onda, the new restaurant from the chefs behind L.A.’s Sqirl and Mexico City’s Contramar.
Both California properties are offering 30 percent off the best available rate for one-night stays and 40 percent off stays of two+ nights on bookings made from November 24 through December 3, 2019, for stays before March 31, 2020.
Book Now: Up to 40 percent off at both San Francisco Proper Hoteland Santa Monica Proper Hotel, properhotel.com
The Asbury Hotel, New Jersey
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 between Friday, November 29, and Monday, December 2, 2019, for travel through May 21, 2020.
Book Now: Up to 50 percent off room rates (with promo code “SALTSALE19”), theasburyhotel.com
Nobu Hotel Miami Beach
With 206 guest rooms and suites, four pools, and a 22,000-square-feet spa and fitness center, the Nobu Hotel offers a prime Miami Beach location away from the South Beach scene. If you go now, be sure to make reservations at its famed Nobu Restaurant and Bar. For future stays, look forward to the opening of Playabar, an airstream serving Mexican-style cantina fare. From November 29 through December 3, you can take 30 percent off the best available rates with the code “BF2019” for stays now through December 20, 2020.
Book Now: 30 percent off best available rate (With promo code “BF2019”), nobuhotelmiamibeach.com
The Hollywood Roosevelt, Los Angeles
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. If you book on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday, The Hollywood Roosevelt is offering 50 percent off Tower Suites and Cabana Rooms for travel dates between November 28, 2019, and June 30, 2020.
Book Now: 50 percent off select rooms (With promo code “CYBERDEAL”), thehollywoodroosevelt.com
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
If you’re going to Vegas mostly to eat and drink, the Cosmopolitan is a solid choice with 18 bars and restaurants—including New York favorites like Momofuku, Blue Ribbon, and Beauty & Essex. From now through December 4, it’s offering a Book One Night, Get One Night Free deal for stays that take place between December 10, 2019 and February 29, 2020.
Book Now: 50 percent off two night stays, cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
Caribbean Hotel Deals
SLS Baha Mar, Bahamas
Does winter weather have you longing for a beach vacation? From most places on the East Coast, it’s a quick three-hour flight to the Bahamas—and just a 10-minute drive from the Nassau airport to Baha Mar resort. Once you’re there, you can chill by one of the many pools, head to the beach, or head up to Skybar, the only rooftop bar in the country.
There are three different hotels at this resort, but if you book at the SLS Baha Mar between November 27 and December 2, you can save up to 50 percent off best available rates for stays from now through October 31, 2020.
Book Now: Up to 50 percent off best available rates (with promo code “CYBER”), slshotels.com
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
For the five days between November 28 and December 2, 2019, Atlantis resort in the Bahamas is hosting Five Days Of Savings. Each day, you’ll find a new deal, including 35 percent off room rates, one free night, $600 resort credits, and more.
Book Now: 35 percent off room rates and more, atlantisbahamas.com
The Liming, Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
Hoping to book a warm weather getaway this winter? To locals, “liming” means “the art of doing nothing,” so be prepared to relax and soak up every little bit of sun at this new resort in the southern Caribbean
You could nab a 40 percent discount off stays January 6 through April 30, 2020, in either the 1 or 2-bedroom villas. The sale runs from November 29 through December 2, 2019.
Book Now: 40 percent off best available rates, thelimingbequia.com
Strawberry Hill, Jamaica
This charming cottage retreat is located high up in the Blue Mountains above Kingston, Jamaica. Originally the private estate of music producer Chris Blackwell, Strawberry Hill has hosted the likes of Bob Marley, Willy Nelson, and the Rolling Stones in the past.
Save 25 percent on bookings of two nights or more, when you book between Friday, November 29 and Monday, December 2, 2019. That means rates, which typically are $310, will start at $233 per night instead. Travel must take place between January 4 and December 19, 2020 (excluding April 9-13, and November 25-29, 2020).
Book Now: 25 percent off (With promo code “ONELOVE”), strawberryhillhotel.com
Les Ilets de la Plage, Saint Barts
Don’t have plans for the week of June 22, 2020? Consider booking an Ocean View Villa at Les Ilets de la Plage in St. Barts. If you book six nights there that week for €1,500 (US$1,653), you’ll automatically get your seventh night there free. (That brings the nightly rate down to just $236—a major steal for the notoriously pricey Caribbean island.)
This deal is available to book November 29 through December 2, 2019.
Book Now: Pay 6 nights get the 7th night free the week of June 22, 2020, lesilets.com
Numerous properties on Saint Lucia are offering Black Friday 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 40 percent off sale at the stunning Marigot Bay Resort & Marina for bookings made between November 26 and December 3, for travel between November 28 and December 19, 2019, and between January 6 and April 13, 2020.
Book Now: Up to 40 percent off, marigotbayresort.com
We also noticed that the chic Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is offering up to 50 percent off for a luxury cottage or higher room category, an offer that can be booked between November 28 and December 2, 2019, for travel between January 5 and 31, 2020, or between April 20 and December 25, 2020 (with blackout dates from July 1 to 5 and November 23 to 28, 2020). The offer includes a $50 resort credit.
Book Now: Up to 50 percent off (With promo code “CYBER2019”), viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Black Friday Hotel Deals in Mexico and Central America
Royal Belize Private Island, Belize
An entire private island for half off? You better Belize it (sorry). From November 28 to December 2, Royal Belize Private Island, a Muy’Ono Resort, is hosting its first ever Black Friday sale—and it’s a big one. With 50 percent off nightly rates, its typical $10,000 per night all-inclusive private island experience falls to just $5,000 per night. The sale applies for stays between December 2, 2019, and November 15, 2020 (excluding December 21, 2019, through January 3, 2020, and April 10 to 13, 2020).
While $5,000 per night may still sound like a lot, consider what you get: The 7.5-acre island—which you’ll have entirely to yourself—is located off the coast in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve World Heritage site near the Belize Barrier Reef. There is room for up to 10 guests to stay in three separate villas and the island is fully staffed with a private chef, boat captain, housekeeping, and concierge during your stay.
Buy Now: 50 percent off rates (with promo code “CYBER”), royalbelize.com
Fairmont Mayakoba, Mexico
Located in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the Fairmont Mayakoba is bordered by the beach on one side and rain forest on the other. Book from November 28 to December 2, 2019, to receive a 35 percent discount on the Room Only rate for stays from November 28, 2019, to November 14, 2020. That means nightly rates can be found for as low as $219 per room during this deal. But that’s not all: You can also land 50 percent off spa services and 25 percent off food and beverages at the resorts restaurants and bars.
Book Now: 35 percent off room rates, fairmont.com
Casa Delphine, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
This five-suite boutique hotel opened this past April in the heart of San Miguel de Allende. Each suite is decorated with hand-designed furniture from local artists and cantera fireplaces, giving the entire property a warm and intimate vibe.
From November 29 to December 2, take 25 percent off room rates for stays January 1 to 31, 2020, and April 15 to September 15, 2020.
Book Now:25 percent off room rates, casadelphine.com
Casa Kimberly, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Originally a 1962 wedding gift from Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor, Casa Kimberly is now a fully-renovated boutique hotel with nine suites (though Taylor’s bedroom is still there with its heart-shaped bathtub made from pink marble).
From November 29 to December 2, each suite will be marked down 50 percent for stay dates between December 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020.
Book Now: 50 percent off room rates (with promo code “CYBERCK”), casakimberly.com
Nayara Resorts, Costa Rica
Located in rain forests of northern Costa Rica, this adults-only resort is offering 40 percent off four-night stays at both the villas at Nayara Springs and the brand-new Nayara Tented Camp, which opens on December 20, 2019. That means rates will drop to $450 per night (from $750) for the villas, and $720 per night (from $1,200 per night) at the tented camp.
The sale is on from November 29 through December 2, for stays May 1 to June 30, 2020, and August 1 to October 31, 2020.
Book Now: 40 percent off four-night stays (with promo code “BF2019”), nayarasprings.com
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, Guatemala
If the ruins of Tikal are on your must-visit list, consider staying at one of the 19 overwater bungalows at this hotel located an hour’s drive from the famous Mayan citadel.
From November 29 to December 2, you can take 40 percent off best available rates making the regular $315 per night rate drop to just $189. Travel dates include May 1 to June 30, 2020, and September 1 to October 31, 2020.
Book Now: 40 percent off best available rates, email email@example.com
European hotel deals
The Standard, London
The Standard hotel group’s first international property just opened in summer 2019 in a 1974 brutalist building in London’s King’s Cross neighborhood. With 266 rooms in 42 different setups, there’s something for every type of budget at this hotel. But this Black Friday, you can take 40 percent off all room categories for stays between November 25, 2019, and March 31, 2020.
Book Now: 40 percent off room rates, standardhotels.com/london
Il Salviatino, Italy
If escaping to a restored Renaissance villa in the hills overlooking Florence sounds like a dream—it can actually be your reality for 40 percent off stays two nights or longer if you book between November 29 and December 2. This sale, which is for travel dates between April 9 and November 1, 2020, brings the regular starting rates on junior suites down to $585 from $976 per night.
Book Now: 40 percent off room rates, salviatino.com
Dromoland Castle, Ireland
Want to see what it’s like to live like a royal after bingeing the latest season of The Crown? If you book between November 29 and December 2, you can take 50 percent off your second night at this luxurious castle hotel in County Clare. The sale applies to stays in Executive Deluxe rooms or Staterooms that take place between December 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020 (excluding the Christmas holidays). Rates start at around $472 for the first night and $236 for the second night.
Book Now: 50 percent off second night, dromoland.ie
Trips and tours on sale this Black Friday
Looking for a deal on a group adventure to a remote corner of the world? Intrepid has you covered. The carbon neutral tour company is offering 20 percent discounts on more than 1,500 of its trips in 120+ countries for 2020 departure dates. It offers a wide range of experiences,including food adventures in Armenia and Georgia, cycling tours of Japan, and family holidays in the Galapagos.
The sale runs from November 25 through December 5, 2019, for tours departing January 16 to December 14, 2020.
Book Now: 20 percent off select 2020 departures, intrepidtravel.com
AFAR’s trusted partner, Context Travel, specializes in private and small-group walking tours hosted by art historians, chefs, and more in cities around the world. History buffs can go on an in-depth French Revolution Tour in Paris, foodies can sign up for a Savoring New York tour, and first-timers to Japan can take an Intro to Tokyo tour, to mention a few options.
From December 2 to 4, 2019, if you spend more than $350 on any of Context’s private or small-group walking tours, you’ll save 15 percent with the code “AFARCYBER”.
Book Now: 15 percent off any orders of $350 or more (with promo code “AFARCYBER”), contexttravel.com
The small-group adventure operator and trusted AFAR partner, G Adventures, is having an extra-long seven-day Cyber Sale this year with discounts up to 35 percent off tours. The destinations with the deepest discounts include Costa Rica, Peru, the British Virgin Islands, the Galápagos, and Hawaii. For example, a five-day Classic Costa Rica trip departing on December 18, 2019, is marked down to $422 per person (from $649). You’ll only pay $2,015 per person (instead of $3,099) for an eight-day Hawaii Adventure departing February 9, 2020, and a seven-day Galápagos trip is $2,145 per person (from $3,299).
If you book between November 26 through December 2, 2019, you can save up to 35 percent on more than 600 itineraries on six continents with departure dates between December 3, 2019, and April 30, 2020.
Book Now: Up 35 percent off, gadventures.com
Black Friday Cruise Deals
One of the leading polar cruise lines in the world, Hurtigruten has been in business since 1893 and continues to take people on small expedition ships to destinations including Norway, Greenland, Antarctica, and much more.
From November 27 to December 4, 2019, you can save up to 50 percent off new bookings on 2020 and 2021 departures. Destinations marked down 50 percent include Antarctica, Alaska, and Canada. There are also 35 percent savings to be found on cruises to Svalbard, Greenland, and Iceland.
Book Now: Up to 50 percent off 2020 and 2021 departures, hurtigruten.com
The only cruise line to offer regularly scheduled transatlantic service between New York and London, Cunard operates the cruise ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth. (It also operates itineraries on all other continents except for Antarctica.)
From November 20 through December 4, 2019, you can take 50 percent off fares on over 125 itineraries departing in 2020. For example, you can take a 10-night Alaska voyage on the Queen Elizabeth for just $1,049 per person, or a 7-night transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2 for just $699 per person. Other sailings on sale include a 7-night fjords voyage in Scandinavia on the Queen Victoria for $799 per person.
Book Now: Up to 50 percent off 2020 departures, cunard.com
If you can think of any destination with a port, it’s likely that Princess Cruises sales there. Now you can save up to 40 percent off select departures from February to May 2020 if you book by December 10, 2019.
Sample fares include $549 for 7 days in the Eastern Caribbean on the Regal Princess, $1,179 for 15 days in Hawaii on the Star Princess, and $979 for 15 days Panama Canal Ocean-to-Ocean cruise on the Island Princess.
Book Now: Up to 40 percent off early 2020 departures, princess.com
Black Friday Train Deals
Haven’t thought about using a Eurail pass since college? If you’re planning a multi-destination trip in Europe, it might be worth purchasing one of these passes that allow you to travel by train multiple times across a network of 31 European countries. (For more on how it works, check out AFAR’s Guide to Eurail Passes.)
Now through December 2, 2019, take 15 percent off First Class Global Passes and 10 percent off Second Class Global Passes. That means its most popular option—the seven days within one month Eurail Pass—is now $430 (instead of $506) for first class and $343 (instead of $381) for second class.
Book Now: Up to 15 percent off Global Passes, eurail.com
The United States’ national rail operator is discounting one-way fares on most of its routes by 35 percent for its Black Friday deal (ahem, Track Friday). Book November 29 to December 2, 2019, for travel December 9, 2019, to April 30, 2020.
Book Now: 35 percent off nationwide train travel, amtrak.com
This article originally appeared online on November 20, 2018; it was updated on November 22, 2019, and again on November 29, 2019, to include all new deals and information. Products we write about are independently vetted and recommended by our editors. We may earn a commission if you buy through our links.
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