If you’re a frequent traveler, you know the real jackpot between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is in travel deals.
Thousands of travel-related offers pop up if you book or buy over the Thanksgiving weekend, and some even start before Turkey Day. If you’re flexible with dates and destinations, you’ll see plenty of opportune deals, predicted to range from 30-60% off the average yearly price. But the best promos are the ones that are flexible themselves.
When you are scouring for the best one, watch out for minimum stay requirements, blackout dates, and deals for specific days only. Often, these sales appear too good to be true—that’s when you need to carefully read the fine print and restrictions.
To save you the research, we’ve gathered all the deals worth taking advantage of this year.
Hotels: Earn 2X the HE Rewards points
Need a room for that winter ski trip? Spring break getaway? How about that summer wedding weekend? No matter when you’re traveling next, book any hotel through Hotel Engine between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to earn 2X the HE Rewards points. That means you’ll fast-track to your next free (or partially free) stay at any of our 150,000+ hotels worldwide with zero blackout dates to hold you back.
Flights: Look for $100 roundtrip domestic flights
Luckily, competitive flight sales have become a mainstay of the holiday shopping season kickoff. For airfare deals, DealsNews predicts you’ll see roundtrip domestic flights for $100 or less this year. Roundtrip flights to Europe will start at $200, and roundtrip flights to Asia will start at $500.
Based on previous years, Frontier reliably has some of the lowest prices. However, you should still be able to find under-$100 fares at Delta, American, Spirit, Southwest, and Alaska Airlines. As for cheap getaways to Europe, be on the lookout for deals from British Airways, Norwegian, and Air Berlin.
To know the level of competition you’re up against, it’s good to be aware of the most popular destinations for Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions. From 2016, the top five for flight deals were New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, and Las Vegas, according to Skyscanner.
Tours and Excursions: Check Your Destination City
Don’t overlook your go-to sources for merchandise and activity deals over the holiday weekend, though. Amazon’s Countdown to Black Friday Deals update every five minutes with limited-time offers, plus many are saved specifically for Cyber Monday. Groupon also posts a swell of special promotions on travel excursions and merchandise alike, with deals up to 80% off for the holiday season. Most, if not all, day tour companies and adventure packages also join in on the shopping holiday, so be sure to check those available in your next destination city.