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2017 Black Friday-Cyber Monday Travel Deals


Besides gearing up for your Thanksgiving meal, get your laptop ready for browsing and buying the 2017 Black Friday-Cyber Monday travel deals. Here are some ones to consider.

Expedia‘s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale officially kicks off on November 24, with new deals on hotels, flights, cruises, rental cars and packages, beginning at 9 a.m. PST. Cyber Monday sales kick off at 9 a.m. PST and will refresh hourly until 3 p.m. PST. Deals booked on Black Friday have a travel window of November 24, 2017March 31, 2018 and Cyber Monday deals have a travel window from November 27, 2017March 31, 2018.

Gate 1 Travel‘s Black Friday sale takes place November 22-24, with discounts applied to all Gate 1 Travel, Discovery Tours and Signature Collection packages. Apply these romo codes:

  • Spend $500 or more and receive $50 off with the promo code BLKFRY50
  • Spend $1,000 or more and receive $100 off with the promo code BLKFRY100
  • Spend $2,000 or more and receive $250 off with the promo code BLKFRY250
  • Spend $4,000 or more and receive $500 off with the promo code BLKFRY500
  • Spend $10,000 or more and receive $1,000 off with the promo code BLKFRY1000
  • Spend $20,000 or more and receive $2,500 off with the promo code BLKFRY2500

Customers can book online through Gate1Travel’s website on November 23 or calling 1-800-682-3333 between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on November 22 and 24.

Friendly Planet Travel is offering Cyber Monday savings of up to $1,400 off per person on 68 tours to over 40 international destinations. Packages include airfare, accommodations, most meals, transfers, English-speaking guides, and more. The sale starts at 12am ET Monday, November 27 and lasts through Tuesday, November 28.
On Cyber Monday, Contiki is offering savings of up to 30 percent off of select trips and to score $150 off all worldwide flights spanning from across six continents for travel booked by December 4. The tour company caters to travelers ages 18-35.
Trafalgar is offering discounted tours on sale from Black Friday through Cyber Monday,  with $750 off per couple on select bookings for over 20 trips – including the European Highlights, Best of Switzerland and Treasures of Thailand with the Golden Triangle.

G Adventures‘ four-day, online sale between Black Friday and Cyber Monday will feature more than 200 trips on six continents, with deals of up to 30 percent off of regular tour prices.

Southwest Vacations, of the Southwest Airlines, has a Cyber Week sale during Black Friday and Cyber Week with promo codes and daily deals. Book a flight + hotel package to any destination and save up to $250 when you use one of the promo codes below at the time of booking. They involve:

  • Save $125 on U.S. destinations with promo code SAVE125.*
  • Save $250 on international destinations with promo code SAVE250.**

Book now through December 4, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. CT, with travel now through August 6, 2018. One-day advance purchase is required. Restrictions and exclusions may apply.


2016 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals


Photo courtesy of Friendly Planet Travel

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are not just about TV sets, clothes, toys and home appliances. Travel deals are also up for grabs, and all that’s needed is a solid Internet connection (and maybe an alarm setting).

I did some Google searching and found some great Black Friday/Cyber Monday travel deals that might be too good to pass up. I’ll add any new announcements as they come up. So go ahead and take a look.

Tour Companies

G Adventures is offering number of deals on their sailing, active, rail and wildlife adventures, and more, with their cyber sale starting from 12:00 a.m. EST Friday, November 25 through 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, November 28.

From now through December 2, 2016, Contiki is taking 30 percent off of trips to destinations in Europe, Asia, U.S./Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand for travel now through December 31, 2017. Also during November, Millennial travelers can save 15 percent on select trips with promo code, BLACKNOVEMBER.

Gate 1 Travel is having its annual Black Friday sale November 23-25. All Gate 1 Travel, Discovery Tours and Signature Collection packages will be discounted at that time. Customers can book online using the promo code on new bookings only all three days or by calling 1-800-682-3333 on November 23 and November 25. Limit one promo code per reservation.

Here is a list of Gate 1 Travel’s Black Friday deals:

  • Spend $500 or more and receive $50 off with the promo code BKFY50
  • Spend $1,000 or more and receive $100 off with the promo code BKFY100
  • Spend $2,000 or more and receive $250 off with the promo code BKFY250
  • Spend $4,000 or more and receive $500 off with the promo code BKFY500
  • Spend $10,000 or more and receive $1,000 off with the promo code BKFY1000
  • Spend $20,000 or more and receive $2,500 off with the promo code BKFY2500

Friendly Planet Travel is having a Cyber Monday sale with savings up to $1,110 per person (or $1,400 per couple) on 60-plus international tours and packages. Destinations include Cuba, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Dubai, South Africa, Iceland, Prague, Myanmar, Cambodia, and New Zealand. The sale starts at 12 a.m. ET on Monday, November 28 and lasts 48 hours.

Go Ahead Tours is having Black Friday savings of up to $600 per person on all their tours, with this promotion valid from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27. Only on Black Friday, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., “morning doorbuster” specials will let travelers customize their experience with either getting $75 off an excursion or $125 off a tour excursion. As for Cyber Monday, travelers can still save up to 25 percent off all tours when they book online at Go Ahead Tours’ website.

Intrepid Tours is having a Cyber Monday sale from now until Monday, November 28. Get 15 percent off an adventure departing between January 15 – June 30, 2017.


Marriott is having a four-day cyber sale from Friday, November 25 through Monday, November 28 and is said to offer savings on staying in various destinations within the U.S. and other countries.

IHG is putting on a cyber week sale from Monday, November 28, starting at 8 a.m. through Friday, December 2, at 8 p.m. ET, featuring discounts on hotel stays and special IHG Rewards Club point offers.

NYAH, Key West is having a Cyber Monday special offer of $129/night. Valid travel dates run from May 1 through September 30, 2017; Minimum two-night stay required. The special is for the NYAH 4-single bedroom type only; blackout dates apply. Use promo code CYBER upon booking.

Lark Hotels  is having Cyber Monday specials for 25 percent off stays at their Stowe, Vermont property, Field Guide, from March 1 through July 31, 2017. The deal includes plus one beer per guest and an appetizer to share at onsite restaurant, Picnic Social. Visit and add the code CYBER upon booking.

Search Engines

Travelocity is having a Cyber Monday sale on Monday, November 28, with up to 75 percent off savings on select hotels.

Orbitz is holding a Cyber Week with travel deals between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with discounts on hotels and specials on flights and hotel/flight packages.


American Airlines is having a Black Friday sale with a variety of vacation destinations to choose from. Book now through November 28, 2016, and enter promo code BLACKFRIDAY for travel now through September 30, 2017. A minimum spend of $1,300 is required.



Yonderbound: A Novel Travel Booking and Planning Tool

Yonderbound copyRecently, I joined a partnership with Yonderbound, a third-party hotel booking site, as a team member with their bloggers program. It’s novel in that goes beyond listing users’ opinions by letting them create their own mini-review site.

Let’s face it: Booking sites can get tedious — and really time-consuming — when you’re scrolling through post after post. Opinion after opinion. Yonderbound’s approach can be described as Pinterest meets Trover. Here’s how it works. After setting up an account, users create a Yonderbox in which they could share their travel stories by inserting information on the hotels they’ve stayed at. It’s like putting together a little scrapbook of your trip or a file for saving places to stay for your next one!

It’s pretty easy. On Yonderbox’s home page, you can search for specific hotels or type in a general request like hotels in Japan. Each result comes up with pricing, a map of the hotel, available amenities, and a description about the property. Trip Advisor is incorporated in

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Overall, I like Yonderbox’s simplicity with design. It’s very clean and it gives you what you often look for first: location and features. I made my first Yonderbox about Barcelona, featuring two hotels I stayed at in 2009: Regencia Colon in the city’s Gothic Quarter and Hotel America in the Eixample District.

You can also follow other travelers and travel bloggers on Yonderbound and check out their Yonderboxes.

As part of my agreement with Yonderbound, my followers receive a $10 Welcome Credit when they sign up on Use this link to claim your credit. And if you want to follow me, this is my profile page here.

Disclosure: I am in a partnership with Yonderbound and I do receive compensation for my work with this company.