2020 Black Friday Travel Deals & Sales

Here's Everything We Know About 2020 Black Friday Travel Deals so Far

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Black Friday is the prime time of year for buying electronics, as well as scoring cold-weather clothing. However, if you're looking for a chance to get away, it can also be a great time to book Black Friday travel deals in 2020.

Throughout the holiday season, you can find excellent savings on Black Friday cruise deals, Black Friday airline deals, Black Friday hotel deals, and even full-blown Black Friday vacation deals. Whether you want to stick close to home or take a big international trip, there's sure to be a discount for every type of traveler.

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Check Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Before You Book!

With many areas still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, you should check for travel restrictions before you book a Black Friday airline deal. In fact, whether you're looking at a road trip, planning to fly across the country, or booking an international vacation, make sure you adhere to the CDC guidelines. If you're going to have to quarantine for two weeks at your destination, is your trip still going to be worth it? If not, it's better to put off that vacation for now.

The CDC is updating its site with travel restriction information, but you can also check online travel agencies (OTAs) for updated info. Sites like Kayak note restrictions for both domestic and international destinations.

5 Tips for Booking Black Friday Travel Deals

1. Shop Carriers and Online Travel Agencies

You can take a few measures to ensure your Black Friday travel deal shopping proceeds smoothly. For one, check both individual carriers and online travel agencies, such as Expedia. "If it's a sale, these prices will often trickle down to the various OTAs," DealNews travel expert Will Lardinois notes. "Coupons will most likely require booking through the carriers themselves."

2. Be Flexible With Your Travel Plans

Everyone we interviewed stressed that remaining flexible with your plans will ensure you get the best Black Friday travel deals. "We often find the best prices for airfare and hotels by moving around the travel dates," Lardinois says, adding that weekends are typically the most expensive days to travel. "Flying and vacationing during the middle of the week tends to yield the best possible prices."

3. Do Your Research Ahead of Time

Lardinois also recommends conducting price research before Black Friday arrives. Keep an eye on DealNews in the lead-up to Black Friday for insight on what travel offers will be available. That said, the really great vacation deals will sell out quickly. He says to "assume that these offers will not last long."

4. Do Airlines Have Black Friday Sales? Yes!

If you're trying to determine the best time to leave for a Black Friday airline deal, know that it depends on where you're flying. "In general, if you're getting away for a weekend, you should plan to depart on Saturday for domestic flights, and depart on Thursday for international flights," notes Hayley Berg, economist for the travel app Hopper.

5. Check Out Multiple Airports

Berg also says that being open to alternative airports can help you get the best rates. "Be flexible with airports if you are flying out of or into an area with multiple airports," she advises. "There may be a fantastic deal to another airport in the area that you're missing out on."

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Look for Winter Travel Bookings During Black Friday Sales

In 2020, most consumers are more ready than ever to get out of the house. And whether you want to take a flight, cruise, or book a full vacation package, the best time to do that wll be during the Black Friday season. However, beware that booking travel during Black Friday means taking that trip later. Expect the majority of these deals to only apply to winter travel (after the holidays), or even into the spring.

Save Up to 80% on Travel Tuesday

Travel Tuesday is the day after Cyber Monday, and even though we see travel discounts on other days, we tend to see more on Travel Tuesday. Last year, 20% of the travel deals we saw during Black Friday season fell on Cyber Monday; however, 28% of the offers we saw were on Travel Tuesday.

We only expect to see discounts as high as 40% off on average, but we saw up to 65% off Sandals Resort stays last year. Select bookings even had bonuses like free additional nights, or up to $1,000 credit. We also saw an extended Black Friday sale for Karisma Hotels & Resorts that took up to 80% off, with prices starting at $99 per person, per night.

Plenty of airlines offered great deals, too. And they weren't just budget flights across the country, either — Cathay Pacific and Icelandair both offered roundtrip international rates as low as $335.

Black Friday Airline Deals Will Have 1-Way Domestic Flights From $14

That's not a typo — we saw Black Friday domestic 1-way flights cost as little as $14 last year! That was so good, it earned our Staff Pick designation as one of the "best of the best" deals of Black Friday. While we tend to see prices like this from airlines like Frontier, we also Black Friday flight deals from Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, and United Airlines for $28, $38, and $58 respectively.

Want to fly internationally? We saw Black Friday airline sales take as much as $300 off international flights, while other offers dropped rates as low as $335 for roundtrip tickets.

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Save 11% to 80% on Hotel Stays

Wherever you want to take your next getaway, you can find hotel savings during Black Friday. If you need somewhere warm, we expect to see locations like Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, and Aruba included in sales, along with big city destinations like NYC and Miami, among others.

Black Friday Hotel Rates Could Fall to $99 Per Night... or Less

Expect a variety of sites to have notable hotel deals, especially this year as companies try to entice nervous consumers into traveling again.

Last year, Travelocity and Orbitz both cut up to 60% off, and then bundled that with an extra 15% off to locales like New York and Miami. Meanwhile Karisma knocked up to 80% off select hotel and resort stays with prices starting at $99 per person per night. If you dream of somewhere warm this winter, keep an eye out for Sandals deals to return — last year the resort chain took up to 65% off all-inclusive beach stays.

Larger Travel Sites Will Have the Best Coupons

"While specific hotel chains often have Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, I'd tend to say that the absolute best coupons for hotels (and hotel/airfare bundles) tend to come from the largest OTAs, such as Expedia," DealNews travel expert Lardinois points out. "However, there's a major caveat — these coupons (especially from Expedia) are usually extremely limited in number of uses. Very much a 'blink and you'll miss it' type of ordeal."

You can prepare ahead of time, though. Lardinois suggests looking at the larger travel sites the week before Black Friday. Often, they'll go ahead and publish all the coupons they'll offer on Black Friday itself. Once you know what deals to expect — and when they'll go live — you'll be better equipped to snap them up.

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Shorter Cruises Will Go as Low as $99 Per Person

Look to the cruise lines' seasonal sales to find great savings, but keep an eye out for individual deals, as well. Last year, Norwegian Cruise Line hosted a sale that took 30% off, and bundled bookings with up to five free offers. Prices started at just $118 per person, which is a no-brainer for anyone who enjoys hitting the high seas.

However, we also saw individual deals with hard-to-beat savings, such as a 4-night last-minute cruise to the Bahamas from $198 for two passengers, or $99 per person. Even better, that cruise left port on December 2, so it was a strong offer if you couldn't wait until after the holidays for your next getaway.

While cheaper prices usually mean shorter cruises, that doesn't mean that longer trips are exorbitant. A last-minute 11-night cruise set to depart on December 11 last year from Auckland, New Zealand had rates as low as $498 for two passengers, or $249 per person.

Even if you don't want to take advantage of last-minute sailings, you can still find solid prices on 7-night cruises to a variety of warm destinations in the spring. For instance, a Western Caribbean cruise in January 2020 would have set you back as little as $668 for two, or $334 per person, when you booked around Black Friday.

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Book a Trip for as Little as $599 Per Person

If you're ready to commit to a serious getaway and don't want to plan the entire thing yourself, hunting for Black Friday vacation deals in 2020 could make your first trip abroad post-pandemic much easier.

Black Friday 2019 offered plenty of chances to book vacation packages for the new year, including a Northern Lights vacation to Iceland for as little as $599 per person. New Zealand packages fell to as little as $1,031 per person, which might sound like too much at first. However, those packages bundled quite a few discounts, including on hotels, flights, sight-seeing tours, and more.

We also saw 6-night packages to Paris and Rome, and Paris and Amsterdam with prices from $650 and $676, respectively. And if you just wanted a resort trip somewhere warm, CheapCaribbean offered $100 off any 5- or 6-night all inclusive package, or $175 off larger packages.

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