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Updated November 2022

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now Travel Tuesday! These three days can be a traveler’s best friend or worst enemy. On on hand, there’s a ton of awesome travel deals that you’ll definitely want to jump on if you’ve been itching for a getaway or if you’re already in the process of planning a trip. However, don’t fall into the trap of buying things just to buy things. If you are still trying to save for a trip, keep those blinders on and move along. Remember budgeting for travel is all about remembering to prioritize experiences over material things.

That said, I’m sharing a roundup of all the best Black Friday travel deals in 2021 and beyond (meaning I’m updating this each year so check back!). This includes Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday deals too! No need to pay more than necessary on your next vacation, so peruse these deals and maximize your travel budget.

What’s the difference between Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Travel Tuesday?

Originally, each day had its own type of deals. Black Friday was usually an in-person madhouse with heavily discounted doorbusters. People would camp out in front of stores hoping for a score.

Cyber Monday was then distinguished from Black Friday as being the online version where online shops would have their sales. It’s the Monday following Black Friday.

Finally, Travel Tuesday is specific for travel deals and falls on the Tuesday right after Cyber Monday.

Now I think things have changed a bit. Consumerism has America in a chokehold for better or worse. Big companies and small shops will now hold sales for the entire week prior to Black Friday and ending the following week. Dates vary, but it’s really not a clear cut set of days anymore. It’s kind of just a deal frenzy.

Black Friday flight deals in 2021 and beyond

Most airline websites already have an existing page with their deals so check there on your preferred airline’s site. Here are my picks for this Black Friday flight sales.

American Airlines

AA has the most obvious flight deals right now for Black Friday. Check here for their cheap routes.

American Airlines black friday deals search engine with flight routes across the USA in round trip tickets only

Other Airlines

As the deals roll in, especially Travel Tuesday flight deals, check back here for each airline’s deal page. If they don’t plan to offer anything special, they’ll still have their deals at these links so I’m sure you’ll find something.

Scott’s Cheap Flights

I look for this deal every year! Scott’s Cheap Flights is one of the absolute best services that notifies you of cheap flights and for Black Friday, they’re offering their Premium membership for only $24 per year! That’s 50% off! If you’re serious about traveling, now is the time to jump. I got my Premium membership last year heavily discounted so I highly recommend.

Premium is the way to go because often times they only share some deals with Premium members. Half my dashboard are Premium deals, so it’s really worth that price. If you book just one flight from their deals, you’ll easily save over $24!

I’ve honestly used Scott’s Cheap Flights to get heavily discount airfares to Canada and Los Angeles. I’m just waiting for another destination with the right time frame to pop up and I’ll likely be booking another trip soon!

You can join Scott’s here and get access to Premium deals now. Plus, if you already have Premium, you can upgrade to Elite for only $25!

Scotts Cheap flights portal showing premium deals
An example of my dashboard at the time of writing this.

Best Hotel Deals on Black Friday

Rather than list a bunch of hotels that may be having deals, let me share which hotel booking websites are offering travel discounts! Most are offering their deals for travel through April 2023 so read the details in the coming paragraphs carefully.

Booking.com

I truly love Booking.com, especially because of their easy to navigate reviews. It’s super easy to read past reviews on specific aspects of your stay like the safety of the hotel at night, the amenities, if the free breakfast is any good, etc.

Booking.com hotel deals start at 30% off and only go up from there!

Check out the Booking.com sale here.

You can seize the sales until 11/30/22 and travel until December 31, 2023!

Checklist filter on Booking.com to see the Deals on Hotels
Make sure you have the “All Deals” box checked once you search.

Hostel World

If you’re ballin’ on a budget (you’re in good company), Hostel World is the absolute best place to find inexpensive, but comfortable accommodation. They have over 35,000 properties on their site spanning 178 countries!

This Black Friday, they are having a deal where you can book 30-55% off 300+ properties around the world!

Here’s the best way to find the deals:

  1. Head to their search engine locked and loaded with deals
  2. Search for your travel location and dates
  3. Keep an eye out for the “Seasonal Deals” at the top OR the % off sticker on the property

Here’s a sample search for New Orleans where I can see Auberge NOLA Hostel is on sale by 30% off!

Search engine on HostelWorld showing results for a New Orleans booking search showing Seasonal Deals with 30% off at the top
You can see how it says -30% in pink indicating its on sale!

Expedia

For the first time ever, this year Expedia is having Black Friday travel deals through November 28. These deals are for Members only, but it’s their free rewards program so it’s super easy to sign up and no commitment. It’s not like a subscription service or anything like that, just so you have an account with them!

They have lots of deals for hotel stays, but are also offering deals on cruises! I love using Expedia to browse cruises because they compare options from a number of companies like Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Disney Cruise Line, Costa and more.

The last travel dates are in 6/30/2023, so if you have a pre-planned trip farther out than that, you’ll have to check elsewhere.

Expedia page that says Member-Only Black Friday Sale with 30% off or more on stays such as those in Orlando, Cancun, and more.

Hotels.com

Another one of my favorite booking engines is Hotels.com mostly because I just love that for every 10 nights you stay, you get one free! As a budget traveler, I’ll take anything I can get.

Similar to Expedia, Hotels.com is having a member-only set of deals. Sign up for a free account if you don’t have one already to unlock the savings!

Book by November 28, and travel by June 30, 2023.

Riu Hotel and Resorts

Riu is known for their massive and incredible resorts. You may not know that Riu hotels in big cities are just as great! This Black Friday week starting on November 22, they’re offering lots of discounts with prices starting at only $59 per night!

Choose from relaxing all-inclusive resorts in tropical paradises like Cancun for $136 per night or Riviera-Nayarit Vallarta for $96 per night. Check out their properties with prime locations in Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco for $129 per night or their Time’s Square Bed and Breakfast in New York for $209 per night.

Book by November 27, 2022.

Marriott Bonvoy

I love Marriott hotels and customer service so much! We’ve stayed in one of their beautiful properties in Atlanta twice now and another in San Diego twice. They’re always reliable and high quality, but not too horribly expensive.

This Black Friday starting November 23, Marriott will have some special deals. Members get 20% off bookings, which again is free to join. Browse the deals at Marriott.

World of Hyatt

Hyatt has special pricing with code UNLOCK. Book travel until November 30, 2022 and travel until April 30, 2023.

They have over 950 participating properties. All you need to do is create a free account with them if you don’t have one already.

Experiences on sale for Black Friday

Experiences over material things, am I right? Here are some savings to jump on for experiences!

Get Your Guide

For Black Friday, use code GET10 to save on a number of experiences around the world! Browse the sale here.

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Gift an Experience with Tinggly

If it’s someone’s birthday, anniversary, wedding, or whatever occassion, Tinggly is the perfect gift! You can buy gift boxes that contain vouchers for experiences worldwide. For example, a voucher for a pasta making class in Rome, or a NYC helicopter tour.

For Black Friday, they’re offering 30% off. Shop until November 28!

Groupon

Groupon is one of my favorite ways to find inexpensive things to do when traveling. For Black Friday, they’re having up to 75% off their activities and goods. Check out the sale here.

Black Friday Travel Gear

As much as we love to choose experiences over things, you do need some travel essentials for every trip. Black Friday week is one of the best times to jump on cheap travel essentials, so here are some picks.

Apparel

Nothing is more important when you travel than the right fit! I’m talking about being stylish (although that’s a bonus). I mean making sure you have the right outfit for the climate and weather.

Here are some travel outfit essentials that I love that are on sale!

  • Watershoes (I have this pair and keep them in my car always!) — They’re on sale for $25, normally $50! So half off. Score!
  • Women’s lightweight rainjacket — It’s normally $90, but on sale for $45.
  • Compression socks — These are a must on long flights and road trips or anywhere where you’ll be sitting for a long period of time. They help with blood circulation to prevent blood clots, which is especially important for ladies on birth control. Save a few bucks where you can. These are on sale for $6 off.
  • Good walking shoes — A must. Enough said. These Adidas are on sale for Black Friday!
  • Sunglasses — Ray-Bans are always a crowd favorite. They’re lightweight, stylish, and get the job done. Plus a bunch of styles are on sale for 30% off for Black Friday.
  • Winter boots — I lived in the snow in Flagstaff for 4 years and unfortunately, my favorite boots are not on sale, but these dupes are! They’re comfortable and they cover your calf so you don’t need to be afraid of a foot of snow. They’re on sale for under $50!
  • Pacsafe anti-pickpocket bag — This was easily my most favorite thing I brought on my solo trip to Paris. It prevents pickpocketing with a reinforced mesh and locking zippers. A game changer!

Camera Essentials

Did you even travel if you didn’t take a million photos? I think not. Here are the best camera deals on bodies, lenses, and equipment.

  • Nikon base camera — I’m a Nikon user myself so I highly recommend these cameras! There are some other bodies on sale, so feel free to browse to find one that suits your needs. They don’t make my model anymore, otherwise I’d share more insight.
  • Nikon zoom lens — This is definitely an investment, but on Black Friday, it’s a $400 cheaper investment.
  • Tripod — An essential for any solo travelers or anyone looking to take long exposure shots. Why balance your camera on a rock if you don’t have to! This tripod comes highly recommended and is on sale for $80, usually $100.
  • Go Pro — If you’ve been eyeballing a GoPro, now is your moment. I would love to get one of these one day! They’re on sale for $350 instead of $550…cha-ching!

Packing Essentials

Here are the best packing essentials deals this year.

  • Luggage scale — No more fussing at the check-in counter when your bag is overweight or trying to weigh your bag at home on a regular scale. This is seriously so much easier and could save you overweight baggage fees. It’s on sale for $9 instead of $15.
  • Packing cubes — They always come in handy to keep everything neatly organized in your suitcase. This set has 7 pieces and toiletry bags on sale for only $19.99! A steal!
  • Osprey backpack — These backpacks are the epitome of European backpacking trips. You have to try them! They are recommended very highly and thankfully are on sale for only $150 instead of $200.
  • Travel jewelry organizer — These things changed my life! It’s so much easier to pack your jewelry in one of these so nothing gets tangled or you don’t have a rogue earring that goes swimming in your suitcase.

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