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New Deals Added! Incredible Cyber Monday Travel Deals and Steals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals and Steals

Step right up! We’ve got your vacation deal right here! Since last week we’ve added more Cyber Monday travel specials to our family friendly list — search for “NEW” if you want to see the updates (spoiler alert: there are a large number of great ski resorts out west offering 50% off regular rates!). Or just scroll through for family travel inspiration. From the Caribbean to California (and beyond), swimming to skiing, we’ve got you covered, below. Just be sure to act quickly, most of these fabulous family vacation deals will be gone by Tuesday, and in some cases last only a few hours, or even minutes (for example, $96 rooms at Boston’s Hotel Commonwealth are available for just 96 minutes!).

Let the travel shopping start……!


Condado Vanderbilt in San Juan, Puerto Rico
This historic Grand Dame Hotel was built in 1919 and was given a complete modern update last year. Located beachside in the hip and urban Condado District of San Juan, it’s offering a 50% savings on suites (rates normally start at $450 – $3,500), which are great for families, with a travel window of January 3, 2016 to December 23, 2016 (blackout dates from February 11 – 14, 2016). Book starting 12:01 on November 30.

Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa in Guanica, Puerto Rico
Located in Guanica, two hours from the bustling city of San Juan, this oceanfront resort stretches across 20 acres of lush tropical gardens and is a favorite of Melissa’s family for its quiet setting and extensive water sports. Available from 12:01am to 11:59pm EST on November 30 only, you can book rooms for $129 per night (a 30% savings) for stays between January 2, 2016 – April 30, 2016 (so it’s good for President’s Day weekend AND Spring Break!). The rate also includes two complimentary welcome drinks and 15% off at La Palmas Café. This package requires a two night minimum stay and blackout dates apply.

Hyatt Regency Aruba in Aruba
Hyatt Regency Aruba, the award-winning premier beachfront resort on the “One Happy Island” of Aruba, is celebrating Cyber Monday with a promotion that gives 20% off the deluxe room rate when you book a 5-night minimum stay; plus a complimentary Welcome Drink upon arrival; $100 Resort Credit per stay; complimentary cocktail for two at Piet’s Pier Bar; and complimentary WiFi. Travel window is April 1 – December 19, 2016 (some blackout dates my apply).

Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Situated on one of the biggest and most popular beaches in San Juan, Courtyard Isla Verde recently underwent a $32 million renovations and offers a local flair, authentic cuisine, and modern accommodations. From November 26, 2015 – November 30, 2015 the hotel is offering 15% off rooms during the travel window of December 11, 2015 – January 17, 2016 (blackout dates apply for December 25, 2015 – January 2, 2016). Book the package online here using the CODE: 444.

Doubletree by Hilton San Juan, Puerto Rico
Located in the fashionable Condado District, this hotel offers upscale yet affordable accommodations along with a new exclusive beach club, that’s perfect for families. For November 30 only, book the hotel’s Cyber Monday package, which includes 15% off room rates and a $25 resort credit for stays between December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016 (blackout dates December 25 – 31) online here using CODE: P02


Fontainebleau Miami Beach
This iconic, and very stylish resort right on the beach is offering 25% off reservations for their Cyber Monday Sale when stays of two nights or more are booked between Wednesday, November 25 and Tuesday, December 1, 2015 for travel through November 24, 2016; terms and conditions apply. Also, if you purchase a Fontainebleau gift card on Cyber Monday, receive an additional $40 on cards valued at $200 or an additional $100 on cards valued at $500. Book here.

Turnberry Isle Miami Resort, Golf & Spa, in Florida
At this North Miami family favorite, you can book from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (November 27 to 30), to get the third night free when you book two nights. The deal also includes a $50 per night resort credit, free meals for kids 5 and under, and free golf for kids 15 and under. Rate is good for stays through October 31, 2016. Book here.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Florida
Why stay indoors in the cold this winter when you can celebrate the holidays with your toes in the sand for a discounted price? IHG’s Holiday Inn Club Vacations is offering Cyber Monday shoppers 25% off the Best Flex rate at four of the brand’s beautiful Florida resorts: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando – Orange Lake ResortHoliday Inn Club Vacations Panama City Beach ResortHoliday Inn Club Vacations Marco Island – Sunset Cove ResortHoliday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort. To book, visit here beginning midnight EST on Monday, November 30. Booking window is November 30 – December 31, 2015, for resort stays December 2, 2015 – February 29, 2016.


(NEW) Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York
We’re huge fans of Mohonk Mountain House, the all-inclusive and family-friendly mountain lodge in the Catskills, and even bigger fans of their Cyber Monday deal: 40% off on select theme weekends and midweek stays. Book here. 

Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, Massachusetts
In honor of Hotel Commonwealth’s 96 additional guest rooms that will be unveiled in December, the urban luxe hotel in Boston is offering an exclusive $96 Cyber Monday deal for 96 minutes only. From 11:30am (nod to the Cyber Monday date, 11/30) until 1:06pm, Cyber Monday shoppers can book rooms for just $96 (represents 60% savings). Travel window is for 96 days after the new wing debuts (December 15-March 19). Book online by visiting here and entering the offer code 96New, or by calling 866-784-4000.

Taconic Hotel in Manchester, Vermont
To celebrate its grand opening on 12/1, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ newest boutique hotel, Taconic, is offering an exclusive Cyber Monday special for just 121 minutes and 15 seconds (a nod to its opening date). On November 30th from 11:30 am until 1:31 pm, Cyber Monday shoppers can book deluxe rooms at the new boutique hotel in Manchester, Vermont, for just $121.15 for stays 12/20/15 – 4/30/16. Book online by visiting here or by calling 866-518-8465. No booking code is necessary; the deal is valid for stays Sunday – Thursday and blackout dates may apply.


Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Georgia
To save 50% on rooms at the historic Atlantic Coast resort starting at midnight on December 1, you need to use a code the resort will send out on Cyber Monday, November 30. Sign up for their mailing list in advance and the code will be emailed to you. Rates are good through March 17, 2016, some blackout dates apply.


(NEW) Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona
Located on 60,000 scenic desert acres within the Saguaro National Park and the Coronado National Forest of Tucson, Tanque Verde, country’s largest dude ranch, is offering . It’s the perfect setting to reconnect with your loved ones while enjoying thrilling outdoor adventures, relaxation in rustic-inspired ambience and authentic Southwestern cuisine. As part of all-inlcusive rates, guests take part in horseback riding lessons, trail rides, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing and much more. Children ages 4-11 can enjoy supervised kids programs that highlight the Arizona wildlife and serene desert surroundings, and adults can indulge in a relaxing massage treatment at the ranch’s renowned La Sonora Spa. Use code “DISBLCK” at check out. Blackout dates apply. Book here.

(NEW) Keystone Lodge & Spa in Keystone, Colorado. This ski resort an hour outside of Denver is one of my favorites and its offering discounts of up to 50% (as low as $99) if you book here by December 1. Keystone has a fantastic ski school and is in a gorgeous spot with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, Keystone Lake, and the Continental Divide. Don’t miss the family fun fondue restaurant (Der Fondue Cheese) at the top of Keystone Mountain while you’re here! (Some blackout dates apply).

The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colorado
The newly renovated Lodge at Vail is a historic property (the first hotel in Vail) and is just steps away from the new Gondola One at the heart of the city’s fun dining and shopping scene. They’re offering up to 50% off when you book here by December 1, 2015 based on availability and blackout dates apply.

(NEW) The Arrabelle at Vail Square, in Vail, Colorado
The Arrabelle at Vail Square is a luxury resort hotel created in the spirit of the grand alpine hotels of historic Europe, and is nestled against the base of North America’s premier ski resort. The Arrabelle offers ski and boot valet and storage, a highly anticipative concierge service, children’s activities, local transportation, babysitting services, and even complimentary GoPro cameras for the day. As part of the Rock Resorts Cyber Monday deal, they’re offering up to 50% off when you book here by December 1, 2015 based on availability and blackout dates apply.

(NEW) Austria Haus in Vail, Colorado
Austria Haus will offer up to 40% off bookings this ski season: Inspired by authentic, family run ski chalets of the Austrian Alps, this exquisite, 25-room boutique hotel is set in Vail Village and welcomes families. Book here by December 1, 2015; based on availability and blackout dates apply.

(NEW) The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado
The Pines Lodge is offering up to 45% off (with rates as low as $115) this Cyber Monday. The Pines Lodge is slopeside at Beaver Creek with ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes, and a prime spot in the midst of shopping and entertainment of Beaver Creek (my family visited Beaver Creek this summer and there’s a great ice skating rink here, plus fun restaurants and treats for kids without all the crowds of nearby Vail). The lodge provides a warm, intimate experience, with just 60 rooms and a small selection of deluxe condominiums and townhomes. Book here by December 1, 2015; based on availability and blackout dates apply.

(NEW) DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge in Breckenridge, Colorado
Adjacent to Peak 9, this recently updated hotel is centrally located across the street from the mountain’s Quicksilver chairlift and boasts the convenience of an on-site ski rental and retail shop. Book their Cyber Monday deal for savings up to 40% off (as low as $119) when booked here by December 1, 2015 (deals are based on availability and blackout dates apply).

(NEW) The Village Hotel in Breckenridge, Colorado
The Village Hotel offers the perfect combination of location, convenience, selection and value and is located at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort, just steps from historic Main Street and its many dining and shopping options. Book this Cyber Monday deal for savings up to 40% off (as low as $119) when booked here by December 1, 2015(deals are based on availability and blackout dates apply).

(NEW) Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah
Park City is making history in a big way this ski season following the combination of Park City and Canyons Resort as part of a $50 million capital improvement project. The new Park City debuted on Saturday, November 21, as the largest ski resort in the U.S. with 300 trails, 41 lifts, and 7,300 acres of terrain. Guests can experience the brand new resort first hand and stay at Grand SummitSilverado LodgeSundial Lodge and DoubleTree Park City for up to 40% off (as low as $92) if you book here by December 1, 2015.

(NEW) Grand Teton Lodge Company in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Grand Teton Lodge Company, the lodging concessioner for Grand Teton National Park, will be participating in Cyber Monday with discounts up to 35% and rates as low as $195 for specific travel dates next season. Grand Teton National Park is a unique destination for experiential travel. From hidden-gems like Jenny Lake Lodge, a Four-Diamond lodge nestled in a serene lakeside forest setting to Jackson Lake Lodge (the park’s hub of activities), GTNP offers a variety of lodging opportunities. Plus, book now for 2016 to celebrate the national park centennial (and remember 4th graders get into National Parks for free in 2016)! Book here

Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
In honor of Jackson Hole (a favorite Playground destination) Ski Resort’s 50th Anniversary, Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is offering 50% off all rooms when booked on Cyber Monday, 11/30. Available for purchase all day, the rooms can be redeemed for arrival on any day in January 2016, with a minimum of 4 nights stay. To book email here or call 1-800-443-6139.

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona
Who said Cyber Monday should only last one day? JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, the peaceful retreat in the heart of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, is offering a weekend-long exclusive $99 Cyber Monday deal. From November 27 – 30, 2015, for stays from December 11, 2015 – January 18, 2016. Book online by visiting here and entering the offer code 444, or by calling 1 (480) 948-1700. Blackout dates apply.

West Coast:

Pacifica Hotels, California
Pacifica Hotels, the largest owner and operator of boutique hotels on the Pacific Coast, is celebrating Cyber Monday with an unbeatable deal of 40% off rooms at 24 California properties for stays through 3/11/16. Rooms start as low as $65 per night. (Melissa and her family stayed at the Redondo Beach location this past summer and found it an easy and affordable LA option.) This online offer is available exclusively with the code CYBER through Pacifica’s Hotels’ websiteBlackout dates may apply.

(NEW) The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica is a family magnet with its iconic Ferris Wheel, aquarium, and game-filled pier (not to mention the wide sandy beach). The Shore Hotel is just steps away from all the beach and pier fun and 3rd Street Promenade shopping and restaurants. Book the eco-friendly hotel’s Cyber Monday sale that starts November 30 and continues for 72 hours to get 30% off a partial ocean view room for stays from December 1, 2015 through February 28, 2016. Book here and use the code “CYBER”.


(NEW) Hilton Hotels

This is a HUGE one since it includes family-friendly brands such as Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, and Doubletree — book Cyber Monday through December 2 to take advantage of Hilton’s 72 hour sale of up to 30% off in the US, Latin America, and Canada (I used it to successfully book an Embassy Suites in Boca Raton for 30% less than my original reservation) for 2-night or more stays between December 20, 2015 and February 29, 2016. Book here. 

(NEW) Loews Hotels

Another big chain popular with families (their Santa Monica property is one of my favorites) with a big deal: book rooms on Cyber Monday through December 1 for 20% off stays from November 30, 2015 all the way until November 20, 2016 (although sadly this deal isn’t good for any of their Orlando properties). Book here.

Destination Hotels
Destination Hotels is the largest operator of independent hotels, resorts and residences in the United States offering guests authentic experiences within each property’s local destinations. Eleven of their family magnet properties in areas such as Stowe, San Diego, and New Orleans, are participating in this deal and offering between 20% (Stowe) and 50% off (Washington, DC) — so it’s definitely worth exploring. Book from November 27 to 30, 2015, for travel December 2015 through April 2016 online here

Melia Hotels International
Meliá Hotels International is one of the largest hotel companies worldwide, with more than 370 hotels throughout more than 40 countries and four continents under the brands: Gran MeliáMeliá Hotels & ResortsParadisus ResortsME by MeliáInnside by MeliáTryp by Wyndhamand Sol Hotels. Join the free MeliáRewards, and from Black Friday, November 26, through, Tuesday, December 1,  receive 35% off in the Americas, 15% off in Europe, and 25% off in Brazil for for travel December 2015 – March 2016. 

(NEW) Noble House Hotels
For one day only, Noble House, a consortium of hotels in fabulous settings with properties ranging from the mountains of Telluride to the sandy shores of Redondo Beach California (a property I personally tested out this summer — be sure to get a room with a view of the sea lions!), is offering discounts ranging from 20 to 40% depending the destination. Each property has their own booking regulations and can be changed or cancelled at any time. Blackout dates may apply. Book here.


A staple of Norwegian culture for more than 120 years, Hurtigruten’s Coastal Voyages offer a unique glimpse into Norwegian culture and landscape. Hurtigruten is taking an additional 10% off already-discounted prices for a total savings of up to 35% during during its Black Friday Sale, which runs Nov. 27 through Dec. 3. The sale offers discounts on Hurtigruten’s most popular journeys including all 2015-2016 Classic Coastal Voyages along Norway’s fjord-indented west coast. Example fares include $872 per person, double, for a six-day Winter Northern Lights Voyage (savings of $496 — Melissa will be trying this one out in February!) or $1,514 for a six-day Summer Midnight Sun Classic Voyage (savings of $776). Black Friday Sale fares are automatically reflected in the online booking system once the sale begins online here.

andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
, South Africa
phinda-game-reserve-andbeyond-cheetahs-wildlife.jpg.1340x0_defaultandBeyond is offering 50% off a Rhino Notching or Elephant Collaring experience at luxury safari lodge Phinda Private Game Reserve. This adventure allows guests to join a team of conservationists in locating and darting a rhino while they capture data from the sleeping animal to monitor the population, ensure they are healthy, and protect them from poachers. Or guests can participate in Elephant Collaring where they will can witness an elephant darting and assist in the changing of the sleeping pachyderm’s radio collar. Prices start at $3,425 for Rhino Notching and $3,995 for Elephant Collaring for a maximum of 8 people. (Original prices start at $6,850 and $7,990 respectively.) This offer can only be booked on Cyber Monday valid for travel between December 20, 2015 and January 10, 2016 and must be booked in conjunction with a minimum of three nights at any andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve lodge. Booking code: ANDBEYONDCYBER


(Photo courtesy of Copamarina Beach Resort, Puerto Rico)



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