2:05 p.m. If Jamaica is sounding good about now, Travelzoo is offering five-night spring-seasons vacations at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Montego Bay for $749 all-inclusive from Washington, D.C., higher from other cities. Now all you need to do is get to Washington.
12:03 p.m. Johnny Jet is reporting Virgin America flights as low as $49 one-way. A spin through the VA site shows flights from LAX to San Francisco, Vegas-LAX, and Dallas-Washington, D.C. At these prices they’re worth booking around.
10:25 a.m. AirfareWatchdog is reporting that US Airways is offering five frequent-flyer miles for every dollar spent online at Kohl’s. A visit to the US Airways site shows it’s true. And wouldn’t you know: Kohl’s is having a sale.
9:20 a.m.: This is sort of a flight deal in reverse, but Southwest Airlines is offering extra Rapid Rewards points when you shop at popular online destinations like J. Crew and Toms. So you have something stylish and comfy to wear on that Tucson-Dallas connector.
8:35 a.m.: It’s Black Friday, and the proof of the pudding is whether you can get it for 75 percent off at Target, with a $15 gift card thrown in.
What we mean by that is it’s not very nice of us to recommend that you go through all this rigmarole to get the best Black Friday travel deals if we’re not willing to go through it ourselves.
With that in mind, we’ll be checking in at intervals throughout the day with some of the best Black Friday deals we’ve found, and the lowdown on where to find them yourselves.
Without further ado:
Cruises: The best rundown we’ve found on cruise deals is coming out of Travel Pulse. Among the highlights: 60 percent off Mediterranean cruises from Star Clippers, $600 shipboard credit on select Azmara cruises, and 50 percent off some getaway cruises from Princess. Travel Pulse promises updates throughout the day, so if you’re cruise shopping you may want to check back regularly.
Hotels: This is where the deals are right this minute, and the ever-efficient Peter Greenberg and our friends at HotelChatter have the best rundown we’ve seen on Black Friday hotel deals. The ones that caught our eyes are 30 percent off Accor hotels (and there are a lot of Accor hotels) and 40 percent off Joie de Vivre hotels, which are fewer in number but greater in … you know, joie de vivre. And 90 percent off some hotels on Expedia, which is more than enough to get our attention.
Flights: All is fairly quiet on the flight front at this hour, though the inimitable Johnny Jet is reporting that there are travel deals to be had from Fiji Airlines and Cathay Pacific – not so great if you’re trying to get to Buffalo for a belated Thanksgiving, but definitely something to think about if the trip of a lifetime is on your radar. (Johnny Jet has also unearthed a lot of great ski-package deals, though none in Fiji or Taiwan, sorry to say.)
We’ll be back throughout the day as circumstances warrant, so check back frequently, and follow us on Twitter (@BHTP) for instant updates. And have fun shopping!