• Erica Pollock

Black Friday Travel Deals You Don't Want to Miss!

Updated: 5 days ago


Yes, please!

Raise your hand ...


... if you’re jonesing for a getaway!!!

I for one have Covid Cabin Fever … how about you? Let’s take advantage of Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals, and give the gift of travel this holiday season!


Giving the gift of experience rather than "stuff" ... our own family is super passionate about this. Case in point? We are headed to the Blue Ridge Mountains for a month of exploration, remote learning, and remote work later this winter, possibly with a little side trip to Orlando and Disney! (Shhhh..... don't mention Disney to our kids -- it's a Christmas surprise!)


Give the gift of travel

With vaccine news, generous cancellation policies, and strict cleaning and social distancing measures being adopted by the travel industry, we can feel more and more confident about travel in 2021.


And wow, are hotels, tours, and other travel providers more eager than ever for your business! Check out these amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals -- some of them available all month long. Book independently using the links in this article, or, if you choose to book through We 5 Thrive rather than on your own, we'll create a personalized stocking stuffer "ticket" for your loved ones to open on Christmas day!


(Pssst! We 5 Thrive does receive a small commission through many of the below DIY booking links -- at no added cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting our endeavor to deliver amazing Tranquil Travel to you, our fabulous friends around the world!)


Whether you prefer to book any of the below options on your own or you’d like some help from a savvy professional who is committed to YOU and your travel desires (ahem, yeah that’s me -- I've got your back!), there are some amazing deals to be had!



A Change of Scenery for Any Budget


Lodging and accommodations all across America, the Caribbean, and indeed the world, are vying for your attention. Check out these fantastic Good Friday / Cyber Monday deals -- book on your own through the following links, or give me a call and I’ll ensure an exceptional travel experience for you and your family.


Caribbean or Mexico, anyone?

Beaches all-inclusive resorts in Turks & Caicos and Jamaica are family-friendly and ready for you! Enjoy those pristine, white beaches. Play in the crystal clear waves, then relax in your luxurious rooms and suites. Beaches even offers a huge array of fun activities for kids and teens.


Book your Beaches vacation for 6 paid nights or longer during their Thanksgiving Sale and receive a free pair of Waterford Wine Glasses! Plus, combine this with their fantastic current resort promotions, including up to $355 Instant Booking Credit, up to 65% off rack rates, 1 Free Night in select rooms, and more.


Now this is important: Once you have booked your Beaches vacation, be sure to register the booking here to take advantage of the Thanksgiving Sale. This sale only runs through November 26th, so book now!

Other all-inclusive resorts are getting in on the Black Friday frenzy, too! This month, take advantage of an array of exclusive deals on resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico with We 5 Thrive and our partner network Independent By Liberty Travel:


$100 off 4 nights

$150 off 5-6 nights

$200 off 7 nights or more


PLUS, save an additional $400 on bookings to Los Cabos, AND add airfare and save an additional $50 per ticket! (American Airlines only.) To take advantage of this deal, give us a call at (309) 416-7834, or message us here.



Long-Term Stays for Remote Work & Learning

CitizenM - a new kind of hotel chain, with locations in the US, Europe, and Asia. It's Black Friday until December 1st! Get at least 30% off hotel bookings. Also, with remote learning and remote work, check out their subscription deal - up to 29 consecutive days in their participating hotels for just $50 per night!!! Hotel rooms with huge discounts aren't all they're giving you. Cancellations are free up to 2pm on the day of arrival. Nice!


Another great option for longer-term staycations is ExtendedStay America - with savings up to 60% off! With fully-equipped kitchens, pet-friendly options, and guest laundry facilities, this one is also great for longer-term staycations! Like all hotels during this complex time, ExtendedStay America is committed to the safety and health of their guests, having developed their comprehensive STAYconfident program (cleaning, disinfecting, social distancing measures, and more).


We are all familiar with VRBO - Vacation Rental by Owner. While this isn't a Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale per se, we've got a secret tip to share with you, our family to yours: Don't be shy about reaching out to the individual property owners through VRBO if you want to strike a deal for your longer-term rental. That's how we recently snatched up a $2,500 month-long deal on what was originally a $4,000 list price! And in the French Alps two years ago (see pics above), we scored a $1,500 month-long deal in the shoulder season! Just be sure to book through VRBO to take advantage of the protections they offer to travelers.


Added savings on sightseeing

Consider adding a Sightseeing Pass to your trip, with savings up to 66%! Sightseeing Pass's Black Friday / Cyber Monday deal lasts through November 30th -- offering an extra $15 off on top of 1, 2 & 3 Day SightseeingPasses, and an extra 10% off on top of 2, 3 & 4 Sightseeing Flex Pass Prices.


Be sure to check with each participating location to navigate their covid policies. Featuring top cities like San Francisco, Orlando, NYC, London, and Malaga, these savings can't be beat -- Grab your pass here!


Tours, Cruises, Retreats, & Ready-Made Itineraries

Sometimes the last thing you want in a vacation is to have to make a series of decisions each day. Consider booking a tour, cruise, or ready-made travel itinerary! Oh yeah, get in on these Good Friday / Cyber Monday deals while they last:


Whatever your preferred service level, G Adventures can hook you up with fantastic pre-planned adventure travel. Check out their Cyber Sale -- unitl November 30, 2020 you can get up to 21% off a variety of trips, $1 upfront deposits and 21% off My Own Room. There are a wide number of travel styles to choose from, so whether you are booking a Classic tour or a National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures itinerary, you are guaranteed to have a life-changing travel experience. Dreaming of an Arctic expedition? Snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos? Exploring the Inca Trail and trekking the Andes? G Adventures may be right for you!


To give you added peace of mind, G Adventures also has a new cancellation policy in place that will enable you to book with confidence. Effective now until December 31, 2020, book travel with G Adventures departing before December 31, 2020 and you can cancel and rebook up to 14 days prior to your departure date, or for tours departing between January 1st 2021 and December 31 2021 you can cancel and rebook up to 30 days prior to your departure date.


Norwegian Cruise Lines is offering 30% off all their fleet, plus up to $2,900 in EXTRA savings, restarting April 1st 2021! This is their best deal of the year, and allows you to bundle your savings with all 5 Free at Sea offers -- that's double the usual amount – including Free Open Bar, Free Kids on select sailings, and much, much more (up to $2,900!!).


You'll notice we've linked this deal back to our own website. Why? To score you even more savings. If We 5 Thrive books for you, you can get in on an Exclusive Onboard Credit promotion of up to $200 credit per stateroom! Contact us to unlock these exclusive savings onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines.


But wait, there's even more cruise power for you! Celestyal Cruises is offering incredible deals on Greece & Mediterranean Cruises - 3 nights at only $299 per person (for 3 to 4 people), or 4 nights starting at $349 per person! AND Free Medical Travel Insurance with covid coverage for departures March-June, 2021!!!! Book Celestyal through We 5 Thrive for added service and peace of mind, at no cost to you.


Not familiar with Celestyal Cruises? They are the main home-porting cruise operator in Greece and the preeminent cruise line serving the Greek Islands and East Mediterranean. The company operates two mid-sized vessels, each one cosy enough to provide genuine and highly-personalized services. The foundation of the company’s philosophy is the ‘destination.’ Every cruise focuses on true cultural immersion, offering authentic, lifetime experiences both on board and on shore wherever its vessels sail. If you've ever wanted to explore ancient Greece, or walk where St. Paul walked, Celestyal will give you an unforgettable experience!


We are so very excited to be partnering with Willow Lane Yoga & Wellness and Zoëtry Agua Resort to provide an exceptional Christian yoga retreat for women in the Dominican Republic in March 2021. And .... ready for this??? You get $500 off now through December 20th!!! Now more than ever, we all need an intentional time of self-care and rejuvenation. Treat yourself to spiritual uplift through Christian meditation and reflection, exceptional spa treatments, gourmet allergy-friendly food and drink, sunshine, and tranquility. And yes, we have a great cancellation / change policy! Book here or give me a call -- I’m happy to assist.



Why Book with We 5 Thrive?


So often people think that using a travel agent is archaic -- with the internet at our disposal, why not cut out the middle man? This thinking is flawed -- we travel agents are not middle men. We are not costing you more money -- in fact, we save you money by navigating you to the right deals, and protecting you from costly mistakes. We are real, live, human advocates that actually save you money and time, and ensure a better travel experience overall.


But don’t take our word for it! According to an ASTA independent survey in 2019, "Consumers report that travel agents save them an average $452 per trip plus four hours in travel planning, and help them avoid costly mistakes." Expedia reports that travelers spend an average of 22.5 hours booking a trip in the 6 weeks before departure. ASTA’s survey also reported that 63% of consumers polled said using an agent made their overall travel experience better.


Many travel agencies specialize in a destination. We 5 Thrive specializes in YOU and your family. We get to know our clients, so that we can customize each travel experience to their desires and goals. And when booking select packages through We 5 Thrive, any time of year, you can save Up To 68%, receive exclusive my Time Benefits, and you'll also get peace of mind with our flexible cancellation and/or change policies.


Want to make sure the details of your trip are worked over with a fine-toothed comb? Give me a call -- I’m happy to help, and ensure that you have a fabulous Tranquil Travel experience!




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