Lonely Planet Writer

How to score Cyber Monday's best travel deals

Instead of a bottle of perfume or a subscription to the sock-of-the-month club this year, give the gift of adventure, relaxation, or exploration. Cyber Monday promises to be full of travel deals, with plenty of hotels, ski resorts, and tour operators running discounts and promotions on destinations from cities and mountains to tropical locales.

Score some Cyber Monday travel deals this week. Image by baona/Getty Images

Book one of the set-departure Small Group Journeys with luxury experiential travel company andBeyond and get 30% off excursions like the Botswana Mobile Camping Expedition in southern Africa, or the 13-day winter expedition to track the elusive snow leopard in India. Global tour operator Friendly Planet Travel is running an extensive sale, too, with up to $1100 off per person on 68 tours to over 40 international destinations. Choose among locales like the Galapagos, South Africa, Peru, Kenya, China, and more, with packages including airfare, accommodations, most meals, transfers, and English-speaking guides.

Take advantage of deals at ski resorts, like Michigan’s family-friendly Crystal Mountain, offering a 30% discount on lodging in their brand new hotel during the entire 2017-2018 ski season, with rooms going for as low as $99 a night. The intimate Dunton Town House in Telluride, Colorado is giving a complimentary ski pass (a $240 value) when you book at least three nights in one of the five rooms in the bed and breakfast, while plush boutique hotel Washington School House in Park City, Utah, occupying a school built in 1889 and featuring a heated outdoor pool and chic ski lounge, has 20% off best available rate and a complimentary upgrade for stays from 8-17 December, 2017 or 1 March to 16 April, 2018.

Ice rink in Central Park. Image by ©stu99/Getty Images

Alternatively, make for a warmer climate — Soneva Kiri on the Thai island of Koh Kood, an eco-luxury resort about an hour flight via private plane from Bangkok (and home to the treetop dining in a bamboo pod) will offer two complimentary nights, plus breakfast and dinner, for guests who book a five night stay at least 90 days in advance for stays through 17 December, 2018. (Use the code GWO01515.) Book a trip to Costa Rica between 1-31 May, 2018 or 16 August to 15 November, 2018 and stay at the adults-only luxury hotel Nayara Springs, offering 35% off of a four-night stay. $1950 (plus tax, down from $3000) including breakfast, non-alcoholic treats from the minibar, and yoga daily.


Sunset view of old street in quarter Montmartre in Paris, France. Image by ©Catarina Belova/Shutterstock

Stay in an apartment in one of London or Paris’s loveliest neighbourhoods to experience the city like a local. Both London Perfect and Paris Perfect are offering up to 20% off select properties when you book a minimum of five or seven nights and stay between 6 January and 2 March, 2018. (Use the code BlackFriday17 when contacting the reservations team.) Hotels in cities across the U.S. are also running promotions. In New York City, Triumph Hotels — a collection of seven Manhattan properties like The Evelyn, Hotel Edison, and Hotel Chandler — is offering up to 40% rates (and Amex cash cards when booking certain rooms or suites) for travel from 22 November, 2017  through the end of 2018, and Hotel 48LEX is offering up to 48% off stays through Labor Day. The Rittenhouse in Philadelphia is giving 20% off their best available rate and complimentary breakfast for two for any stay booked through 2018.

Several more Independent Collection Hotels are also offering up to 40% off stays through Labor Day 2018, including the Nu Hotel in Brooklyn, the Pan Pacific Hotel in Seattle, and The Ambrose Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

Californian sunset over Venice Beach with Santa Monica Pier in the distance. Image by ©Az Jackson/Getty Images

Kimpton Hotels is running a Cyber Monday special, with up to 30% off their Best Flexible Rate for stays until 31 March, 2018 (with some blackout dates) at any one of 58 participating hotels. Plus, as part of their Giving Tuesday promotion, $5 per night to their charity partners. Participating hotels include Kimpton Angler’s Hotel in Miami, Florida and the brand new Kimpton Aertson Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Book a relaxing off-season stay at Gurney’s Resort in Montauk, New York, or the new property in Newport, Rhode Island and get 30% off all rooms at either property between 28 November, 2017 and 30 April, 2018. The Reeds at Shelter Haven in charming beach town Stone Harbor, New Jersey has $96 per night standard guestrooms during the week (normally $349/night) plus a $30 breakfast credit, and $96 per night for standard guestrooms and $196 per night for a Bayview Suite on the weekends for stays from 1 December to 22 March, 2018 using the code CYBERMONDAY online.

Napa Valley wine country mountain hillside vineyard in the morning mist and fog. Image by ©YinYang/Getty Images

Several hotels in Napa Valley, California are offering specials, including The Meritage Resort & Spa (15% off the best available rate  plus a $50 dining credit per stay, travelling 27 November, 2017 to 31 March 2018, with some blackout dates), Brannon Cottage Inn (a second night free during the week or 50% off the second weekend night for travel between 29 November, 2017 through 28 February, 2018, with some blackout dates), and Hotel Yountville (15% off a three-night stay, traveling between 28 November, 2017 through 1 March, 2018 and also including some blackout dates.)

In Mexico, visit the adults-only boutique hotel Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta with discounted rates starting at $241 per person per night for travel in 2017 and 2018. Added amenities like spa credits are also included on select dates. In Cabo San Lucas, The Resort at Pedregal — the oasis on the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula — is running a special with 30% off all rooms, villas, and suites for minimum three-night stays through 19 December, 2018.