Black Friday and Cyber Monday refundable travel deals: Mexico, Hawaii


Every year, The Arizona Republic publishes a grand list of some of the great travel deals available for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In years past, readers have loved a chance to gift their family leisure time together to places they normally couldn’t afford to visit. 

Putting together this list every year is a gigantic undertaking but one I thoroughly enjoy. Our culture, sadly, often looks as booking a vacation as excess.  But what I know from talking from Arizona Republic readers is that is not the case. People save up for years to have both the the money and time off to enjoy some quality moments with their loved ones.

I know people look forward to scrolling through this list if only to dream of the places they could go if they had enough time or money.

This year presents a challenging landscape. In the midst of a global pandemic, a rising number of cases world wide and the limitation of ICU beds at home (and likely at the destination you might choose to travel), it felt irresponsible to suggest booking travel deals without flexibility or the opportunity to get your money back. That could put you in a position where you couldn’t cancel if you felt you shouldn’t travel.

Why we’re rounding up refundable travel deals in 2020

The U.S. has awful protections for consumers regarding travel and a lot of travelers this year have found themselves without the peace of mind they thought their travel insurance provided. Others have found themselves stuck with thousands of dollars in travel credits they can no longer use. 

So much can change in this unpredictable environment. From joyous events like finding out you’re expecting a baby to struggles like finding out someone in your travel group was diagnosed with cancer, what may have been possible at one point may suddenly be infeasible. And, those life changes might mean you need that refund money in cash not a travel credit. 

Yet, a lot of us are craving an escape and half the joy of travel is dreaming and planning where you might go.

That’s why after careful discussion, we decided to move forward with our deals list, but to only feature offers that are refundable. For each deal, I’ve not only included the fine print and travel dates but also the cancellation policy. If you book the deal, I suggest adding a calendar reminder in your phone to make sure you cancel by the designated deadline.

Also, I urge you to continue to follow the advice of public health officials, and if you feel sick, do not travel. 

Now, without further ado, here is our 2020 list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. 

Refundable hotel deals in Arizona 

Mountain Shadows Resort. The deal: From $159 a night. Details: (Photo: Cullen Homes)

Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley

Mountain Shadows will offer a couple great deals. If you reserve two nights you’ll get the third night free on stays through Jan. 24, 2021.

If you want to wait a bit to travel, you can also get a free $20 resort gift card for every $100 you purchase in gift cards, which can be used for dining, tee times and guestrooms. You’ll need to designate in the notes section if you want to put the whole amount on a gift card, or put the promotional $20 on a separate gift card.

How to book: Book or buy from Nov. 27 through Nov. 30 at

Travel dates: Through Jan. 24, 2021, for the third night free offer.

Fine print: Again, the third night free is only good through Jan. 24, 2021. There is a resort fee of $37.

Cancellation policy: Reservations can be canceled up to 48 hours in advance without penalty

Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale

Hotel Valley Ho is offering a deal similar to Mountain Shadows. Reserve two nights and get the third consecutive night free on stays through Jan. 24, 2021.

If you need more flexible dates, consider buying a gift card. They’ll add in a free $20 hotel gift card for every $100 you purchase in gift cards. The cards can be used for dining, spa treatments and stays at the hotel. If buying online, make sure to put in the notes section whether you want the promotional dollars on a separate gift card or on the same card.

How to book: Book or buy from Nov. 27-30 at

Travel dates: Through Jan. 24, 2021, for the third night free offer.

Fine print: Again, the third night free is only good through Jan. 24, 2021. The resort does not have a resort fee.

Cancellation policy: Reservations can be canceled up to 48 hours in advance without penalty.

Refundable hotel deals in California

The Hollywood Roosevelt will offer 40% off its best available rate which will include breakfast for two and valet parking for one vehicle (Photo: Courtesy Hollywood Roosevelt)

The Hollywood Roosevelt Los Angeles

Established in 1927, The Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles dates back to the golden era of Hollywood. For Black Friday, they’re offering up to 40% off, with rates starting at $179 a night. The rate includes daily breakfast for two and valet parking for one vehicle. All suites are also eligible for 40% off. 

How to book: Book Nov. 26-30 using the promo code CYBERDEAL at the website

Travel dates: Nov. 26, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2021.

Fine print: Offer does not apply to groups. Blackout dates apply.

Cancellation policy: Guests can get a refund if they cancel at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

Through the month of November, Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego is offering 50% off their Best Available Rate, including no resort fee, no parking fee and no cancellation fee . (Photo: Courtesy Rancho Bernardo Inn)

Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego

For Phoenicians looking for a San Diego escape, Rancho Bernardo Inn offers a full-service spa, championship 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and biking trails. Every Friday during the month of November promises Black Friday deals. Book on a Friday during November, and you can get 50% off their best available rate, including no resort fee, no parking fee and no cancellation fee on stays though March 31, 2021. 

How to book: Book on Fridays before Nov. 30 at

Travel dates: Valid for stays through March 31, 2021.

Fine print:  You need to set a calendar alert for Friday because you can only book on that day of the week.

Cancellation policy: Cancellation fees are waived with a minimum of 24 hours notice. 

Refundable hotel deals in Hawaii

The Kaimana Beach Hotel in Waikiki will offer 40% off with rates starting at $239/night on its panoramic ocean front rooms. (Photo: Courtesy Kaimana Beach Hotel)

Kaimana Beach Hotel in Hawaii

The Waikiki resort will offer its Panoramic Ocean Front rooms at 40% off, which means you can snag spectacular views from your private, wraparound balcony at rates starting at $239 a night. 

How to book: Book between Nov. 26 and 30, 2020, using the code BLACKFRIDAY

Travel dates: Dec. 1, 2020, through Nov. 30, 2021.

Fine print: The resort charges a daily resort fee called the Kaimana Club Fee of $22.99. 

Cancelation policy: A one night’s deposit plus taxes with valid credit card guarantee is required. You can cancel 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid penalty of one night’s room and tax. Special cancellation policies may apply for year-end stays.

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Hawaii

Wakiki’s boutique Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, a pet-friendly hotel with a retro vibe, will offer 30% off its rooms starting on Black Friday. 

How to book: Book between Nov. 27 and 30, 2020, using code CYBER2020 directly on the Surfjack website

Fine Print: The offer does not include three bedrooms or penthouses and is blacked out from Dec. 25, 2020, until Jan. 1, 2021. There is a $25 daily resort fee, but it includes $10 dinner credit at the resort restaurant Mahina & Sun’s.

Cancellation policy: Must be canceled at least 72 hours prior to the reservation date to avoid penalty of one room night and tax.

The Hyatt Regency Maui will offer guests 20% off their stay when they book between Nov. 9 and Dec. 6, 2020. World of Hyatt members will receive 22% off bookings made during the same time period. (Photo: Courtesy Hyatt Regency Maui)

Hyatt Regency Maui

The Hyatt Regency Maui, located oceanfront on Ka’anapali Beach, is wrapping up a multimillion-dollar renovation to its 810 guest rooms. The resort is offering 20% off stays through April 4, 2021. For World of Hyatt members, they’re offering 22% off stays.

How to book:  Book from Nov. 9 through Dec. 6, 2020, at

Travel dates: Good on stays through April 4, 2021

Fine Print: The resort charges a daily fee of $36.61

Cancellation policy: Minimum one-night deposit required at booking, which is fully refundable if reservation is cancelled 24 hours prior to arrival.

Refundable hotel deals in Las Vegas

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at night. (Photo: photoquest7/Getty Images)

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas will offer a “Meet Curiosity Halfway promotion,” which is a book one night, get one night free deal. The resort said it’ll show up as a discount of 50% applied to each night of stay on applicable dates. 

How to book: Offer can be booked Nov. 23 through Dec. 1, 2020, at the website

Travel dates: Valid for travel through Feb. 28, 2021.        

Fine print: Blackout dates apply. The daily resort fee increases from $39 to $45 on Jan. 1, 2021.

Cancellation policy:  A representative for the Cosmopolitan said, “As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19, we’ve updated our cancellation policy from 72 hours to 24 hours prior to arrival. Cancellations less than 24 hours before your arrival will result in a forfeit of the initial deposit.

“While our standard cancellation policy remains in effect, if you are traveling from a region impacted by the coronavirus, we will review your cancellation request on a case-by-case basis.”

Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino

The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino will offer a discount depending on how long you decide to stay. You’ll get a discount of 50% off of a five-night stay, 40% off four nights, 30% off of three nights, 20% off two nights, and 10% off of one night. 

How to book: Book between Nov. 16 and 30, 2020 at

When to travel: Good on stays between Nov. 16, 2020, and June 30, 2021  

Fine Print: Excludes May 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2021. There is a resort fee of $33.84 a day after tax, but parking is complementary for hotel guests.

Cancellation policy: The offer is refundable if canceled up to 24 hours in advance. 

Lights illuminate the Venetian Casino October 4, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo: Venetian Casio/Getty Images)

Venetian Las Vegas 

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas is offering a deal, but you’ll need to book by Nov. 25 — before Black Friday! Those booking a two-night stay receive up to 25% off rates plus a $50 food and beverage credit. Those booking three nights receive the discount and a $75 food and beverage credit.  

How to book: Book a two-night minimum stay before Nov. 25, 2020, at

When to travel: Valid for stay dates Nov. 2, 2020,through May 31, 2021.

Fine print: Blackout dates do apply and there is a $45 daily resort fee. 

Cancellation policy: The deal is fully refundable if canceled 72 hours before arrival.

Refundable hotel deals in Mexico

The Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico will offer up to 30% off which includes breakfast, The deal can be booked starting Nov. 23 through Dec. 6th for arrival between December 2020 – December 18 2021 (Photo: Courtesy Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal)

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal 

The posh Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal resort will offer 30% off and the deal includes breakfast and a 20% discount on “Luxplorations.”

How to book: Deals available Nov. 23 through Dec. 6 at

Travel Dates: December 2020 through Dec. 18, 2021.

Fine Print: Blackout dates during MLK Weekend, Presidents’ Day Weekend, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas and a 50% of the total must be pre-paid at time of booking. 

Cancellation Policy: Guests may cancel reservation up to 1 day before arrival to avoid cancellation penalties.

You can connect with Arizona Republic Consumer Travel Reporter Melissa Yeager through email at [email protected] You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram. 

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