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The Most Luxe Hotel & Travel Buyout Deals

With people itching to travel but craving added privacy with the travels they are able to book, the travel industry is offering some incredibly luxe options for those who want to splurge on their future trip. It’s more than an extravagant hotel room with impeccable design; instead, it is the true height of luxury with private planes, personal butlers, or exclusive use of a yacht. Here are 10 options that will have you looking forward to when travel resumes.

SkySafari

No long travel days getting from one property to the next for your East African safari. With SkySafari you’ll be driven straight onto the strip to board a private aircraft. Not only that, you will enjoy some of the most luxe properties in Kenya and Tanzania, including the Elewana Sand River Masai Mara on a riverbank or the Elewana Tarangire Treetops where you’ll tower above the Tanzanian wildlife. Rates vary depending on the route and season, but start at $9,900.

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

Private jet, private yacht, private pool—it doesn’t get much more luxurious than that. Guests who book the Ultimate Escapism package at this St. Bart’s gem arrive by private jet from Tradewind Aviation and can nestle right into their oceanfront suite. Days can be spent in the glorious Caribbean waters or lounging in the suite’s plunge pool, and guests also have access to a yacht for a sunset cruise. Book by January 1, 2021.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

You may never want to leave the John Jacob Aster Estate, which is the largest overwater villa in The Maldives. Enjoy signature St. Regis service and more with their Ultra-Luxe package, which includes daily spa treatments, a private cinematic dining experience in the Jungle Cinema, and premier access to the resort’s yacht for memorable sunset cruising. Packages start at $25,000 per night.

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa

Guests who visit this adults-only St. Lucia hideaway will love everything about it—the breathtaking views, the fresh food, and the privacy. The hardest choice guests will make there is whether they’d like to sunbathe by the pool or take a dip in the crystal clear waters. Guests can book the entire 26-room resort with their Carefree All Inclusive package. Pricing starts at $20,299 in summer and $26,053 in the winter.

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Winter spring fare deals, Hawaii, COVID passports + more travel news

In this week’s TravelSkills on SFGATE newsletter…

With airlines desperate for cash, this year’s round of Cyber Monday fare deals, good through Thursday, are definitely worth a look, even if you are uneasy about traveling in the current pandemic-plagued environment. Why? Because deals like this won’t be around once a vaccination rolls out, quarantine restrictions dissolve, travelers release pent up demand and fares increase. Read: Fare deals flourish for winter trips to LA, Hawaii, NYC

Joshua Colby Council, 44, was boarding Delta flight 1362 to San Francisco from SLC at about 11 p.m. when he disregarded the gate agent’s order to put on a mask before he got on the aircraft, police said. Salt Lake County sheriff’s records identify him as a resident of San Francisco. Once he took his seat, other crew members, including the captain as well and a Delta manager, insisted that he wear a mask, which he consistently refused to do “for unknown reasons,” according to the police booking report. Read: San Francisco man arrested for refusing to wear a mask on Delta flight

In this week’s route news roundup, Kauai opts out of Hawaii’s pre-testing program, San Francisco International has a new “touchless” option for its parking garages, and also introduces COVID testing for Cathay Pacific; Hawaiian Airlines adds more mainland testing sites; CDC has new testing guidelines for international travel and warns against trips to Mexico; Delta finds a way around Italy’s mandatory quarantine; Air India will add a new San Francisco route; Alaska Airlines bets on the 737 Max for fleet renewal; JetBlue will still fly to London but not to Heathrow; the Delta/WestJet joint venture is scrapped; American Express reopens its Phoenix Centurion Lounge; and United gets some new gates at Denver International. Read: Routes: Kauai shuts down, New route to India, COVID updates, Mexico warning, more

As more governments turn to mandatory COVID-19 testing for travelers in place of mandatory 14-day quarantines after arrival, the world’s airlines are developing a digital health passport that will collect and standardize coronavirus-related passenger data for border crossings and could jump-start international travel once it is widely used. Eventually, the current proof of negative test results prior to travel could be supplanted by proof of vaccination. Read: Airlines’ new ‘health passport’ could revive international travel

Last week, on-airport COVID-19 facilities at both Oakland and San Francisco International Airports were sold out. There were no advance reservation slots until later in December nor was walk-up, day-of-travel testing available for the busiest week for air travel since the pandemic began in March. If you are planning on using the on-airport testing options, be sure to plan ahead and not rely on getting a walk-in appointment. Read: COVID-19 testing at SFO, Oakland airport is sold out


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Cyber Monday travel deals to cure next year’s wanderlust

One of the best weeks for finding steep discounts and brand loyalty incentives is upon us, and this shopping season may be especially appealing for Seattle travelers.

Though travel is different this year as the pandemic has a hold on our collective lives, daydreaming and planning for better days ahead has avid travelers seeking out the best deals for the new year.

When Cyber Monday arrives this year, don’t get caught in a last-minute panic searching for deals. Scroll down to see some of the best discounted travel packages and deals. Then bookmark your favorites and boost your spirits with these great deals for future travels.

Costa Rica: Tierra Magnifica Luxury Resort


Newly-expanded Tierra Magnifica in Nosara, Costa Rica, is offering an appealing Cyber Monday deal with 25% savings in addition to resort perks. The adults-only boutique property is ideal for surf getaways and romantic retreats equally with a relaxing vibe and panoramic ocean views. Follow nature trails or soul search on a meditation deck, then dip down to the beach for a refreshing splash.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, book direct to receive half-price spa treatments during a discounted stay, available with booking code CYBER2020. This deal applies for travel dates between January 3 through the end of April 2021.

Jackson Hole, WY: Snow King Mountain

Ready to hit the slopes? Get ready to save on a fun family getaway to Snow King Resort, home to world-class downhill skiing, snowmobiling and more outdoor adventure. The deal runs exclusively between November 23-30 this year, offering up to 40% off lodging.

In addition to its location at the base of Snow King Mountain, Snow King Resort is in close proximity to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, making this an outdoor adventurists dream destination. Travel dates for this Cyber Monday deal are valid mid-December through the end of May 2021. If visiting this winter, guests will see the resort light up for the holiday season with a variety of family events taking place like scenic sleigh rides and Santa sightings.

Puerto Vallarta: Casa Kimberly Hotel

Travelers are already returning to Mexico, so visitors should already know what to expect as Puerto Vallarta reopens to guests. This sale season, take advantage of a rare deal to stay at Casa Kimberly, famously known as Elizabeth Taylor’s abode when courting Richard Burton. This former home has blossomed into a boutique hotel in the heart of romantic downtown Puerto Vallarta. Luxury suites, a pool, in-demand restaurant and soothing spa attract guests from around the world.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Casa Kimberly is offering a 50% discount on suite bookings for stays between December 2020 through the end of May 2021. Use offer code CYBERCK to reserve at this incredible rate.

Saint Lucia: Traveler’s Choice

Why book one great deal when so many great options are available for a decadent Saint Lucia getaway? The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is calling upon visitors to explore and soak in the sunshine with not one,

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Cyber Monday travel deals to cure next year’s wanderlust

One of the best weeks for finding steep discounts and brand loyalty incentives is upon us, and this shopping season may be especially appealing for Seattle travelers.

Though travel is different this year as the pandemic has a hold on our collective lives, daydreaming and planning for better days ahead has avid travelers seeking out the best deals for the new year.

When Cyber Monday arrives this year, don’t get caught in a last-minute panic searching for deals. Scroll down to see some of the best discounted travel packages and deals. Then bookmark your favorites and boost your spirits with these great deals for future travels.

Costa Rica: Tierra Magnifica Luxury Resort

Newly-expanded Tierra Magnifica in Nosara, Costa Rica, is offering an appealing Cyber Monday deal with 25% savings in addition to resort perks. The adults-only boutique property is ideal for surf getaways and romantic retreats equally with a relaxing vibe and panoramic ocean views. Follow nature trails or soul search on a meditation deck, then dip down to the beach for a refreshing splash.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, book direct to receive half-price spa treatments during a discounted stay, available with booking code CYBER2020. This deal applies for travel dates between January 3 through the end of April 2021.

Jackson Hole, WY: Snow King Mountain

Ready to hit the slopes? Get ready to save on a fun family getaway to Snow King Resort, home to world-class downhill skiing, snowmobiling and more outdoor adventure. The deal runs exclusively between November 23-30 this year, offering up to 40% off lodging.

In addition to its location at the base of Snow King Mountain, Snow King Resort is in close proximity to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, making this an outdoor adventurists dream destination. Travel dates for this Cyber Monday deal are valid mid-December through the end of May 2021. If visiting this winter, guests will see the resort light up for the holiday season with a variety of family events taking place like scenic sleigh rides and Santa sightings.

Puerto Vallarta: Casa Kimberly Hotel

Travelers are already returning to Mexico, so visitors should already know what to expect as Puerto Vallarta reopens to guests. This sale season, take advantage of a rare deal to stay at Casa Kimberly, famously known as Elizabeth Taylor’s abode when courting Richard Burton. This former home has blossomed into a boutique hotel in the heart of romantic downtown Puerto Vallarta. Luxury suites, a pool, in-demand restaurant and soothing spa attract guests from around the world.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Casa Kimberly is offering a 50% discount on suite bookings for stays between December 2020 through the end of May 2021. Use offer code CYBERCK to reserve at this incredible rate.

Saint Lucia: Traveler’s Choice

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10 Of The Best ‘Buy Now, Travel Later’ Deals

Planning future travel, whether that’s in a few weeks or a few months, is part of the enjoyment for many people. The excitement and anticipation of an upcoming trip can be motivating at work or for kids in school. Travel companies have been working especially hard to encourage travel planning, which also helps to support industry jobs in the process.

Robots, road trips, and hygiene and wellness managers will continue to be part of travel in 2021 as hotels and airlines work hard to reassure travelers that the experience is safe.

To encourage future travel, these companies are providing flexible travel policies and extra incentive to pay for travel now regardless of when you actually take the trip. The anticipation and excitement of a future trip may be the ideal gift for the holidays this year.

The Leading Hotels of the World Stay It Forward certificates

Stay It Forward certificates pack in extra value at a time when hotels, and their employees, may need it most. Hotels are donating 100 percent of the funds from these prepaid certificates to employees facing financial hardships or charities in their communities.

Valid through 2022, the $1,500 certificates include a two-night stay at double occupancy, special onsite experience (like wine blending in Argentina or behind-the-scenes tours of the kitchen at The Ritz London), a year-long membership in the Leaders Club program (normally $175 per year), and 1,500 Leaders Club points (a free night starts at 3,000 points). Participating hotels include Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, Croatia; Paradisus Los Cabos, Mexico; and The Vines Resort & Spa in Mendoza, Argentina.

Six Senses Plan Now, Play Later certificates

Available for purchase between now and Dec. 20, these prepaid certificates come with an additional 20 percent credit that can be used on-property for activities, food and beverage, or spa. Six Senses’ Plan Now, Play Later certificates are valid for three years from the date of purchase at participating resorts around the world. Travelers can choose the amount they want to purchase, starting at $1,000, and the specific property where they plan to use it. Six Senses guests are eligible to earn points in the IHG Rewards Club program, too, adding even more value to these certificates.

Montage Hotels & Resorts Spirit of Now offer

The Montage Hotels & Resorts group is offering a Spirit of Now package that includes a $100 resort credit for each night reserved (as much as $300 for certain suite and residence reservations) in advance and a complimentary upgrade, based upon availability, at check-in. For those that

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The best Cyber Monday deals on binoculars for travel, skywatching and nature

There’s nothing quite like getting up close to Earth’s incredible wildlife and this Cyber Monday we’ve scanned the retailers to help you find the very best deal on your next (or first!) binocular — whether you’re wanting to observe birds up close or scour the surface of the moon, you can get a great discount today.



Celestron Nature DX 8x42 Binocular


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Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binocular

With unbeatable offers on Celestron’s Outland X 10×50 and Celestron’s range of SkyMaster Binocular — both of which offer a mix of stunning terrestrial views — we’ve rounded up the very best pieces of kit that exude performance and high quality. And for a fraction of the cost.

Some binoculars in our Cyber Monday deals come with accessories, including lens caps and a handy carry case to ensure that the optics are always protected during tours of land and sky. What’s more, all binoculars are robust and can withstand bumps and knocks, making them the perfect choice for young observers and the most adventurous members of the family.

The all-arounder Celestron Nature DX 8×42 binocular is our editor’s choice and comes at 19% off at Amazon. With their lightweight design, you can switch from observing the local wildlife to the surface of the moon within moments: thanks to a combination of coated lenses, BaK-4 prisms and nitrogen purging, views are spectacularly clear for unbelievable observations.





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Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binocular: $146.95 $119.00 at Amazon

Get an impressive 19% off the Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binocular at Amazon. These binoculars are great for terrestrial views but are also excellent for scanning craters of the moon and catching the International Space Station.View Deal

More great Cyber Monday deals on binoculars from top brands Celestron and Nikon





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Celestron Cometron 7×50 Binocular: $34.95 $32.79 at Amazon

Lightweight, yet extremely durable, the Celestron Cometron 7×50 Binocular is now 6% off at Amazon. Ideal for casual skywatching as well as terrestrial views, observers can enjoy bright, wide-field sights of their chosen target. Comes with carry case.

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Nikon 8×42 Prostaff 3S Binocular: $126.95 $96.95 at Adorama 

With their wide field of view, long eye relief, coated optics and lightweight, compact design, Nikon’s Prostaff 3S is a must-have for terrestrial views. Robust enough to take on your outdoor adventures, you can get up close to nature with the 8x magnification.View Deal



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Celestron Outland X 10×50 Binocular: $125.95 $108.54 at Amazon

The Celestron Outland X 10×50 Binocular feature excellent multicoated optics, nitrogen purging for clear terrestrial and astronomical views. Twist-up eyecups and a lightweight design offer comfortable views for long observing sessions. View Deal





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Celestron Outland X 10×42 Binocular: $87.95 $76.68 at Amazon

You can now get 13% off the Outland X 10×42 Binocular at Amazon. Twist-up eyecups allow for quick eye relief adjustment for a comfortable observing experience, while multicoated optics offer excellent contrast and clarity.

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Save on future vacations with these Cyber Week deals

Atlantis Paradise is offering great Black Friday savings on future vacations. (Photo: Atlantis Paradise Island)

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It goes without saying that traveling to fun, exotic spots or taking a glorious vacation is unlikely in the short term. Per regulations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nonessential travel is largely discouraged due to the COVID-19 pandemic—yet, after a tiring and stressful year, we understand why you may be eager to start planning something to look forward to in the future, once the curve settles. Enter: The tons of travel deals currently being offered for Black Friday 2020.

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This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’ve done the research to help folks with a taste for travel save big on future getaways and remain optimistic for the coming brighter days ahead. With these travel deals, you’ll majorly save on tons of trips, ranging from gorgeous resorts in the Bahamas to handy discounts you can use on Amtrak trains. Many promotions allow you to book far in advance, while others are maintaining a close relationship with state or country officials to enforce the safety of everyone involved (there are even steps you can take to stay safe on your own). We’ve even read through all of the fine print to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible, with the ability to cancel or change your reservation need be. 

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Without further ado, keep scrolling to peruse the some of the best travel deals available this Black Friday 2020.

Amtrak

Travel via train for less. (Photo: Curtis Tate)

Regardless of whether you’re traveling near or far, Amtrak is a great, scenic mode of transportation. This Black Friday, those looking to board one of the company’s 300 trains can shop the Amtrak Track Friday Sale, which is offering discounts of up to 50% on select nationwide travel. Folks in New York can catch a coach ride to Washington, D.C. from $35, while trains from Los Angeles to Chicago are currently priced from as low as $92. While this sale runs from Friday, November 27 through Monday, November 30, this discount can be applied on tickets booked for travel from Tuesday, December 8 until Friday, April 30. Additionally, Amtrak is keeping on top of COVID-19 restrictions: All travelers are required to wear a facial covering and enforcing social distancing on-board, while employees are following industry standards by cleaning and sanitizing trains as often as possible. 

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Booking.com

The Las Vegas Strip is a popular destination for Booking.com customers. (Photo: vichie81/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

When it comes to travel accommodations, Booking.com is a top spot to do your research, find flights, book a rental car or even

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The best Black Friday deals on binoculars for travel, skywatching and nature

There’s nothing quite like getting up close to Earth’s incredible wildlife and this Black Friday we’ve scanned retailers to help you find the very best deal on your next binocular — whether you’re wanting to observe birds up close, scour the surface of the moon (or a bit of both!), you can get a great discount today.



Celestron Nature DX 8x42 Binocular


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Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binocular

With unbeatable offers on Celestron’s Outland X 10×50 and Celestron’s range of SkyMaster Binocular — both of which offer a mix of stunning terrestrial views — we’ve rounded up the very best pieces of kit that exude performance and high quality. And for a fraction of the cost.

Some binoculars in our Black Friday deals come with accessories, including lens caps and a handy carry case to ensure that the optics are always protected during tours of land and sky. What’s more, all binoculars are robust and can withstand bumps and knocks, making them the perfect choice for young observers and the most adventurous members of the family.

The all-arounder Celestron Nature DX 8×42 binocular is our editor’s choice and comes at an unbelievable 46% off at Amazon. With their lightweight design, you can switch from observing the local wildlife to the surface of the moon within moments: thanks to a combination of coated lenses, BaK-4 prisms and nitrogen purging, views are spectacularly clear for unbelievable observations.

More great Black Friday deals on binoculars from top brand Celestron



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Celestron SkyMaster Pro 20×80 Binocular: $259.95 $179.00 at Amazon

With its fantastic optics, which includes fully multicoated optics and BaK-4 prisms, the SkyMaster Pro 20×80 allow the skywatcher to observe at great distances, picking out those faint fuzzies and achieving high-definition views of the moon and planets. View Deal



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Celestron SkyMaster 25×70 Binocular: $103.95 $69.00 at Amazon

The Celestron SkyMaster 25×70 Binocular comes with a carry case to protect its superb multicoated optics. The 25x magnification and large 2.76-inch (70 mm) objective lens allow the observer to get close to everything from wildlife to bright galaxies. View Deal

Be sure to check out Live Science’s best binoculars for kids 2020 as well as Space.com’s best binoculars 2020.  

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Even if you can’t travel yet, there are still Black Friday deals

Most travel adventures have been put on hold since the Covid-19 pandemic took hold — but studies show that thinking about and planning trips makes people happier. That happiness may get a boost from the travel deals offered during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Travel Tuesday this season.





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This year, “many hotel chains and airlines put consumer benefits at the forefront with the introduction of flexible cancellation policies, extra rewards, and deeper discounts,” said Ben Harrell, chief marketing officer at Priceline.Flexible cancellation policies mean you can take advantage of savings now, for future travel.”

Many companies are kicking off their sales early and widening the purchase window. Others are loosening restrictions on how and when deals can be used.

Experts still recommend joining frequent flier programs and signing up for email alerts for brands and destinations you are interested in. Many deals are offered to club members early and often include a bonus member discount.

“If you land a great deal, it’s not a bad idea to arm yourself with a backup plan in case anything unexpected happens after your trip has begun,” said Kelly Soderlund, travel trends expert at TripIt. She recommends signing up for alerts to keep you informed about local travel restrictions and health and safety guidelines.

If you are unsure about choosing a destination right now, Soderlund recommended “looking instead for deals on travel gift cards that can be used on future bookings.”

Deals available as of Black Friday include Amtrak rolling out its “Track Friday Sale.” Past offers have included 30 percent off nationwide train travel well into the new year.

Many cruise lines, which have been hard hit by season-long cancellations, will be offering deals as well. MSC Cruises has a variety of discounts for sail dates through November next year.

Holiday sales are usually more important for retailers than for airlines, but “with tons of empty holiday flights remaining, we may see airlines trying to juice more of those sales this year during Black Friday and Cyber Monday,” said Scott Keyes, founder and chief flight expert for Scott’s Cheap Flights.

In fact, Dollar Flight Club said it expects Black Friday and Cyber Monday fare sale activity to be 12 times what it was in 2019.

“Jet-fuel prices are almost half the price compared to last year and airlines need to sell seats to scrape together revenue,” company founder Jesse Neugarten told NBC News. Travelers should expect summer 2021 deals to Europe “in the $200s to $300s round trip” and deals to Central America for under $250 round trip, Neugarten said.

Closer to home, Orlando has a website dedicated to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals at theme parks, attractions, resorts, and shopping. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has a long list of deals available to book now.

Legoland New York Resort, set to open in New York’s Hudson Valley in 2021, will have a Black Friday deal until Dec. 1, offering 60 percent off an unlimited admission

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Black Friday 2020 Travel Sales, Deals on Expedia, Booking.com and More

Black Friday deals are an opportunity to save some money on a vacation, with travel agents, airlines, and hotel groups offering discounts. Use the shopping holiday to save on your future travel plans, both within the U.S. and abroad.



a plane flying in the air: An aircraft flies through London skies leaving a vapour trail on February 2, 2007, in London, England. Travel companies are offering deals and discounts this Black Friday.


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An aircraft flies through London skies leaving a vapour trail on February 2, 2007, in London, England. Travel companies are offering deals and discounts this Black Friday.

Although heading on vacation might not be a possibility anytime soon, due to restrictions amid the pandemic, plenty of deals listed below offer deals that can apply to trips taken in 2021, when traveling will hopefully be a lot easier and safer.

If you plan to travel in the near future, make sure you understand the policies around traveling both in your area and in the country or area you intend to travel to. You may need to present a negative COVID-19 test and will need to follow health and safety guidelines when traveling.

Black Friday Travel Deals 2020

  • Expedia
  • Booking.com
  • EF Ultimate Break
  • Priceline
  • Go Ahead

Expedia Deals

Expedia’s Black Friday travel sale involves up to 50 percent off select stays, plus an additional 12 percent discount on select hotels and activities with an Expedia app-only coupon with the code GOAPP12, valid for travel until September 12, 2021, and with a maximum saving of $200.

Booking.com Deals

Deals at Booking.com include 30 percent or more off stays until December 31 and 15 percent off stays between now and January 4. Deals include stays in the U.S., so this deal could be a great option if you’re planning a staycation.

EF Ultimate Break Deals

EF Ultimate Break has numerous deals for both domestic and international trips for anyone aged 18-29. There is a $500 discount on a U.S. National Parks trip, featuring six cities over 11 days from

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