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: mountainshadows.com (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.