When you’re looking at traveling long-term, you’ll do anything to save a few bucks. So, naturally, I’ve been scoping out my favorite sites all week for great deals on travel and travel gear.
I found that plenty of fantastic booking sites have great deals going on this week. I also found that I could save even more money using Ebates, since they’re offering double cash back for some of my favorites brands. Big money, in some cases.
Ebates is a service which awards you with cash back when you make online purchases through its online shopping portal. For every purchase you make through their portal, you get a specified amount of cash back. The percentage fluctuates throughout the year, and many are DOUBLED right now for Black Friday. This allows you to earn a ton of cash back on purchases that, as a traveler, you’re probably making anyway.
When I first heard of Ebates, I thought it sounded like a scam…it seemed way too good to be true. However, I’ve earned nearly $500 in cash back from Ebates in the last four years, and I’m never going back. If you’d like to check out Ebates, you can sign up here.*
Check out the awesome Black Friday deals below for travel discounts. All deals are valid as of Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, however some end sooner than others, so check each individual deal for details.
Booking.com is offering double cash back at Ebates, (4% instead of the usual 2%), which can translate into some decent cash when you’re booking hotels.
Cheap-O-Air is offering up to $50 off their fees with code BFRIDAY. They’re also offering double cash back through Ebates.
Choice Hotels (parent brand of Quality Inn, Comfort Inn, Clarion & Econolodge chains) is offering double cash back from Ebates (7% instead of the usual 3.5%) on direct bookings made through their site.
Contiki is hosting Friendsgiving! Save 10% on these 10 trips by using promo code FRIENDSGIVING. Book by 11/29/15. Destinations in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.
eBags is a traveler’s mecca. They’re offering 20% Off + New Deals Every Day. Use Code: BLACKFRIDAY. I recommend checking out the eBags brand of luggage if you’re in the market for a new bag, as the quality is fantastic. I just ordered a full luggage set from them, so look for a full review soon! Did I mention they’re also offering 15% cash back from Ebates? WINNING.
Emirates is offering special companion fares for Black Friday. Roundtrip fares for two to select destinations (including Milan, Dubai and Bangkok) start at $1,099.
Hotels.com is hosting a sale with up to 50% off select hotels. They’re also offering their regular rate of 4% cash back on Ebates.
Intrepid offers small-group tours all over the world. They’re currently offering 10% off new trips and 20% off Africa trips. Plus, on Cyber Monday they will offer 20% off ALL trips. Great deals for someone looking to book a tour! Heads up that they also offer 1% cash back through Ebates, which can be quite a bit of cash if you’re booking a full tour.
If you’re a Marriott Rewards member, you can take advantage of their Cyber Monday sale (which is live today), featuring up to 30% off 2,000+ Marriott hotels. They’re also offering hotel credits for bookings made by Dec. 30. Hotel credits are good for things like food, alcohol, golf & spa treatments. Book direct and get a $20 daily hotel credit for weekends at Courtyard Marriott hotels, a $25 daily credit for weekends at non-resort hotels and a $50 credit seven days a week at resorts. You can also get double cash back on direct bookings through Ebates (5% instead of the usual 2.5%).
Some would say that this one isn’t a deal specifically for travelers, which is true. However, I love grabbing travel clothes at Old Navy. They’re usually super cheap, they coordinate easily, and fit well. They also stand up pretty well to the rigors of travel. They’re offering some fantastic deals on basics like tanks and tees right now, plus they’re offering double cash back (10%) through Ebates.
Rosetta Stone is offering single language programs for $199. To be fair, this offer comes up VERY frequently, but when you combine it with the Black Friday Ebates bonus, you also get 12% cash back, making the total cost only $175 USD. Rosetta Stone is a fantastic gift for a traveler or loved one of a traveler.
Singapore Airlines is offering a few good economy class deals for Black Friday, including Houston>Moscow from $499 and LA>Tokyo from $599.
Travelocity is offering 40% or more off of select hotels, PLUS coupon codes for even more off. Enter code FRIDAYFRENZY100 for $100 off your $400+ hotel booking, or FRIDAYFRENZY150 for $150 off your $1500+ flight & hotel booking. Travelocity is also offering double cash back at Ebates.
These are just a few of the MANY deals out there for travelers today. What’s the best deal you’ve snagged this holiday season? Let me know in the comments below!
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