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TORONTO — The momentum has been building all week and now even more companies have come onboard with Black Friday deals.
Here’s an alphabetical roundup of the top offers so far, including several incentives for agents…
AIR CANADA & ACV
Air Canada’s Black Friday sale offers deals on 200+ destinations. The special fares are available until Dec. 1. Meanwhile ACV is offering up to 60% off all of its destinations, for bookings through Dec. 1. Sale priced Europe package include ‘Taste of Ireland’ from $1,449 per person out of Toronto for departure in April 2020.
Air Italy’s Black Friday seat sale takes up to 25% off. Until Dec. 2, 2019 the airline is offering discounts worth up to 25% off all flights operated from Canada and the U.S. to Italy from Dec. 5, 2019 through Oct. 24, 2020. Air Italy’s Toronto-Milan route, launched this year, is back for 2020. See airitaly.com.
Airnets International is offering agents a $10 Starbucks gift card with each net fare booking made online, today only, Friday, Nov. 29. Airnets says it wants to thank agents for their loyalty. The company already has a $5 Starbucks gift card promotion for agents, to celebrate the holiday season for bookings Nov. 4 – Dec. 15. See airnetsintl.com.
BAHIA PRINCIPE HOTELS & RESORTS
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts’ Black Friday deals is good for stays booked Nov. 25 – Dec. 1, for travel through Oct. 31, 2020. Plus, agents who belong to the Bahia Principe Rewards program will get 2X points on all bookings. Agents can join the program at bahia-principe.com/b2b.
CHELSEA HOTEL, TORONTO
The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto’s four-day Cyber Sale at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto takes 25% off the hotel’s best available rate of the day. The booking window is Nov. 29, to Dec. 2 and room rates must be fully prepaid and are non-refundable. Other terms and conditions apply. The hotel’s Show Your Key and Save program includes, among other attractions, Glow Toronto, the city’s new indoor Christmas market, and the Toronto Zoo, which is hosting the 1.5 km light show ‘Lumina Night Walk’ this winter. The Chelsea’s Wonderful Weekends in Toronto rates start from $149/night. More savings are available with the Santa Sale (Dec. 3 – 26), ‘Pay Now and Save’ and more. Note for family clients: Santa will be in the hotel lobby for meet and greets with hotel guests from Friday to Sunday every week, Dec. 6 – 22, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sundays. See chelseatoronto.com or call 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732).
CIE Tours’ biggest sale of the year, its Black Friday sale, offers 15% off select European tours. The savings are worth up to Cdn$2,846 per couple. Over half of the company’s tours are on sale, including the seven-day Ireland South Daytripper, a 23-day Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland, and the seven-day Taste of Italy. The booking window runs through Dec. 3. See cietours.com.
From now until Dec. 3, Club Med guests can take advantage of a buy one night, get one night free deal for select premium Club Med destinations. The savings apply to travel dates Nov. 27, 2019 – June 20, 2020, with some blackout dates. Michès Playa Esmeralda, Columbus Isle, Punta Cana, Cancun Yucatan, Ixtapa Pacific, Sandpiper Bay and Turkoise are all taking part.
Agents can help their clients save up to 20% on nearly all Collette tours. Bookings must be made Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2019 for departures Jan. 1 – April 30, 2020. Payment for booking must be made in full by Dec. 31, 2019. “We want guests to have the chance to experience our exciting tours, including some of our newest products for 2020,” says Collette President Jaclyn-Leibl Cote. Clients can save 20% on Australia & New Zealand, 15% on Europe, including Oberammergau Passion Play, Africa, Asia, South America, Central America, and 10% on USA and Canada. The offer is not valid on Antarctica, British Landscapes, Alaska Discovery, Colors of New England, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Maritimes Coastal Wonders, or Croatia & Its Islands. The offer is also not valid on group or existing bookings, or combinable with any other offer, excluding member benefits. Other restrictions may apply. Agents are advised to use offer code BLACKFR19.
Contiki’s Cyber Weekend offers savings of up to 30% off a selection of its top trips around the world. The offer runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.
Emerald Waterways is offering a two-week Black Friday sale on 2020 European sailings and 2020-2021 Southeast Asia sailings. Travellers who book a select 2020 European river cruise or a 2020-2021 Southeast Asia river cruise Nov. 18 – Dec. 2 will receive free roundtrip airfare. Full details and a list of applicable itineraries are available at emeraldwaterways.ca/blackfriday.
G Adventures has launched its Cyber Sale for the week leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And just in case anyone thinks ‘cyber’ automatically means B2C, G Adventures notes that it gets a healthy amount of Cyber Sale bookings from its travel agent partners. The savings are worth up to 35% off thousands of trips departing Dec. 3, 2019 – April 30, 2020. The sale began at 12:01 a.m. EST Nov. 26 and runs until 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 5. During the sale some 600 itineraries across six continents will be marked down. Of those, more than 400 trips will offer a 30 to 35% discount. Departures and options are subject to availability. Destinations with the deepest discount of 35% off will be the Galapagos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Peru, Australia and New Zealand.
Globus’ Black Friday Flash Sale takes $200 off per couple for any 2020 Globus European vacation. The booking window runs through Dec. 4, 2019 for travel Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020. Other Globus family of brands companies including Cosmos and Avalon Waterways also have Black Friday deals.
GRAND PALLADIUM HOTELS & RESORTS AND TRS HOTELS
Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts and adults-only TRS Hotels are helping agents and their clients get a jump on Black Friday savings. The booking window for this year’s promotion kicked off early and clients can save up to 65%. Bookings must be made by Dec. 23, 2019 to qualify for the Black Friday savings. Discounts vary by date, hotel and travel window, and in some cases there may be a minimum length of stay. Blackout dates and other conditions apply.
Intrepid Travel’s Cyber Sale takes 20% off all 2020 departures booked Nov. 25 – Dec. 5, 2019. Terms and conditions apply, and the discount is automatically applied to applicable trips. Sample itineraries include popular tours such as the Armenia & Georgia Real Food Adventure, Galapagos Family Holiday, Indonesian Island Cruise, Cycle Japan, Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains and more. More details are at intrepidtravel.com/cyber-sale. Meanwhile Intrepid’s sister brand, Peregrine Adventures, is offering 15% off 2020 departures booked Nov. 25 – Dec. 5, 2019. See peregrineadventures.com/cyber-sale.
Latin America specialist Martour International is offering agents $10 gift cards for all bookings today, Friday, Nov. 29. Gift card companies include Tim Hortons, Petro-Canada, Walmart and Amazon. See martour.com.
Palace Resorts is offering up to 50% off rack rates for Black Friday/ Cyber Monday. Plus, kids and teens stay free. All stays (3+ nights) include up to $1,500 in resort credit. Guests also receive complimentary transfers to and from the airport. The booking windows are Nov. 28 – Dec. 2 for Black Friday and Dec. 2 – 4 for Cyber Monday.
SERENITY AT COCONUT BAY
Travel agents can earn up to a US$1,000 booking bonus for Black Friday/Cyber Monday bookings to couples-only all-inclusive Serenity at Coconut Bay in Saint Lucia. This bonus applies to five-night minimum stay bookings made now through Dec. 6, 2019 for travel Dec. 14, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020. Agents earn per-night bonuses as follows (received after completion of travel): Plunge Pool Suite: $15 per night for travel Dec. 14 to 25, 2019, $60 per night for travel Dec. 26, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020; Premium Plunge Pool Suite: $20 per night for travel Dec. 14 – 25, 2019, $80 per night for travel Dec 26, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020; and Grande Plunge Pool Suite: $25 per night for travel Dec. 14 – 25, 2019, $100 per night for travel Dec. 26, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020. Travel agents can book through their favourite tour operator or direct with the resort and must register their bookings at SerenityResortRewards.com. For more details call 1-877-252-0304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunwing was one of the first to kick off its sale and now the tour operator has expanded its massive Orange Friday Sale with even more savings. Starting today, Friday, Nov. 29, clients can save up to 40% on select top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. There are also special offers on cruise packages. And families and groups of 10 adults or more can get extra perks including Instant Group Savings of $400 per couple (booked by Dec. 4, 2019 for travel May 1 – 31, 2020). The Orange Friday Sale ends at midnight on Dec. 1.
Trafalgar is offering savings worth up to 20% off select 2020 worldwide departures to destinations including Europe and Britain, North America, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Trafalgar’s 2020 Black Friday/Cyber Monday offer runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.
Transat is taking up to 50% off winter sun packages with its Black Friday sale. Deals are also available on packages to the U.S. and Europe as well as cruise packages. Air Transat is also offering Black Friday deals, for travel through the end of 2020. Booking deadline is Dec. 2.
WestJet’s Black Friday sale ends Dec. 1. The travel window runs through June 24, 2020. Sale fares are available to the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, and Europe, as well as within Canada, with some blackout dates.