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TORONTO — A steady stream of Black Friday deals is pouring in ahead of the weekend, with a wide array of suppliers launching discounts and incentives to kickstart travel bookings for 2021.
Travelweek is rounding up the latest offers every day leading up to the weekend.
Today, the roundup of deals includes those from Insight Vacations, Contiki, Brendan Vacations, Marriott, Club Med and Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.
We’re also adding in some Black Friday deals that already launched, including Sunwing’s Orange Friday promotion, and deals from Air Canada and ACV.
From Nov. 23-Dec. 3, 2020, clients can save 15% on all European Country Roads and Easy Pace journeys departing between April to November 2021. Sample itineraries include ‘Country Roads of Ireland’, ‘Country Roads of Italy’, ‘Easy Pace Spain’ and ‘Dalmatian Elegance.’ Trip include a Well-being Director who is up-to-date on all the latest health authority and local government guidelines, an expertly-trained Travel Director and a driver.
Starting Nov. 24 and running to Dec. 3, Contiki’s Black Friday offer allows millennial and Gen Z Canadian clients to save up to 30% off site-wide trips departing from April 1, 2020 until Oct. 31, 2022. Sample itineraries include ‘Cape, Safari and Falls’ that includes a full-day game drive in Kruger National Park, the five-day ‘Ski Banff’ adventure, the 13-day ‘Greek Island Hopping’ and the eight-day ‘Croatia Sail with Cycling and Yoga’ journey. Also, with Contiki’s no-risk $99 deposit and fully flexible bookings, clients can book with ease and confidence.
An expert in Ireland and Scotland, Brendan Vacations is offering a Black Friday sale that runs from Nov. 16 to Dec. 17, 2020. During this period, Canadian clients can secure a free night stay in a castle or manor on any Ireland and Scotland trip, plus $300 off flights per couple.
Brendan Vacations offers four fully customizable travel styles: self-drive, locally hosted rail, luxe self-drive and private chauffeur. Top accommodations include the four-star castle hotel Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate in Scotland, and Abbeyglen Castle, which overlooks the alpine-like village of Clifden Connemara in Ireland.
Sunwing’s popular Orange Friday Sale kicked off Nov. 20, giving vacation-seekers an opportunity to get a jumpstart on the Black Friday rush. Clients can save up to 50% off vacation packages to top sun spots including Cancun, Punta Cana and Varadero. “As winter approaches, Canadians are excited to return to travel safely and responsibly, and we’re helping them get a head start on saving by launching our Orange Friday Sale early,” said Samantha Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer at Sunwing Travel Group. “We were able to secure incredible savings on some of the most popular vacation packages to paradise, so travellers can book the getaway of their dreams, or gift an all inclusive vacation to a loved one for the holidays, at an affordable price under our wing,” says Taylor. As part of the company’s Safe with Sunwing commitment, packages booked during the sale for departures between Oct. 16, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021, include COVID-19 coverage at no additional cost. Plus, with Sunwing’s flexible booking options, clients can change or cancel their plans anytime with ease, choose from flexible payment options including monthly payment plans and receive up to $800 cash back per couple with complimentary Price Drop Cash Back included with their booking.
Marriott’s biggest sale ever includes two exclusive offers:
From now until Nov. 29, travellers can enjoy savings of 55% off on Superior rooms and 60% on Deluxe rooms and Suites when booking the following premium Club Med resorts: Michès Playa Esmeralda, Punta Cana, Cancun Yucatan, Sandpiper Bay, Turkoise, Caravelle, and Buccaneer’s Creek. The sale applies to travel dates between Nov. 23, 2020 and July 2, 2021, with blackout dates applicable.
Plus, with Club Med’s Enhanced Flexibility Policy, clients who book a stay by Dec. 31, 2020 and have their travel plans changed, can cancel their stay up to 15 days prior to departure and get a full refund for their air-inclusive package. This applies to stays on and prior to July 2, 2021.
AIR CANADA VACATIONS
Until Nov. 26, Air Canada Vacations’ customers can book their next trip and take advantage of savings of up to 40% off on vacation packages to all destinations, including Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada and more, for travel in December and January. In addition, ACV has an exclusive offer for trade partners. Travel agents will receive 2% bonus commission for every Canadian ski vacation package booked until Dec. 6, 2020. When booking a vacation package to select sun destinations, travellers will also benefit from the COVID-19 Coverage & Assistance Plan administered by Allianz Global Assistance at no additional cost.
Aeroplan Members can earn big with Air Canada and its various partners during the ‘Black Friday Spectacular’ event, which runs from Nov. 19-29.
With the sale, members can enjoy the following:
In Canada, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts’ Black Friday deal has a booking window from Nov. 19-Dec. 3, for travel until Oct. 31, 2021. Guests can enjoy up to 60% in discounts, plus the first child is free at select hotels.
For the first time and as a bonus to the Black Friday deal, Bahia Principe is also offering guests the chance to earn resort credits through its newly launched Trip Enhancer. Those who book a four-night stay earn up to US$1,200 in resort credits, or $1,630 for a seven-night stay. These credits can be used for a variety of services and amenities such as spa treatments, shopping ,room upgrades, food and beverage, golf, professional photos and more. Additionally, guests can make their reservations with peace of mind as there are no fees for reservation changes or cancellations.