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It's the home stretch in the race towards Thanksgiving. But shoppers have their eye on the prize of Black Friday. Travelers should too. Airlines, hotels and purveyors of all sorts of travel gear will provide deep discounts on what is surely the most explosive shopping day of the year. Satisfying your accessible travel wanderlust won't get cheaper than it will with this week's deals, so I encourage you to take advantage!
Some Black Friday sales are underway, and many will extend through Cyber Monday on November 27th. I've put together this guide to the best Black Friday travel deals already underway, as well as a few to look out for as the weekend progresses. Save on your next accessible vacation with these Black Friday travel deals!
Note: This guide will be continuously updated as new specials become available. If your preferred hotel brand isn't listed, that is likely because their Black Friday offers have not yet been released. Bookmark this page and check back for updates closer to the Big Day. But don't pass on the deals that are already live as supplies may be limited!
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Hotel Deals
Historically, hotel brands are some of the most aggressive discounters over the Black Friday weekend. Check out these massive discounts on hotel rooms from of the industry's biggest players.
IHG owns popular brands like Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and the luxurious InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. They're currently running the YOUR WORLD SALE with savings of 15% to 30% off hotels in the United States and abroad.
"Your World Sale" - hmm, I wonder if they took inspiration from my "Open Your World" motto? 😉 There are some great deals to be had, so check it out and Open Your World for a discount by CLICKING HERE.
I'm often asked which hotel chain is best. Having stayed in hundreds of hotels as a wheelchair user, Marriott Hotels are definitely my favorite. Accessibility is more reliable and customer service is top-quality.
Every year, I wait in anticipation of the massive discounts Marriott typically offers in response to Black Friday. This year is no different, with amazing deals currently going on in Marriott's 5-DAY CYBER SALE! The sale started on Thanksgiving Day and runs through the end of Monday.
To take advantage of the Marriott CYBER SALE, you must CLICK HERE.
Recently purchased by Marriott, Starwood has become one of my favorite hotel chains with brands like Aloft, W Hotels, Sheraton and The Westin. Their Cyber Weekend sale provides incredible discounts on hotel rooms around the world.
CLICK HERE to access the secret landing page for the sale, and take advantage of some of these incredible deals for your next trip!
Black Friday Deals on Transportation
Check out these incredible offers on air travel and other transportation services. Take advantage of them now, before they are gone!
The following airfare deals are currently running. With airfare often being the most expensive part of any vacation, you can free up more money in your budget with these fantastic discounts.
- Fly to London from $279 each way with Virgin Atlantic — You will fall in love with Virgin Atlantic's attention to detail and high-quality service while crossing the Atlantic on the world's most posh airline.
- Emirates Black Friday Sale — Direct flights to Dubai are available from 11 U.S. airports, with connecting flights to Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East. Save on business and economy class tickets this Black Friday and score the biggest discounts when departing from New York City!
- Save an extra $50 off Qatar Airways flights on Black Friday — Use promo code SAVE50 to take advantage of incredible Black Friday deals and save an extra $50 off Qatar's already discounted fares. You can't go wrong with extra savings from my favorite airline in the world!
Check back soon for more great airfare deals!
Up to 30% off Amtrak Tickets
Ride America's railways for up to 30% off during Amtrak's Track Friday sale event. Popular services like the Northeast Regional, Pennsylvanian and Vermonter are eligible for the maximum discount!
To take advantage of this incredible savings on Amtrak train tickets, CLICK HERE. The sale runs through the end of the day on Monday, but supplies may be limited.
DOUBLE DISCOUNT on Eurail Passes
Buy a Eurail pass today and you can use it for up to 11 months after purchase! Explore Europe by train, taking 20% off all passes PLUS an extra $10 off your purchase! A double discount will make traveling by train so much sweeter!
To take advantage of the double discount for Black Friday, CLICK HERE and use coupon code BLACKFRIDAYER at checkout. You'll save 20% plus an extra $10!
Black Friday Discounts on Attraction Tickets
We shouldn't have to pass on great attractions because tickets are too expensive for our vacation budgets. These attraction deals will save you money so that you can do more on your next holiday!
SeaWorld Parks Orlando
Theme park tickets are always expensive, but you can get SeaWorld tickets at a huge discount during their biggest sale of the year, the BLUE FRIDAY SALE!
Here are a few of the best discounts you can score from now through Cyber Monday:
- Buy One Get One FREE: SeaWorld Orlando park tickets
- DINE with Shamu and the Orca Whales - TWO tickets for the price of one!
- Up to 50% off SeaWorld Orlando annual passes
- BOGO Tickets to Beluga and Walrus Up-Close Tour
- Save up to $110 on a Discovery Cove gift admission package
Ready to take your family to SeaWorld? CLICK HERE to score the lowest prices of the season with these "Blue Friday" deals!
Tickets to entertainment and sporting events through StubHub
StubHub allows fans (regular people like you and me) to resell tickets to entertainment and sporting events. All of the major professional sports teams and games are listed, as are many musical concerts and major theatre performances.
On Cyber Monday only (November 27th), you can take a 15% discount off any ticket sold through StubHub by using the promo code CYBER15.
Accessible seating is available for some events but, where it isn't, I typically purchase a regular ticket and exchange it at the venue's ticket office for an accessible one. This is especially helpful at sporting events, where most wheelchair accessible seats/spaces go unsold.
If the team's ticket office wants $100 for a seat in section 100, but I can find a resale ticket in that same section on StubHub for $50, that's what I'll do.
Ready to get tickets to the game? CLICK HERE and use promo code CYBER15 to score a 15% discount!
Save up to 50% on popular attractions with CityPASS
With a CityPASS, you can save a LOT of money on admission to museums, art galleries, sightseeing boat tours, zoos, observation decks and other attractions in some of the most tourist and wheelchair-friendly cities in North America.
I have written a detailed review of the Chicago CityPASS, and have also tested it out in cities like Dallas and Seattle. If you or someone you know is traveling to one of the cities listed below, you can't go wrong saving money on the attractions you'll definitely want to visit!
CityPASS is available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa and Toronto!
CLICK HERE to take advantage of special discounts on popular attractions with CityPASS!
Deep Discounts on Backpacks & Luggage at eBags
If you're in the market for a new backpack, dufffle bag, tote or suitcase, eBags is the place to go this week. They stock all of the top brands, including American Tourister, Briggs & Riley, Kenneth Cole, The North Face, Samsonite, SwissGear, Travelpro and Tumi. They're offering incredible discounts through the 75% OFF BLACK FRIDAY DOORBUSTERS sale.
Take up to 75% the retail price of the best travel luggage and accessories, but keep an eye out for LUGGAGE STEALS that are discounted even further. There are some $600 Kenneth Cole duffle bags selling for under $120, but only for a limited time!
Don't miss out on this amazing sale - CLICK HERE to get the highest quality luggage at the best prices anywhere.
Must-have Travel Gadgets at Black Friday prices
There are countless electronics, tools and gadgets I use to make traveling with a disability more comfortable and enjoyable. Here are some of the best deals I've spotted on "must-have" items!
- $99.99 Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet — $50 savings on one of the best portable tablets on the market. The 32gb of storage space will hold plenty of entertainment for your next flight, train or bus ride!
- $179 Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise-canceling Headphones — This is the lowest price I have ever seen! Bose headphones typically cost $299. Tune out the background noise and rest comfortably like a pro! You'll never look back.
- UNBELIEVABLE $138.95 GoPro Hero+ Camera w/ LCD Touch Screen — Shoot incredible photos and video with the world's most dynamic camera, at the best price ever!
- 21% off Anker 20,000mAh Portable Phone & Electronics Charger — Anker power packs are the best in the industry, and I never take a trip without mine.
- Brand New Kindle e-Readers from $49.99 — Take your entire library with you on your next trip with the easy-to-use Amazon Kindle! Save $30 off the purchase of a new Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite with this limited-time promotion.
Traveling by Air? Your Safety May Depend on ADAPTS
You may have read my article earlier this month about ADAPTS, A Disabled Passenger Transfer Sling, which is a tool for use in airplane emergencies to ensure a safe evacuation. Airlines don't provide this important life-saving device to assist travelers with disabilities, so it is something you should consider purchasing for yourself. Emergencies are rare, but they happen at random and ADAPTS could save your life.
Stocking Stuffers that are sure to delight!
Here are some great offers on inexpensive travel gifts and accessories, perfect for wheelchair users who are consumed with wanderlust!
- Buy One, Get One FREE Lonely Planet Travel Guide Books — Gear up with guide books for cities all around the world to inspire your next trip. While accessibility information is not great in these books, they're a great resource for planning an itinerary and learning about the destination. I don't travel without a Lonely Planet book!
- 14% off Tile Key/Wallet/Item Finder PLUS $10 Gift Card — Never lose your keys, wallet, laptop, phone or wheelchair again with this Tile Mate & Slim Combo pack!
- Up to 40% off Priority Pass Airport Lounge Membership — With memberships from $59 per year, Priority Pass provides access more than 1,000 airport lounges around the world where you can enjoy complimentary refreshments, use free wi-fi and relax in a comfortable space away from the large crowds.
Bookmark this page and check back!
The weekend including Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and leading into Cyber Monday is a very dynamic period for special sales and offers. Don't miss a deal that could help on your next accessible vacation! Check back here for updates, as I'll be updating this page all the way through the end of Cyber Monday!