Would-be travelers look to Cyber Monday deals for making the next vacation getaway affordable. While some Internet shoppers scour the Black Friday deals for laptops and gadgetry, savvy hotel guests get ready to play the time zone game. Are you in?
Cyber Monday Sales Forecast
If Black Friday deals failed to get buyers to part with hard-earned cash, Cyber Monday deals have to pick up the slack. MSNBC proffers its Cyber Monday sales predictions, and Internet shopping looks like the way to save money at the beginning of the workweek.
Hot deals ready for the picking are Saks Fifth Avenue’s 30 to 40 percent off sale on designer duds, Bloomingdale’s 20 percent off all orders, Sears’ 15 percent off appliances and of course the race by the likes of Amazon.com to undercut Black Friday across the board. Hardcore shoppers now braving the post-Thanksgiving day shopping melee can finish up their retailing extravaganza on Cyber Monday.
Travel Industry Hones in on Cyber Monday
Black Friday deals that get shoppers to line up in front of stores well before the crack of dawn usually revolve around cheap plasma TVs, killer laptop deals and of course game consoles and toys. Travel deals and steals are not the types of door busters that have shoppers clamoring to spend a night in a tent in front of Best Buy.
Savvy travel industry reps now look to Cyber Monday sales to pick up the slack. A good example is the Viceroy Group, which operates luxury hotels in and around Beverly Hills, South Beach, Miami and Snowmass. While the hotel’s website bespeaks the luxurious stays and countless amenities, it is the Viceroy’s Facebook page that discusses Cyber Monday sales to the tune of 70 percent off standard room rates.
Shopping Cyber Monday Travel Deals Like a Pro
The catch? The Cyber Monday shopper must access the hotel chain’s Facebook page or Twitter feed on Monday morning. Rate codes are available for this one day only. Other hotels operate similar deals, and while novice deal-hunters may in vain look at venue websites, seasoned social media hounds are likely to rake in great savings on travel and stay packages.
Old hands at this game also know how to capitalize on time zones. Getting up extra early to snap up good deals as soon as they become available (usually on East Coast time) is a time-honored tradition that those on the West Coast might want to remember.
As is the case with all Internet shopping deals and steals, be careful to read the fine print on all travel bargains. Unlike Black Friday laptops that are the same makes and models on Thursday, Friday, Cyber Monday and Tuesday, intangibles, such as vacation packages, change and shift from day to day. Look for exclusions, black-out dates, room occupancy limits and expiration dates for package deals.
With these few caveats in place, the travel-minded Internet shopper may just find some killer Cyber Monday deals.
MSNBC: “Cyber Monday predictions: Which deals to expect”
Viceroy: “Facebook page”