Is Travel Deal Tuesday a real thing? If your question is whether it’s an invented ‘holiday’ to sell travel, the answer is yes. If the question is it a real post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas sale day like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the answer is also yes.
Are the deals good? That’s for you to decide.
Travel Deals in the Hopper
Travel Deal Tuesday was invented by the travel website Hopper six years ago. The company says it found that the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has over 50% more deals than Black Friday, as well as 30% more values than Cyber Monday.
To find such deals, Hopper says it analyzes over thirty billion price points in real-time each day. So, if you download the Hopper app, what will these deals look like on Travel Deal Tuesday?
· Boston to Orlando on December 13, 2022: Airfares as low as $100 round-trip (additional $35 off flights & 40% off hotels on Hopper)
· Chicago to Lisbon on January 23, 2023: Airfares as low as $530 round-trip (additional $100 off flights & 30% off hotels on Hopper)
· Philadelphia to Rome on February 8, 2023: Airfares as low as $690 round-trip (additional $100 off flights & 30% off hotels on Hopper)
· San Francisco to Miami on February 9, 2023: Airfares as low as $170 round-trip (additional $35 off flights & 40% off hotels on Hopper)
· Los Angeles to Tokyo on January 29, 2023: Airfares as low as $600 round-trip (additional $100 off flights & 30% off hotels on Hopper)
According to a Hopper spokesperson, “Those discounts are on any flight/airline or hotel to that destination, no blackout dates and no restrictions apply. “
The company, a travel agency that partners with airlines, hotels, homes, and car rental providers, says it is the #1 most downloaded travel app in North America. While not as well-known as Expedia or Booking.com, Hopper says it does $4.5 billion in travel business per year. Hopper is backed by Capital One, Goldman Sachs, and Westcap.
Hopper says it will also have exclusive deals to sixty destinations like these:
• Bali – $100 off flights & 40% off hotels on Hopper
• Santorini – $100 off flights & 30% off hotels
• Rome – $100 off flights & 30% off hotels
• Lisbon – $100 off flights & 30% off hotels
• St. Kitts – $100 off flights & 30% off hotels
Aeromexico Has A Deal For You
Even if they invented the ‘holiday,’ Hopper is not the only provider offering Travel Deal Tuesday deals.
Aeromexico is offering tantalizing deals that end with Travel Tuesday, at midnight on November 29. The Mexican carrier, along with Delta Air Lines, Air France, and Korean Air, is one of the founding companies of the Skyteam Alliance.
Aeromexico deals include one-way flights from LA to Guadalajara from $179, and to Monterrey from Los Angeles from $239. One-way flights from Miami to Mexico City start at $189, while flights from LA to Mexico City start at $289.
A Whale of a Deal in Baja California
Speaking of Mexico, money-saving packages are being offered in Baja California Sur, the southern side of the Baja Peninsula.
A pair of hotels are offering deals kicking off the week of Travel Tuesday. The Hotel Santa Fe has a Book Early and Save deal valid until 1/2/2023. The Villa del Palmar has a similar Book Early and Save deal (valid until 1/2/2024) and also offers a Hotel and Flight Bundle, valid until 1/2/2023.
With the Villa del Palmar Hotel and Flight bundle, travelers from Los Angeles (for example) would save 35% with the European Plan. Instead of $2,500, they would pay $1,624.11 per person for a flight and five nights. Canadians can enjoy similar savings and take advantage of once-a-week direct flights from Calgary to Loreto, operated by WestJet. Travelers can find these deals through January 2, 2023.
While ‘deal days’ like Travel Tuesday are inevitably about saving money, travelers also focus on the ‘why’ of the destination, which is clear for Baja California Sur.
The Bay of Loreto in the Gulf of California is a National Marine Park. Its islands are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Gulf is home to a third of the world’s marine mammals, more than 170 types of seabirds and over 700 different fish species. The bay is accessible via a fifteen-minute boat ride from the town of Loreto.
In winter, Blue Whales, the largest mammal on earth, can be found in Loreto Bay along with dolphins, flying fish, giant manta rays, turtles, frigate birds and blue footed boobies. A short drive from Loreto are whale sanctuaries, where gray whales rest from their long journey from Alaska to give birth.
Local expert tour operators, such as Loreto Sea and Land Tours, offer whale watching, diving, kayaking and snorkel tours in the crystal clear waters. The area also boasts cave paintings and rock art left behind by the Indigenous people of the Baja peninsula. Re-discovered by historians and anthropologists in the 1960’s, these sites can be reached via tours such as Baja Cave Paintings Tours by Mules.
Finally, one of the greatest names in cruising is launching Cyber Week deals. Cunard Lines, launched in 1838, has money-saving offers on select cruises through January 2024. Voyages are available around the world on all three of Cunard’s Queens – flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth.
New voyage bookings through Dec. 2 will receive an onboard credit up to $600 per stateroom and 50% reduced deposit. Eligible itineraries include the signature trans-Atlantic crossing, Alaska, the Norwegian Fjords, and the Caribbean.
Featured itineraries starting at $899 per person include Queen Mary 2’s Jan. 3, 2023, trans-Atlantic crossing from New York to Southampton. Then there’s Queen Elizabeth’s 10-night Alaska cruise round-trip from Vancouver, BC, launching on a more temperate July 17, 2023. The Queen Victoriawill sale the Norwegian Fjords round-trip from Southampton from June 25 – July 2, featuring “mesmerizing blue fjords and unbelievable waterfalls.”
The Golden Week in Japan tour on Queen Elizabeth, round-trip Tokyo, April 28 – May 6, explores the sacred temples of Busan in South Korea and Fukuoka on Japan’s Kyushu Island.
As Cunard puts it, to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant, call Cunard Line at 1- 800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.