How To Get First Dibs On The Best Black Friday Travel Deals

illustrated by Natalia Spotts.
As the holidays draw near, we can't help but start to plan for 2018 travel. Coincidentally, it's also the time of year when airlines, hotels, and travel operators offer the juiciest deals — all in the name of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
You won't need to wake up at the crack of dawn to nab the best bargains. We're rounding up everything you need to know about Thanksgiving travel sales — from fare predictions to the best limited-time offers — so you can pounce on them ASAP. Watch this space as we'll continue to update with new deals as they come along.
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Flights

Thanksgiving has become an increasingly competitive period for airline sales. While there hasn't been any particular discounts announced as of yet, DealNews has released an estimate of this year's best deals: Expect domestic flights to go down to $100 or under, international flights to Europe to be cut down to around $200 per round trip, and long haul flights to Asia to start at around $500.
Last year, Frontier had the lowest prices. However, you should still be able to find under-$100 fares at JetBlue, Spirit, Southwest, United, and Alaska Airlines. As for cheap getaways to Europe, keep your eyes peeled for announcements from Norwegian and WOW Air.

Hotels

As far as Black Friday travel discounts go, hotels are by far the most active participants: According to DealNews, about one-third of travel-related promotions will be coming from hotel chains. Booking them directly from the hotel's official website is the way to go.
DealNews also predicts that Starwood and Hyatt will offer the most generous discounts, chopping 30% to 60% off rooms at the four and five-star properties. Want to get a head start saving up points? Check out our roundup of the best hotel rewards program.

Travel Packages

Do you have Machu Picchu on your bucket list? There's no better time to make this dream a reality: Intrepid Travel will be offering 15% off all of its worldwide trips this Cyber Monday. The sale runs between November 20 and 30 for tours departing February 1 to September 30, 2018. And yes, the deal applies to its popular nine-day tour of Peru, designed for solo travelers. Remember to send us a postcard.
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Aching for a warm weather escape? You should bookmark CheapCaribbean's 12 Days of Beach campaign ASAP. The online travel agency will be releasing one heavily-discounted beach getaway every day for 12 consecutive days, starting on November 27. Each deal will only be available for 24 hours, so set your alarm for 10 a.m. EST to get first dibs as soon as they go live.
Going on an epic trip across multiple countries is about to get a lot cheaper: Topdeck Travel, a group trip operator aimed at millennials, will be offering a discount of up to 70% off from November 24 to 27. The deals are pretty amazing: We're talking about just $159 for a five-day trip to Sydney and a two-week expedition to Morocco, Portugal, and Spain for less than $600. Better set your alarm clock!
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