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Travel on the Cheap

November 24, 2018

Along with the electronics, clothing and big-box items that people wait all year to buy on Black Friday, now’s also the time to score big savings on travel.

The good news for fliers is that airfare sales will extend beyond Friday, and deals will be available on both Cyber Monday and the lesser-known Travel Tuesday.

In fact, the airfare prediction site Hopper told ABC News’ Good Morning America that it expects twice as many fare sales on Travel Deal Tuesday than on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.

The site attributes this to the fact that most people have already booked their holiday airfare, but haven’t started planning winter getaways yet.

Among the airlines that have announced sales so far are Cathay Pacific, Icelandair, Philippine Airlines, South African Airways and Hawaiian Airlines.

For those willing to travel from about Nov. 27 or 28 until mid-December, it’s one of the cheapest times of the year, according to Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.

Far-flung destinations from the U.S. will offer the biggest bargains: Black Friday airfare to the South Pacific is down 26% while flights to South America and Africa are 9% and 7% cheaper, respectively.

Hopper said hotel rates in major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami may also be 35% cheaper on Travel Tuesday.

Like it hot? Standout savings of more than 50% can be found at The Sanctuary Cap Cana resort; book between Nov. 21-27 and travel between Dec. 1-27.

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa in Jamaica is offering a Cyber Monday deal: 54% off room rates. The deal applies to stays from Aug. 16, 2019, to Dec. 23, 2019.

Meliá Nassau Beach, Bahamas, is also offering discounted room rates, but travelers must book before Nov. 30 to get the deal.

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