Hate to stand in long lines on Black Friday? After getting your fill of Thanksgiving turkey, go online instead. Cyber Monday, December 2, isn't just for toys and electronics. You can also find great travel deals you can book as gifts for the intrepid jet-setter on your list, or for your wanderlust self.
Here is a sampling of travel deals from the sun-drenched beaches of the Caribbean and Florida, the white-frosted slopes of Colorado, cosmopolitan New York and Boston and Europe's rails -- and lots more. Note that some offerings have blackout dates and are for limited time only. So remember, the early bird gobbles up the deals; you can start shopping at the stroke of midnight on December 2 in most cases.
Schuss the slopes
Book one of the renovated business class rooms in the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel and pay $19.26, in honor of the year the historic hotel opened. Valid travel dates are December 2, 2013, through February 28, 2014 (based upon availability, blackout dates, other conditions apply).
Across the pond
Rail Europe is offering its first Cyber Monday promo (which extends to December 6) offering $100 off Global and Select Eurail passes. Valid travel dates are December 2, 2013, through March 31, 2014. Visit the rail website and enter coupon code CYBER2013.
Shelling out less in Florida
Warm weather paradise
The deal in Aruba: The beachfront Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino is offering a gimmicky 12/2/2013-themed promo that features 20% off a deluxe room, a $12.02 daily cocktail credit at Piet's Pier Bar, and a $20.13 daily credit at ZoiA Spa. Valid travel dates are May, June, September, October and November, 2014. Book it on Cyber Monday, from 12:02 a.m. to 8:13 p.m. (20:13), via the website or call 011-297-586-1234. The deal in Tortola: Book the spacious, private Cielo Villa on Tortola for a week's stay and get 20% off rates that begin at $390 per night. Valid travel dates are December 15, 2013, to December 15, 2014. Book it on Cyber Monday, from 6 a.m. to midnight, visit www.vrbo.com and enter property #272558 or call 978-462-7091. The deal on Paradise Island: Beginning Black Friday through Cyber Monday, book a minimum two nights in a Beach Tower room at family-friendly Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island for $99 per night. Bonus: Rates are refundable. Valid travel dates are August 24, 2014, to October 29, 2014, and November 30, 2014, to December 25, 2014. (Deals for other travel dates are also offered, blackout dates and other terms apply.)
Empire state of mind
The deal on Madison: Madison Avenue's historic Roosevelt Hotel is offering a two-hour Flash Sale on Cyber Monday offering 50% off best available rates for select rooms. Valid travel dates are January 3, 2014, to March 31, 2014. Book it at https://www.reservations-page.com/C00268/H01416/be.ashx?pc=CY50 between 10 a.m. and noon (EST) and enter rate code CY50. (Bookings must be prepaid, are nonrefundable, and subject to availability and blackout dates.) The deal in the Village: Great Gatsby-inspired Jade Hotel in Greenwich Village is offering a 1920's-themed package that includes a $192 room rate, lunch at Grape & Vine for $19.20 and two 1920's theme cocktails. Valid travel dates are January and February, 2014. Book it on Cyber Monday between midnight and 7:20 p.m. (19:20).
The economy lodging chain Red Roof Inns is featuring up to 30% off room rates on properties nationwide (discounts vary according to property, subject to blackout dates).
Valid travel dates are December 3 through February 28, 2014. Book by visiting the hotel website and use VP code 616892 or call 800-RED-ROOF.
California surfin' the Web
The deal in Beverly Hills: A credit card-throw from LA's Rodeo Drive, the Montage Beverly Hills is offering 40% off best available room rates and a complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival (excluding packages and previously booked rooms). Valid travel dates are December 2, 2013, through February 28, 2014 (blackout dates December 21 to 31, 2013, and January weekends). The deal in Berkeley: Book any room category and receive 40% off the best available rate at the historic Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa in Berkeley. Valid travel dates are December 2, 2013, through April 30, 2014 (based upon availability, blackout dates apply). Book it at the hotel website using promo code CYBER.
Don't leave home until you book it
American Express is offering its first Cyber Monday deal, a 72-hour promo at participating hotels throughout the USA and Canada, for limited post-holiday travel. Valid travel dates are January 13, 2014, to January 31, 2014. The 72-hour promotion begins on Cyber Monday at www.amextravel.com.
Red Sox nation
The deal in Cape Cod: Cape Cod's beachfront Sea Crest Beach Hotel is offering up to 30% off room rates for three nights or more and 20% off one- or two-night stays. Valid travel dates are December 6, 2013, to June 16, 2014 (blackout dates and certain terms may apply). Visit the website at midnight on Black Friday through Cyber Monday. The deal in Boston's Back Bay: Stay two nights and get 10% off the best available rate per night and upgrade upon arrival at handsome Fifteen Beacon hotel in Boston's Back Bay. Valid travel dates are December 2, 2013, through March 31, 2014. Book it Cyber Monday by visiting the website or call 617-670-1500. The deal in Boston's Faneuil Hall: The Bostonian Millennium, across from Faneuil Hall, is offering a $129 room rate for Friday and Sunday nights and a 30% discount off best available rates other nights. The deal begins Black Friday and runs through Cyber Monday. Valid travel dates are November 29, 2013, through March 2014. Book It by visiting the website and use code CYBERM.
How about a Saturday sale?
South Carolina beach destination Myrtle Beach is launching Travel Saturday, a one-day cybertravel shopping event on November 30. "We're looking forward to seeing how consumers react to having the chance to purchase heavily discounted travel deals while they're still surrounded by family and could be setting the dates for their 2014 travel plans," said Susan Phillips, director of marketing for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB.
Discounts include 35% off room rates during the peak summer months and perks like free rounds of golf and 50% off tickets to attractions like Ripley's Aquarium. Visit www.VisitMyrtleBeach.com/TravelSaturday.