|by Kate Appleton||Cruises, Real Deals, Hotels||6|
Retailers have started slashing prices earlier than usual, and the travel industry doesn't want to be left out of the year's biggest shopping blitz. (Not to mention that anyone who braves the cold to wait in line for hours could use a vacation!) Here's a sampling of some of the best limited-time travel deals available now through Monday—all bookable from the comfort of home.
HOTELS & RESORTS
Shell Hospitality's Black Friday sale offers between 30 and 50 percent off regular rates at 19 resort rates nationwide. For example, rates at the Desert Rose Resort in Las Vegas start at $49 per night, while rates at Inn at the Opera in San Francisco start at $69 per night. Book Nov. 26-29.
The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort's first Cyber Monday sale runs for five days starting Nov. 29. Room rates start at $149 per night for travel Jan. 1–Apr. 30—a discount of up to 45 percent off typical rates. Text MONDAY to 95495 to get a reminder of the sale on Nov. 29.
Starting at midnight on Nov. 29, travelers can cut 15 percent off best available rate for stays at Affinia Hotels from Jan. 1-Nov. 28, 2011. But first, you must create or update your My Affinia profile. Then you'll receive an email with an exclusive booking code for the Cyber Monday deal good for use at its hotels in DC, NYC, or Chicago.
InterContinental Hotels Group is launching its first-ever Black Friday promotion: From now through Nov. 29, book a weekend night at any hotel in the IHG Family of Brands. Then when you stay a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night, now through Apr. 30, you qualify to earn a $50 flight credit. The catch here, too, is that you have to become a member of the free IHG loyalty program.
On Nov. 29, Starwood is offering "One Day Wonders"—discounts at select resorts like the Westin Diplomat in Fort Lauderdale, where rates start from $179 instead of $309. Browse at starwoodexclusiveoffers.com. The rates are good for travel Jan. 1-Apr. 30. If you're a Facebook fan of Starwood Preferred Guest, or follow @SPGInsider on Twitter, you'll get advance access to the deals beginning on Nov. 28 at 6 pm EST. And you can text MONDAY to 95495 to receive a text reminder the day the sale starts.
Read on for discounted air/hotel packages and cruises...
Gate 1 Travel is hosting a Black Friday sale on all its vacation packages: Save $50 on purchases of $500 or more, $100 on $1,000 or more, and $250 on $2,500 or more when you book on Nov. 26. For example, a 10-day Rome, Florence, and Venice by train package—normally priced at $519—is $469 with this discount (plus taxes and fees). Book Nov. 26 only.
CheapCaribbean.com has already started rolling out deals this week, with different promotions available through Cyber Monday. One offer to tempt you: Book airfare from Miami and five nights at an all-inclusive beach resort on Montego Bay from $599 on Friday, Nov. 26.
MSC has discounted select 7-night Caribbean cruises to $269 per person, with stops in the Eastern Caribbean (St. Thomas, USVI; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas) or Western Caribbean (Key West, Fla.; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico); book Nov. 26-29.