With all the hype of travel deals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday, I figured I’d score a great deal on something. Anything.
But no, I came up empty handed. With all those offers, why didn’t I take advantage of any great travel deals?
My Dates Aren’t Flexible and Close
I have three kids. While I used to pull them out of school for at least a week every school year, I don’t anymore. My oldest is in high school, and it’s really hard for him to miss school. We already have a spring break trip planned, so our next trips have to wait until summer.
Most of the deals I saw are valid only through the next few months. If you have the flexibility to travel in January or February, you probably had better luck.
I tried to work my summer plans into a deal. My family plans to go to Universal Orlando for a day before our Disney trips, and I thought for sure I could score a deal on a Universal hotel. Not so.
I even looked at Amtrak to see if I could work in a “Track Friday” deal to my summer plans. The sale dates did not extend through summer travel.
Some Deals Aren’t Deals
As with any offer, you have to look at these Cyber Monday deals with a microscope to make sure they area really deals. For example, Royal Caribbean advertised a big Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal. However, it runs a similar deal several times throughout the year. Also, the cruise I already have booked was not a better price through this Cyber Monday deal.
Miles and Points Are My Great Travel Deal
Fortunately, using miles and points for free flights and hotels is really the best deal. Using Chase Ultimate Reward points from my Chase Ink card and my husband’s Chase Sapphire Reserve card for free flights to Florida equates to a higher savings than a small percentage off a cash price for a hotel. Using points from my World of Hyatt card to see the USA Gymnastics Olympic Trials this summer is also a fantastic deal! I may not have scored travel deals this past weekend, but my miles and points hobby allows my family to travel more at a greatly reduced price.
Readers, did you score a great travel deal these past few days? Let me know in the comments.
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.