Attention Cyber Monday shoppers: Sneakers and flat-screen TV’s aren’t the only discounted Web perks on offer today. Travel providers are cashing in on the Cyber Monday shopping craze, serving up cut-rate hotel stays, vacation packages and plane tickets galore. But if you need a vacation, do book post haste. Many of these deals are extremely limited-time bargains that expire by the end of today.
Flights to Europe from $389 RT
Icelandair has just released this winter Europe fare sale, which features flights to popular spots on the Continent starting at $389 roundtrip. Destinations include Amsterdam, London, Paris, Oslo, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Stockholm and more. Additional taxes typically add up to about $200 roundtrip, so you’re looking at a transatlantic flight for roughly $600 total (depending on where exactly you’re flying), which isn’t bad. Travel is valid between January 15 and April 10, 2011, and bookings must be made by December 6.
One-Day Sale: U.S. Flights from $29 OW
Frontier Airlines is enticing Cyber Monday shoppers with dirt-cheap $29 domestic flights (taxes and fees not included). More than 1,800 routes are on sale, for travel through mid February. Want to snag a seat? You’ll have to hurry. This offer expires at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time today.
JetBlue “Top Secret Sale”: Vacation Packages for $99
This is a pretty good deal, at least for travelers who aren’t nitpicky about hotels. Today only, you can book a three-night air-inclusive JetBlue vacation package for just $99 per person, choosing from destinations including the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and Las Vegas. Here’s the catch: You won’t know what hotel you’re staying at until 72 hours prior to your departure date. At that time, JetBlue will send you an e-mail revealing the surprise hotel where you’re going to be spending your mini-getaway. (Read: You’ll most likely be booked at whichever local hotel has extra rooms available at that time.)
Funjet Vacations from $59/Night
You have just 24 hours to book this Funjet Vacations Cyber Monday deal, so set your watch and start planning. Air-inclusive vacation packages to places in Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Las Vegas and other dreamy destinations are on sale starting at $59 per person, per night. And unlike the JetBlue sale, you’ll actually know well ahead of time where you’re going to be staying.
Virgin America Flights from $39 OW
Virgin America flights to domestic cities from Boston to San Francisco are on sale starting at $39 each way, not including taxes and fees. Travel dates are broad — fly from December 6 through May 11. But day-of-week restrictions and holiday blackout dates do apply. (In other words, you can’t fly on weekends or around Christmas and New Year’s.) The best part about this bargain is that, unlike many other Cyber Monday deals, the offer stands through December 6, giving you a few days to think before booking your flight.
Receive 30% Off New York & Boston Hotels
Save up to 30 percent on hotel stays in Boston and New York with this 48-hour Orbitz sale, which ends Wednesday. Nightly hotel rates start at $109 in Boston and $152 in New York. Even the famed New York Plaza hotel on Fifth Avenue is listed at 20 percent off (although, at the discounted rate of $836 per night, it still costs a small fortune). Other discounted properties include New York’s Dylan Hotel, Boston’s Seaport Hotel and Hotel Wales in the Big Apple.
— written by Caroline Costello