Cyber Monday Vacation Deals – Ready, Set, Go.

It’s Black Friday and rather than participating in the shopping frenzy at the mall I am sipping herbal tea and browsing for family vacation deals and extra savings which are available now or will be available on Cyber Monday. I have discovered some which may serve as inspiration to make plans for spring break or next summer’s family vacation.  The savings are real but the booking window is limited and as always with deals there limited rooms and blackout dates.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort Phoenix, Arizona waterpark.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort Phoenix, Arizona cyber deal includes a four-acre water park open and heated year-round.

The ones I like best are great destinations for families even without the super savings. And I always like to see deals that actually span the typical family vacation time frame which includes the summer months. For example:  Grand Lucayan in the Bahamas is offering 55 percent off rates (starting at $99) for travel November 27, 2015 through September 1, 2016.

The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Arizona is offering 30 percent off best available rate during the 72-hour booking window November 30 through December 2, 2015s is good through August 31, 2016.  Also in Phoenix, the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort has a similar all-suite deal for families valid from December 20, 2015-August 31, 2016.

One of my favorite spots in Costa Rica, Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort is offering 50% off on Cyber Monday with rates beginning at $150/night. The resort has large suites and the concierge will happily arrange babysitting for a day, a night, or for your entire stay. The deal is valid for stays August 21 – December 17, 2016.

Family vacation deals

Family vacation deals and more fun for less.

We also keep and active folder populated with family vacation deals and ways to save. One of my favorites is Coupons for Fun a location with hundreds of deals available added weekly. It’s best to browse at your leisure, select, download and print.

Happy hunting on Cyber Monday.

Nancy Nelson-Duac

Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files.

 

California: San Jose, Family Vacation Ideas – NASA, Raging Waters, and STEAM.

San Jose Obon FestivalSan Francisco’s South Bay area is the ideal spot to share fun and learning. From lively festivals and events to inspirational theater and live music, the area is loaded with ways to share fun with kids.

Here’s the scoop. When I think of Mountain View I think of Stanford but the San Jose area offers dozens of opportunities for young families to share fun and learning including watery adventures, shopping, and ways to interact with science and nature. From the tranquility of the Japanese Friendship Gardens or shopping excursions at San Jose’s Santana Row to discovering mammoth bones at the Children’s Discovery Museum or watching movies taken of Mars, there’s something for everyone. For planning purposes I have assembled a list of sure bets – some of them free and the rest worth the coins.

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Jamaica: Runaway Bay, Franklyn D. Resort & Spa – Moms Stay Free in May.

I like how this sounds. Someone at FDR Resorts gets it. If mom is happy then the whole family will have a better vacation. So, jump-start your summer with your kids on Jamaica’s north coast. Why not?

Here’s the deal. Franklyn D. Resort & Spa and Pebbles Resort have announced mothers will stay for free during the month of May as a thank you for all that they do. This benefit applies to moms arriving at either resort with dad and kids (1st May through 4th June, 2010).
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