Black Friday travel deals have arrived so plan your 2021 vacations

The 2021 calendar year may be one of the busiest years for travel and Black Friday deals could make it cheaper.

When 2021 finally arrives, travel may explode with people heading back to the roads but getting the best deals for travel, may have arrived today.

Black Friday makes us typically think about electronic deals, or clothing, department store shopping, and of course irritated consumers ready to fight over that last PS5, if they can find one. Lost in all of this are the deals you can get this weekend for travel.

Have you been wanting to go on a cruise? Well, today or this weekend may be your best chance for the best deals even with the uncertainty around cruise lines. There is a catch though. The best deals are given out for dates that are best for the cruise lines.

In other words, don’t expect to plan a May vacation to the Caribbean and expect to find a great deal on cruises for that time. A busy time typically for the industry. Instead, the best deals being offered will have the tag “on select dates” attached to them so while you can get a great deal, be warned that you need to be flexible.

From Norwegian to Carnival and a slew of others, deals are in place this weekend that can save you money on cabin upgrades, reductions in deposits, and a lot more, but again, “on select dates” and “for select cruises”.

Cruises are not the only deals going on for your travel season. We have talked about the new SeaWorld Fun Cards that have been reduced to as little has $79.00 that give you a full year of playing at the park. $69.00 will get you an annual Fun Card to Aquatica? What’s the difference between a Fun Card and an annual pass? Fun Cards do not come with any discounts in the park and no free parking perks.


ORLANDO, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 01: General view of the 360-Degree Film Presentation “Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience” at Epcot Center at Walt Disney World on October 01, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Disney has a lot of Black Friday deals at their store but don’t expect to see any park pass reductions. Disney’s BFD’s are more about merchandise and while they do boast some hotel deals, those are nothing special for today and can be found at different times throughout the year.

Over at Universal Studios Orlando, there are no big Black Friday sale banners but they do have a buy two days get three free park pass that runs through January 6th.

Depending on what your plans are for the year, many hotels are offering some sort of weekend price deals that do come with some restrictions. Let’s face it, travel deals are not like normal Black Friday deals you find in stores. It’s not necessarily first come first serve, fight your way through the crowds type of deals but to find the best deals, you need an idea of where you want to go.

Personally, the cruise industry and out of the main theme parks in Orlando, SeaWorld, has the better deals for traveling and vacations so keep an eye out today and this weekend for more deals and remember Cyber Monday may give you additional options to save a few bucks.

Also now is a good time to check out local entertainment pricing. In North Carolina for example, the Outer Banks aquariums run sales this time of year to boost spring and summer visits and some of those passes can be well worth it.