Black Friday deals leak into travel industry

6:23 PM, Nov 17, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - There is a holiday retail frenzy that all Minnesotans can get behind -- cheap vacations.

"The travel business has gotten into black Friday just like everybody else," Neal Kraemer, president of Carrousel travel said Friday.

For about five years, travel agencies, resorts, airlines almost all things leisure started jumping into the Black Friday pool.

"Wherever there is an opportunity to grab some of that holiday shopping money, everybody wanted to get involved in it," Kraemer said.

Some of the sales are open for a few days and others are just on Black Friday.

Southwest Airlines has a deal that day on airfare booked on a Tuesday or Wednesday for 40 percent off.

An even sweeter song for Minnesotans, lots of warm weather deals.
Royal Caribbean is advertising a black Friday special on three night cruises to the Bahamas starting at $159 a person.

If you feel bad doting on yourself on the big holiday shopping day there is a way out.

"Travel is usually a big hit as a gift," Kraemer said.

Most travel agencies also offer gift certificates.

Other websites to check out for deals on Black Friday include Sandals and Beaches Resorts, Princess Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines and the big travel sits like Orbitz or Travelocity.

Another great resource is social media. Often airlines or vacation companies will flash out deals specific to Twitter or Facebook.

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