Today is Black Friday – sounds like an unlucky day right? It could be if you aren’t careful with your online purchases!
The good news is…if you follow the protective steps below, you can get some good travel deals safely.
OK, so the fun stuff first: Here are just a few of the enticing Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals!!!!
In need of some sun?
Deal #1: The rather large but fun for families Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is offering room rates as low as $99 a night. Think water slides and lots of kids - sort of Vegas of the Caribbean but kids love it. There are some black out dates, but book this deal from Black Friday through Cyber Monday at www.Atlantis.com
Deal #2: One of the best resorts in Sunny So Cal – L’Auberge Del Mar near San Diego is offering 40% off room rates that are booked between today and Monday.www.laubergedelmar.com
Want some snow?
Deal #3: Vail Resorts is offering up to 50% off – Participating properties include Vail, Beaver Creek, and Breckenridge to name a few.
Deal #4: Lastly, a boutique hotel I’ve written about before in New York City – the newly renovated and swank Benjamin Hotel in the heart of Manhattan is offering rooms starting at $199. Book online at www.thebenjamin.com using promo codes CYBERN or CYBER1.
There are many places these days to make online purchases – But be smart about it. In the last year alone, officials have shut down 1500 fake websites that can steal private information from consumers , according to the Better Business Bureau.
Security experts say most of the big sites tend to be safe – Expedia, Kayak, Travelocity, etc. But the travel industry faces the same security challenges as other retailers – There is potential to turn over information, as well as info about where you live and when you will be on vacation!
Security expert Julian Waits of Threat Track Security in FL says be wary of clicking on any links in unsolicited emails that could lead to phony travel websites. If it seems too good to be true – don’t click on it.
He also says there ARE ways to tell if a site is secure – Find the URL, and there should be a lock symbol to the right or left. An additional step would be to make sure the website displays a SSL certificate.
Now… be careful, but go get those good deals!