One-Day Flash Sale on Hotels & Resorts in the US, Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America
To celebrate this weekend’s summer solstice, several hotels and resorts are participating in a CyberSummer flash sale offering significant discounts for summer travel.
From the event website:
On Saturday, June 21, the first day of Summer, also known as the Summer Solstice, 21 hotels & resorts are offering one day only savings you won’t see any other time of year. Four-diamond resorts for $99/night, five-star hotels offering 50% off, free nights and more. Don’t miss the one-day booking window – offers are available for 24 hours starting at 12:00 AM EST on June 21, 2014.
I did a quick spot-check price comparison. At some properties this looks to be a very compelling deal, although at others it is just a modest discount.
Nevertheless, some very nice properties are included and the sale is worth a look if you are (or would like to be) traveling to one of those locations this summer.
For example, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa currently shows a $289/night average rate on Expedia for summer dates.
With this sale, rates are potentially $175/night with a $50 daily resort credit.
On the other hand, Miami’s Lord Balfour hotel is only modestly discounted. Expedia has it for $149/night:
And the flash sale event advertises rates “starting at” $129/night.
Thoughts & tips
This can be a good – even great – deal in some cases, but as always I would comparison-shop at other third-party sites like Expedia and Orbitz as well as the respective hotel’s website. My screen shots show prices at the time I checked them, but they can change any time and it’s possible other sites will match the prices of this CyberSummer sale when it goes live.
I would also:
- Check cancellation policies. In skimming the T&Cs I did not see one way or the other if these flash sale rates are prepaid and/or non-refundable. You should definitely confirm if you intend to book.
- Be mindful of potential resort fees. These fees, charged by many (not all) resorts, are usually “mandatory” but not included in the quoted rate. You might find them in the fine print, but if in doubt check with the hotel directly. At nice properties, resort fees can be substantial (I have seen ones at $60/night, though most are not quite that high). Usually they’re assessed by the resort, not the booking site, so it probably won’t matter whom you book through as far as the resort fee is concerned.
Finally, remember that the flash sale is only for 24 hours starting at midnight EST.
(Thanks to Wendy Perrin.)