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Taking the Kids -- and taking advantage of Cyber Monday family travel deals

By Eileen Ogintz, Tribune Content Agency on

CELEBRATE A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY OR ANNIVERSARY in Paris or on Safari, among other places, on a luxe private family tour with Abercrombie & Kent at savings up to 44 percent. (Book from Dec. 2 at 8 a.m. to Dec 6 at 4 p.m.)

TAKE THE FOODIES on a small group Access Culinary Trip to explore culture through food with Buy Three Get One Free trips in 2020 -- a 25 percent savings for a family of four. Book Nov. 28 through Dec.2.

HAVE SOME FUN IN THE SNOW at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, or Snow Mountain Ranch (near Winter Park) with 25 percent off lodging from December 3, 2019 through March 31, 2020, as long as you book Cyber Monday with code CYBER. Lots of activities including snowshoe hikes through Rocky Mountain National Park are included.

Save up to 40 percent off Benchmark Resorts & Hotels across the country, including Vermont, Lake Geneva, and Jackson, Wyoming. Bookings must be made when the links go live between midnight of November 29 through midnight, December 2.

HEAD TO THE SUN. Between November 28 and December 2, Atlantis, Paradise Island (Nassau, Bahamas) is touting Five Days of Savings. With different offers, including air/hotel deals, 35 percent room savings, up to $600 resort credit, a complimentary night, a fifth night free and more.

TAKE VEGAS with guestrooms starting at just $35 a night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas for a two-night stay. (Use code HHBF1 (at then book two tickets for $99 to the Blue Man Group. There are blackout dates.

More than a dozen hotels in Saint Lucia are featuring Cyber Monday deals this year while Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana promises up to 69 percent off stays, resort credits and upgrades. Book by Dec. 10 and you can still get away this year and all through next year!


ENJOY THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND A WEEKEND AWAY near home. The Godfrey Hotel in Chicago's River North is offering 30 percent off rack rate and 10 percent off at the hotel's ground-floor restaurant, the Brunch Room, starting Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 6. Stay through March 31 -- even Christmas, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day.

Get 25 percent off the best available rates at the Library Hotel Collection, including in New York and Toronto, where there is a huge kids' play center and year-round pool. (Book directly at each property's site between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 2019.)

And in Denver, I'm a fan of the hip, but kid friendly, Maven, a short walk from Union Station, with deals starting at $179 a night, half-off pricy valet parking and waived $20 amenity fee. Goes live Nov. 22, 2019.

Who gets bragging rights for finding the best deal? Happy Hunting!


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