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I know all about Black Friday, but apparently there’s also something called Cyber Monday? Sounds like a bunch of bull to me, but on this Frugal Friday perhaps you will disagree.

Marriott Florida Resorts are looking to help you rake in the savings and are joining together to offer up to 25 percent savings on Cyber Monday with rates starting from $95 to $186 per night. Available online on Monday, November 28 ONLY, the savings can be applied on stays from November 9, 2011 through January 8, 2012. For reservations visit or visit and enter the promotional code DOD.

The savings applies to these destinations:

Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach
Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort
Miami Airport Marriott
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
South Beach Marriott

Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Hollywood Beach Marriott
Delray Beach Marriott
West Palm Beach Marriott
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina

Orlando/St. Petersburg
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes ®
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld ®
Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Orlando World Center Marriott

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort


Here at trippin: a travelogue I feel that Friday is a day for rewards. To me, there is no greater reward that the gift of travel, so allow me to introduce Frugal Fridays.

Each Friday I will present a hot travel deal that I find with the hopes that it will tickle your fancies and inspire you to go off and have your own trippin adventures.

Let’s get this Friday started with Groupon Getaways. We all know Groupon, but this summer everyone’s favorite deal site launched a vacation component, based on Groupon’s original premise. You have a limited time to get some pretty sweet deals on travel across the world. Check it out and happy trippin!

Part of my job includes uploading special travel deals onto my company’s website. (Thrilling, I know, but somebody has to do it.) Normally the deals I come across include a complimentary hotel night after a paid three-night stay, or spa vouchers, or a free bottle of champagne upon arrival.

But today I was filing a deal for luxury tour-operator, Tahiti Legends, which was offering a 13-day trip to Tahiti. It included round-trip airfare, luxury accommodations, a three-night cruise, private dinners on the beach, and a whole lot of other stuff that I could never afford. How much did this “deal” cost?…

…$170,000 per couple!

No, you did not read that wrong, and no I did not put a comma in where I should have put a period. It is truly $170,000 per couple. Would we say that’s a deal? Shockingly, for some people, yes it is.

This got me thinking about the most expensive vacations in the world. A quick search on Google and I came up with this:

Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi Offers $1 Million Valentine’s Holiday.

$1 million! So what does this package include?

The package, which was available from February 11, 2010, includes first class roundtrip on Etihad Airways from any international destination; seven nights in a Palace Suite at Emirates Palace, a chauffeur-driven Maybach trips during the stay; daily spa treatments in the Anantara Spa; and private jet trips to Iran, Jordan and Bahrain.

Now that is a vacation….if you can swing it. And I’m not judging. I’m just strongly considering a change in profession.