Sunday, November 16, 2014

2014 Black Friday Hotel Travel Deals

Written by: Denise Stejskal - E-Commerce Specialist for Kinseth Hospitality Companies

The day after Thanksgiving, most commonly known as Black Friday, is the day that many retailers have coined as the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Despite the large amount of Christmas decorations showing up in stores immediately following Halloween, most retailers continue to obey the unwritten rule of lying low until after Thanksgiving to aggressively sell for the holidays. However, each year more and more retail stores are beginning to open up their Black Friday sales earlier or extending them to later in the week.

Our Kinseth hotels are getting in on the action, but we don’t need Christmas decorations or Black Friday to give us the signal to advertise a savings. We do this every year! I will tell you how to get these special holiday travel deals at our hotels in just a bit. First, picture this . . . instead of driving around like a lunatic in the wee hours of Black Friday morning, high on caffeine, looking for that next bargain; you’re staying in one of our posh hotel rooms tucked into one of our warm cozy beds, enjoying free breakfast, and sipping your coffee floating on a cloud of zen, while browsing the net to do your shopping . . .

Not convinced? Did you know the word Black has been used in the past to describe many disastrous financial turns? The market fell on Black Tuesday, October 29,1929 signaling the start of the Great Depression. Black Monday, October 19, 1987 was used to describe the largest one-day drop in stock market history. There are several ideas behind how Black Friday got its name. One thought is that Black Friday is that day that many retailers use to boost their sales enough to get them back in the Black financially.

But the fact is most retailers don’t need Black Friday to turn an annual profit. The items they are selling are not at the lowest prices they've been all year. These items have been on sale in the past, and are usually items the retailer doesn't want to have to ship back to the warehouse at the end of the season. Ouch! Ask yourself the following questions when standing in line to purchase those must have items. Do I really want to be wearing some unpopular seasonal leftover? Am I just buying cheap items, at cheap prices?

Electronics get especially hairy. Be sure to do your homework because really good quality new release electronics are not usually deeply discounted, if at all. Here’s a little secret, Black Friday is not the biggest shopping day of the year, in terms of dollars, it just happens to be the day you see the most people in one space. Some people’s shopping skills thrive on this little rush. The biggest shopping days in terms of dollars spent actually happen in the weeks right before Christmas.

So what IS the best strategy for Black Friday, and what did I say about Kinseth hotel discounts? Right. Here we go -

Most retailers offer similar bargains online and many have free shipping so you don’t have to throw yourself into the masses. Find your favorite store online and compare discounts. The best Black Friday deals you will find on foot, for luxury clothing tend to be at the outlet malls. Non-luxury clothing retailers often allow a 50% savings or more in traditional malls. One of the best items to buy on Black Friday are movies and video games. These are deeply discounted, and often times it is cheaper to buy a boxed set than it is to pay for streaming.

If you must venture out (because you already know you will) it will be good to have a road map and a plan. Kinseth has a few hotels located next to some of the best malls in America, and like I said before, ALL of our Kinseth hotels are offering discounts, not just for Black Friday but for the ENTIRE holiday season starting from November 15th through January, 31st.

Below is a list of popular malls and the nearest Kinseth Hotels.

Mall of America - Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Holiday Inn Bloomington

Jordan Creek Town Center - West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Courtyard by Marriott Ankeny
  • Iowa Holiday Inn & Suites Des Moines
  • Econolodge Des Moines

CoralRidge Mall - Coralville, Iowa

Tanger Outlet - Williamsburg, Iowa
  • Holiday Inn Express Coralville
  • Holiday Inn Coralville
  • Hampton Inn Coralville

Village Pointe Mall - Omaha, Nebraska

Nebraska Crossing Outlets - Gretna, Nebraska
  • Hilton Garden Inn Omaha
  • Home2 Suites Omaha

Kennedy Mall - Dubuque, Iowa
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Dubuque
  • Holiday Inn Dubuque

Bay Park Square - Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Super 8 Green Bay

*Holiday mall hours may vary so please check their websites for more information.

So how can you book that super holiday hotel discount?
  1. Remember you don’t have to visit us on black Friday but anytime between November 15th and January 31st.*
  2. Hop on over to our portfolio page ( and look at all of our hotel properties, so you can plan your vacation. Kinseth Hospitality Companies has over 75 different hotels from just about every brand family!
  3. Call the hotel directly, give them your booking dates, and pass them the code phrase "Home for the Holidays”
  4. Book your hotel at an amazing savings!
*Blackout dates do apply. Each hotel has designated their own rate special specific to their hotel.

That’s it! It’s that simple to save big on hotel rooms this holiday season! We hope you take advantage of our hotels offering this amazing deal!

About Kinseth Hospitality
Kinseth Hospitality is a leading midwest hotel management, development and ownership company. Kinseth has a proven track record of developing and operating award-winning hotels, restaurants and meeting facilities. Kinseth Hospitality is based in North Liberty, Iowa. For more information regarding KHC please contact our Corporate Sales and Marketing Team at 319-626-5600 or visit

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