It’s nearly here: the annual shopping bonanza that is Black Friday beckons.
As well as physical products, the mega sale now extends to a host of services and experiences.
While you can save on a new broadband package, or treat yourself to a luxury spa day for less, the deals that are really making us stop and stare are the travel ones.
Few would argue that we’ve had a rough couple of years, but with travel restrictions now falling away, the window of opportunity for a foreign jolly is open.
Just think; 2022 could be the year that you take that once-in-a-lifetime trip or spend time exploring the cities you usually spend your lunch hour Googling.
Whether you’re aching to watch the sunrise in a new time zone or fancy checking out a personally uncharted corner of the UK, there are plenty of Black Friday travel offers that will have you reaching for your credit card.
Fasten your seats, and get ready to check in: these are the best Black Friday travel deals 2021 has to offer.
Best Black Friday flight deals
With the transatlantic route now open for commercial flights to and from the UK, the time is ripe to explore the US. Virgin’s deals could see you holidaying in Orlando from £399 return or tuning into an Empire State of Mind for just £359 return to NYC.
If you’re hunting for a bit of winter sun, there are offers to the Caribbean and India too. Selected dates apply.
Flight deals are on standby at BA until Cyber Week kicks off on Nov 23. That doesn’t mean you can’t browse the site for inspiration, though do so at your peril: with city breaks from £23 each way and a three-night holiday in NYC for just £480pp you may find yourself itching to buy before the main event kicks off.
The Hong Kong-based carrier is offering a “Two Together” deal this Black Friday where if you buy two economy tickets, the second will be half price. There are also discounts on other routes: those booking for travel between April 20 – October 31, 2022 could get return tickets to Hong Kong from £439 while round trips to Australia and New Zealand start from £619. The airline will also make carbon offsetting contributions for all flights purchased between now and Nov 29 at no extra cost to the customer.
Christmas in the Canaries? How about Valentine’s in Venice? It’s all possible this winter thanks to easyJet’s Black Friday sale, which has 800,00 seats on offer from just £19.99. There’s also £200 off package holidays. Now, where did you put that sunscreen?
They’re calling it Pink Friday over at lastminute.com in honour of the company’s signature hue. Colours aside, travel deals will leave you firmly in the black thanks to their enticingly discounted prices. The sale, which includes offers from Air Canada, Royal Jordanian, Ethiad and Air Malta, in on until Nov 30, so plenty of time to get holiday requests approved and balls rolling.
The budget airline is offering BOGOF flights to a range of destinations this Black Friday.
Best Black Friday room and hotel deals
Travel is back, and there’s no better time to grab a suite deal (sorry) than over Black Friday weekend. As one of the market leaders, Booking.com has thousands of hotel, hostels, B&Bs, homestays and options across the planet to choose from - and this Black Friday you can get them from 30 per cent off the usual price.
Whether you want to check out the best Christmas markets in Europe or you’re hoping to spend the Easter half-term soaking up the sun, the best place to boost your vacation spending money is by catching these discount room deals while you can. This year, for the first time, Booking.com is also offering 20 per cent off on rental cars.
On a mission to turn Black Friday into Break Friday, Hotels.com is knocking up to 70 per cent off the cost of some stays. There are domestic as well as foreign deals on rooms -as for destinations think New Orleans, Las Vegas, Bali and the Caribbean. That should blow off the winter blues.
The world-renowned hotel group is offering an incredible deal across its 500 properties with rooms starting from just £52 a night. The Winter Sale offer is open to all right now. Setting up a Hilton Honors account is free, so if you're looking for an excuse to book a night somewhere lavish, this could be all the incentive you need.
Mr & Mrs Smith x Six Senses
Boutique travel club Mr & Mrs Smith has teamed up with Six Senses this Black Friday to offer an incredible deal exclusively to its members. From Nov 25 - 30, it’s taking up to 40 per cent off Six Senses hotel stays in locations from Brazil to Bhutan. Barring a few blackout dates, you can book your trip right up until the end of next year so that once-in-a-lifetime trip is finally within reach.
After more than a year of no travel, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to get away? Now there’s a chance to get away for less thanks to Coco Collection, a group of hotels set on picture-perfect islands in the Maldives, who is offering 60 per cent off stays from May until the end of July 2022. Use use the code: BLACKFRIDAY to get your discount.
The QHotel Collection
With Black Friday offers across overnight stays as well as spa treatments and golf trips, there's never been more persuasion to book a minibreak with The QHotel Collection. Locations include Leeds, Northumberland, Warwick and Winchester. Get in early by signing up online.
With hotels across the world, YOTEL is a great place to stay for a city break. This Black Friday it is offering a 40 per cent discount on rooms, with rates from as little as £55pn.
Whether you’re planning a UK staycation next year or have your sights set further afield (Miami, anyone), YOTEL allows you to make the most of your leisure time. Members benefit from extra perks, and can cancel up to 2pm on the arrival day if plans suddenly change.
The budget group is making a stay at one of its hotels even more appealing this Black Friday with 30 per cent off room rates.
The hotel chain - with 32 branches across the UK in destination like Edinburgh, Cardiff, Durham and Aberdeen, amongst others - is making a 2022 UK staycation even more appealing with 20 per cent off selected rooms.
Best Black Friday travel tours and experiences
From last-minute getaways, UK staycations, city and beach trips, and even package holidays, there’s something to satisfy any kind of wanderlust at Secret Escapes. The company’s bestsellers are on offer, as well as exclusive rates on swish London stays (including a luxury superyacht near Canary Wharf). If that doesn’t catch your attention, perhaps the fact that there will be up to 70 per cent off will.
Virgin Experience Days
From dining out to adrenaline-pumping experiences, there's plenty of choice when it comes to UK-based thrills over at Virgin. Right now you can get a go on The Slide at The ArcelorMittal Orbit for two people with a bottle of prosecco for £43.73 (down from £62.50) and a spa day for two with a 55min treatment each - was: £178, now: £89.
The race is on to secure the best holiday for your money in 2022. Don’t want until next year to find a great deal, not when there are so many around this Black Friday weekend. Tour operator Tui has launched its discounts for this year’s event across various TUI, First Choice, Marella Cruises and TUI River Cruise holidays.
Find savings galore on trips away from tempting last-minute trips departing in a few days to epic voyages until April 2023. Minimum spends apply.
Luxury travel group Contiki is keeping its Cyber Week offers under lock and key until Nov 22, but if you’re itching to book your next big adventure, you can sign up to the Early Access Sale right now. Trips include itineraries to the Alps, Scandinavia, German Christmas markets and Egypt & The Nile, amongst others.
It’s easy to treat yourself to a 2022 holiday when there’s up to 40 per cent off at loveholidays. Whether you’re planning a romantic trip away a deux or want to spoil the whole family by taking them somewhere warm and sunny, loveholidays has deals to suit. Deposits from only £29pp.
Scoop up to 20 per cent off luxury tours to the American Deep South, Grand Canyon or the majestic Scandinavian Fjords with Insight Vacations.
If you’re planning to make next year the one for epic travel, you’ll love the sound of tour operator G Adventure’s Black Friday travel deal. It’s offering up to 30 per cent off the cost of some of it’s most-booked small-group trips: think Borneo, Sri Lanka and Japan. The offerr runs until midnight on Dec 3, so dust down your passport and get ready to explore.
One for the risk-takers, this company sees you heading to the airport, bags packed - but with no real idea of your destination. Srprs.me will send you baseline clues, such as a weather forecast and general region so you can pack adequately but other than that, it’s all up in the air. You’ll only find out where you’re going at Departures.
Their Black Friday offer sees £50 wiped off the cost of trips, with a minimum spend of £200. Available until Nov 30.
The Wedding Travel Company
Dreaming of a destination wedding? You're in luck. This Black Friday, The Wedding Travel Company is offering deals galore to see you say tie the knot abroad.
Some of the deals include getting hitched in Las Vegas for less than £100. Now there's a deal to say 'I do' to.
TRIPS by Culture Trip
Solo travel is all good and well but there’s nothing like discovering a new place with your best mate. This Black Friday, Trips by Culture Trip has your BFF sorted - it’s incredible deal sees a friend coming along for free with every booking. Itineraries include a jungle safari in Costa Rica and 10 days exploring the beauty - and food! - of southern Italy. The only thing you’ll need to decide is who to take.