Everything you need to know about Black Friday deals 2021 – including deals live now!

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One of the best times of the year for travel deals is upon us with Black Friday next week on the 26th followed by Cyber Monday. With Book with Confidence now covering most of summer next year for BA, (April 22 for Virgin) this could be a good time to consider a spring or summer trip while there is still the reassurance of being able to take a voucher. 

I would expect the deals to go for the whole week with some starting this Friday, and in fact, many have already started or been announced. Next week my posts will take a more dynamic nature as I plan to try to bring the deals as they are announced. So if you are an email subscriber don’t be surprised if emails go out at different times to normal. There will still be the daily email with the round-up of the last 24 hours posts. If you are subscribed weekly, I would recommend checking every day as often there are flash sales for a day or two!

 

How to get the best deals and maximise your savings

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  • Work out in advance what you are looking for and the dates you can do – you may have to make a decision very quickly!
  • Make sure you understand the current “Book with confidence” policies of the airlines you want to book with, so you don’t regret a purchase later. Here are the main ones:
  • Once you see a deal, do some research on the airline and types of seat, rules etc, but when you have decided – don’t hesitate if it is what you are looking for. Many of the offers have very limited availability at that price, so don’t hang around! Even if the offer is valid for a week, the available seats could sell out after a day or so. 
  • If you visit this website directly rather than subscribing, I would recommend signing up for the emails in the top right of this page as well as signing up to follow on Facebook or Twitter. Some of the very fleeting offers I only share on social media, so don’t miss out!
  • If you are having trouble with the airline’s website try searching with google flights first. Google flights is also useful for tweaking your dates or routes to get the best price. If you want to see the fare rules easily and run more complex searches ITA matrix is also handy. I talked about both of these in How to search for cheaper flights
  • Don’t forget the Expedia and Ebookers trick I talked about to bring the price down. It could mean you can get a UK departure for almost the same as an ex EU. 
  • The same applies to BA flights versus BA holidays. Not only do you earn an extra 1 Avios per £1 on your total spend on top of any flight or car hire Avios, but you only have to pay a small deposit if you book in advance. The prices can often be as cheap or cheaper than flight alone. You can just add one night or two nights of hotel and car hire if you want. You will need to use the BA complex holiday booker for this. However, if you want to take advantage of the BA double tier points on holidays, you will need to book the car or accommodation for the whole time. 
  • If you are also doing non-travel related shopping for Black Friday don’t forget about the BA eStore or Virgin Shops Away to earn extra miles. Plus make sure you consider which credit card to use in case there is an extra offer on your American Express or to get bonus Avios/miles by using an airline card. 
  • Last year there were a lot of discounted deals using miles which could happen again this year. Make sure you have an idea how many points and vouchers you have to use if spread across various points and consider using SeatSpy to search for availability of an offer comes up. 

 

What deals have been announced and what may still be coming for Black Friday?

Already announced:

  • Solis – this is a portable wifi hotspot that usually works better than a mobile – up to 50% off
  • Hilton – up to 25% off – see here
  • Accor – up to 30% off – see here
  • Hotels.com – Offer: 30% off or more Member Prices
    Offer duration: 17th Nov 2021 to 29th Nov 2021
    Travel Window: 17th Nov 2021 to 30th April 2022
  • Expedia – Offer: 30% off or more Member Prices
    Offer duration: 16th Nov 2021 to 29th Nov 2021. Travel Window: 16th Nov 2021 to 30th April 2022
  • PriorityPass: PriorityPass is offering up to 50% off their lounge access packages. This makes the offer as follows:
    • £34 (reg. £69) Standard yearlong membership Standard Plus 25% off
    • £122 (reg. £189) … Standard Plus yearlong membership, 10 free lounge visits 
    •  See more details here.
  • Cathay Pacific sale this Friday 19 November
  • Fairmont – 20% voucher bonus on Black Friday (see here)
  • Bahia Principe hotels – 22 Nov – 28 Nov up to 60% off
  • Hyatt – Hyatt has just launched a sale but seeing as it is only 15% off, hopefully, there may be something better for Black Friday. The discount is valid for stays through 30 April 2022 ​, when you book by 21 December 2021​. Details here. 

Still likely to happen based on previous years:

  • British Airways sale with flights, holidays and Avios discounts. Usually, they offer some cheap deals for late December, January. New York is often £1000 + the last 2 digits of the year which would make it £1021. Companion sales are a possibility.
  • Virgin – flights, holidays and miles sale
  • Qatar sale
  • Emirates sale
  • Etihad sale
  • Iberia sale
  • Finnair sale
  • Kaligo (gives miles on hotel bookings)
  • Luggage sales via Amazon or Samsonite and others

Plus many more……

I will be posting as the deals come in. If any amazing deals come in I will send an extra email out for subscribers but keep checking the site next week as deals go live! The easy way to see all the articles in one place will be this Black Friday category link.

1 Comment on "Everything you need to know about Black Friday deals 2021 – including deals live now!"

  1. This is fantastic thanks for the heads up

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