You may have noticed the shops are already promoting Black Friday deals ahead of this Friday 23rd November 2018 and it’s not just limited to televisions and shoes. The travel industry host discounts that certainly shouldn’t be ignored.
Last year travel giants including; Thomas Cook, British Airways, Expedia and Easyjet offered a vast range of discounts from £200.00 off holidays to 50% off hotels, with some long-haul flights falling as low as a couple of hundred pounds!
With just 2 days to go until the annual shopping event not all travel companies have announced their Black Friday deals, but here is what you can expect.
Booking company, Expedia is staying true to form and offering customers a huge Black Friday discount on hotels. Their website states, customers who download the Expedia App and head to the website this Friday at 9:00 GMT will be able to claim an extra 75% off app coupon on selected hotels – and more, they tease. But be quick, Expedia are warning of a limited quantity.
Secret Escapes are offering up to 60% off a selection of luxury hotels and holidays. Head over to their website and scroll through incredible offers, including a five-star stay with your own pool in Crete with up to 41% off!
The Shangri-La is offering their Gold Circle Members an exclusive discount of 50% off dining and spa experiences if they book a trip between May 1st and Sept 30th 2019. Destinations where this offer is taking place include Dubai, Mauritius, Colombo and Sri Lanka.
Airlines are yet to announce their Black Friday deals but based on last years offers we can expect British Airways to be offering cheap city break deals and discounted long-hauls flights. 2017’s Black Friday saw British Airways offering two-night stays and return flights to Venice, Prague and Barcelona for as low as £99pp. Flights to Dubai were just over £300.00pp. Avios points were also given to BA’s Frequent Flyers.
Cruises will not be forgotten this Black Friday, with TUI offering cruise holiday’s with discounts of up to £148.00pp. Iglu Cruise company is also offering Black Friday deals with deposits as low as £1pp. As with all holidays it is important to ensure, amidst the excitement of Black Friday sales, that you are buying a suitable travel insurance policy for your needs – and with cruise cover this isn’t as straight forward as you may think. Read more on cruise cover, here.
As well as making sure you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy to accompany your Black Friday deal, there are a few hidden extras to look out for.
Although the prices may be low, most travel companies will state in the small print that a deposit needs to be paid in full a few weeks after the booking is made. Bear in mind that even if you decide to cancel the trip the deposit will still need to be paid. Also, keep an eye on added extras like flight upgrades or children go free as there are usually hidden supplement costs that counteract these deals. Finally, discounts may not be as big as they seem; even at 60% off some holidays can still cost well over £1000! Make sure you’re checking the final cost and don’t just get drawn in by the discount.