Black Friday can be a shopping frenzy, but it’s always better to buy things you’ll use that’ll bring you joy.
If you’re the type of person who prefers experiences to ‘stuff’, you can still take advantage of the savings too.
For Black Friday this year – which falls on November 26 for 2021 – there are a whole host of travel bargains to be had.
A MoneySuperMarket survey recently estimated we’ll be spending around £179 each on travel during the sale day – making it one of our three biggest splurges – suggesting we’re all in the mood for holidays over physical items.
So if you’re planning a break – especially now worldwide travel restrictions are winding down – it might be the perfect time to purchase.
From sales with major flight companies to flash savings on UK staycation accommodation, here are our top picks for travel this Black Friday.
We’ll be updating the offers as they’re released, so check back if you don’t see what you’re after.
Black Friday shopping sense check
We love to bring you the best available bargains for Black Friday, but don’t want you to go into debt or suffer financial hardship as a result.
When shopping the sales, ask yourself these questions to ensure you’re buying smart:
- Do I need this? If your cooker has broken and needs replaced, this would be an essential purpose, while a new smoothie maker or air fryer is a desire not a need.
- Can I afford this? If you need to put something on credit – or put off essential spending to purchase it – you can’t afford it. If it’s a ‘want’ purchase, that means you should avoid. If it’s a ‘need’ purchase, look for the most affordable option.
- Am I buying for the sake of it? Whether it’s a gift or something for yourself, consider if you’re buying just to take advantage of discounts. For the environment and your bank balance, try to buy with intention. This could mean fewer, better quality garments you actually love (instead of throwaway trend-led fashion), or only buying gifts you know will be treasured, rather than disposable trinkets.
Travel Black Friday 2021 deals
Sprs.me is a platform that books you a trip with a catch – you don’t know where you’re going until you get to the airport.
Aside from a weather forecast and a general area (such as Europe or Asia), you’ll get no clues to your destination ahead of time, opening your envelope at departures and heading off on an adventure.
For Black Friday, they’re offering £50 off all trips with a minimum spend of £200. The deal runs until midnight on November 30, and will be automatically applied on all sites booked through the website.
The operator also has a separate deal running in the lead up to Christmas, where you can buy any gift card in November or December and get an extra gift card for free. Only one free gift card can be used per booking, but it’s a good way to save some pennies while seeing the world.
Cofton Holidays, the multi-award winning holiday park near Dawlish Warren in Devon, is offering up to 40% off on booking this Black Friday.
Bargain hunters can benefit from 40% off selected seven-night stays – and 30% off selected short breaks – taken between January 2 and April 7 next year (excluding February 18 to 24 2022).
That could end up in a saving of up to £336 on a week’s holiday, £88 off a mid-week stay, or £99 off a long weekend.
Customers should quotes codes BLACK40 and BLACK30 when booking over the phone, but discounts will be automatically applied when booking online between November 19 and 30.
Room Mate Group
From November 16 to December 1, Room Mate Group is offering direct discounts at all its rentals in Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, the United States, and Mexico.
The chain has boutique hotels and serviced apartments on their books, with locations from Miami to Milan – and millennial-friendly options like late breakfast and city-wide wifi.
Those who subscribe to the group’s newsletter can also boost their discount.
Contiki, Costsaver and Trafalgar
The three travel brands under the TTC label are offering discounts of up to 30% for Black Friday this year.
The price-dropped tickets are best for intrepid travellers, with a third off round-the-world trips and bucket list destinations.
Contiki’s East Africa Safari package holiday is a 12-day tour across Nairobi, taking in the sights of Masai
Mara, Lake Elementaita, Amboseli, Tarangire, Serengeti, and the Ngorogoro Crater. Normally it costs £3395, including meals and accommodation, but is down to £2885.75 in the Black Friday sale.
Costsaver has dropped the price of its Italian Lakes break from £875 to £787.50, so customers can enjoy eight days of Lakes Como, Bellagio, Verona, Garda, and more, for less.
Or for those who’d like to take advantage of the newly-opened US border, Trafalgar’s Tastes and Sounds of the South can give you a little taste of Americana. The 10-day holiday (from £2407.50 on Black Friday, usually £2675) stops in Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans – with Graceland and plenty of soul food thrown in.
Visit each tour operator’s website on Friday 26 November to book for Black Friday prices.
Those who aren’t fans of lazing by the pool will love the trips on offer with G Adventures.
The company’s Cyber sale has already begun, offering up to 30% off over 400 adventures – with everything from mountain climbing to wine tasting on the list.
For example, you can save hundreds on a British Virgin Island sailing break (from £888 per person – usually £1,269 – exc flight for March 2022), with sailing, snorkelling, and optional beach parties on the menu.
Or trek Costa Rica for 12 days, spotting dolphins at Quepos, going for night walks in Sarapiqui Rainforest, and taking boat trips around lush jungle lagoons in Tortuguero. This one-in-a-lifetime adventure normally costs from £849, but you can get it until Black Friday from £764.
Yotel, the hotel sister brand of Yo! Sushi, has launched its Black Friday deal, offering 40% discounts on stays from now until end of October 2022.
Travellers can take off to destinations such as San Francisco, New York, or Singapore – or choose to stay closer to home in Edinburgh, Amsterdam or Porto.
Rates will start from as little as £55, with all stays fully flexible if booked directly. Plus, Members can cancel up to 2pm on day of arrival, if plans suddenly need to change.