Love it or hate it, Black Friday – and its counterpart Cyber Monday – are here to stay. Embrace it and you could just bag yourself a hugely discounted holiday or a great deal on flights.
This year Black Friday falls on 24 November with Cyber Monday on 27 November. And while you have to be savvy to ensure you really are getting a good deal, in amongst the more dubious offers are genuine travel bargains. In the lead up to the big day, we’ll be posting the best deals we can find, with more added all the time.
Here are the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals for 2017.
Half price stays in Jamaica
The Half Moon resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is offering 50 per cent off all bookings made on Cyber Monday. The booking window opens on Monday 27 November at 12am (4am GMT) and closes at 11.59pm (3.59am on Tuesday 28 GMT). The discount applies for holidays booked using the promotional code PROC17 departing between 3 January and 20 December 2018, with some dates unavailable. Half Moon is a beachside resort featuring 400 acres of manicured grounds, an extensive spa, 18-hole par-72 championship golf course, equestrian centre with 28 horses and the Sugar Mill, a fine dining restaurant serving Jamaican cuisine with a twist. From $244 (£187) per night, room only.
Save 50 per cent on a cottage in Devon
Cofton Holidays, which spreads over 80 acres of countryside in South Devon, is offering 50 per cent off all holidays between 24 November and 22 December 2017 for those quoting the discount code BF50 (the code will only be live from 24 to 27 November). For example, Linney Cottage, which sleeps four and comes with its own hot tub and views of Dawlish Warren nature reserve and beach, can be booked for a week from £365 (was £730) – £91.25 per person. On-site facilities include a heated indoor pool with hydrotherapy loungers, gym, restaurant, pub, steam room, sauna, fitness studio, soft play area, playground, sports wall and outdoor pools. There’s also free access to a new £50,000 Woodland Adventure Area featuring a 25m zip line, climbing cage, rope ladders, balance beam, balance lines and scramble nets.
Pre-Christmas skiing for under £90
Interhome is opening its new Swisspeak resort in the tiny Swiss ski resort of Vercorin this season, and to celebrate, on Black Friday early adopters can save 35 per cent when they book online to stay for the opening week (16 to 23 December). This discount can add up to a seven-night stay for under £90 per person. For example, a family or group of four adults staying in a two-bedroom apartment will pay £341 with the discount (£85.25 per person). Swisspeak is 50m from the nearest ski lift and has a bar and wellness centre. The village of Vercorin has 35km local slopes but is also part of the bigger Val d’Anniviers ski area, which includes the resorts of Grimentz/Zinal and St Luc/Chandolin, with 175km of slopes in total (access between them is via bus).
Pay £10 for a London hostel
Clink Hostels is offering 20 per cent off London bookings and 10 per cent off Amsterdam bookings for stays of two or more nights any time during 2018. Bookings must be made on 24 November using the code FRIDAY17 to receive this discount. This means you could bag a bed in a shared dorm for £10.40 a night in London and €12.30 in Amsterdam.
Half-price luxury holiday to the Maldives
From Black Friday through to Cyber Monday, The Turquoise Holiday Company is offering 50 per cent off on holidays to the Six Senses Laamu resort in The Maldives. The offer includes a seven-night stay in a Lagoon Water Villa, daily breakfast and dinner, speedboat transfers, domestic and international flights, from £2,350 per person. The offer is valid for travel from 6 April to 30 September 2018 on holidays booked between 9am on Friday 24 November and 5pm on Monday 27 November.
$250 credit at Jamaican couples resort
Couples Resorts, a family-owned boutique resort collection in Jamaica, is offering a seventh night free when guests book a six-night stay, plus $250 resort credit. This promotion can be used at any of the four properties, with prices from $185 per person per night, all-inclusive, including watersports, scuba diving, activities, excursions and drinks. The offer is valid for bookings made from Black Friday to Cyber Monday on holidays taken by 30 April 2018.
London to Auckland return from £399
On Black Friday, Air New Zealand releases its lowest ever fares for Los Angeles and Auckland, with return flights from London to Los Angeles priced at £175 per person and London to Auckland flights at £399. The deal starts at 9am on 24th November and tickets are expected to sell out in minutes.
70 per cent off Topdeck tours
Topdeck Travel's Black Friday sale will run from 3pm on 23rd November to 9am on 28th November, with discounts of up to 70 per cent, including its Sydney Discovery (£123), Road to Marrakech (£382.50) and Tropical Discovery: Queensland (£123) tours.
Up to 50 per cent off with Loveholidays
Online travel agent Loveholidays is offering customers up to 50 per cent off holidays booked via their website on Black Friday, and another £50 off using a discount code for holidays over £1000. This includes deals at the HTOP hotel group across Spain and up to 40 per cent off selected Greek Island hotels. The offer lasts throughout Black Friday.
Baltic Travel Company offer 5 per cent on bookings from £3,000
Baltic Travel Company, which specialises in trips to Scandinavia, the Baltics and Eastern Europe is offering a five per cent discount on trips from at least £3,000, which can be booked from 20th until the 27th of November. Bookings will only be taken by phone and you must quote “Black Friday” at the point of booking.
20 per cent off with W Bellevue
Hotel chain W is offering a discount of 20 per cent on stays at W Bellevue between December 7, 2017 and January 15, 2018. The offer lasts from November 23 to November 27.