The Best Black Friday Travel Deals of 2018: Delta, Cathay and More
The busiest shopping day is almost upon us, and the Black Friday travel deals keep coming.
There are flight deals whether you’re using cash or points. There are some savings on hotels to be had. And there are travel goodies you can score at a discount.
This list is sure to grow, so keep checking back as more great deals pop up online.
Delta is offering a handful of deals for Black Friday and teasing some other fares for Cyber Monday. And there are savings whether you’re using cash or SkyMiles. Especially impressive is the economy tickets from Delta hubs to the Azores for 40k r/t.
Pore through the list of routes on sale, as it’s extensive. And remember that Delta often slashes pricing for more departing airports than what’s advertised. So if you don’t see your home airport on Delta’s list, search for it and see what you can dig up.
There are a few big highlights in Delta’s Black Friday list. Getting to the Azores from Delta hubs for just 40,000 SkyMiles round trip is a steal. It might be our favorite among an outstanding crop of SkyMiles flash sales we’ve seen in the last year.
Other highlights include flying from the East Coast to Dublin (DUB) for just 36,000 SkyMiles round trip and getting to Australia starting at just 70,000 SkyMiles round trip.
Even one of the world’s best airlines gets into Black Friday deals.
Cathay Pacific is touting some discounted fares to Hong Kong (HKG) from its seven U.S. hubs, including Boston (BOS), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Washington, D.C.-Dulles (IAD) and more. The round trip fares in economy for under $600 are a solid deal, but there are bigger savings in premium cabins.
Use the promo code HOLIDAY when booking directly through Cathay, and you can save $500 on premium economy fares, bringing the price as low as $773. If you’re ready to fork over for business class, you can save $1,000 and pay just $2,338 round trip.
It’s good for travel through mid-May – just book before Nov. 27.
Want to the fly the #1 airline in the world? Singapore Airlines is your ticket. Check our their massive Black Friday sale from Houston, Los Angeles, NYC, and San Francisco.
The best deals include $447 nonstop flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo-Narita (NRT), $447 nonstop flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG), and nonstop Premium Economy from Newark (EWR) to Singapore (SIN) for $1,000 on the longest flight in the world.
LifeMiles, the quirky frequent flyer program of South American airline Avianca, sells its miles at a steep discount. But its Black Friday promo is the best yet.
You’ll get a 140% bonus on miles purchased through Nov. 26, no matter whether you buy 1,000 miles, 100,000 miles or more. This is a great way to top off your account or buy enough miles to snag a discounted business class or first class fare outright. Whether you want to fly EVA Air, Lufthansa, ANA or other great Star Alliance carriers, LifeMiles are great because of a well-priced award chart and very few fees.
American Airlines also has a Black Friday special for buying miles. It’s not quite as lucrative as LifeMiles – you have to buy at least 10,000 AAdvantage miles to start getting a bonus, and bonuses get larger as you buy more. But if you’re 10,000-plus miles short of an award booking, this could be a great way to top off your account.
Did you know you can fly Emirates from New York City-JFK (JFK) direct to Milan (MXP)? Bet you didn’t know you can book it for just $449 round trip this spring.
This “fifth-freedom” route is the top offering for the airline’s special Black Friday sale. Other routes on sale include flights to Athens (ATH) and Dubai (DXB), the Middle Eastern airline’s hub.
Fiji on your bucket list? Now could be a great time to book, because Fiji Airways has a Black Friday deal on flights from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Honolulu (HNL). Flights from the mainland start at $729 round trip, while you can snag a fare for $699 from Hawaii.
Long a leader of the dirt cheap fares, Iceland-based WOW Air is back with Black Friday deals. Naturally, they’re calling it “Purple Friday.”
Fares across the U.S. into its Reykjavik (KEF) hub start at $69 one way, while other European destinations like Amsterdam (AMS), Dublin (DUB) and London-Gatwick (LGW) run at $99 or more each way.
But it gets better come Cyber Monday. You can score 40% off flights by using the promo code WOWCYBERMONDAY. Just book by Wednesday, Nov. 28 for travel all the way through April 2019.
Keep in mind that most of the fares on sale are the WOW air basic fare, which does not include a carry-on or advance seat assignment.
Travelers stationed at Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) or any of Sun Country’s airports can snag fares as low as $29 one way.
The low-cost airline’s Black Friday deal touches more than a dozen different airports, and Sun Country warns these bargain fares won’t last long. It requires flights on Mondays through Thursdays, with travel eligible from Jan. 7 until March 7, 2019.
MSP to Las Vegas (LAS) and back starts at $49 each way. Travelers based in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) can fly between LAS for the same price, and get to Tampa (TPA) for just $39 each way. Nashville (BNA) travelers can get to a handful of destinations for just $29, including Miami (MIA), New Orleans (MSY) and Orlando (MCO).
The hotel brand Fairmont is offering a 20% bonus when you buy gift cards, but you need to act fast. The promotion only runs from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. EST on Black Friday itself. You can buy a minimum of $25 in gift cards all the way up to $5,000, which would get you $1,000 in bonuses.
This promo won’t be for everyone, but this is an easy way to stretch your dollars farther if you have an upcoming Fairmont stay.
It might not be a Black Friday deal per se, but hotel chain IHG is offering 20% off or more on hotel bookings made through Jan. 7, 2019. Simply head to their annual sale homepage and start searching.
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