The Best Black Friday Travel Deals of 2019: Airfare, Hotels and More
Black Friday is here, and so are the deals on travel.
Airlines are out with some tasty discounts on fares from the U.S., whether you’re looking to fly domestically or jet off worldwide. You can snag some gobsmacking discounts on hotel stays, too.
But beware: Just because it’s Black Friday doesn’t mean you’re getting the best deal possible. You can find dirt-cheap flights any day of the year – and the best deals are rarely advertised. So check out these deals, but do your homework, too.
This list of travel deals is sure to grow, so be sure to check back throughout the day!
If you ask the flag airline of Ireland, it’s not Black Friday – it’s Black Flyday.
Aer Lingus is cutting prices to mark the occasion, with $100 off select flights between the U.S. and Europe and $200 off in business class. That means you can fly from a handful of U.S. cities, including Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Boston (BOS), Toronto (YYZ), and more. And it’s not just Dublin (DUB) you can fly to for cheaper, but other European cities like Edinburgh (EDI), Geneva (GVA), Manchester (MAN), and more than 20 other European cities.
But those savings only apply when you fly between Jan. 1, 2020 and March 8, 2020. And you must book by Tuesday, Dec. 3 directly at AerLingus.com. Head to the airline’s promotional page for more info!
Alaska dropped some rock-bottom prices on select routes today, starting at $29 one-way.
Find select transcontinental fares from $89 one-way, and even some fares from the West Coast to Hawaii for as low as $129 one-way. Book today and travel January 7 – March 11, 2020. See all the details on Alaska’s website. In addition, throughout Black Friday, Alaska will host five giveaways on Twitter (using the hashtag #AlaskaHappyHour). Enter for a chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to Alaska Airlines destinations across the country.
One of the world’s best airlines is getting into the flight deal action for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific is touting savings of 70% on flights from the U.S. to much of Asia – in both ecconomy and premium economy. That can drop the price under $600 for a round-trip flight in economy, and below $1,300 for premium economy. These savings are available from many of Cathay’s U.S. gateways, including Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), and more.
These flights are bookable now, and available through Tuesday, Dec. 3. Check Cathay’s Black Friday page for more details.
Delta is getting in on the shopping season action, too. And it’s a mixed bag.
You’ll find plenty of fares already available on Delta’s list of Black Friday sales. Nothing stands out as tremendous value, but scan the list to see what you can find. And keep in mind that Delta often slashes prices far beyond what it advertises, so search from your home airport.
The flashy Middle Eastern airline is making a splash with some hot Black Friday fares.
Emirates has slashed prices on several of its routes from the U.S. to Europe. New York City (JFK) to Milan (MXP) for $449 round-trip? Or fly to Athens (ATH) on one of the world’s best airlines for just $489 round-trip. Flights to Dubai (DXB) and Delhi (DEL) start at just $729.
Just head to Emirates’ fare sale page to book. These flights are available now through Nov. 30 – but the best deals may sell out faster.
Singapore Airlines always offers some sweet deals for Black Friday, and this year is no different.
The airline is offering fares as low as $499 round-trip from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), New York City (JFK), and Newark (EWR). And the savings are good for flights to Singapore (SIN), Hong Kong (HKG), Tokyo-Narita (NRT), and other destinations throughout Asia!
Check out Singapore’s promo page for a full list of discounted fares. And be sure to book by Tuesday, Dec. 3!
Qatar Airways is getting in on the Black Friday action with promo codes that can save you up to $300 on flights.
The world’s reigning best airline has set up a special Black Friday sale page. You can get $150 off economy flights on select routes from the U.S. to the Middle East, Europe, Asia, or even Australia. Just tap in the promo code FLYDAY.
Splurging for Qatar’s unbeatable business class? You’ll get $300 off with the promo code FLYDAY on select routes, too.
Book by Dec. 1 to save. And you’ll have to fly between Jan. 11, 2020 through May 19 for these discounts to work.
United is making us wait all the way until Cyber Monday.
Rather than slashing cash prices, United is teasing some lower award rates when using miles to fly round-trip from the U.S. to Europe or Asia. Just how low prices may go is unclear, but United could make a splash now that it’s transitioned to a dynamic award pricing model.
Whatever they are, these lower award rates will only be available Monday, Dec. 2. And it’s only valid for travel between Jan. 12, 2020 and March 29, 2020.
It’s not a plane – it’s a train.
Amtrak is calling it “Track Friday,” offering 35% off rides nationwide from today through Cyber Monday, Dec. 2. And those discounts are good for travel from Dec. 9 through April 30, 2020.
Just head to Amtrak’s Track Friday page to book!
Online travel agency Expedia is offering some major discounts on hotel bookings for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But you’ll have to be fast.
Starting at 9 a.m. PST, Expedia will offer a 75% discount code by using the Expedia smartphone app. Come Cyber Monday, they’ll offer 95% off discount codes. Only a small number of these codes will be available, so make sure to set up your account, download the app, and be lightning fast. Learn what you need to get ready at Expedia’s Black Friday page.
What’s better than 95% off? 99% off.
That’s right, Priceline is upping the ante with a potential to score a 99% discount on hotel bookings. Just sign up for Priceline’s Insider Emails, and Priceline will send out special deals on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The cream of the crop is a Cyber Monday 99% mystery coupon for a Priceline Express deal, where Priceline only reveals the exact hotel (but provides other details like rough location and rating) after you book. Other users will get 15% or 10% off.
It may not be a Black Friday sale exactly, but there are still savings to be had booking IHG hotels.
The IHG hotel chain – which includes brands like Intercontinental, Kimpton, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and more – is offering 25% on select hotel bookings from Nov. 11 through Dec. 17. You have to be an IHG member to get those discounts, and your stay must occur before June 1, 2020. Head to IHG’s Cyber Sale page to book.
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