Black Friday 2021 is here. And as more and more travelers get back out into the world, travel companies are out with their usual dizzying array of promotions and discounts.
Airlines are out with some solid discounts on fares from the U.S., whether you're looking to fly domestically or jet off worldwide. You can snag some solid discounts on hotel stays and gift cards, too.
But beware: Just because it's Black Friday doesn't mean you're getting the best deal possible – Black Friday flight deals are more marketing gimmick than reality. You can find dirt-cheap flights any day of the year – and the best deals are rarely advertised through big discounts or promotions like this.
Read more: The Cheapest Flight Deals for 2022 Are Here!
So check out some these deals, but do your homework, too. This list is sure to grow, so be sure to check back throughout the day!
Ireland's Aer Lingus is cutting prices on select flights Dublin (DUB) to mark the occasion, with discounts of up to $200 on roundtrip economy fares – or $300 off flying business class.
You'll find these discounted rates from a handful of Aer Lingus routes from the U.S. The lower pricing is already reflected on what you find through Aer Lingus – or even by searching with Google Flights.
With those discounts, that means roundtrip flights to Dublin as low as $400 roundtrip in economy – or even less. Expect to pay $2,200 or more in business class.
These savings are available on flights from Jan. 1 through May 31, 2022. But you have to book by next Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6:59 p.m. EST.
Check it out on the Aer Lingus site.
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 $79 one-way. Book by Nov. 28 for travel from Jan. 5 through March 9. See all the details on Alaska's website.
One of the world's best airlines is getting into the flight deal action for Black Friday again.
Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific is touting flights from the U.S. to several Asian destinations starting at $728 roundtrip, including the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Singapore.
Flights are bookable now through Nov. 29 at these rates. And while travel to Hong Kong isn't currently allowed, Singapore, Thailand, and a few other destinations are already welcoming Americans. Plus, travel from Jan. 1 through May 23 and again from Aug. 15 through Oct. 29 qualifies for these cheaper prices.
Check out the details of its sale on Cathay Pacific's Black Friday page.
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 “Season of Adventure” page, with results tailored to your home airport. There are some decent deals whether you're using cash or Delta SkyMiles – including a recent award sale we sent to Thrifty Traveler Premium members earlier this week with roundtrip fares to Europe in Delta Premium Select for 90,000 SkyMiles roundtrip.
Be sure to book by Nov. 30 if you want to take advantage.
Qatar Airways is getting in on the Black Friday action once again with promo codes for some decent savings.
The world's reigning best airline has set up a special Black Friday sale page, advertising roundtrip economy fares from the U.S. to destinations around the world as low as $625 – or $2,230 in the airline's outstanding Qsuites business class. Book by Nov. 30 for a trip from Jan. 11 through May 14, 2022.
Qatar is also discounting seat selection fees and excess baggage charges by 50%. And first timers can get an easy 2,500 bonus Qmiles by using the promo code ACCESS21 when they book.
Singapore has a treat for Black Friday shoppers.
The airline has slashed prices on its stellar premium economy seats as low as $850 roundtrip from the West Coast to destinations like Tokyo and Taipei (TPE). Otherwise, you can fly economy from New York City (JFK) to Frankfurt (FRA) for under $550 total – a steal for one of the world's best airlines.
Check out what you can find on the Singapore Airlines sale page.
Even United is getting into the Black Friday mix.
Over on Instagram, United says you can enter the promo code BLACKFRIDAY2021 to get $100 off flights to Europe, Africa, India, and the Middle East. While the airline doesn't spell out which flights do and don't qualify, you've got until Cyber Monday to scope out potential savings. And United assures us that even its new routes to Europe for next summer will make the cut.
The UK's swankiest airline is promoting some decent savings on flights across the pond.
With savings of up to $135 a ticket, you could book roundtrip flights from the U.S. to London-Heathrow (LHR) from just $446. That's about as cheap as a flight to London gets. And best of all, Virgin Atlantic allows unlimited date changes on tickets booked for travel through April 2022.
Check it out on Virgin Atlantic's dedicated Black Friday page.
Online travel agency Expedia is offering some major discounts on hotel bookings for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and Travel Tuesday.
The online travel agency is advertising hotel rates at 50% off for hotel stays through Sept. 12, 2021. But you can take that even farther by booking through the smartphone app and entering the promo code GOAPP12 to get another 12% off.
Learn what you need at Expedia's Black Friday page.
Thrifty Tip: Got an American Express Card? See if you're targeted for an Amex Offer to get 20% cash back, for up to $20 in additional savings.
Fairmont is coming back with its popular deal on gift cards.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on Black Friday, Fairmont will offer a 20% bonus on all gift cards. Fairmont runs this promo once or twice a year, and it's a solid way to book some of the nicest properties in North America.
You can buy Fairmont gift cards at their dedicated sale page.
The hotel company behind brands like Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Express is bringing some big savings to Black Friday.
IHG says you can save 25% on “Advance Saver” rates for Black Friday and Cyber Monday – but in reality, you've got until Dec. 3 to book for these savings. Stays all the way through Sept. 7, 2022 are eligible.
Check out all the details on the IHG sale page.
Marriott is touting some big savings for Bonvoy members, with 25% off rates at 5,000-plus hotels and resorts worldwide … but only for stays through Jan. 17.
Still, those savings are substantial. You'll need to book by Nov. 29 to cash in. Check out what's available through Marriott's Bonvoy Escapes page.