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The Best Black Friday 2023 Travel Deals: Airfare, Hotels & More

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Black Friday 2023 is here. And with travel back in full swing after a few tough years, companies are offering 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 gimmicks 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.

So check out some of these deals, but do your homework, too. This list is sure to grow, so be sure to circle back throughout the day!

 

Airfare Deals

Aer Lingus

Ireland's Aer Lingus is cutting prices on select flights across the pond to mark the occasion, with 100 euro ($109 USD) discounts on roundtrip economy fares to both Dublin (DUB), Shannon (SNN), and even Manchester (MAN) – or 200 euro ($218 USD) flying Aer Lingus business class.

You'll find these discounted rates from a handful of Aer Lingus routes between Europe and the U.S. The lower pricing is already reflected in what you find by searching through Aer Lingus – or even by searching with Google Flights. Book directly with Aer Lingus to get the discount.

With those discounts, that means you could book roundtrip flights to Dublin as low as $420 or so roundtrip in economy.

 

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These savings are available on flights from Dec. 1 through March 14, 2024. But you have to book by midnight next Monday, Nov. 27, to get these rates.

Check it out on the Aer Lingus site.

 

Air Tahiti Nui

Air Tahiti Nui is doing something entirely different for Black Friday, and it could be your ticket to a cheap trip to Tahiti. And New Zealand. Oh, and Tokyo and Paris, too.

The French Polynesian airline is selling its first-ever Tiare Pass, giving you four round-trip tickets from either Los Angeles (LAX) or Seattle (SEA) to all four of the airline's international destinations for a flat total of $1,525. That gets you a free checked bag on every flight, plus all the usual free meals and drinks.

It's valid for travel from Dec. 1 through Dec. 1, 2024.

 

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But it's not on sale just yet, so set your alarms: The Tiare pass will go on sale this Saturday, Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. PST. And only 250 passes are available, so you may need to act fast.

Check out Air Tahiti Nui's dedicated sale page for more details!

 

Alaska Airlines

Alaska is offering buy-one, get-one fares for a warm-weather getaway this winter.

Bahamas? Check. Mexico? Check? Belize, Costa Rica, and Guatemala, too? Check, check, and check. This BOGO special from Alaska can get you to some of the best destinations for half-off using promo code BFBOGO2023 at checkout.
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This sale is good for travel from Jan. 8 through March 9, 2024, though only on certain days of the week. But you'll need to hurry: The BOGO promo code only works until 11:59 PT today, Friday, Nov. 24.

Get more details on Alaska's BOGO Sale!

 

Avianca LifeMiles

It may not be a Black Friday promotion, per se … but it could be a great deal nonetheless.

Avianca LifeMiles is an underrated airline mileage program and one of the few where it can make sense to buy miles in bulk. And that's especially true when LifeMiles offers a bonus this big: Up to 165% bonus miles when you buy 21,000 LifeMiles or more.

That's one of the biggest bonuses we've seen when buying LifeMiles to date, and it can be extremely lucrative – but only if you do your homework. You'll need to register for this promotion via One Mile at a Time first, then you should see the bonuses reflected when you go to purchase LifeMiles.

 

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This big mileage sale ends Dec. 5.

With a 165% bonus, buying 50,000 miles (for $1,650) would net you a grand total of 132,500 Avianca LifeMiles. That works out to 1.25 cents apiece, which is about as good as it gets when you can redeem these miles for Lufthansa First Class, EVA Air business class, and many more.

Register and buy LifeMiles for an up to 165% bonus!

 

Delta

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 Black Friday Flight Deals page, with results tailored to your home airport. There are some decent deals whether you're using cash or Delta SkyMiles, though nothing earth-shattering.

But Delta Vacations has a potentially far more lucrative Black Friday deal. Current SkyMiles members can save up to $300 on a packaged flight and hotel vacation this winter to Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Just book by Nov. 30 with promo code SMBF300 at DeltaVacations.com.

 

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This Delta Vacations promo is good for travel through Jan. 31, 2024.

Head to Delta Vacation's promo page for more details!

 

Frontier Airlines

One of the cheapest airlines in the country is out with a special “all-you-can-fly” pass at an even steeper discount for Black Friday.

Through next Tuesday, Nov. 28, you can buy Frontier's GoWild! Annual pass for $499 for the first year, unlocking a full year of “free” flights from May 1, 2024, through April 30, 2025. You'll also get automatic Frontier Silver Elite status with benefits like free seat selection and more.

 

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That could be a boon for frequent Frontier flyers, but consider yourself warned: There are some major restrictions on using these passes, including:

  • You can only book domestic flights one day prior to travel (or 10 days for international) if there's room on the plane for you.
  • You'll still be on the hook for $.01 in airfare plus all the taxes and fees on each ticket.

Buy a GoWild! pass from Frontier here

 

Icelandair

Icelandair is reliably one of the cheapest ways to get to Reykjavik (KEF) or almost anywhere in Europe. The airline is advertising some decent discounts that could make it even cheaper.

Head to Icelandair's dedicated Black Friday sale page to check out what you can book from cities like Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Boston (BOS), Chicago-O'Hare (ORD), New York City (JFK), Denver (DEN), and many more. We're seeing roundtrip fares to almost anywhere in Europe under $500 from many cities.

Or you can even score a roomy Icelandair Saga Premium seat for as low as $1,200 roundtrip.

 

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But you'll need to book by midnight local time next Tuesday, Nov. 28 to get these lower prices.

Head to Icelandair's sale page for more info!

 

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is getting in on the Black Friday action once again with promo codes for some decent savings.

One of the world's best airlines has set up a special Black Friday sale page, advertising roundtrip economy fares from the U.S. to destinations around the world for $150 off – or $350 off fares in the airline's outstanding Qsuites business class. Book by Friday, Nov. 24 for a trip from Dec. 30 through October 31, 2024.

 

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These aren't the biggest savings we've ever seen from Qatar Airways, but it could make sense if you need to book a Qatar flight over that timespan.

Check out Qatar's dedicated sale page!

 

SAS

You can always count on Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) for a good deal across the Atlantic, and Black Friday is no different.

The carrier is teasing even cheaper fares for Black Friday – or as they call it, Black Flyday. We're seeing roundtrip fares from the U.S. to Scandinavia and throughout Europe in the $400s from many cities, and sometimes in the $300s.

 

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SAS says these deals are eligible for travel from Jan. 15 through April 30, 2024. But you have to book by next Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Check out SAS' dedicated Black Flyday sale page!

TAP Air Portugal

Portugal's flag carrier has cemented its place as one of the cheapest ways to get to Europe. And it doesn't get much cheaper than this.

The airline is advertising sub-$500 roundtrip fares from across the U.S. to destinations all over Europe. Want to fly business class instead? No problem: You can find fares for a trip in 2024 for as low as $1,245 in TAP Air business class. That's a pretty great deal.

You'll have to book by Tuesday, Nov. 28 to get these low rates. And while TAP's reputation isn't the best – especially on the customer service front – we've found it's a nice experience no matter whether you're flying a cheap economy fare or up in business class.

 

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines flies to more destinations around the world than any other carrier. Their Black Friday sale could get you a decent discount no matter where you're heading.

The Turkish flag carrier has a long list of discounted routes available, whether you're looking to fly nonstop to Istanbul (IST) or connect onward throughout Europe, the Middle East, or onward to Africa and Asia. The prices for roundtrip fares dip as low as $619 in Turkish economy, which is about as good as it gets.

 

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You have to book today, Nov. 24, to get these lower prices. But that extends for travel all the way through May 9, 2024.

Check out Turkish Airlines' Black Friday sale details!

 

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic has a cheeky sale for travelers who are looking to burn some Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points for a trip next year.

The airline has slashed award rates by 33% whether you're flying economy across the Atlantic or splurging for a lie-flat seat. That brings one-way economy rates as low as 6,700 points or just 31,800 points for business class redemptions. Only Virgin Atlantic award tickets are eligible – not partner bookings on airlines like Delta or All Nippon Airways.

The savings here are nothing to scoff at, but there's a big caveat. While award rates have been slashed by 33%, you'll still be on the hook for all the taxes and fees … and those can be substantial when booking with Virgin. Still, you can easily come out way ahead – especially on a one-way flight in economy to London-Heathrow (LHR).

You'll see the discounts applied automatically when you search for award tickets at VirginAtlantic.com. For example, this one-way ticket from New York City (JFK) to London is typically 10,000 miles each way.

 

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Flying Club points are incredibly easy to earn: You can transfer credit card points to Virgin Atlantic from all the major banks.

These discounts are available for travel all the way through September 2024. But you'll need to book your ticket by next Monday, Nov. 27 before these discounts disappear.

Check out more details with Virgin Atlantic!

 

Hotels

Fairmont Hotels

From New York City to the banks of Lake Louise, Fairmont operates some of the nicest properties in North America.

The company is offering up to 30% off paid rates for stays through June 30, 2024. You'll need to book by Nov. 29 for these savings.

 

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Check out the deals on their dedicated Black Friday page!

Hyatt

It's not exactly a Black Friday sale, but it still could be valuable.

You can get up to 20% off paid rates (or earn twice as many valuable World of Hyatt points) at more than 900 properties worldwide. Some hotels in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East will even throw in free breakfast for members. Just use promo code STAYNOW when you search.

These savings are valid on bookings through April 30, 2024 – but you have to book by Dec. 5 to save.

 

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Head to Hyatt's dedicated sale page for more information!

 

IHG Hotels

The hotel company behind brands like Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Express is bringing some big savings to Black Friday.

IHG says members can save 20% (or twice that – keep reading) at participating properties by downloading their smartphone app, logging in, and booking by next Tuesday, Nov. 28. Stays through April 30, 2024, are eligible for savings.

It gets better at select Iberostar all-inclusive resorts, with savings of up to 40%. And that includes travel all the way through Oct. 31, 2024.

Just remember to download the IHG app and log into your IHG One Rewards account to find the best deals.

 

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Check out all the details on the IHG sale page.

 

Marriott

The world's largest hotel chain is promoting its largest sale to date.

Marriott says it's offering up to 20% off paid rates at 6,500-plus properties all around the globe. Marriott Bonvoy members get the best deals at 20% off, while non-members can get a 15% discount … but there's no reason not to sign up for a free Bonvoy account to get the extra savings.

These savings are only available through Jan. 15, 2024, so it could work well for a winter trip. Book by next Tuesday, Nov. 28, when these discounts will end.

Search and book through Marriott's dedicated sale page!

 

Other Travel Savings

AARP

Yes, really. The American Association of Retired Persons can help you save on travel. And it doesn't matter whether you're a boomer, millennial, or Gen Zer – you can easily join to save for even less right now. 

British Airways has had a longstanding partnership with AARP, offering members a discount of between $65 (for economy or premium economy) and $200 (in first or business class) on roundtrip flights from the U.S. to Europe and beyond. AARP is selling its membership at a record-tying price: Just $9 a year for a five-year membership.

Read more about the AARP travel discounts … and get signed up with AARP for Black Friday!

 

Bottom Line

While Black Friday isn't the best day of the year to book flights, there are still some solid deals out that could have some tremendous value for travelers.

These are just some of the discounts and promotions we've seen on flights and hotels that are worth considering if you're planning a trip in 2024.

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