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Black Friday Offers

Your inbox is probably overflowing with Black Friday offers vying to catch your eye. But are these travel deals any good?

   

INovember is traditionally a good time to bag a travel bargain, so what’s special about the offers released this Friday, 24 November? One-way flights from London Stansted to Derry for £46 are hardly out of the ordinary, while a £150 discount doesn’t make much of a dent in a £3,000 holiday. When considering Black Friday travel deals, pay attention to travel exclusion dates, make sure they are valid for times of the year you’d want to visit the chosen destination, and don’t be blinkered by discount percentages, which can be meaningless – the salient point is the price of the trip. However, if you’re quick off the mark, there are travel bargains to be snapped up, particularly for flights. Here’s our pick of some of the most appealing Black Friday travel deals and Cyber Monday offers.

Black Friday travel deals are already available with easyJet. Discounts of up to 30 per cent are available on half a million flights, as well as £40 discounts on holiday packages. Flights from Gatwick to La Palma, one of the quieter Canary Islands, are available for just £36.51 in early December. Ryanair‘s Black Friday travel deals are released every day from now until Monday 27 November, with discounted flights starting at £4.99 one-way. For instance, today you could pick up return flights from Stansted to Oslo for less than £20 in January – making a weekend ski trip to the capital’s Vinterpark, just 20 minutes from the city, an enticing prospect. There are also discounts on peripherals such as checked-in luggage and car hire. Air New Zealand has a Black Friday travel deals flash sale starting at 9am. Have your fingers poised at 8.59am since only 100 return fares of £175 from Heathrow to Los Angeles will be available, for travel on very specific dates: outbound on 4-7, 20-22 and 26-28 February, returning 11-15 February and 6-8 and 12-13 March. At 10am, just 50 flights to New Zealand will be made available for £399 return, again with specific travel dates in May and June. More sale fares in economy, premium economy and business will also be released on the day. Norwegian will be offering discounts on Friday, on its routes from the UK to Europe and North America. Fares will be on sale from 12:01am to 11:59pm. No-frills Icelandic airline Wow Air is offering a Cyber Monday sale of 40 per cent off selected return trips from Gatwick or Edinburgh to Reyjkavik between 10 January and 15 May. Pre-sale fares start at £78 return. The offer is only valid for bookings made on Monday 27 November using the promotional code WOWCYBERMONDAY Of the package deals, Olympic Holidays‘ offer of a family holiday – during the summer school holiday – on the Greek island of Kos for just £1,320 caught our eye. The deal is for a week’s self catering in a one-bedroom apartment at the four-star Aegean Houses, including return flights from Glasgow on 21 August 2018, working out as £330 per person.   

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