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Black Friday extra: Air France, Air New Zealand, Blacklane, Cathay Pacific, Conde Nast Traveller

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These deals only arrived at HfP on Friday morning, so I’m doing this article as an extra round-up.  If you are reading this via the emails on Saturday, the deals – except for Sixt – will still be live.

Congratulations to Rhys, our intern, who managed to get one of the 100 x £175 Air New Zealand economy flights to Los Angeles that they were selling at 10am!  Another reader posted in the comments that they got a pair too.

Air France KLM

This one looks genuinely good in Business Class.  Book by Monday.  Deals include Amman at £979, Tokyo £1589, Shanghai £1669, Dubai £1349 etc.  Details are here.  Economy and Premium Economy deals also available.

Air New Zealand

ANZ has now confirmed its Heathrow to Los Angeles pricing – Economy £299, Premium Economy £699, Business Premier £2099.  A reader emailed to say that code LA30 takes an additional £30 off, meaning that you can fly Air New Zealand to LA in Economy for just £269 return.  Book by Monday, travel dates vary by class.  Full details are on their site here.

Blacklane – save 20%

Chauffeur / executive cars group Blacklane is offering 20% off all rides booked this weekend (you can book for a future date) using code BLACKFRIDAY18.

We have started to use Blacklane at non-UK airports, especially when we are with the kids and I would prefer to have a driver at the gate waiting for me.  You can also earn airline miles on Blacklane bookings, although not with BA or Virgin.  You can sign up for a Blacklane account here.

Cathay Pacific

Various deals available in all classes to Asia, Australia and New Zealand – worth a look but they are not the most aggressive offers I have ever seen.  Book by 30th November.  Details are here.

Conde Nast Traveller – £19 for a year

Until midnight Friday (EDIT: extended over the weekend!) you can buy a 1-year subscription for £19.  The same deal applies to GQ, Vanity Fair, Tatler, Vogue, Wired etc.  The link is here.

Etihad

Various deals in Economy and Business, typically £2000-ish to Abu Dhabi, Singapore etc.  Book by 26th November 2018 for travel between 15th January and 15th June 2019.  Full details are here.

Lufthansa – save £25

Lufthansa is offering £25 off any flight booked before Monday night.  There is NO minimum spend, although the discount only applies to the base fare and not taxes.  You need to use this page of the Lufthansa website – the code is shown at the top.

Sixt – save 25%

25% discount globally on car rentals.  This is a FRIDAY ONLY deal.  You can find out more here.

Vueling – from €22.99

One-way sale fares from the UK from €22.99 (not bad given that APD is £13!).  Book by Sunday night.  Details are here.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (28)

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  • Tony says:

    Worth checking the actual cost of the yearly subscription. Wired, for example, is £9 per year…. so £19 Black Friday sale isn’t so great.

    • Anna says:

      And pay with credit card/Paypal rather than Direct Debit or you may forget to cancel it and find yourself paying a lot more next year!

  • Gail says:

    All BF “deals” are a a bit of a damp squib really. Have seen much better prices in last few months.

  • Neil says:

    Black lane deal is single-use only. I booked JFK-Manhattan fine but the return was full price. It does not mention this on their site but they confirmed to me on Facebook that this is the case.

    It has just occurred to me I could maybe book the return in my wife’s name instead so I might try that later.

    • Rob says:

      Indeed! Use a different credit card.

      • Louise Allen says:

        Tried that – Amex Plat and BAPP but code still showing as invalid on the second booking. Fortunately, the return trip is cheaper than the outbound so I got the saving on the right leg.

    • SINGLE USE ONLY says:

      Yeah – that’s really annoying.

      I read “20% off all rides booked this weekend” and started booking, only to find that I’ve wasted the discount on a cheap booking.

  • Kevin C says:

    Email just in. The Conde Nast offer has been extended ‘for a limited time’.

  • Shoestring says:

    Yep it’s bad news on both counts

  • Ron says:

    Don’t know about fuel, but Amazon gift cards would be handy for Christmas shopping.

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