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Black Friday 1: £100 off Virgin Flight+Hotel, Gatwick Parking, Opodo, 20% off

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We wrote this article before the deals were live and have relied on the companies involved not to change their promo codes or links – apologies if anything changed at the last minute.

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Virgin Atlantic ‘flight and hotel’ Black Friday deals

We have looked at Virgin Atlantic‘s ‘flight only’ deals in a separate article today.

However, if you’re booking a ‘flight and hotel’ package, there are extra savings to be made.  This offer also works on US breaks, whilst the ‘flight only’ sale is only for non-US routes.

The deal:  £100 off a ‘flight and hotel’ package in Economy, £150 off a ‘flight and hotel’ package in Premium or Upper Class

Rules:  Total booking must be £1200, book by Monday 26th November, travel by 31st March 2019

Code required:  BF2018 which must be used on the Virgin Atlantic ‘flight and hotel’ site here 

Virgin Holidays is also offering the same Black Friday savings (£100 with Economy flights, £150 otherwise) on packages booked by Monday for travel by 31st October 2019.  Minimum spend is £2000 per booking.  The code here is 2018BF and you need to book on the Virgin Holidays site here.

Virgin Holidays Black Friday deal

Official Gatwick Parking – save 20%

If you are travelling through Gatwick soon, you can save:

The deal:  20% off your booking

Rules:  Park by 22nd December, book by 26th November

Code required:  No code but you MUST use this special link – click here – and the discount will automatically show

Opodo ‘flight and hotel’ £70 Black Friday deal

Opodo is offering a discount on ‘flight and hotel’ packages.

The deal:  £70 off a ‘flight and hotel’ package

Rules:  Total booking must be £900, book by Monday 26th November

Code required:  BLACKFLYDAY which must be used on the Opodo ‘flight and hotel’ site here 

Opodo Black Friday 20% Mastercard saving is running a strong offer for Mastercard holders, but be wary of the small print.

You will save 20% on hotel bookings you make TODAY ONLY when you pay with a Mastercard (11% for other cards).  Code BLACKFRIDAY20ES is required.  You must stay by 31st March.


virtually all chain hotels are excluded

you do NOT earn Rewards credit 

We rate Rewards highly as this article explains.  It doesn’t pay out until you’ve stayed 10 nights, however, so if you never normally use then you might be happy with the 20% saving anyway.

Full details of the deal, and booking, are on this page of

Up to 40% off Priority Pass

A reminder of the Priority Pass lounge access card deal we mentioned earlier in the week.

As you can see here, there are some sharp discounts:

40% off Standard membership (reduced to £41 from £69) – no free visits, you and your guests pay £20 each time

25% off Standard Plus membership (reduced to £141 from £189) – 10 free visits then £20 for every additional visit or for every guest visit

25% off Prestige membership (reduced to £254 from £339) – all your visits are free, your guests pay £20 each time

The best deal, to my mind, is Standard Plus.  You are paying £14.10 per lounge visit which is pretty decent.  You can find out more, and purchase, on this special page of the Priority Pass website.  The offer runs to 25th November.

and more …..

Here are some other Black Friday deals we couldn’t cover in full due to space:

Europcar – up to 35% off (and earn Nectar points), book by 26th November, pick up by 31st March – click here

Norwegian –  up to 30% off net fares, excluding taxes and charges, on all routes from Dublin and Shannon, book by 26th November, travel between 3rd December 2018 and 31st March 2019 (excluding 17th December 2018 to 6th January 2019).

Singapore Airlines –  Economy and Premium Economy deals from London and Manchester to Asia and Houston (from Manchester), travel between 16th January – 11th July (SE Asia/Aus), 16th January – 10th April & 22nd April to 11th July (NZ), 28th November 2018 – 30th June 2019 (USA) – click here

Accor Hotels (Ibis, Novotel, Mercure etc)up to 40% off your stay, book by 26th November, stay between 1st January and 24th February

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

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