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Black Friday deals: Avios-earning Finnair flights plus Opodo, Virgin, Uber, Radisson and more

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News in brief:

Good Avios-earning Finnair deals to Asia

Finnair has launched a Black Friday sale to Asia.

What makes this sale attractive is that:

you can start from London, Manchester and Edinburgh

Finnair flights earn Avios and British Airways tier points – and because you are changing planes in Helsinki, you earn 80 tier points each way for the connection in Business Class PLUS the tier points for the long-haul leg

Finnair is flying brand a new A350 aircraft on many routes with excellent business class seats

Compared to the Club World seat the 1-2-1 configuration is a major improvement. You can read my review of the new Finnair A350 business class seat here.

Click here to see the prices out of London, Edinburgh and Manchester in both business and economy class.  Highlights, in Business Class, include:

  • Beijing £1,445
  • Shanghai £1,495
  • Hong Kong £1,666
  • Xi’an £1,298
  • Krabi £1,649

Thanks to Tony for this.

Finnair Black Friday deals

Save on flight and ‘flight and hotel’ bookings with Opodo

Black Friday seems to have morphed into Black Week for 2019.  This is good news for us, as we can drip out the best deals over the week rather than having to ram them into Friday.

Next up is Opodo which is running two discount codes this week which might get you a decent saving.

The code is BLACKWEEK19.  You enter this right at the very end of the process – there is a box under the space for your credit card number saying “Add a promo code”.

It is worth:

  • £20 off flight bookings over £400
  • £75 off flight + hotel bookings over £940

You need to book by Thursday 28th November, which implies there may be a revised version on Black Friday itself.  Flights must depart from the UK.  The Opodo Black Friday site is here.

Opodo Black Friday deal

Other Black Friday deals …..

A lot of other Black Friday offers have dropped in this week.  There is a lot more out there but these companies contacted me directly.

Before we get into the travel deals, a quick reminder that – if you’re buying anything on Amazon this week – we earn a small commission if you start your purchase by clicking here.  It helps keep us ticking over and, as we’ll be paying 40% tax on the money, it puts more back into system than if you don’t use our link!

Back to travel. All of these deals are bookable now – you don’t need to wait until Friday.

Most are not worth discussing in detail but I will run through a few quickly:

Uber credit – Tesco is discounting various restaurant gift cards by 20% until 1st December.  Uber Eats (£15 only) is included as part of the selection.  However, as Uber and Uber Eats share the same credit pot, buying these gift vouchers in Tesco also gets you 20% off Uber rides.

Europcar – save up to 40% on worldwide rentals, book by 2nd December for pick-ups before 31st March 2020 – book here

Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza hotels – save up to 30% and earn 3,000 bonus Radisson Rewards points per stay, valid for weekend stays in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean for all of 2020 – book by 3rd December via this link

Virgin Atlantic ‘flight and hotel’ packages – save £100 on all Caribbean (Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica, Tobago, Grenada) packages using promo code BF2019, must travel by 31st October 2020, no minimum spend – book by 2nd December via this link

Virgin Atlantic ‘flight only’ – save up to £50 on flights to Asia, including India, and 20% off flights to the Caribbean – book by 2nd December via this link (Virgin Atlantic is adding new deals daily so it is worth checking their site regardless)

Airportr at Manchester Airport – save 25% with code BLACKFRIDAY19 on Airportr’s ‘we collect your bags from your home or office and check them in’ service at Manchester – details here

Priority Pass – save 15% to 40% on a lounge pass (discount varies by product) – details here

Millennium Hotels – save up to 35% (25% for non-members of My Millennium) at 23 hotels across Europe, book by 3rd December for stays until 29th February – book via the special page here using code LOVEFRIDAY

Hotels.com – save 11% on selected hotels (usually non-chain hotels) with code BLACKFRI, book by 2nd December for stays by 31st March, code may invalidate collection of Hotels.com Rewards credit (or may not, they wouldn’t say!) – book here

ebookers – up to 60% off hotel stays and up to £60 off ‘flight and hotel’ details, book by 2nd December – book and find more details here

We’ll do another round-up tomorrow and Friday of everything else that comes in, including the Air New Zealand LA offer and the Air China business class bargains.  Let us know if you see any other interesting deals.

Comments (173)

  • Stuart Evans says:

    Finnair vs Qatar to SIN?

    I’m planning a trip in May that I want to be Avios earning. BA is too expensive and BA Bus not good enough until the new Club Suite rolls out which I guess won’t be anytime soon on this route. But of course, its a non-stop flight from LHR.

    This Finnair offer is around £2k, and I know Qatar sometimes has flights at this kind of price or lower. I’d prefer to leave from LHR rather than go ex-EU.

    But I wonder what others think of the pros and cons between the two airlines other than price? Having looked around various blogs they both seem to be much of a muchness. Or am I missing an important difference?

    • Sam G says:

      Qatar would get you more TPs if you are interested in that – 560 is pretty much a BA Silver Card

      Personally I’d go for Finnair, I am not a fan of the half way stop, Helsinki is well set up for a transfer and their new A350 are a decent experience.

      Qatar should get you the Qsuite (SIN is all Qsuite, need to pick the correct LHR flight) which some rave about but I found a little claustrophobic

      Usually Finnair will be a few 100 cheaper than Qatar EX-UK in which case I wouldn’t pay the extra personally

    • BJ says:

      I would go with whichever offers the most convenient schedule or shortest journey time. More TP on Qatar. Smoked reindeer only available on Finnair which is obviously very important. Personally I’d rather support the airline from a civilised European country like Finland but that doesn’t mean I would never fly Qatar again.

    • The Original David says:

      What aircraft can you get with QR? If you can get a Q-suite, I assume that’s a big step up from AY’s Zodiac Cirrus on their A350s. I like flying AY, but I’d definitely try QR if I got the chance for a decent price.

    • Gromit says:

      Finnair flight timings often work out better than Qatar for Asia and you don’t have a huge trek to/from the lounge at Helsinki.

    • bsuije says:

      The QSuite is something else altogether! That, plus the additional TPs, would sway it for me. Assuming that price is similar, that is.

  • Sussex Bantam says:

    £5 credit for £50 spend at Esso popped up on my gold cards this morning..

    • BJ says:

      Nothing for me, no surprise there after I hot €30 off BP from them.

      • Shoestring says:

        Esso x3 for us

        probs worth saving the £100 off £400 Microsoft as well, in case some bargain comes up (valid into January)

    • Charlieface says:

      Once per card only this year.
      Esso offer Paypoint……

    • the_real_a says:

      You guys really need to read the T&C`s…

      “Save to Card to get a £5 statement credit on an eligible transaction of £50+ in participating hotel(s) at Esso”

      Im already packing my overnight bag.

      • Shoestring says:

        🙂

        there are none, but apart from that…

        somebody needs to get on Chat, looks an obvs error in copy & paste

  • LewisB says:

    OT: Red Letter Days have a 25% off Black Friday sale, code ‘BLACKFRIDAY’. Good to use with your 25% off with Amex.

  • Shoestring says:

    New discount code for No1 Lounges GIFTLOUNGE – 20%-40% off

  • BJ says:

    OT: 10,000 avios on Iberia for flight + hotel bookings!

  • Sandra says:

    Just had a joint AMEX/Selfridges discount pop up in my emails – UP TO 20% off selected home, clothing etc and UP TO 10% on selected beauty, fragrance etc. Online ordering code is SELFCCE if it’s any use to anyone, for instore use there is a barcode voucher to show. You have to pay with Amex but, as far as I can see, this is a straight forward discount at point of sale rather than a credit on statement. Ends 1 December.

  • C says:

    Just had an Amex referral bonus (not self-refer) hit 2 weeks after approval, so it looks like they are getting processed but just a bit slower than usual. Glad it didn’t take the full 8 weeks! Now I can transfer to Marriott and hopefully get the 50% bonus I was told on chat I was eligible for 🙂

  • JamieO says:

    Couple of links missing: “Next up is which is running two discount codes this week…” and “if you’re buying anything on this week – we earn a small commission if you start your purchase”

    • Shoestring says:

      I spy ad blocker 🙂

      • Rob says:

        Given that you lose about 10% of the text and all the images, I genuinely have no idea what people who use Ad Blocker think. Do they assume Rhys and I are illiterate and unable to string together a sentence?! Do they assume we deliberate don’t use images, even when the reviews say ‘here is a picture:’?!

        • Jon says:

          Oh Rob, lol, “deliberateLY”… 😂

        • marcw says:

          Maybe there are readers that only read the headlines and comments.

          • Lady London says:

            Wasn’t it Ashish who said he never even reads the editorial only comes for the comments because people don’t leak elsewhere?

        • Charlieface says:

          Considering the editorial state of articles coming from LL and various American blogs, I think they would be quite justified. But your editorial is actually very good.
          Once you try an ad blocker you’d see the internet was a different place.