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Black Friday offers begin: IHG, citizenM, Radisson, Amazon, No1 Lounges, Vueling, Cathay Pacific

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This is the first of our special Black Friday articles. We will be running these every couple of days over the next week as new deals launch.

All of the offers below are bookable now.

30% off IHG bookings

Save 30% with IHG bookings

Offer

Save 30% (32% if you’re an IHG Rewards Club member!) off IHG’s Best Flexible Rate with the “Book Now, Pay Later” rate at hotels in the UK and Europe.

Stay dates

Stay between 4th December and 30th April 2021, inclusive.

Book by

Book by 10th January 2021. Bookings must be made at least 3 days in advance. Free cancellation up to three days prior to arrival.

Click here to book
citizenM New York

Save 30% with citizenM bookings

We don’t cover citizenM hotels much on Head for Points, since they don’t offer a loyalty programme or miles in any airline scheme.

The chain is growing strongly, however, and it now has 20 hotels including three in London and one in Glasgow.

Those who use it seem to have a level of enthusiasm which is rare amongst hotel brands. We reviewed citizenM New York Times Square as part of our ‘My Favourite Hotels’ series a few months ago.

Save 30% with citizenM bookings

Offer

citizenM is running a Black Friday promotion with 30% off stays. A limited number of rooms have been made available at this rate – it is first come, first served.

Two hotels are not taking part: citizenM Taipei North Gate and citizenM Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang.

Stay dates?

Stay until 31st October 2021. Free cancellation available up until 2pm on the day of arrival.

Book by

Book by 11am GMT on 1st December

Click here to book

Save 30% on Radisson bookings

Save 30% with Radisson bookings

Offer

Save 30% on prepaid hotel bookings for any stay until the end of 2021!

The promotion includes breakfast and is valid seven days a week.

Stay by

Stay until 31st December 2021!

Book by

Book by 1st December, inclusive.

Combines with:

Check your American Express cards to see if you have the £50 cashback on £150 spend at Radisson hotels. You also get 5,000 bonus points per stay until 31st December 2020 – register here.

Click here to book

Amazon Black Friday deals

Away from hotels, Amazon has a range of Black Friday offers:

As always, making an Amazon purchase through this link or one of the links above nets us a little kickback and keeps us going over this difficult period! Feel free to bookmark the above link.

Save 20% with No1 Lounges gift vouchers

Whilst No1 Lounges are currently closed (due to re-open 3rd December should the lockdown be lifted) you can save 20% when you buy No1 Lounges gift vouchers.

You must purchase the voucher by 30th November here using the promo code BLACKFRIDAY2020.

Gift vouchers are valid until 31st December 2021 so you should have plenty of time to redeem them!

Vueling offering €8.99 fares with ‘Yellow Friday’

Vueling has launched a new fare promotion. It has loaded €8.99 one-way tickets into its system for flights between 1st December and 31st October 2021.

Flights must be one-way, direct and operated by Vueling.

You must book by 25th November on the Vueling website.

Cathay Pacific Parked Aircraft narrow

Cathay Pacific ‘Green Friday’

Cathay is advertising fare discounts up to 50% but – looking at the small print – this means 50% off a second ticket when travellling with a companion, which means a real saving of 25%! See below.

25% off companion and group bookings

Offer

Cathay Pacific is offering 25% off when booking at least two passengers.

The promotion is valid in all classes.

Fly by

The departure period is between the 1st April and 21st October 2021. Minimum stay is 3 days; maximum stay is 3 months.

Book by

You must book by 30th November.

Click here to book

Comments (35)

  • Ali M says:

    Just tried to cancel and rebook Radisson Blue – new ‘lower’ price is higher than what I had paid last time around. For reference – was looking at Jersey for next May.its 100 pounds more expensive. Some of the ‘deals’ can be phony 😛

  • Sandgrounder says:

    Black Friday increased referral on Airtime rewards, £3 in total if you join and spend within 5 days my code is 84MLBMFX 🙂

  • Dubious says:

    I notice also that the Cathay Pacific discount “* Excludes taxes and surcharges.”

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    Remember when Black Friday was … a Friday?
    Seems to be a fortnight now 😀

  • Paul says:

    I just hope thing improve with Black Friday prices. Hotels rates are mad when you can travel and limited prospects of doing so before summer. Airfares are a joke with prices as normal but dressed up with carbon emissions and pseudo offers. Nothing CX is offering is earth shattering and very far from the point I’d consider a tentative booking and free cash loan!

  • Jessiefan says:

    I take it Vueling don’t fly from Scotland anymore – can’t find any EDI flights to book

    • Erico1875 says:

      No. Had a look. No flights from Edi. Which will P off my brother who accepted a future travel voucher when they cancelled during March lockdown

  • ChrisW says:

    I’m keen to hear H4P readers strategies/mindsets on booking things like (discounted) hotels for the next 6 months, especially abroad given the current lockdown and recent vaccine news.

    Its my understand that there will likely be some relaxing of rules like closed retail from 2 December given next month is by far their busiest month of the year and it would decimate retail if they remained closed until Christmas Eve.

    Then there will likely be a relaxing of the lockdown rules for 5 days/a week over Christmas given many families will meet up regardless of the rules.

    That is likely to cause another full lockdown for the month of January (let’s face it, not much happens in January in the UK anyway). Other than for a few days over Christmas I would expect the worldwide travel ban from the UK to remain until at least early Feb.

    BUT from February onwards, there may be some vaccine rollout for frontline NHS staff and most vulnerable people (say those 70 years +).

    I’m very interested to follow whether that rollout will mean a steady relaxation of restrictions (ie travel) from Easter onwards.

    Do you think by say, May, there will be no “travel corridors”, no government advice about not travelling anywhere (unless you are vulnerable category and not yet vaccinated) and no 14 day quarantine on your return to the UK?

    I know everything won’t magically return to normal next year but what’s your strategy on booking travel next summer? Do you think you’ll be able to travel largely unrestricted to say, Spain, or are you waiting until the vaccine is actually being rolled out before booking anything?

    • Dave says:

      I would only book refundable tickets or hotels for now. Or maybe a package holiday

      • ChrisW says:

        Of course but Ive been avoiding even booking refundable travel for the last month or two. I have so many vouchers and credits already I don’t want to accumulate any more!

      • Lady London says:

        I would hold off booking hotels abroad till shortly before and sure. Ot book flex / pay on drparture rates and ensure ypu use UK credit card wherevet possible for anything you do pay ahead to get Section 75.

        Know also quite a few retailers may go down top so again Section 75 would give you coveragr if you received an electrical item, say, snd it failef after 4 months but retailer n/a. Chargeback wontcover this as you rrceived the item and no s75.

    • meta says:

      Strategy is book and plan as much as I can(all planned till end of Sep), but book everything refundable. I can then always change to something cheaper and non-refundable closer to the time. I check new rates for my bookings once a week. This is a good strategy even pre-covid.

    • ChrisC says:

      At the moment, for me, it’s about minimizing risk of losing any cash from bookings.

      So all my hotels are booked direct on cancelable, pay on departure rates or points. But I also do regular checks to see if that rate has reduced and switch to those.

      2 Long Haul flights for March and July have been booked as BA Holidays with one nights hotel so only paying a deposit. Also covered by book with confidence

      I have a couple of stand alone short haul flights with BA but they are covered by their book with confidence policy

    • The real John says:

      The only thing I have booked for the medium term is some flights with the half price Avios sale. I give it 50-50 chance as to whether I will have to push forward the dates, as it’s a destination with 2 weeks quarantine for all inbound travellers at the moment.

      I intend to travel to Europe in December if feasible, but I will just book them a few days ahead. I’m not really bothered about the prices as long as they are not ridiculous. The mental effort of having to spend hours on the phone and work out many different permutations of my plans are worth less than any savings would be.

      But this may be due to my style of travel. I usually plan things down to the hour, with contingencies for missing a train etc., and even before COVID I usually have to replan half of my trips on the fly!

    • Chris Heyes says:

      ChrisW I’m booking non-refundable Hotel booking but only starting from Aug 21 i’m using Hotels i’ve used before though.
      The Hotels I’d booked for this Sept non-refundable but refunded me quickly when asked (including Hotels.com bookings)
      I promised them i would rebook in 21
      I’ve had quite a lot of non-refundable hotel bookings over the years, that have either refunded me or re-booked me later.
      Maybe I’ve been lucky, but don’t see why i need to change

  • Concerto says:

    I would gladly click through the Amazon link here but I could not find it on the newly designed hfp site.

    • Rob says:

      The phrase you just quoted is a link – if it’s blue text, it’s clickable.

      We took it off the sidebar because Amazon cut its commission rates and it no longer justified the space vs running an ad instead.

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