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Black Friday: buy Star Gold, Amazon, Aspire lounges, No1 Lounges, TAP, Pestana, Point A

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This is the second of our two Black Friday round up articles today.

If you are reading this by email and the formatting looks a mess, apologies. You will need to pop over to the website.

You can see Black Friday offers that started last week in this article.

The British Airways ‘20% off all flights’ deal is covered in this article.

The Virgin Atlantic cash sale is covered here. The ‘50% off all redemption flights’ deal is covered here.

Buy Star Alliance Gold from TAP!

TAP Portugal is offering a unique deal. You can buy 132,000 Miles&Go miles AND get six months of Star Alliance Gold status for €718!

We don’t know enough about Miles&Go to say whether 132,000 miles is worth €718 or not, although it is hard to see how it could be a bad deal. You can redeem across all 26 Star Alliance airlines. Just be aware that the miles are drip-fed into your account over 12 months, however.

You really need to do your own research on this one, especially as just six months of Star Gold won’t be hugely useful in the current environment. The offer ends on 30th November.


We thought we’d take a quick look at travel essentials on sale at Amazon today:

Bose QuietComfort 35 II, which are pretty much the industry leading noise-cancelling headphones, are reduced 36% to £209.

Apple’s AirPods Pro are also noise cancelling and are down to £199.

If you like reading, you can get a Kindle for £49 (was £69) or the top-of-the-line Kindle Oasis for £169 (was £229).

You can also get 3 months free Amazon Music Unlimited and 2 months free Kindle Unlimited. (Terms apply, not valid to those who have previously had free trials.)

And, if you’re stocking up for Christmas, the Laphroaig Quarter Cask single malt is available for £25, down from £41!

Aspire Lounges

Save 25% off all UK and Irish lounge visits


Get 25% off your Aspire lounge bookings for UK and Ireland lounges.

New bookings until midnight on 30th November will also be entered into a prize draw to win your lounge visit for free.

Visit by

Any visits booked during the promotional period count!

Book by

Book by 30th November, inclusive.

Click here to book
No1 Lounges

No1 Lounges

Get 25% off and a free glass of champagne at No1 Lounges


No1 Lounges are offering 25% off using the code ‘CHAMPAGNEFRIDAY’ and will give you a free glass of champagne!

Visit by

Valid for lounge stays until the end of 2021!

Book by

You must book by 30th November.

Click here to book

TAP Air Portugal

Get 50% off new routes TODAY ONLY (20% until 30th)


TAP is offering a 50% discount on its newest routes for one day only.

The routes are Cape Town, Toronto, Montreal, Agadir, Oujda, Ibiza, Fuerteventura, Cancun, Zagreb, Djerba, Monstir and Maceió (Brazil).

The discount is available on all fares except Discount and Executive, its business class product.

It is also offering 20% off long haul flights, including business class. Use promo code ‘CYBER’

Travel by

You must travel between 11th January and 30th November 2021

Book by

For 50% off you must book today.

The 20% long haul discount is available until 30th November.

Click here to book
Pestana Chelsea Bridge

Pestana Hotels

Up to 55% off Pestana Hotels in London, Berlin, Amsterdam


Pestana, the Portuguese hotel group, is offering “up to” 55% off London, Amsterdam and Berlin hotels. I found around 20% off with a quick search.

Breakfast is included and you can save even more by joining the Pestana loyalty scheme.

Stay by

There don’t appear to be any stay restrictions.

Book by

You must book by 30th November.

Click here to book

Point A Hotels

Save 30% with budget boutique Point A Hotels


Point A Hotels, which is a small chain of “budget boutique” hotels in London, is offering a 30% discount when you use the promo code ‘BFRIDAY’.

Stay by

You must stay by 12th September 2021.

Book by

You must book by 1st December.

Click here to book


40% off Marriott winter bookings


Marriott is offering 40% off bookings at hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa until 10th January 2021.

Stay by

You must stay by 10th January.

Book by

You must book by 30th November.

Click here to book

Comments (52)

  • Solitaire says:

    TAP deal seems a go – 132,000 buys a round trip First Class redemption to the Middle East on a Star carrier. (6 sectors allowed per round-trip journey – and even a stopover. Tickets date-changeable and refundable too.) It would depend on Tap’s access to Star redemption inventory – maybe a good chance for a Biz redemption somewhere, surely?

    • Rob says:

      SWISS does not release F seats for miles and LH only releases 2 weeks before travel to partners. See what I mean about having to know all the small print?

      J is fine though and always loads of seats. Had no trouble getting 4 J to DXB for December, booked 2 weeks ago.

      • meta says:

        Singapore Airlines don’t release either, so no good in Asia. And getting Star Airlines awards with TAP in any class is apparently mission impossible.

        However, it’s easy to get rewards on TAP. West Africa in J is 160k miles in J and that’s from Lisbon. From London, you’ll need to add 15k on top!

      • Solitaire says:

        It would appear the full 132k miles are credited after 12 months of instalments. Probably good timing given the current situation. Plenty of options with 132k miles for me – one-way J to Asia or when I’m based in Asia there is round trip F within Asia (eg DPS-SIN-NRT), round trip F Asia-SA (eg NRT-SIN-CPT) or even round trip F Asia-Middle East (CGK-SIN-DXB). Great value for less than £700. Even more options for J class. And if Emirates is your airline of choice it would appear you can redeem them on EK for the same number of miles. Just the risk of redemption availability to consider, it won’t be the access I get to SQ F as a Solitaire! Thanks for the heads up.

    • ChrisW says:

      How many first class flights do you think there are on Star Alliance carriers between Europe and the Middle East??

  • At6077 says:

    Can’t seem to get the TAP Cyber code to work. Anybody else having issues?

  • southlondonphil says:

    TAP 50% off code FRIDAY50 Ts and Cs say “The discount is not valid for discount, business or Top executive fare” so those of you (us!) hankering for a bargain in J to say Cape Town or Cancun are sore disappointed 🙁

    • Rhys says:

      Yep, but the 20% cyber monday deal does look like it’s valid for business 🙂

  • David S says:

    Forget about going for the Pestana offer and the reference to joining their loyalty scheme. I’ve never come across another scheme where points have such a short life and with not much Customer Empathy. If you travel regularly to Portugal or Brazil you might be ok, but I think in Portugal they have simply closed some hotels for up to 7 month’s due to COVID-19

  • Harry T says:

    The Westin Cape Town is £69 a night (converted from ZAR) in January under the Escapes offer, if you’re a Bonvoy member. Booked three nights for £215 after Bonvoy amex currency conversion fee. May be worth looking at!

    • Allan says:

      Nice hotel.
      How likely do you think it is that you’ll get there in January?

      • Harry T says:

        Unlikely – probably going to move as far forward as possible due to a cancellation.

  • Mouse says:

    Suggestion for Rob/Rhys – looking at the TAP status offer, the 132k miles are only earned after 12 months (36k on day 1 then 8k per month for a year) – it might be helpful if that is mentioned in the article in case readers think they can buy the status now and immediately use the points.

  • AndyS says:

    I assume the laphroig was a lightning deal that’s now over, as following your link it shows at the full price of 45 quid, even when i’m logged in as a prime member

  • Delbert says:

    Bowers & Wilkins PX7 are also down to £219.95 from £350.00 on various retailers websites including Amazon.

    • Adam says:

      Bose QC35ii are constantly about 210-220 eur on Amazon DE. Delivered to UK in 5 working days.