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Your Black Friday 2022 travel deals round-up (Part 1)

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Black Friday is still a few days away but lots of brands have started early this year.

We’ve decided to run an article every couple of days listing deals which are already live rather than swamp you on Friday itself.

Here is the first batch of deals that are bookable now. This is not a definitive list, it is purely deals which we have been contacted about.

Black Friday travel airline flight hotel deals

Expedia: get 30% off selected hotels

Expedia has launched an early Black Friday sale for members of Expedia Rewards (it’s free to sign up.)

You can get up to 30% off hotel rooms until 28th November, for bookings between now and 30th June 2023.

The discount is applied automatically when you sign in. It does not apply to taxes and other fees.

The Expedia Black Friday landing page is showcasing some of the offers available.

Hotels.com: get 30% off or more

Hotels.com has also got its Black Friday deals live. Members will receive 30% or more off at participating hotels.

You need to book by 28th November, and the offer is valid for travel until 30th June 2023.

Terms and conditions apply, including potential minimum night stays and blackout dates.

A representative example of hotels taking part is available on the Hotels.com Black Friday offer page here.

Booking.com: get at least 30% off

Not to be outdone, Booking.com is also offering 30%+ off on selected hotels.

The offer is valid slightly longer, with a booking period until 1st December. You’ll be pleased to know that stay dates start immediately and include all of 2023.

Booking.com claims you will get a minimum 30% off participating hotels, with 40%+ off at hotels in Asia Pacific. The discount is stated before taxes and charges.

You can find out more on the Black Friday page on Booking.com.

Qatar Airways 787-9 business class bed

Qatar Airways: fare sale and 5,000 Avios for new Privilege Club members

Qatar Airways has launched a number of offers for Black Friday.

First up are a number of reduced fares to the Seychelles, Singapore, Zanzibar and more. Qatar Airways is quoting lead-in prices from £589 in economy and £2,369 in business class. You can travel any time between 1st January and 30th November 2023, although a number of blackout periods apply:

  • Outbound: 31 March 2023 – 8 April 2023, 14 July 2023 – 30 July 2023
  • Inbound: 10 April 2023 – 16 April 2023, 25 August 2023 – 9 September 2023

Over 60 destinations are included, including the Maldives, Australia, New Zealand and more. The full list is included in the terms and conditions on the Qatar Airways site.

There’s also a Qatar Privilege Club offer, for anyone who isn’t already a member. If you sign up using the promo code ‘WC22JOIN’ you’ll get 5,000 Avios with your first flight.

This is about as good as it gets with Qatar Privilege Club sign-up offers. It is well worth doing, particularly now that Qatar Airways Privilege Club uses Avios as its currency as you can transfer Avios back and forth with British Airways as well.

To see the full list of deals, check the Qatar Airways Black Friday page here.

W Dubai entrance

Marriott: save 20% on luxury winter breaks

Marriott Bonvoy is offering up to 20% off on breaks at resorts and hotels around the world this winter.

The travel period is narrow – you have to stay between 27th November and 16th January 2023 – although you can book until 29th November.

The discount is 20% off standard rates for members and 15% off for non-members, and is valid for weekend stays (seven days at some locations).

Participating Marriott Bonvoy brands include JW Marriott, W Hotels, Sheraton, Le Méridien, Westin Hotels, Autograph Collection and Moxy Hotels.

Marriott Bonvoy has provided a number of sample hotels taking part. In the UK, this includes:

In Ireland:

  • The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection, Dublin
  • Aloft Dublin City
  • Mount Juliet Estate, Autograph Collection, Kilkenny

If you’re after snowy breaks, try:

  • The Socialist, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Denmark
  • Moxy Oslo, Norway
  • Hotel U14, Autograph Collection, Helsinki, Finland
  • Sheraton Grand Salzburg, Austria
  • Marriott Geneva (review here), Switzerland
  • Garamond, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Krakow, Poland

Or for a dose of vitamin D try one of these sunny settings:

  • W Mina Seyahi, UAE
  • JW Marriott Muscat, Oman
  • Marriott Mena House, Cairo, Egypt 
  • Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Rabat Marriott Hotel, Morocco
  • The Westin Cape Town, South Africa
  • Protea Hotel Johannesburg Wanderers, South Africa

You can find out more on the Marriott Bonvoy sale page here.

citizenM: up to 33% off

citizenM members get up 33% off and free cancellation until 6pm on the day of arrival in the citizenM Black Friday sale this year.

You need to book by 29th November and stay by 30th June 2023, which gives you plenty of time.

citizenM is a chain of capsule-style hotel with compact but good value rooms. We have reviewed a number of citizenM hotels, including, most recently, citizenM London Victoria and citizenM London Shoreditch.

You can find out more on the citizenM website here.

Malaysia Airlines A350 throne seat

Malaysia Airlines: up to 15% off

Malaysia Airlines is running a Black Friday Cyber Sale with flight discounts of up to 15%.

The sale runs until 5th December, whilst you can travel until 31st August 2023. Blackout dates apply, although these have not been published – expect Christmas and Easter to be blocked.

The sale is predominantly to Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore: destinations include Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney plus a number of domestic routes in Malaysia.

The Malaysia Airlines Cyber Sale page is here.

Cathay Pacific A350

Cathay Pacific: between 10% and 30% off

Cathay Pacific has brought back its ‘Green Friday’ offers this week, and as usual it includes additional discounts for people travelling together.

Destinations include Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam

Discounts vary on cabin class and how many of you there are:

  • Economy solo: 20%
  • Econony travelling together: 30%
  • Premium economy solo: 10%
  • Premium economy travelling together: 15%
  • Business class solo: 10%
  • Business class travelling together: 15%

‘Travelling together’ counts as group bookings for between 2 and 9 passengers.

Travel dates are from 1st February to 30th September 2023, although some blackout periods apply, whilst the sale ends on the 28th November.

The best fares available include flights to Hong Kong from £539 per person. Australia starts at £959 per person in economy. You can find out more on the Cathay Pacific website here.

Norse Atlantic 787 Premium headrest (2)

Norse Atlantic: New York from £289 return

Norse Atlantic, the new long haul low cost airline, is launching its Black Friday deals with some low-cost fares to New York and Oslo.

Return flights from Gatwick to New York start out at £289, whilst you can also fly to Oslo from Gatwick for £69.

You can travel between December 2022 and October 2023, depending on the route, and the sale is running until 5am on 29th November.

Norse Atlantic operates Boeing 787 aircraft to both destinations, and you can see our review of Premium Economy on Norse Atlantic to New York here.

Rob also recommends their Premium Economy seats for a short break in Oslo – read his review here.

More to come ….

This is the end of Part 1 of our 2022 Black Friday travel deals round up.

There is more to follow later this week. If you see a particularly good deal from an airline or hotel group that we don’t usually cover, please post it in the comments and we will share it.

Comments (60)

  • elt says:

    Hotels.com black friday code for double points
    When I try and use it it say expired.
    is it wrong in the article??
    Thanks

  • Barrel for Scraping says:

    Black Friday is one of these septic tank imports we’d be better off without

    • KevinS says:

      Yep. Load of rubbish. I’m sure some deals can be found but it’s generally cheaper to buy things you need at other times of the year (based on the research done by Which etc).

  • Dubious says:

    Europecar has 30% off for certain countries. Blackout days still apply.

    I managed to rebook a rental (that was originally via a third party) at slower rate thanks to this.

    • Dubious says:

      Offer available under the specific conditions below for pick-ups between November 21, 2022 and March 31, 2023 included.
      Offer available between November 21 and November 28, on all categories of Europcar vehicles placed on the dedicated promotional page on Europcar Internet sites (www.europcar.com, http://www.europcar.be, http://www.europcar.fr, http://www.europcar.de, http://www.europcar.it, http://www.europcar.pt, http://www.europcar.es, http://www.europcar.com.au) and Europcar mobile sites (www.europcar.com, http://www.europcar.be, http://www.europcar.fr, http://www.europcar.de, http://www.europcar.it, http://www.europcar.pt, http://www.europcar.es,www.europcar.com.au).
      Offer available in the listed below participating rental stations, under the following restrictions, and in the following countries: (see website – iso t have time to type them on my phone)

      https://www.europcar.co.uk/deals/black-friday-2022?fromHP=true&place=small-9

      Offer subject to vehicles availability.
      Offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer or special offer.
      The percentage of reduction is calculated on the basis of the non-reduced price (i.e. the reference price) – filling in the same selection criteria (eg: dates, destination, vehicles, etc…) on the homepage of the following Europcar Internet website: http://www.europcar.co.uk. The rate displayed and made available from this page include directly the percentage off.
      Promotion does not apply on the recommended extras.
      All others Rental terms and conditions of the rental country of destination will apply, available here*.

    • Roberto says:

      Looked around repricing a 23rd to 27th December and the prices have gone up massively since I booked. I appreciate its Xmas but it was when I booked of course , don’t know if the train/bus strikes have changed the situation but prices have doubled in the last few days even taking the 30% black friday deals onboard.

      • Dubious says:

        Yeah it only works if your dates work. They have blackouts for the Christmas periods, depending on country and station:
        Black-out 16 – 31 December for the following stations (Scotland): GLAC08, EDIC10, EDIS01, GLAS01, PSLC05, PIKO01, ZTIC01, EDIT01, GLAT01, ABZT01, INVT01
        – Black-out 16 – 26 December for the rest of the stations
        – Lead time condition: 4 days minimum

        • polly says:

          Yes, we got one reduced by £60 for this Friday at Bordeaux. So did a re book also. Covers a couple of local lunches. Neat.

          • Dubious says:

            You might want to recheck the prices. Now that the Black Friday deal is over, Europcar has launched a member’s promotion at 20-30% off. You need to be logged in to see the rates.

            There rates seem to have come down so with the new discount it can work out cheaper than Black Friday.
            I just rebooked yet again got even better price than my previous rebooking…
            I think

  • Nigerian Prince says:

    UberOne has 25 off 200 on booking.com

  • Concerto says:

    That’s the thing, Rob, I know you are pro hotels.com and so on was I, until I saw how non-existent their help or customer service was. In Italy in October I needed to cancel a long hotel stay, impossible to sign in to my account or reach hotels.com by phone. In the end the hotel let me cancel out of their own goodwill. But for me, counting on goodwill like that is not a sustainable solution going forward, for me anyway.
    So, since you like hotels.com so much, surely you’ve got a line on somebody who can sort this out. I can’t sign in on the app, constant “whoops, something has gone wrong. Try again later”. Surely that can’t be that difficult a task to sort for a half decent technical team?

  • Steve in Croydon says:

    I wonder if Qatar will pull the 5,000 Avios SUB without notice. That’s what they did a few months ago with their 2,500 SUB when connecting your QPC account to BAEC.

  • Gareth says:

    Qatar fares have actually jumped significantly in this sale from some tracking I was doing

    • Aston100 says:

      What a surprise… said nobody ever.

      QR can do one with their borderline fraudulent sales and promos.

  • ChasP says:

    I had an even worse experience with Hotels.com. I arrived to find that the hotel had no record of my booking – despite having prepaid on the Hotels.com website. An hour and a half on the phone got me nowhere including the gem “I cant put you through to the rebooking team as they have run out of hours” at 3 in the afternoon

    • supergraeme says:

      I arrived at a fully-booked hotel last year to find that Hotels.com had cancelled my booking the day before for no reason at all. Idiot Hotels.com agent wouldn’t agree to anything despite accepting it was their fault, so I went and booked a place myself. It took weeks of arguing and threats to get them to pay up (and eventually a £200 voucher).

      Very much set-up to make you give up.

      • Lady London says:

        Section 75 might have helped you for the replacement room cost if you had paid on UK credit card

        • AJA says:

          S75 cover is only if you paid the hotel directly. If you paid hotels.com you’ve broken the direct link with the supplier. This is the risk you take when booking via hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com or any online travel agent. If you do go the OTA route better to book a package including flights or car as then ATOL protection kicks in.

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