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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Marriott Bonvoy has provided a number of sample hotels taking part. In the UK, this includes:
- St Pancras Renaissance London
- W London
- Sheraton Grand London Park Lane
- The Westin London City (review)
- AC Hotel Manchester City Centre
- Leeds Marriott Hotel
- Cardiff Marriott
- Moxy Bristol
- Courtyard Exeter Sandy Park
- Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh (review)
- 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
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.
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.
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: 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.