Black Friday and Cyber Monday Flight Deals for 2017
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Be sure to bookmark this post, as we’ll be updating it through Cyber Monday 2017. If you spot a deal that isn’t listed below please share it in the comments. Also, see our Black Friday hotel deal roundup here.
While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are best known for major discounts on holiday shopping purchases, in recent years airlines have gotten in on the action as well. So we’ve put together a list of all the major Thanksgiving holiday promotions currently being offered by carriers in both the US and overseas. When booking these flights, don’t forget to use a credit card that gives you bonus points for airfare purchases, and if you’re buying a ticket in a foreign currency, double check to be sure your card waives foreign transaction fees.
United didn’t have any significant deals on Black Friday or throughout the holiday weekend (unless you count the fleeting mistake fare to New Zealand that came and went overnight on Monday). But the airline has finally popped up with a 20% Cyber Monday discount on MileagePlus economy award redemptions to Hawaii. The sale brings the normal 45,000 mile Saver Award price down to 36,000 miles, and must be booked by December 8 for travel between January 7 and March 10. As usual, you’ll have to find low-level award space in order to book this deal.
While the airline is promising to announce daily deals throughout the long holiday weekend, it’s already launched discounts on its flight + hotel vacation packages. You can save $125 on packages to US destinations with promo code SAVE125, or $250 on international vacations with code SAVE250. Travel must be booked by December 4 at 11:59pm Central time and completed by August 6, 2018. A one-day advance purchase is required.
As usual, low-cost carrier Spirit is going for extremes with its one-day only Black Friday sale. The airline is offering 90% off round-trip tickets — or the flight portion of its vacation packages — for Tuesday and Wednesday departures across most of its network. Use promo code 90PCT and search for travel dates between December 5, 2017, and February 13, 2018 to see discounted prices (blackout dates of December 19-January 3 apply). Just be aware that the 90% discount is on the base fare only and does not include taxes and fees, and some cities and routes aren’t included in this sale (a list of exclusions can be found on the promotion page).
Middle Eastern carrier Emirates has several routes on sale for Black Friday, but the highlights are New York’s JFK to Milan, Italy (MXP) or New York/Newark (EWR) to Athens, Greece (ATH) for just $399 round-trip in economy. Eligible travel dates are January 15 through March 26, 2018, and August 20, 2018 through October 8, 2018. Departures are available on most weekdays except Fridays and four-day minimum stay or Sunday overnight is required.
If you didn’t get in on Singapore Airlines’ “pre-Black Friday” sale, it’s not too late because the airline has added more offers to multiple cities in Asia. You’ll find economy fares from Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT) for $449 round-trip, San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $549 round-trip and Houston (IAH) to Singapore (SIN) for just $599 round-trip. These tickets must be booked by Monday, November 27, with fares available between January 15 and June 30, 2018, for midweek departures.
The European low-cost carrier routinely offers impressively low prices on its transatlantic flights, but that hasn’t stopped it from launching what it’s calling a “Purple Friday” sale. The airline is offering one-way tickets on select dates to London (LGW), Amsterdam (AMS), Dublin (DUB) and other cities in western Europe from several eastern and midwestern US cities for as low as $99.99 (though a round-trip purchase is required), with flights from the West Coast coming in slightly higher at $129.99. But if you fly on WOW, make sure you’re prepared to pay extra fees for everything from meals to seat assignments.
Not to be outdone in the low-cost carrier competition, Norwegian has launched its own Black Friday sale that continues through the end of Cyber Monday with one-way tickets to Barcelona (BCN) from New York/Newark (EWR) for just $139.90, Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (CDG) for only $149.90 one-way and Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) to London/Gatwick (LGW) at just $159.90 one-way, among many others. Many of these deals do not require a round-trip purchase, though if you do book a return, you’ll find the price on the way back to be significantly higher. So it could be a good chance to use points or miles for the return trip to get the best deal.
If you’re already in Europe or need flights within the continent while you’re there, you might want to take a look at The Black Friday Sale from RyanAir which, despite its name, is already underway and offers rotating daily deals through November 26. Thus far, some of the eye-poppingly low prices have included Dublin to London Luton (LTN) one-way for just $15.26 and London Stansted (STN) to Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) for just £9.99 (~US$13). Make sure you also keep an eye on the airline’s UK-focused Black Friday page for additional routes and use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees if booking in British pounds.
According to Alaska Airlines, last year the top destinations booked on Cyber Monday were almost entirely warm locations — Phoenix (PHX), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO), Orange County (SNA), Palm Springs (PSP) and Maui (OGG). So it’s probably a safe bet that the airline — along with its newly merged sister airline Virgin America — will be featuring warmer climates during its holiday sale, especially on Monday. But don’t assume that’s all you’ll find. The carrier also has transcons (JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO) for $119 one-way and trips from the Northeast to Dallas Love Field (DAL) for as little as $69 in each direction.
If you’re looking for discounted mileage tickets, Delta’s Pre-Holiday award sale has domestic US flights between selected cities starting at 5,500 SkyMiles one-way with a round-trip purchase required. The airline lists a number of routes as part of the promotion, but with some searching you can find additional city pairs — such as Chicago (ORD)-New York (LGA) — with discounted award prices. Awards must be booked by December 14, and remember that SkyMiles tickets book into the Main Cabin, so you won’t be subject to the airline’s Basic Economy rules on these redemptions.
The flag carrier of Hong Kong is back again this year with another sale that spans the entire Thanksgiving holiday week. From now through November 29, Cathay is offering up to 50% off premium economy tickets and up to 60% off business class seats. On top of that, if you book a vacation package, you can use promo code HOLIDAY to save another $100 off packages with economy flights, $200 off premium economy packages and $500 off deals with business class seats. Note that when booking a vacation package, you’ll still get the flight discounts being offered on standalone flights.
If you’re a resident of our neighbor to the north — or can easily position to one of several Canadian cities — WestJet currently has tickets on sale for itineraries from Canada to the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. The airline’s Black Friday sale includes deals on one-way flights such as Toronto (YYZ) to Honolulu (HNL) for as low as CAD$308 (~US$241). Tickets must be booked by November 24, 2017 at 11:59pm Mountain time, with travel completed by April 28, 2018. Some blackout dates apply.
Visas for trips to Turkey are rather complicated at the moment, but this one-day Black Friday sale from Turkish Airlines will include many destinations outside of Turkey that only transit through Istanbul (IST). Take a good look, because the airline is advertising a 40% discount on economy seats for flights from the US. Eligible travel must take place between December 27, 2017, and May 15, 2018, excluding a two-week blackout period on return flights at the beginning of January.
Several other airlines are expected to launch Black Friday, Cyber Monday and “Travel Deal Tuesday” sales as the holiday weekend progresses, so check back here regularly for updates.
Which of these Black Friday/Cyber Monday flight deals are you most excited about?
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