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This summer, travelers saw soaring ticket prices, overcrowded tourist destinations, and climate disruptions, but we all kept getting on planes anyway to see the sights. If you are considering a trip or two (or three or four), Black Friday deals on flights might help you keep costs down on domestic and international travel, whether you are heading home for the holidays or getting a jump on next year’s vacation.
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Our top picks for the best Black Friday flight deals
Save big on flights and hotels when you bundle them together on your next getaway. Frontier, via Expedia, is offering cut rates on flights, like NYC to Miami, for $336 (roundtrip) with a three-night stay at Doubletree Hilton Miami. Also, grab the 2024=2-25 GoWild! All-You-Can-Fly annual pass for a Black Friday early sale price of $499, plus free Frontier Miles Silver Elite Status, if you purchase your pass by November 28, 2023.
Frontier Airlines - Black Friday Flight Deals
Check out this travel agency to find Black Friday deals on domestic and global flights depending on the carrier and location.
CheapOair.com - Black Friday Flight Deals
Air Canada is offering discounted flights to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Fly from San Francisco to Tokyo (round trip), for example, for only $889. This highly-rated airline is a great choice for booking your flights for your upcoming vacations.
Air Canada - Black Friday Flight Deals
Choose from over 160 global destinations for less when you take advantage of Qatar Airways early Black Fridays with fares on getaways such as NYC to Kilimanjaro or Shanghai for under $2,000 roundtrip. Offers are valid until midnight on November 27, 2023.
Qatar Airways - Black Friday Flight Deals
If you’ve been dreaming of the Emerald Isle, now’s the time to book your trip during Aer Lingus’ Black Friday sale. Get up to $100 off Economy or $200 off Business Class fares on roundtrip tickets to Ireland. You must travel through March 31, 2024, and snap up these steals by November 29.
Aer Lingus - Get up to $100 off Economy or $200 off Business Class
When you soar with Spirit, you get a signature Black and Yellow Black Friday sale. Pick up flights for fares marked as low as $59 roundtrip on Expedia and $67 one way to and from domestic cities, like Nashville, Tenn., Dallas, Fort Worth, Tex., and Miami, when you book via Spirit.
Spirit Airlines - Black Friday Flight Deals
Delta is offering its SkyMiles® members up to $300 when they book a flight+hotel booking for select destinations, including Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Save $125 on a package deal to the Caribbean at over 20 destinations, including the British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, and more. Blackout dates do apply.
What you need to know for Black Friday
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season. It occurs on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which is always the fourth Thursday in November. In 2023, the official weekend of Black Friday shopping begins when the clock strikes midnight on November 24 and ends at midnight on November 26. While some retailers may follow this traditional timing. However, many retailers and brands start Black Friday sales early and extend them into December. Also, check out Travel Tuesday sales, another shopping holiday extended from Black Friday.
What deals should I expect on flights?
Depending on the airline, you may be able to find lower seat prices, lower fees, or bundled travel itineraries as part of Black Friday travel deals from carriers who offer vacation packages. Not all airlines offer deals, so it’s worth shopping around.
What kind of travel deals did they have last year?
There were a handful of deals for travelers last year. For example, JetBlue offered 30% off selected domestic flights, American offered 40% off selected international tickets, and CheapOAir gave you $50 off when you booked flights via its website. Delta offered its SkyMiles members exclusive deals last year and is doing the same in 2023, with a $300 offer for a combo of flight and hotel bookings. Some airlines reportedly offered super low fares on one-way tickets.
How to get a good deal on flights on Black Friday
If you’re looking for a good deal on flights, start checking airline carriers' websites in November, if not before, in case deals come out earlier than Black Friday. Then, set your alarm clock on Thanksgiving and go back and check those sites again for surprise steals on tickets. Don’t forget to check the sites again on 11/27, otherwise known this year as Cyber Monday (another shopping holiday).
Sign up for Google alerts for major airlines, especially JetBlue, which usually offers deals. Travel websites like TripAdvisor and Expedia are also good sources of information about cheap flights.
CheapOAir.com, a travel agency, is a place to save on flights. It reported major airlines such as JetBlue, American Airlines, United, Frontier, Spirit, and Aeromexico will likely offer Black Friday flights in 2023, so it’s worth checking not only this agency’s page, but also with these carriers closer to learn more about potential deals over this holiday shopping weekend.
How to choose the best flight for you
If you can be flexible about your flight dates and destinations, you’ll have more opportunities to score cheap seats. Flexibility is key when searching for flight deals on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Travel Tuesday, a relatively new shopping day that extends after the original Black Friday.
If you’re a member of a certain airline, like Delta or American Airlines, check for special sales around the holiday season that are targeted specifically to members. Choosing the best flight for you will depend on various factors, such as timing, destination, and ticket cost. Think about how many tickets you need. If you’re traveling solo, you’ll likely have an easier time than booking as a family of four with kids due to the high demand during sales.
Where to find Black Friday deals on flights
If you are searching for Black Friday sales for flying, we recommend checking out and bookmarking these popular travel websites for savings, where deals and steals on flights and/or flights and hotel/resort packages may be cheaper than buying directly from the airlines: CheapOair.com, Expedia, JustFly.com, and SkyScanner.
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