From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, (November 23 to November 26) Americans will gorge themselves on shopping deals after stuffing themselves with Thanksgiving turkey. Many of the greatest deals will be on vacations, with travel savings that can range from 5% to over 50%.
Yet “many of the big airlines ignore Black Friday and Cyber Monday,” according to TravelPirates. Why? Perhaps because there are a limited number of airlines, but thousands of destinations clamoring for paying visitors. Or airlines don’t think they need to discount any more seats, with a load factor of almost 82%. Some airlines, like Jet Blue and British Airways, do promise Black Friday deals. But for now, both airlines are keeping specific deals and discounts close to the vest.
Nonetheless, Forbes has dug up some great airline—and airport—deals for Black Friday celebrations
One comes from low-cost long-haul leader Norwegian Airlines, now the leading international carrier at New York’s JFK Airport. What’s Norwegian’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal? A discount of up to 15% on Norwegian’s “most affordable fares” from the U.S. and Canada to more than 50 destinations in Europe, including London, Paris, Madrid, Ireland, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Scandinavia. The airline is also touting service to the French-speaking Caribbean, such as Martinique and Guadeloupe. The deal is valid for both Premium and Economy classes.
Starting Friday, November 23 at 12:01AM EST, travelers can take advantage of these low fares by visiting Norwegian.com. According to Norwegian, up to 15% on all restrictive fares on long-haul routes (excluding flexible fares) from the U.S. and Canada will automatically be included in featured fares, no discount code necessary. The sale price is good for travel from December 3, 2018, to March 31, 2019. Alas, a blackout period applies from December 17, 2018, to January 6, 2019. The sale ends Monday, November 26th at 11:59PM EST.
A Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal claiming even greater savings is offered by Cathay Pacific. Starting now through November 27, the airline says that flyers can save up to 60% on airfare to Asia across all cabin classes, with flights starting at $592.
If you want to upgrade for the long flight, the deals get even better. Cathay says the sale offers an extra $500 off Premium Economy Class, with fares starting from $773. Then there’s an extra $1,000 off Business Class, with fares starting from $2,338.
To book Premium Economy or Business class on Cathay Pacific, use the promo code HOLIDAY. We found a round-trip Premium Economy flight from LAX to Hong Kong on January 9, 2019, returning on January 16, for $1,022, a savings of more than 30% off the listed fare of $1,522. The flights are for departures from January 1, 2019 through May 15, 2019, with a maximum stay of six months.
Priority Pass is obviously not an airline, but its airport lounges are almost as much of a necessity for travelers. For Black Friday, Priority Pass is offering up to 40% off. The Priority Pass program offers access to over 1200 lounges and restaurants in 500 cities.
The Priority Pass lounges offer members access regardless of which airline they are flying or what class of ticket they hold. Inside the lounges, there are complimentary drinks, refreshments (including alcohol), WiFi, and access to shower facilities. Perhaps most importantly, the lounges offer a quiet place to relax, a world away from the departure lounge madhouse.
For Black Friday, the Priority Pass Standard Plan is available for a 40% discount whilst the Standard Plus and Prestige are offered at a 25% savings. The Standard plan, which normally has a $99 annual fee, is $59 for the first year during Black Friday. The fee for a member visit is $32. Many airline lounges charge $50.
The Standard Plus program, which usually has a $299 annual fee, is $223 during Black Friday and includes 10 free visits. The Prestige membership, normally $429, is $321, and all member visits are free.
If you’re anticipating a year of travel, lounge access can literally prove a port in a storm. But don’t dither about deciding. The Priority Pass offers end Sunday, November 25th at 11.59pm.