Today is Black Friday, and while it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the US since 1932, the promotions offered on this day also extend to travel. It has been proven that travel makes us happier and makes a more lasting impression on us than buying material things, so now is the time to plan something wonderful to banish the post-holiday blues that could hit in the New Year.
There are all kinds of amazing deals available worldwide in travel, tours and accommodation, and most are on sale until Monday 28 November, also known as Cyber Monday. If you are even thinking of spreading your wings in the coming months, here are some of the fantastic offers that caught Lonely Planet’s eye, but there are literally thousands more deals out there. Please note that all offers are subject to availability, there may be restrictions, and terms and conditions apply.
British Airways is offering special offers, deals and savings on flights. Savings of up to 49% are available on flights to New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore and Toronto. Also included are Middle Eastern hot-spots Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat, as the airline is offering two return Club World tickets for £2016. European city breaks to Barcelona, Venice, Malaga, Alicante, Naples and Turin are on sale at £99 for flights and two nights accommodation, based on two people sharing. See British Airways for full details.
Railroad service Amtrak is offering a deal on travel across the US in its cleverly-named Track Friday sale. Starting today and ending on Cyber Monday, customers can save 30% on travel between 10 December 2016 and 9 April 2017 throughout Amtrak’s national network. Offering journeys from New York City to Boston from $45 and Los Angeles to Seattle from $84, bookings can be made through Amtrax.
Celebrity Cruises’ Black Friday deal applies to those who book an eligible Ocean View stateroom or above on selected 2017 European cruises and 2016-2018 non-European sailings before 30 November 2016. Passengers on these European sailings will only pay half the cruise fare for their partner. They will enjoy a free classic drinks package for the first and second guest in their stateroom, and the third and fourth guests will get 25% off the cruise fare and a non-alcoholic drinks package.They will also get $400 to spend on board the ship. Passengers on the selected non-European sailings will enjoy the €400 gift, a free classic drinks package for two, and the third and fourth guests will get a non-alcoholic drinks package. Visit Celebrity Cruises.
Topdeck Travel is a group travel operator for people aged 18 to 30-something. It is offering up to 50% off select trips until Cyber Monday, including Japan Ski – a seven-day ski trip to Japan complete with ski lift passes and transport on the express Japan Rail train. All European trips are 30% off, including the nine-day Northern Sprint through Rome, Venice, the Swiss Alps, Luxembourg and Amsterdam. There is also 30% off all North America, Middle East and Asia trips. There are two Australia and New Zealand trips, Sydney Discovery and Tropical Discovery, which have limited availability of an incredible 70% off, at $125 for a five-day trip! See here for further information.
UK company, Abercrombie & Kent, is offering Black Friday deals on trips to see the Northern Lights, the big five in Africa or the wonders of Patagonia. Its offers include up to 30% off (or £1587 per person) an 11-day adventure to Myanmar (Burma) during high season. Prices during the sale are from £3639 per person based on two people sharing, including international flights, transfers, breakfast and some touring. The offer is available until Cyber Monday for travel on various departure dates between 21 February and 26 April 2017, and further information is available here.