Black Friday flight deals: the best early offers you can book right now

Dreaming of sunnier climes? Here are the best Black Friday flight deals.

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If you're looking for cheap flights then waiting for the Black Friday flight deals to go live is a great way to get a bargain on travel tickets.

2020 has been a year of Staycations - but we'd by lying if we told you we didn't miss the excitement and escapism of going abroad to sunnier – and warmer – climes.

Air bridges have allowed some holidays in Europe to be possible this year and hopefully the list of countries exempt from the quarantine rules will only grow in 2021.

So, November 27 could provide the perfect opportunity to book some cheap tickets for a holiday next year in the Black Friday flight deals. Or, if you're not convinced about flying abroad yet - shop our best Black Friday deals here.

Are there flight discounts on Black Friday?

There are usually flight discounts on Black Friday, but there are also bargains to be had on flights at other times in the year too. Flight prices will vary because of a number of different factors and with the global pandemic having an unprecedented affect on travel this year, the flight prices have been affected too.

While flights to far-flung destinations have become few and far between and demand for those routes have dropped, prices have remained high (or higher) as a result.

On the other hand, budget airlines such as RyanAir, EasyJet, Tui and more have been lowering their prices for flights and holidays to European destinations to encourage Brits to travel. So this summer there were some great discounts on flights to be found.

British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet all tend to offer cheap flights for Black Friday and it is a good time to book travel if you're planning a trip next year. But the discounts to be had will depend on where you are flying from and to, the departure and arrival times you want, travel dates and available seats.

According to Skyscanner, Black Friday flight deals are usually around 11-12% less than usual flight prices, but there are some bargains to be had were you can get tickets for as much as 20-30 % off.

In the past, airlines have saved some special offers exclusively for Black Friday, like the chance to select a seat on your chosen flight or add an additional piece of luggage for free. So, it's worth waiting to see what the best Black Friday flight deals are before you book your travel.

Is Black Friday or Cyber Monday better for flight deals?

Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great opportunities to shop for flight deals. Falling within days of each other - on November 27 and November 30 in 2020 – often brands carry their Black Friday sale over the weekend and into Cyber Monday as well, giving you more time to find the right deal and best discounts.

For example, last year for Black Friday Ryanair launched a 10 day sale in the days before and after Black Friday and then offered a different deal every day for the duration of their sale.

Last year British Airways also launched their own “black and white sale” which lasted until Cyber Monday. The airline offered flights and European city breaks from as little as £99 per person.

Tui offered £150 off per booking using the a special code that was live from Black Friday and until the end of Cyber Monday.

The only thing to consider is, that often the tickets reduced in the Black Friday sale represent flights where airlines have empty seats that need filling. Once those seats are filled and the tickets are gone, they're gone. So if you wait until Cyber Monday and don't look at the Black Friday flight deals at all, you might miss out.

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Who has the best Black Friday flight deals in 2020?

Easyjet has launched its Black Friday offer early with 350,000 seats on sale from £24.99 to and from the UK for travel between 10th December and 30th June 2021 so you can start booking next year's getaway. 

But be quick! The offer will be live from Wednesday 24th November until 2nd December 2020.

Easyjet holidays is also celebrating its first birthday. To celebrate you can nab £100 off holidays on bookings over £1000 from Wednesday 24th November 2020 using promo code BF100 at the checkout.

Tour operator First Choice are also launching new Black Friday offers every week and they’ve already kick-started it with some great deals.

This week, the more you spend the more you save. You can bag a £100 saving, when you spend £1000, a £150 saving when you spend £2000 and a £250 saving when you spend £3000. Perfect if you're planning a big family getaway next year.

If this deal is not for you, keep your eyes peeled as they’re dropping new ones every week so you’re bound to find one to suit you. Just make sure you’re quick as they don’t stick around for long.

The best flight deals ahead of Black Friday 2020:

7 nights plus flights to Orlando, USA, was £956pp, now £704pp| First Choice Save £252 Staying at the Avanti Resort, on International Drive, making it a fab location to visit all the top tourist spots and theme parks including Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.View Deal

Flights to Palma for 7 nights - one way from £22 | British Airways British Airways are offering cheap flights in 2021 to some of their favourite European destinations, including Palma in Mallorca. They are available to book from January - and we're keeping our fingers crossed!View Deal

Flights to Lisbon - return tickets from £17 pp | Opodo Lisbon is a city that will capture your senses. See the gorgeous ceramic tiles that cover the walls of buildings all over Lisbon, taste the famous Pastel de nata or listen to the sound of fado, traditional Portuguese folkmusic as it fills the street on a warm evening. View at OpodoView Deal

Flights to Amsterdam from £32 pp | Opodo Take a trip to one of the oldest cities in Europe with this amazing Opodo flight deal. Art lovers can take advantage of the city's historic museums, while history buffs will be only too happy to spend a day walking around Amsterdam's landmarks.View at Opodo.

Flights to Auckland from £679pp | Kayak If you have your sights set on travelling further afield, Kayak are offering some fantastic deals on flights to New Zealand. And there's no place prettier than the waterfront streets of Auckland. View at Kayak.View Deal

5* adults-only, all-inclusive Maldives holiday with flights included - was £3,113 pp, now: £1,399| Secret Escapes Save £1,714 Experience true private-island paradise at an all-inclusive Maldives resort away from it all - includes a beachfront or over water villa plus a diving lesson and all travel. 2021 dates available. Secret Escapes are offering a flexible holiday plan so you can book with confidence.View Deal

Don't forget to double-check the terms and conditions of all the above travel deals before booking and familiarise yourself with your destination's Covid-19 safety measures and travel restrictions.