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[Updated 11/23 with More Airlines] – Save on Air Fare with the Airlines’ Black Friday/Cyber Week Deals

UPDATED 11/23/2018: We’re updating our post from Wednesday with additional airline Black Friday/Cyber Week sales from:

  • US Domestic Airlines
    • American
    • Sun Country
  • International Airlines
    • Emirates
    • Etihad
    • Iberia
    • Norwegian
    • SAS
    • WOW

At Middle Age Miles, we’re doing our best to keep tabs on Black Friday/Cyber Week travel deals. We’ve found sales from several airlines, including:

  • US Domestic Airlines
    • Delta
    • JetBlue
    • Southwest
  • International Airlines
    • Aer Lingus
    • Air Canada
    • Avianca (sale on LifeMiles)
    • Cathay Pacific
    • Ryanair
    • WestJet

We’ll summarize the deals below. We don’t have time to analyze each of them, but we want you to know about the deals so you can check them out and see how they fit into your plans!

US Domestic Airlines

American (AA Vacations code and AA miles purchase)

  • AA Vacations has promo code AAVBF for unspecified “secret” savings on AA Vacations
    • Link: AA Vacations Black Friday discounts
    • Good on flight + hotel packages
    • Book before Wednesday, November 28
    • Travel dates now through August 31, 2019
    • 3-night minimum hotel stay required
    • Enter promo code AAVBF at checkout
    • We’re not sure how good this code is – we spot-tested it on some springtime packages to Rome, and the promo code itself only gave us a discount of about 1.3%; however, booking a flight + hotel package through AA Vacations would reduce the cost of the flight by 20%, which is great
  • AAdvantage has a promotion of 20% more bonus miles when you buy or gift 10,000 or more AAdvantage miles
    • Link: AAdvantage BuyMiles / GiftMiles Black Friday deal
    • This stacks on top of the current “bonus miles” promotion
    • The promotion makes the bonus go up to 80% – if you purchase the maximum of 150,000 AA miles, you’ll get 120,000 bonus miles for a total of 270,000
      • Cost would be $4,425, for a rate of 1.64 cents per AA mile
      • This is still comfortably above our baseline rate of 1.25 cents per AA mile, so we do not think this is a good deal unless you have a very specific high-value redemption ready to go immediately
      • Purchases of fewer miles result in a lower percentage overall bonus, so the cents-per-mile rate is even higher
    • Purchase miles through 11:59 pm Central time on Monday, November 26

Delta

  • Link: Delta Black Friday Flight Deals
  • Specified city pairs between the US and Europe (check Delta’s regular site for pricing if your city pair is not listed)
    • US departure cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York (JFK), Orlando, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, Tampa, and Washington DC (IAD)
    • Travel period for European destinations is next summer – May 23 through September 3, 2019
  • Also sales to Sydney from Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Seattle
    • Travel period for Sydney is April 1 through June 28, 2019, for main cabin fares; April 16 through June 28, 2019, for Delta Premium Select fares
  • Purchase by Sunday, November 25
  • Sale includes both paid fares and Delta SkyMiles redemptions

JetBlue

  • Sale is through JetBlue Vacations
  • Link: JetBlue Vacations (use code for Black Friday Promotion)
  • $150 off flights + hotel, with minimum spend of $1,750
  • Use promo code GRAVYBABY
  • Must book by Sunday, November 25
  • Travel dates are now through September 3, 2019

Southwest

Sun Country

  • Link: Sun Country Black Friday sale
  • Deals from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas/Fort Worth, Madison, Nashville, Portland, and St. Louis – as low as $29 one-way per person for Nashville departures
  • Purchase by 11:59 pm Central time on Friday, November 23
  • Sale fares valid Monday-Thursday only; see site for other restrictions

International Airlines

Aer Lingus

  • Link: Aer Lingus Black Flyday Deals
  • $50 off round trip flights to Dublin from eastern US and Canada, including Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Miami, New York (JFK), Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington DC (IAD)
  • $50 off round trip flights to Shannon from New York (JFK)
  • $100 off round trip flights to Dublin from US west coast, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle
  • Must book by 6:59 pm Eastern time on Wednesday, November 28
  • Travel dates are January 8 through March 22, 2019
  • No promo code needed; discount will be reflected in the flight search results during the booking process

Air Canada

  • Link: Air Canada Black Friday Worldwide Seat Sale
  • The scope of this sale is not entirely clear, but Air Canada says that you’ll “save on select flights to destinations worldwide”
    • As one example, we found New York (LGA) to Barcelona round-trip economy as low as $566; however, most dates were priced higher than this
    • In this example, there were a few travel dates in December and then again from early January through the end of March 2019; the Air Canada site said that the sale fare was available on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but this didn’t necessarily square with the results of our test search
  • Must book by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Sunday, November 25

Avianca (sale on LifeMiles)

  • Avianca’s loyalty program, LifeMiles is having a sale on the purchase of LifeMiles
  • The generally-available public sale is to buy miles and get a 140% bonus
    • Link: Avianca LifeMiles public sale site
    • The standard price for LifeMiles is 3.3 cents per mile (although LifeMiles often has sales); with the 140% bonus, the price drops to 1.375 cents per mile
  • However, there is a better offer available – you can register with LifeMiles, through a link provided by the One Mile at a Time travel blog, and get a higher bonus of 145%
  • There is a cap of 200,000 LifeMiles on the base purchase, which becomes 480,000 LifeMiles with the 140% bonus or 490,000 LifeMiles with the 145% bonus
  • Must purchase LifeMiles by Monday, November 26
  • LIfeMiles is also running a sale on award redemptions
    • Redeem between now and December 12
    • According to LifeMiles, you’ll “enjoy up to 48% discount in some Star Alliance flights”
  • And finally, just as we were going to press with this article, we learned of an Avianca “Early Black Friday Sale” advertising “up to 30% off on international destinations” as part of its “Cyber Red Days”

Cathay Pacific

  • Cathay Pacific’s Black Friday deal has two prongs – a Black Friday Sale for economy class, and a Black Friday Promo for business & premium economy flights
  • Link: Cathay Pacific Black Friday Sale – Economy Class
    • Cathay Pacific says that savings are “up to 60% on airfare from U.S. to our wide network of destinations in Asia”
    • Economy flights start as low as $593 round-trip (flights from US to Hong Kong)
    • US cities include Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC (IAD)
    • No promo code needed for the economy sale; the discount should be reflected in the flight search results during the booking process
  • Link: Cathay Pacific Black Friday Promo – Business & Premium Economy Class
    • Save $500 off Premium Economy fares
    • Save $1,000 off Business Class fares
    • Enter the promo code HOLIDAY
    • Available from all US cities listed above
  • For both promos, you must book by Tuesday, November 27
  • For both promos, the travel dates are January 1 through May 15, 2019

Emirates

  • Link: Emirates Black Friday “Featured Fares” page
  • An assortment of featured fares from the US to many destinations
  • We’re not entirely sure how these deals stack up to Emirates’ regular fares, but we see round-trip economy flights from DFW to Dubai (DXB) advertised as low as $849, which seems to be a pretty good deal
  • Book by Saturday, November 24
  • Travel dates are from January 12 through May 9, 2019

Etihad

  • Link: Etihad “Gold Friday” promotion
  • Assortment of featured fares from the US – most sale destinations are in India
  • As with Emirates, we’re not entirely sure how these deals stack up to regular fares, but there are some round-trip economy fares from Chicago to India between $700-900, which seems like a good deal
  • Book by Monday, November 26
  • Travel dates are from now through June 17, 2019

Iberia

  • Link: Iberia “Black Friday is now Color Friday” promotion
  • Sale routes are US to Barcelona, Madrid and Tel Aviv
  • Round-trip economy fares from New York and Los Angeles to Barcelona and Madrid from the $300’s; search the site for many other routes
  • Book by Monday, November 26
  • Due to some restrictions on the sale, the effective travel dates for Spain are effectively early January through March 31, 2019
  • Travel dates for Tel Aviv are January 15 through March 30, 2019

Norwegian

  • Link: Norwegian Black Friday Weekend Sale
  • 30% off flights from New York JFK and Fort Lauderdale to the French Caribbean
  • 15% off flights USA to Europe
  • For example, one-way fares from JFK to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London Gatwick, Madrid, Oslo, Paris and Stockholm are in the $130-150 range
    • These fares are widely available in January, February and March
    • Return flights are about $50 higher in general, which can still result in a round-trip fare of $350 or less
    • These are Norwegian “LowFare” fares; no meals, no checked bag, no seat reservation
      • You can buy up to “LowFare+” with meals, a checked bag and a seat reservation for $90 each way
  • Book by 6:59 pm Eastern time on Monday, November 26
  • Travel period is December 3, 2018, through March 31, 2019 (with a blackout period from December 17, 2018, through January 6, 2019)

Ryanair

  • Ryanair is running a massive 8-day Cyber Week Sale, with new deals each day
  • Today is Day 3, featuring cheap flights to and from Dublin, plus up to 70% off rental cars booked through Ryanair
  • Link: Ryanair US website (includes Cyber Week Sale deals)
  • In addition, for today (Day 3), Ryanair has extended its massive sale of 250,000 seats on sale as low as 4.99 GB pounds each way
    • We spot-tested this deal this morning, and there were indeed many European destinations available from London with one-way fares as low as 5 GB pounds, and many more less than 10 or 15 GB pounds
    • These fares were available from now through the end of February 2019
  • Check for new deals each day from now through Monday, November 26 (which will be Day 8 of the Sale)
  • If you have intra-Europe travel needs within the next 3 months, be sure to check the Ryanair site and sale every day from now through Monday

Sampling of Ryanair Cyber Week Sale fares from London Stansted (Day 2, extended to Day 3)

SAS

  • Link: SAS website with Black Friday prices to Scandinavia
  • Best prices are between the US and Scandinavian destinations, although other European destinations such as London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin are also listed
  • US departure cities are Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC
  • We see round-trip economy prices under $400 for some US-Scandinavia city pairs
    • Best fares seem to be for outbound travel from US on Thursdays and Fridays, with return travel the following Sunday or Monday
  • Book by Monday, November 26

WestJet

  • Link: WestJet Black Friday Sale
  • We’re not sure of the scope of this sale, but WestJet has established a special Black Friday Sale page
  • Destinations include Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe
  • Must book by 11:59 pm Mountain time on Friday, November 23
  • Travel from now through June 25, 2019

WOW

  • Link: WOW “Purple Friday” sale
  • Sale on one-stop routes from US through Reykjavik to European destinations, or non-stop from US to Reykjavik
  • US departure cities are Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis
  • European arrival cities listed are Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt and London
  • One-way prices as low as $99
  • Remember that WOW is an ultra-low-cost carrier, these are bare-bones fares, and you’ll pay extra for everything
  • Book by Sunday, November 25
  • Travel is advertised through January 2019

We hope these Black Friday sales can save you some money on upcoming travel!


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