by Telegraph Travel, November 22, 2017
Black Friday is almost here. The annual orgy of high street sales and bickering shoppers is just days away, but the discounting has already started in earnest. Here are some of the deals that have caught our eye. We'll be posting more offers here as and when we get them. See our guide to spotting the best deals here.
A week in the French Alps for £373
Alpine Elements is offering a 10 per cent discount on all holidays (winter, summer alpine, beach or yacht) for bookings made by December 1, including a seven-night half-board stay at the Hotel Les Dents Blanche in Morzine from £373 per person. Includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva departing on December 20, transfers, chalet catering with a three-course meal and afternoon tea. Enter the promo code 'Black10' to apply the discount when booking online or by phone.
The best flight deals
Return flights to LA for £175
Air New Zealand will be offering return fares from London to LA for £175, and returns from London to Auckland for £399 at 9am on November 24, for selected dates in February and March 2018 (for LA), and May and June 2018 (for Auckland). Get there early, the airline expects the tickets to sell out "within minutes".
Low-cost, long-haul operation Norwegian is promising its "best flight details" will be launched on Black Friday, between one minutes past midnight and 22:59, so fingers on buzzers. The airlines says it will allow customers to "book the cheapest flights to the United States". Its destinations include Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, with usual one-way fares from £179.
Fly to Europe for £4.99
Ryanair is no stranger to the headline-grabbing fare, and £4.99 (albeit one way and not including fees) is pretty eye-catching. It can be found on selected flights to Aalborg and Oslo Torp, while fares for under £10 are available for trips to dozens of cities, including Aarhus, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Barcelona, Toulouse, Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Venice, Milan and Mallorca. The carrier is also offering 20 per cent off all bags booked this week. Different deals with be published each day this week.
The best package deals
Cyprus week from £599
Save up to 30 per cent on stays at the Annabelle Hotel in Paphos, an Eighties vintage style hotel in Paphos recommended by Telegraph Travel, with seven-nights stays from £599 per person. Includes free upgrade to half-board, return flights and private return transfers. Valid for travel through June 30. Quote reference TELP. Call 0333 122 2748.
10 days in India from £1,249
Save £50 per person on escorted tours of India with Newmarket Holidays when booked before December 5, including a 10-day tour visiting New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur from £1,249 per person. Includes eight night's dinner and b&b stays, and reutrn flights. Quote TAJMAHAL. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer and issubject to availability. Other terms and conditions apply. Call 0330 029 3120.
12 nights in Oz for £1,499
Netflights has a whole heap of Black Friday discounts, including a 12-night Australia tour, visiting Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne, for £1,499 per person, including flights. Other options include the Maldives for just £1,079 per person, Langkawi for £739 per person, and all-inclusive Cancun for £999 per person.
£200 off Thomas Cook summer holidays
Thomas Cook, one of Britain's biggest tour operators, launched its big Black Friday sale on November 17, a week early, offering savings of £200 per booking on a range of holidays. The offer is valid until November 28 and includes stays at its own-brand hotels (Sunwing, Sunprime, SENTIDO, smartline, SunConnect and Casa Cook); minimum spend is £1,000. Enter the code BF200 on the payment page, or see thomascook.com for full details.
A week in Florida for £350
Spend now until Friday preparing for this one, as the deal will only go live at 9am on Black Friday. Ocean Florida is offering a seven-night, peak-season holiday in the Sunshine State for £359 per person, down from £799, based on four sharing. The price includes return flights and room-only accommodation at the four-star Avanti Resort Hotel in Orlando. Visit here to book or call 020 3816 0977.
Save 40 per cent on luxury Caribbean and Indian Ocean breaks
Luxury specialist Abercrombie and Kent is offering Black Friday discounts of 20 per cent on trips to Egypt, India, Sicily and Greece, 30 per cent on breaks to Oman, Mauritius and the Maldives, and 40 per cent on holidays to Barbados. Terms and conditions apply.
Maldives for less
Save 50 per cent, and get a free upgrade to half board, when you book a stay at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives with The Turquoise Holiday Company. Bookings must be made between 9am on November 24 and 5pm on November 27. Valid for stays between April and September 2018. New rates for couples from £2,350 per person, including flights.
Save £40 with easyJet holidays
Spend £800 on an easyJet holiday through December 1 and the tour operator will knock £40 off the price. Every little helps.
40% off Barbados and Saint Lucia
More Caribbean offerings from Caribtours, available to book now until December 1, covering Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The operator is serving up a slice of heavily-discounted paradise on Barbados, with seven nights at the Colony Club, from £1,489 per person, including flights, breakfast and transfers, based on two sharing - a 40 per cent saving. Also, up for grabs is seven nights of luxury all-inclusive at the BodyHoliday resort in Saint Lucia, from £2,375 per person, a saving of 40 per cent. Deals to Mexico, Maldives and Grenada are also available.
Ferry good deals
Save up to 25 per cent on ferry travel between Harwich and the Hook of Holland with Stena Line North Sea this Black Friday. Book by November 27 for travel before the end of the year.
Christmas cruise on the Danube from £1,595
Scenic is offering a discount of up to 33 per cent on selected European river cruises, including a seven-night Danube cruise from £1,595 per person, with visits to Nuremberg, Vienna, and Budapest. The discount is valid for cruises booked by November 27. Quote BLKFRIDAY. Call 03300370780
A Mediterranean sailing back in time
The cruise line Voyages to Antiquity is launching a Black Friday sale on November 24. A 10-night "Ancient Greece & Dalmatian Coast" sailing, featuring calls at Naupila, Katakolon, Itea, Delphi, Corfu, Kotor Bay, Dubrovnik, Split, Trieste and Venice, for example, now costs from £1,850 per person. See its website for more offers.
Discount travel to the Isle of Wight
Red Funnel, which operates the cross-Solent route, is offering 25 per cent off any booking online or by phone until November 27, when quoting promotion code BLACK25. The operator recommends using the discount to hit up the Isle of Wight for next year's Cowes Week, or Isle of Wight Garlic Festival.
Bellevue, a satellite city of Seattle, Washington, is the home of the newest hotel from the trendy W chain. It is offering 20 per cent off stays between December 7 and January 15, 2018, if booked before November 27.
Spa hotel breaks for £32
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is offering a 20 per cent discount on all spa day bookings at its 24 spa hotels across the country, offered from £31.20. Must be booked between November 24 and 27 using the promotional code SPA20 for online purchases.
Yorkshire for £59
The historic Old Swan Harrogate, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering one, two and three-night stays from £59 per person. The offer includes breakfast and dinner on two nights plus an afternoon tea offering for three-night stays. Valid for stays through April. Must be booked by December 22. Quote OSH-Tel167. Call 0333 414 0658
30 per cent off Mercure and Novotel hotels
Travellers can save 30 per cent on stays at 107 participating Mercure and Novotel hotels. Book from November 24-27 for stays between December 8 and March 11, 2018.
Ludlow for £75
Fishmore Hall, near Ludlow, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering rooms for £75 a night, including breakfast, when booked between November 24-26. Valid for stays before the end of January, excluding Christmas and New Year. Call 01584 875148 and quote the promotional code DEC75.
Edinburgh to London by train for £20
Virgin Trains East Coast has cut the cost of 300,000 tickets in half for travel between January 2 and March 2, 2018. There's no need to wait until Friday, either, the offer was launched on November 20. Sample fares include Leeds to London from £8, Edinburgh to London from £20 and Newcastle to London from £18.