Black Friday 2017 – travel deals predictions
Who will you score big travel deals from this Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Black Friday. It's one of the biggest sales events in the year. And it's landing next Friday, 24 November and running until Monday 27 November.
Traditionally starting the day after Thanksgiving and around a month before Christmas, this shopping event originated in the US though quickly grew into a global event.
Over the four days, Australia often swims in travel deals with online travel agents and hotel chains cluttering the inbox.
While we don't know who's participating in this year's sale yet, we've looked into our crystal balls to predict who'll be offering sales for Black Frenzy this year. In other words, we've put on our thinking caps and checked out who participated in last year's Black Friday as well as who's been jumping on sales events such as Click Frenzy™ Travel and Boxing Day over the past year to give you an idea of who might be in.
Here are our predictions on who will be offering sales, and what they might be.
To keep up-to-date with the deals as they come in, check out our Black Friday Travel Deals page.
Our predictions for Black Friday: International flights under $1,000 and 20-40% off select tours.
Why? STA Travel has a tendency to jump on any sale it can, including last year's Black Friday. For that event, it featured $999 flights to the US on Qantas and $25 off Asia flights. This year it also joined in on Click Frenzy™ offering up to 40% off select tours and last Boxing Day it had $895 flights to Europe.
Our predictions for Black Friday: 8-10% off hotel stays
Why? Hotels.com participated in last year's Black Friday, so it's likely the hotel site will return again this year. Last year it offered 8% off hotels, which is a standard for the site whenever it offers a sale. For Click Frenzy Travel™ it upped this to 10% off giving us hope that this Black Friday could see the discounts increase to that level.
Our predictions for Black Friday: Discounted hotels and holiday packages in Asia
Why: Throughout its sale history, Webjet has featured Asian destinations so keeping in line with this pattern, we're anticipating an Asia sale. Last Black Friday it was 10% off Asia hotels and in the last Click Frenzy™ Travel boasted Asia tours and flights from $899 with $5 deposits.
Our predictions for Black Friday: Up to $50 off flights
Why: Skiddoo is your ultimate travel playing field. Last Black Friday saw it offer $30-50 off flights while Click Frenzy™ Travel this year featured $20 off flights to select destinations. It's anyone's guess which destinations will be on sale, but we're betting there's at least $20 worth of savings per booking in it for you.
Our predictions for Black Friday: Up to 50% off tours
Why: Last Black Friday TravelTalk took Christmas and New Year's tours down by 45% for keen last-minute travellers and last Boxing Day was much the same with 50% off select tours. Suffice to say, if it's in for another round of Black Friday madness, you can expect the discounts to be at least half off.
Our predictions for Black Friday: 25% off rooms
Why: Being predominantly a US event, you can expect American brands to be first in line with the sales. The Caesars' hotel chain which encompasses Rio, Planet Hollywood, Paris, Harrah's, Flamingo, Caesar's Palace and Bally's took 25% off rooms for last year's sale. This year, if none of the above are in, we'll literally eat our hats.
Black Friday starts in a week. Clear your calendars, travellers.