6 flexible travel deals to book this Black Friday
Cancel, change or credit? Maximise your Black Friday savings and minimise your risk with these sales.
While 2020 may be the year of the ever-changing travel plans, it's also the year of some incredible travel deals.
And Black Friday is certainly delivering the latter.
This year, many travel companies, including Qatar Airways, P&O Cruises and G Adventures, are offering the winning combination of deep discounts and flexible bookings during the Black Friday and Cyber Weekend sales.
Here are some of our favourite offers that let you change the date, swap the destination or cancel altogether, so you can travel when you're ready.
What's the Black Friday deal? Using a promo code, save up to 30% on base fares, and earn up to 4,000 Qmiles.
Travel dates: 1 February 2021 until 30 September 2021.
Flexibility: Unlimited date changes without fees until 31 December 2021, plus an extended two-year ticket validity. You can also exchange your ticket for a future travel voucher, which will give you a bonus 10% value and is valid for two years.
Book by: 29 November 2020.Go to Qatar's website to book
2. G Adventures
What's the Black Friday deal? Lock in a tour that's discounted by up to 21% with just a $1 deposit.
Travel dates: 1 January 2021 until 20 June 2022.
Flexibility: Final payment is due within 60 days of your departure, but if you want to completely change your travel plans more than 60 days prior, your deposit ($1 at the time of booking plus $349 by 31 January 2021) turns into a credit toward any future trip. This deposit never expires. You can also change your date within 30 days of departure.
Book by: 20 November 2020.
Tip: While G Adventures is advertising tours up to 21% off, we actually found tours have been discounted by up to 30%.Go to G Adventures' website to book
What's the Black Friday deal? Up to 30% off worldwide tours with a $99 deposit.
Travel dates: 2021 and 2022 tours.
Flexibility: Contiki's FlexDeposit works as a credit toward a future trip if you want to cancel. It doesn't expire, but you will need to use it before you turn 36. Alternatively, you can use it with one of Contiki's sister brands (including Trafalgar or Uniworld Cruises) after you turn 36. If you don't want to travel at all, you can turn your deposit into a gift for someone else that can be used within five years.
Book by: 3 December 2020.Go to Contiki's website to book
What's the Black Friday deal? Save up to 30% on stays two nights or longer at more than 25 hotels across Australia and New Zealand.
Travel dates: Until 30 June 2021.
Flexibility: Choose the "Best Flexible Rates" for the option to book now and pay later and cancel for free up to 24 hours before arrival. Plus save an extra 10% if you join Oaks Discovery.
Book by: 1 December 2020.Go to the Oaks Hotels and Resorts website to book
5. P&O Cruises
What's the Black Friday deal? Select cruises around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific from just $249 per person.
Travel dates: 2021 and 2022 cruises.
Flexibility: If you cancel 76 days or more prior to departure, and you're booked on a cruise departing before 30 November 2021, you can get a full refund. If you cancel between 31 and 75 days prior to departure, and you're booked to depart before 4 March 2021, you'll get a full refund, or if you're booked to depart before 30 November 2021, you'll get a Future Cruise Credit. If you cancel between 15 and 30 days prior to departure, and you're booked to depart before 30 November 2021, you'll qualify for a Future Cruise Credit.
Book by: 30 November 2020.Go to P&O Cruises' website to book
What's the Black Friday deal? Up to $700 off Trafalgar's "Best of" tours, which you can lock in with a $99 deposit.
Travel dates: 2021 tours.
Flexibility: After paying a $99 deposit, you can change your travel dates and/or destination, as long as it's 30 or more days prior to departure. If you've paid more than just the deposit, you'll get the rest refunded to you if you decided to cancel altogether.
Book by: 8 December 2020.
Tip: While Trafalgar is advertising tours up to $700 off, we actually found tours have been discounted by up to $755.Go to Trafalgar's website to book