I’ve listed some of the best Black Friday travel deals for 2023 below.
Don’t forget to factor in discounted vouchers – IrelandHotels.com is offering a €20 eCard with sales of its Go Anywhere card of €200 or more, for example, while the Choice and O’Callaghan hotel groups have 20pc off their vouchers.
As always, a word of caution. Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) will be cracking down on fake discounts ahead of Black Friday and during the Christmas sales periods.
“The CCPC will be actively inspecting retailers, both online and in stores, to check for compliance,” it said.
With travel, I always advise approaching deals as you would any other purchase – pay attention to applicable dates, minimum spends or blackout days (eg. bank holidays), and check the T&Cs.
It’s worth inspecting claimed savings (phrases like “savings of up to”, for example, and how discounts are calculated). And there may be added protection for you in buying from licensed and bonded Irish travel agents.
€100 off with Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus’s Black Friday sale took off early, offering €100 off return flights on its North American network. It also has €200 off business class return fares, and up to 25pc off European flights. Book by November 27, for travel from December 1 to March 14 of next year. aerlingus.com
€200 off Marella Cruises
TUI’s Marella Cruises has no minimum spend on its Black Friday cruise offer. You can save €200 per booking on Canary Island and Med cruises of seven days or more (use the code BFCR200). Book by November 27 for cruises departing between January 1 next and April 30, 2025. tuiholidays.ie
€150 off with Crystal Ski
Crystal Ski’s Black Friday offer sees €150 off any new ski holiday booking up to April 30, 2025. Use the code BF150 when booking – the offer expires on November 27, and there’s a minimum spend of €1,000. Ski packages typically include flights, transfers and accommodation, but not equipment hire, lift passes or tuition. crystalski.ie
40pc off Lough Erne Resort
Lough Erne Resort says it has up to 40pc off stays, golf and afternoon tea deals. Midweek B&B with a bottle of Prosecco starts from £159/€184 per room on its website. For Black Friday weekend (November 24-26), the five-star resort will also give a £20 voucher with every £100 spent on its gift vouchers. lougherneresort.com
€150 off with Travel Department
Travel Department’s Black Friday offers apply to holidays from January 1 to August 31 2024, and it has €75 off packages of eight nights or more (use the code BF75), €50 off holidays of seven nights (BF50) and €25 off holidays of six nights or less (BF25). The offer runs to November 27. Sister company TD Active has similar offers. traveldepartment.com; tdactiveholidays.com
Royal Caribbean has up to €700 off select cruises, and kids’ offers from €99pp. Celebrity is offering 75pc off the second guest, while Princess Cruises’ Black Friday deals include special offer fares from €463pp (a seven-night Caribbean cruise departing next March, with €250pp off flights). royalcaribbean.ie; celebritycruises.com; princess.com
20pc off O’Callaghan hotels
O’Callaghan Collection hotels include The Alex, The Mont, The Davenport and The Green in Dublin, and it has 20pc off best available rates (room-only) and 20pc off gift vouchers from November 24-27. The stay window is from November 24 to March 14 next year. ocallaghancollection.com
Holidays under €1,000 with Sunway
Sunway has 15pc off spring holidays to Tenerife, and several long-haul Black Friday travel deals. A seven-night, four-star package to Thailand’s Phuket Centara Kata Resort, for example, starts from €879pp including flights and hotel, based on two sharing. Another offer has four nights in Las Vegas (three-star) from €673pp. sunway.ie
Ryanair’s Black Friday week
Ryanair has a slightly different Black Friday and Cyber Monday model, running a new sales wheeze each day from November 21 to December 1. The lowest fares I’ve seen start from €14.99, but check back daily for the new deals – as always, flexibility on where and when you travel will unlock the best prices. ryanair.com
A night away at Johnstown Estate
The Co Meath escape has a ‘Winter Treat’ offer for Black Friday – bundling B&B and a bottle of wine for two from €150. The overnight stay is discounted from €230, it says, available Sunday to Thursday, and includes a €10pp dining credit (minimum spend of €30pp). It also has 10pc off gift vouchers bought by December 4. thejohnstownestate.com
50pc off at Generator hostels
Generator and Freehand Hotels, self-described “hybrid accommodation brands”, have 50pc off sales at city centre locations in the US and Europe. Book by November 27 inclusive using the code BLACKFRIYAY – the Black Friday deal is valid on stays over two nights between January 1 and March 31 (Generator has a hostel in Dublin). Hostelworld.com also says it has up to 75pc off stays in its Black Friday offer. staygenerator.com; hostelworld.com
25pc off at Spain’s Paradores
Spain’s state-run network of historic and cultural hotels and restaurants is celebrating Black Friday with up to 25pc off its gift boxes. The offer runs to November 24, and the gift boxes (vouchers) can be physical or downloaded digitally – the discounts apply to bookings in January and February of next year. paradores.es
€60 off a Camino
Navan’s Uwalk.ie has up to €60pp of its Camino trips for Black Friday – an offer that applies to groups of six or more on both self-guided and ‘Travel Solo Not Alone’ groups next year. As an example, a seven-night package is discounted from €749pp to €699p, ex flights (single supplements are extra). uwalk.ie
€200 off with TUI
If you spend a minimum of €2,000 on your holiday, that is. TUI’s Black Friday sales run to November 27, with €100 off bookings of €1,000 and over on selected holidays, and €200 off bookings of €2,000 or more. It applies to departures from January 1 through April 30, 2025 (use the code BFRIDAY). tuiholidays.ie
30pc off with G Adventures
Small group adventure operator G Adventures says it has up to 30pc off its packages – per person, for departures before April 20 2024. gadventures.com
15pc off at Trigon Hotels
Trigon’s Black Friday sale sees 15pc off at the Cork International Hotel and 20pc off at The Metropole in Cork. Black-out dates include Easter, Christmas and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. trigonhotels.com
20pc off InterContinental Dublin
The five-star InterContinental Dublin has 20pc off room-only rates bookable by November 28, for stays from Nove,mber 24 to March 31 next year, with black-out dates. intercontinentaldublin.ie
NB: All prices subject to availability and change. Always check T&Cs with Black Friday travel deals. Per person prices are based on two sharing.