Get the Best Black Friday Flight Deals

Beth Watson and Emma Langley, 30.10.18

Alternative Travel Tips: 6 min read

Black Friday is so much more than packed superstores and fighting shoppers, it can also be one of the best times of year to book your next trip! So avoid the queues and instead use Black Friday to find the best deals on your next flight.

Shoppers on Black Friday Photo credit: Diario Critico de Venezuela

So, what is Black Friday?

Black Friday is the first day of the Christmas shopping season, where retailers often provide many offers, discounts and sales. The name ‘Black Friday’ was first coined in 1961 in Philadelphia and was used to describe the manic hordes of shoppers the day after Thanksgiving. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that American retailers transformed it to make it into a positive event, where they introduced discounts to benefit both themselves and consumers. The ‘black’ comes from the ideas that the increased sales from this event take retailers from the ‘red’ into the ‘black’.

Although the term originated in America, the sales are used by retailers all over the world, with Mexico even having their own Black Friday called ‘El Buen Fin’ which is held from 16th- 19th November 2018. China also have a nation-wide shopping event held on 11th November called ‘Singles Day’. Nowadays, Black Friday is the perfect day for finding the best deals on anything from airline tickets to toasters!

When is Black Friday 2018?

Black Friday is held the day after Thanksgiving, which is the fourth Thursday of November. This year, Black Friday will fall on Friday 23rd November 2018.

Do flights get cheaper on Black Friday?

Yes! With Alternative Airlines’ Black Friday discount code, your flights will get cheaper on Black Friday. Find out how to get money off your flights!

So, what is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is held the Monday after Black Friday and has a much more recent history. It was created in 2005 by retailers who wanted to apply the ideas of Black Friday to online shopping. Cyber Monday is now the busiest day of the year for online shopping. Cyber Monday 2018 will fall on Monday 26th November.

Is it cheaper to buy flights on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Lots of different travel sites will have offers that extend from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. At Alternative Airlines, our Black Friday flights sale will last for four whole days! This means that, even if you miss out on cheap Black Friday flights, you still have until Cyber Monday to get the best Black Friday flight deals.


How to get the best Black Friday flight deals in 2018

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What’s the best way to get cheap Black Friday flights?

Be prepared!

Compare various destinations and keep an eye on the best prices for airline tickets over the Black Friday weekend. Try to be savvy. Don’t just research the cost of flights this Black Friday, finding out more about the cost of food, drink and hotel rooms will stop there being any nasty surprises when you arrive. And, don't forget to facture in the cost of traveling to the airport!

Be quick!

When you find the best flight, don’t hesitate and snap it up fast! Remember that Black Friday flight deals won’t last long and you don’t want to end up disappointed. Keep up to date with all of the latest Black Friday flight discounts by following Alternative Airlines on social media and checking out our Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages.

Be flexible!

Finding the cheapest Black Friday flights might mean being flexible about the date you travel. Using the Alternative Airlines best fare finder, you can compare the cost of your flights across different days to find the best Black Friday flight deals. If you want to know more about the cheapest dates to book, check out our blog on the cheapest day to buy flights.

Being flexible on your destination is also a great way to find the best Black Friday airline deals. Booking a trip to London this New Years Eve? Try flying into Birmingham or East Midlands Airport and getting a budget coach into London City centre. Want some help choosing the cheapest destination for your Black Friday flights? Check out some of our top picks...


What are the best destinations for cheap Black Friday flights?

Black Friday Flights to Tokyo, Japan

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As one of the largest cities in the world and with an excellent food scene, it’s not surprising that Tokyo is on most traveler’s to-do lists. Unfortunately, lots of people are put off by the fact that Japan can be pretty pricey. That’s why it’s so great that Tokyo is set to be one of the best destinations for cheap flights this Black Friday! If you get out there quick and you might even catch the last of the fall colours in the beautiful Yoyogi Park. Find your Black Friday flights to Tokyo with All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Air France, Okay Airways and Shanghai Airlines.


Black Friday Flights to the San Francisco, USA

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San Francisco in Northern California is one of America’s most iconic cities, with the famous Golden Gate Bridge standing prominent in the skyline. San Francisco has a wealth of culture, from its impressive food scene, historical Alcatraz, Japantown and even a Charles Dickens themed Christmas Market. Why not save money on your San Francisco flights this Black Friday? Fly to San Francisco with airlines such as Alaska Airlines, Norwegian, or United Airlines.


Black Friday Flights to Poznan, Poland

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One of the best ways to get the best deals on your Black Friday flights is to choose to fly to lesser-known locations (something we know a lot about here at Alternative Airlines). While everyone else is their booking mini-breaks to Krakov, discover one of Poland’s best kept secrets, Poznan. Poznan is best known for its colourful historic centre and for being the home to Poland’s oldest cathedral, The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Enjoy cheap drinks in the city’s main square and chow down on famous Polish meat pies, pierogi. Find your Black Friday flights to Poland with LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Small Planet Airlines Poland and Wizz Air.


Black Friday Flights to Ksamil, Albania

Aerial View Of Ksamil Beach Ksamil beach in Albania

Albania offers impressive coastlines and natural scenery untouched by tourists, with hidden gems such as Ksamil blessed with beautiful beaches. It’s colourful capital, Tirana, presents some unique and fascinating history which will leave you thinking ‘why haven’t I been here before?’. With Albania predicted to become one of the most affordable places to travel in 2019, why not book your flights to Europe’s up-and-coming destination this Black Friday to grab an amazing deal. Fly to Tirana International Airport with Adria Airways, Pegasus Airlines or Blu-Express.


Black Friday Flights to Shenzhen, China

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No country has quite as many mega-cities as China, and Shenzhen is no exception. Famous for its cheap and cheerful Dongmen market, Shenzhen is set to be one of the best destinations for budget travel in 2019 and for reduced flights this Black Friday. Spend your days gaping at the city’s many skyscrapers or visit the ‘Window of the World’ theme park to see convincing replicas of the Eiffel tower and Notre Dame. Find Black Friday flights there with China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Suparna, Sichuan Airlines, Lucky Air and China Eastern Airlines.


Black Friday Flights to Córdoba, Argentina

Architecture Cordoba Argentina Cathedral of Córdoba, Argentina

Head to the province of Córdoba in Argentina this Black Friday for celebration of the old and new. Drink like a local with a Fernet and Coke or go out and enjoy the up-and-coming nightlife scene in Nueva Cordoba, where you can party all night long! Cordoba is home to some great history, featuring colonial history such as 17th century Jesuit ruins but also architecture from the 19th century European settlements, such as Villa General Belgrano. The ideal time to visit Córdoba for the best weather is between November and April, making it the perfect destination to book this Black Friday! Find flights to Córdoba this Black Friday with Aerolineas Argentinas, or LATAM Argentina.


Black Friday Flights to Guadalajara, Mexico

Agave Fields Jalisco Agave fields in Amatitán, Mexico

Mexico is one of the top destinations for 2019 and Guadalajara is a city that never disappoints. Cheaper and smaller than its big brother Mexico City, Guadalajara is famous for being the birthplace of both Tequila and mariachi. Head out of the city to see the region’s incredible Agave plantations and taste Tequila like you’ve never tasted before. Find your flights there this Black Friday with Viva Aerobus, Interjet, Frontier Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Aeromexico, Delta and Avianca.


Find Black Friday Promo Codes with Alternative Airlines

If you can’t wait till Black Friday to get discounted flights, why not check out our offers page, with promo codes that can be used now! Keep an eye on our Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages to be the first to find out our Black Friday deals when they go live.

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