Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is said to be when America’s retailers finally “get out of the red” for the year. On Black Friday, sales of heavily discounted merchandise will push merchants “into the black,” profitability.
While this origin story has its doubters, the battered travel industry has come up with some sales magic for Black Friday 2022. We’ve rounded up some great Black Friday international travel deals.
Business class to Milan or Paris: $2000 Round-trip
There are many take-offs on Black Friday, like Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday. All-business-class airline La Compagnie just launched a “Blue Friday” fare sale in a nod to their sky-blue aircraft.
Anyone who has checked international business class knows the prices are astronomical. But through November 22, 2022, the Blue Friday sale on La Compagnie offers all-business-class flights from Newark (EWR) to Milan and Paris for as low as$2,000 round-trip, good for travel through fall 2023.
Often called a “boutique airline,” La Compagnie operates new long-range Airbus A321neo aircraft, each outfitted with 76 lie-flat business-class seats. In addition to business-class comfort on board, flights include two checked bags per passenger, pre-flight lounge access and TSA PreCheck service.
To put you in the mood for a great trip, Italian and French chefs create on-board meals. Meals are served with a promising selection of wines and champagne.
If you’re not traveling with that special someone (or even if you are) there are partitions between adjoining seats, so you can focus on the big seatback screens showing both American and French films. If you must work or stream, there is complimentary Wi-Fi. If you’d rather rest, you get a pillow, customer, and a travel bag with eye mask, flight socks and toiletries.
The deal is available on select La Compagnie flights between December 1, 2022, and October 31, 2023, with no specific holiday periods blacked out and subject to availability. Tickets are nonrefundable.
But act fast if you’re interested. This ‘Blue Friday’ deal ends on November 22, 2022.
Norse Atlantic: $119 One-Way From NYC to London, Berlin
If a business class trip across the Pond isn’t in your budget, worry not. Startup Norse Atlantic has you covered for Black Friday.
Launched in March 2021, Norse Atlantic is a long-haul, low-cost airline flying transatlantic routes with big modern Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Sounds like the good old days of Norwegian, when that budget airline set flight records to Europe using similar aircraft.
And like the old Norwegian, Norse Atlantic offers some dynamic deals to Europe. For example, fares from New York JFK one-way to Oslo are $139, from JFK to London Gatwick $119 and amazingly, fares from JFK to Berlin are $119.
Californians too get a Black Friday deal, with one-way fares from LAX to Oslo at $189. If you are departing from Fort Lauderdale, fares from FLL to Oslo are $159. Ft. Lauderdale to Berlin is $139 one way.
The above fares are for Economy Class tickets; Norse Atlantic also offers Premium seating with 43” seat pitch and 12” recline. Norse offers Light, Classic and Plus ticketing. Light is like basic economy, with limitations on luggage, carry-on, etc. Plus fares include the maximum baggage allowance, two meal services, and more ticket flexibility.
Sale dates are from November 21, 3:00AM EST through November 29, 12:00AM EST, unless sold out prior. Travel dates are between December 2022 and October 2023 and vary by route. To book and for more information on Norse Atlantic visit www.flynorse.com
Cathay Pacific: Black Friday Flights to Asia Starting at $679
If Asia is your dream destination, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific says their biggest fare sale of the year is on. From now until November 28th, Cathay Pacific Black Friday deals let you choose from 34 destinations in Asia, including China, India, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Australia and the Philippines.
Flights in Economy Class start at $679, Premium Economy from $1,349 and Business Class from $3,166, round trip. According to Cathay Pacific, prices quoted are based on one adult return fare and include taxes and carrier-imposed surcharges.
Deals include Bangkok, with Economy flights starting at USD $691, Premium Economy $1,558 and Business Class $3,959, and Tokyo, Economy USD $694, Premium Economy $1,646, Business $3,351. Then there’s Ho Chi Minh City, Economy USD $692, Premium Economy $1,559, Business $3,194, and even Kathmandu, Economy $836, Premium Economy $1,998, and Business $4,256.
There are also Black Friday deals to another 30 destinations throughout Asia.
Cathay Pacific does have a long list of conditions that you can read here. The Black Friday ticket sale ends at 11:59pm PST on 28 November 2022 (or until deemed sold out).
Tickets are valid for departures from Jan 23 through May 23, 2023, and from August 15 through October 28, 2023, from Boston, Los Angeles, New York City or San Francisco. All travel must be completed by October 28, 2023.
Exotic Destinations Like The Galapagos and Antarctica—Up to 40% Off
Saving on airfare is great, but it’s all about the destination. The Hurtigruten Group is celebrating its 130th anniversary as a travel packager with a pack of Black Friday deals to some amazing places, from Antarctica to the Galapagos.
Travelers hungry for ultimate destinations (call them ‘bucket list’ if you must) can save up to 50% on Hurtigruten Expeditions sailings to Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, Greenland, Norway and more. Hurtigruten, which calls itself the world leader in exploration travel, launches its Black Friday deals on November 21.
In 2023, Hurtigruten Expeditions will operate 34 different Antarctica departures. There are Black Friday deals with up to 40% savings on various itineraries, including the Highlights of Antarctica expedition on board MS Fridtjof Nansen, called the world’s ‘most sustainable cruise ship.’ There are also savings on the 16-day Antarctica & Falklands expedition on the MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first battery hybrid-powered ship.
The company offers three Galápagos itineraries on the recently upgraded MS Santa Cruz. Travelers can save up to 40% on the northern loop and western loop around the islands. Then there’s the combined loop, which sounds like a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. It covers nine islands in the northern and western Galápagos in nine days.
Alaska itineraries are 30% off, including routes along the Inside Passage with stops in the rarely visited Aleutian Islands. A National Parks of North America’s west coast expedition is on sale for up to 50% off.
To book itineraries offered during the Black Friday sale, visit Hurtigruten.com or call 866.552.0371 between November 21 through November 30.