top tips on finding the best black friday travel deals

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The wonderful thing about being obsessed about finding travel deals is that when a brand you know and love gets in touch and says things such as ‘we’re offering up to 75% off hotels for Black Friday, does that interest you?’ it’s the easiest decision in the world.

So here is a post brought to you by yours truly – and Expedia.

Here’s the deal. On Friday 23rd November at 9am, they’ll be releasing a hotel coupon from here that could see you saving up to 75% off (fan me down, lads).

This can only be used on their app so make sure you’ve got it downloaded and ready to go at 9am before someone else (read: me) swipes a bargain from right underneath your nozzle.

DOWNLOAD ME NOW

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As I’m also in the market for a hotel or two at the moment (when am I not?), I also got thinking about all the things that can help make Black Friday shopping an ease and not an effort. Starting with…

1. Mark your calendar

This year, Black Friday lands on Friday 23rd November however some brands may start to trickle out the deals a few days before and after.

2. Research

The best way to get a good deal is to prepare and have a think about where you’d like to go.

On my list at the moment is:

  • Santiago in Chile
  • Cape Town in South Africa
  • The Azores in Portugal

(so HOLLER AT ME if you see any deals for these come up)

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Who fancies a trip to the Azores with me?

So, what we all need to do before Black Friday is research those destinations a bit more:

  • Who flies there?
  • What routes do they take?
  • Will I need a visa?
  • Will I need to get injections?
  • When is a good time to visit?

Sure, you might find a proper cheap flight but if you find out you’re there for monsoon season and your £100 visa won’t even come back in time, you’ll be gutted.

3. Get ready

As you may need to pounce on a deal, it’s definitely worth asking yourself the following questions:

  • How much time can you take off?

Check your holiday allowances and remember, if you haven’t booked Christmas off yet (and you’re on a standard UK full time contract), you’ll need 4 days to take off between 22nd Dec – 1st Jan.

  • Can you get the time off work?

If you’ve got some dates in mind, it’s worth putting some feelers out with whoever controls your holiday allowance. In the very least, check when you definitely couldn’t take time off to avoid disappointment.

  • Who would you go with?

Be it a mate or a date, get them on board now. That, or just embark on your own solo adventure which makes things a hell of a lot easier to organise!

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I tend to holiday with the ‘housemate’…
  • Do you have everyone’s details?

Get all the travellers passport details ready to go!

  • How much can you spend?

This is really important because sales are EXCITING and before you know it, you’ve plonked £400 on your credit card that you can’t really afford. If you’re travelling with others, agree on your budget, and factor in a maximum price you’d go to if you find something proper lush.

  • Do you have the money?

Most sites will need you to put the full amount onto one card so if you’re going away with someone else, make sure you’ve got enough to cover the cost

4. Bookmark, follow and download

Now you’ve got an idea of where you’re going, it’s time to bookmark websites, follow social media accounts and download apps in preparation.

A good trick on Twitter is to create a list of airlines, hotel groups and comparison sites, which will compile all their social accounts in one place.

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If I was being coy, this is where I’d slip in the old ‘oh, did you know Expedia are up to something fun too?’ trick but I feel like I’ve blown that already. So, all I’m gonna say, again, is UP TO 75% OFF ON THEIR APP! DOWNLOAD IT NOW!

5. Check that you’re actually getting a deal

  • Check the location – nobody wants to stay 25km from where they intended
  • Check the reviews
  • And lastly, check what price it usually retails at

Right, I’m off to limber up for Black Friday morning. Do come and join me on Instagram where I’ll be sharing what I discover!

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One quick tip to get £25 off your next stay with Booking.com

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3 of the 6 times I booked a hotel for my 10 holiday challenge, Booking.com offered the best rates – NICE ONE LADS.

And so when they sent me an email to say ‘would you like to give how many holidays fan folk £25 off their next booking’ I was like ‘erm, yeah? What’s the catch?’.

But it turns out that apart from needing to book a hotel worth £50 or more, there wasn’t one.

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So, if you’ve got a hotel that needs booking, USE THIS LINK PALS:

https://www.booking.com/s/how0ma64

After check in, £25 will be credited back onto the card registered on your Booking.com account (so make sure you also set up an account with your card details saved!) Full terms can be found here.

There’s currently no expiry date on this offer and it even works if you’ve booked with the site in the past so why not save this page and keep it in mind for any upcoming jaunts.

You can only claim a referral once per account but if you’re booking for a second time and staying with someone else, why not set them up an account too?

PLEASE NOTE: If you’ve had an email saying you’re due to receive £0 instead of £25, do not fret! It’s just a comms glitch. Scroll to the bottom for further info.

It’s also worth saying that Booking.com isn’t just about hotels, I actually booked our amazing Gdańsk apartment through it as well (though pssst, that link won’t get you the money off!)

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You can also see it in the flesh here!

WHERE MA MONEY AAAAT?

You’re back from your trip and you want your money – I HEAR YOU!

First things first, if you’ve had an email saying you’re due to receive £0 back instead of the promised £25, don’t worry.

As long as you’ve followed the terms (over £50 spend, first time using a referral link, card details uploaded onto Booking.com) you will get your £25 back. It’s just a communications glitch (based on the fact that I get £0 back each time one of you books!) that the team are working to sort out.

Your money will be back in your account 30 days after you return home from your stay and you can track this by logging onto your Booking.com account and clicking on ‘My Dashboard’.

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Then, click on ‘Refer friends and earn’ (or click that from the dropdown menu straightaway!) and scroll to the bottom where it says ‘All Bookings’ which should look a little something like this:

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HOPE THAT HELPS GUYYYYZ!