Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is said to be when American retailers finally “get out of the red” for the year. On Black Friday, sales of heavily discounted merchandise will push merchants into “black” profitability.
While this origin story has its skeptics, the turbulent 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: $2,000 round trip
There are many takeoffs on Black Friday, such as Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday. Business-only airline La Compagnie launched a “Blue Friday” fare sale in reference to their azure-colored aircraft.
Anyone who has checked out an international business class knows that the prices are astronomical. But through November 22, 2022, La Compagnie’s Blue Friday sale offers all-business flights from Newark (EWR) to Milan and Paris for $2,000 round-trip, good for travel through fall 2023.
Often called a “boutique airline,” La Compagnie operates new long-haul Airbus A321neo aircraft, each equipped with 76 reclining business class seats. In addition to the comfort of Business Class onboard, flights include two checked bags per passenger, pre-flight lounge access and TSA PreCheck service.
To get you in the mood for a great flight, Italian and French chefs prepare meals on board. Meals are served with a promising selection of wines and champagnes.
If you’re not traveling with that special someone (or even if you are), there are dividers between adjacent seats, so you can focus on the large seat-back screens showing American and French films. If you must work or stream, there is free Wi-Fi. If you prefer comfort, you’ll get a pillow, a client, and a travel bag with an eye mask, airline socks, and toiletries.
The deal is available on select La Compagnie flights between December 1, 2022 and October 31, 2023, with no specific blackout holiday periods and subject to availability. Tickets are not refundable.
But act fast if you’re interested. This ‘Blue Friday’ deal ends November 22nd, 2022.
Norse Atlantic: $119 one way from New York City to London, Berlin
If a business class flight across the Bund isn’t in your budget, fret not. Startup Norse Atlantic has you covered on Black Friday.
Launched in March 2021, Norse Atlantic is a long-haul, low-cost airline that flies across the Atlantic Ocean with large modern Boeing 787 Dreamliners. It looks like the good old days of Norwegian, when this budget airline set records for flights to Europe with similar planes.
And like the Old Norse, the 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 are $119, and surprisingly fares from JFK to Berlin are $119.
Californians are also getting a Black Friday deal, with a one-way fare from LAX to Oslo at $189. If you’re departing from Fort Lauderdale, the fare from FLL to Oslo is $159. Foot. Lauderdale to Berlin is $139 round trip.
The above prices are for economy class tickets; The Norse Atlantic also offers premium seating with 43 inches of seat pitch and 12 inches of recline. Nawras offers light, classic and extra tickets. Light like basic economy, with restrictions on baggage, hand baggage, etc. Additional fares include maximum baggage allowance, two meals, and more ticket flexibility.
On sale dates start November 21, 3:00 AM EST until November 29, 12:00 AM EST, unless sold out in advance. Travel dates range from December 2022 to October 2023 and vary by route. For reservations and more information about 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 the biggest fare cuts of the year have begun. From now until November 28, 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 at $1,349, and Business Class at $3,166, round-trip. According to Cathay Pacific, the rates quoted are based on the return fare of a single adult and include taxes and surcharges imposed by the carrier.
Deals include Bangkok, with economy flights starting at $691, premium economy $1,558 and business class $3,959, and Tokyo, economy $694, premium economy $1,646, business class 3, 351 USD. Then there’s Ho Chi Minh City, economy $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 30 other destinations across Asia.
Cathay Pacific has a long list of conditions which you can read here. Black Friday ticket sale ends at 11:59 PM PT on November 28, 2022 (or while supplies last).
Tickets are valid for departures January 23 through May 23, 2023 and August 15 through October 28, 2023 from Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, or San Francisco. All trips must be completed by October 28, 2023.
Exotic destinations like the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica – up to 40% off
Saving on airfare is great, but it’s all about the destination. The Hurtigruten Group celebrates its 130th anniversaryThe tenth Anniversary as a travel package with a bunch of Black Friday deals to some amazing places, from Antarctica to the Galapagos Islands.
Travelers hungry for ultimate destinations (call them a “wish list” if necessary) can save up to 50% on Hurtigruten Expeditions trips to Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, Greenland, Norway, and more. Hurtigruten, which calls itself the world’s leading discovery cruise company, launched its Black Friday deals on November 21st.
In 2023, Hurtigruten Expeditions will operate 34 different flights out of Antarctica. There are Black Friday deals that offer up to 40% off savings on various itineraries, including highlights from expeditions to Antarctica aboard the MS Fridtjof Nansen, dubbed “the world’s most sustainable cruise ship.” There are also savings for the 16-day Antarctica-Falkland cruise aboard the MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first battery-powered cruise ship.
The company offers three Galapagos cruise itineraries aboard the recently upgraded MS Santa Cruz. Travelers can save up to 40% on the North Loop and West Loop around the islands. Then there’s the merged episode, which feels like a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. It covers nine islands in the north and west of the Galapagos in nine days.
30% off Alaska itineraries, including routes along the Inside Passage with stops in the rarely visited Aleutian Islands. An expedition to the National Parks of the West Coast of North America is on sale at up to 50% off.
To reserve the itineraries shown during the Black Friday sale, visit Hurtigruten.com or call 866-552-0371 between November 21 through November 30.