I don’t know about you, but I always get a little excited for Black Friday. Maybe it’s the Northerner in me, but I love bagging a bargain and for the past couple of years I’ve waited patiently until 23rd November with my shopping list in tow. As a Travel Blogger, it’s becoming even more exciting now that travel booking sites have begun to embrace the craze and offer some of the best Black Friday travel deals. In partnership with Expedia, I’m sharing my top tips on how to get the best Black Friday travel deals in 2018. With a bit of forward planning, you’ll be amazed at what travel offers you can find. Let your 2019 travel plans start here!
How to Get the Best Black Friday Travel Deals in 2018
1. Be Realistic, Focus on One Trip
The amount of travel deals available online on Black Friday can feel somewhat overwhelming. Instead of trying to scour the internet for a multiple holidays, keep it simple and focus on bagging a great deal for one specific trip. Also streamline your search to the reputable booking websites you know and trust. Expedia is a great place to start.
2. Decide on Your Destination in Advance
Where do you want to go? You may already have a specific bucket list destination in mind, or perhaps you just fancy getting a cheap deal somewhere sunny. Either way, it’s good to decide on your destination in advance.
3. Choose Between Package Holiday or Flights + Hotel
A great way to narrow down your search even further is to decide what type of trip you want to book. If you want maximum flexibility on flight times and departure airports, it’s a good idea to book flights and accommodation separately. Or, you could snap up a package holiday deal with options for self catering, half-board or full board. Choose what works for you.
4. Download the Expedia App
Once you’ve got your dream trip in mind, start your research by downloading the Expedia app. This clever and easy-to-use app is designed to be your travel companion on the go. I love how you can search for flights, package holidays, hotels and even activities all from your mobile or tablet. To get your heads on Expedia’s amazing Black Friday deals, head to the Black Friday landing page on 23rd November to download a coupon, then redeem the coupon on the app.
5. Read Hotel Reviews in Advance
If you’re anything like me, you probably read lots of review websites before making that important hotel booking decision. This can take time, but it’s totally worth it. Try to read these reviews in advance of Black Friday and create a hotel shortlist so that you can snap up a cheap hotel booking without any hesitation.
6. Plan to Book in the Morning
Many Black Friday travel deals and flights have limited availability, so chances are you’re going to find the very best offers on the morning of 23rd November. Set an alarm or a reminder in your phone to jump online in the morning so you don’t forget.
What To Expect from Expedia on Black Friday
Whilst the specific deals are still top secret, I’ve been given inside information that Expedia will be offering an extra 75% off hotel coupon from 9am (subject to availability!), plus other hotel discounts and amazing deals on flight routes and package holidays from the UK and around the world. Note the 75% coupon available is only redeemable on the Expedia app!
Will you be shopping for the best Black Friday travel deals this year? What are your top 3 dream destinations to visit in 2019? If you enjoyed this blog post or found it useful, please leave a quick comment in the box below. Jess x
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This is a sponsored blog post that has been created in partnership with expedia.co.uk. All words and images are my own.