Five tips to bag a great travel deal on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
If you’re anything like us here at Citybond you’ll love a bargain, and there’s no feeling that quite compares to the thrill of bagging a serious deal. And when shopping for big-ticket items like travel deals, the stakes are even higher. Fortunately for us, we live in the golden age of Black Friday and Cyber Monday: two days where, if we do our preparation and hold our nerve, there are some top travel deals to be had.
Still, with plenty of bargain hunters to compete with, it’s not as simple as navigating to your favourite online travel agent and securing a half-price holiday. The low-cost flights and accommodation are out there - but they make you work for your wins. All you need to do is follow these few tips and pointers, and you’ll be sailing over the clouds towards your dream destination in no time - and feeling super smug about it.
Here are the Citybond team's top tips for bagging the best deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Go forth and save!
Sign up for newsletters, bookmark pages, and create accounts ahead of time
Success on Black Friday and Cyber Monday isn’t all about the days themselves. To land the best deals, sign up for notifications and newsletters from the major airlines, hotels, and travel sites in advance. Enable push notifications on your emails, and you should be among the first to hear about each brand’s best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. And if you don’t want savvy travellers to be snapping up the best deals while you’re painstakingly filling in your postcode on a form, ensure you have accounts already set up by the time Black Friday arrives. It’s also worth bookmarking the most important sites to have lists to work through. That way, you won’t waste precious time navigating, and it will be much easier to compare each site’s deals.
Got a specific holiday in mind? Do your research before the big day
If you’ve got a specific destination or set of dates in mind, it’s worth doing some sleuthing before the big day to find out what the standard prices are for your dream holiday. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday it’s easy to get carried away and think that everything you’re buying is a fantastic deal - but this may not be the case. Instead, ignore the ‘savings’ advertised and compare the deals you’re seeing in front of you with the standard prices you highlighted a couple of weeks ago. This way you can make sure you’re getting the best deal – and you’re not compromising on specifics to save a small amount of cash.
Be flexible with your dates
Flexibility surrounding holiday dates is a winner when it comes to bagging low-cost holidays at any time of year, but doubly so on the big sales days. Airlines will often slash prices on specific flights, and online travel agents tend to offer cut-price package holidays within specific dates. Make a list of agreed dates with your travel pals ahead of time, and try to include as many viable options as possible. If you’re booking for a group, why not set up a group chat for the big day so that if your exact dates aren’t available, you can negotiate different ones?
Stay up late to start your shopping early
Those Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers vying for giant TVs and games consoles might have to queue, freezing on the high street until the shops open, but not you! Booking holidays can easily be done online, and you can definitely use this to your advantage. So how much do you want to book that dream trip without busting your shoestring budget? Enough to sacrifice your eight hours? Many brands launch their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals at midnight, meaning you can get first dibs if you’re willing to stay up until the early hours.
Set a budget - and wait for Cyber Monday if needed
To ensure you don’t get caught up in the excitement and blow more of your bank balance than you would have on any normal day, set a budget ahead of Black Friday. If you don’t find prices within your budget on Black Friday, try to hold tight until Monday. While it might be tempting to just up the budget to get a bargain, many brands extend their deals until Cyber Monday, and some of them will slash prices further throughout the Cyber Weekend. Waiting can require nerves of steel as there’s always the possibility that the deal you’re eyeing will go. But a win on Cyber Monday often means paying less than you would have on Black Friday - a true victory for bargain hunters.
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