Black Friday isn't just about tech deals

Aric Jenkins
November 20, 2017

Europe may not celebrate Thanksgiving, but Black Friday is off to an early start there.

At least two low-cost airlines — Iceland’s WOW Air and Ireland’s Ryanair — are offering discounts ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And even though the carriers are based across the Atlantic, Americans can still benefit from the savings.

Prospective travelers can start by purchasing tickets from one of WOW Air’s U.S. hubs. For “Purple Friday" — which falls on Friday, Nov. 23, the same day as Black Friday — the Icelandic airline is offering one-way fares from Boston, Pittsburgh and Chicago to Reykjavik, Amsterdam, London and Dublin for just $99.99.

For an additional $30 you can fly from San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles to any of the same destinations, though those flights can only be booked through March 2018. Boston, Pittsburgh and Chicago flights are good through May 2018.

Once in Europe, travelers can take advantage of Ryanair’s “Christmas seat sale.” The carrier says it's selling 500,000 seats with discounts as low as $11.50 a ticket, depending on location. The only caveat is that the flight must depart from Dublin, but WOW Air’s deal has that covered.

From Dublin, you can travel to Paris for $11.50, Brussels for $11.74, Munich for $19.96 or Barcelona for $23.48 — among many other European destinations with varying prices. Best of all, a return trip can be booked for the same exact price or even lower, depending on the date.

A couple of American carriers have posted enticing Black Friday deals as well.

Delta will fly you to the breathtaking Azores islands of Portugal for a heavily discounted price if you book by Nov. 28. 

For as low as $559 or $599 roundtrip from Boston or New York City, respectively, you can travel to the archipelago between May 24 to Sept. 3. You can also fly out from various hubs across the country like Atlanta, Detroit or Los Angeles for an increased, but still discounted price. It's worth noting that Delta is the only U.S. carrier that flies to the Azores' Ponta Delgada airport with direct service.

Southwest Airlines will shave $125 off any domestic flight and hotel package or $250 if you choose to travel abroad. All you need to do is use the promo code SAVE125 for U.S. flights or SAVE250 for international flights and the deal is yours. Additionally, the deal extends well beyond Black Friday and Cyber Monday until Dec. 4. Travelers can use the offer between Nov. 24 until Aug. 24, 2018.

You can also discover Asia with Air China's Black Friday deal. From Nov. 24 to Nov. 27 the airline is offering 15% off of all of its round trip destinations departing from the U.S. Travelers can head to locations like Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Bangkok or Dehli. The travel period runs from Nov. 24 until the end of April 2018.

Those offers are only the tip of the iceberg, as more airlines are set to introduce Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals over the course of the week. Travel + Leisure will be sure to keep you updated.

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