The travel rewards aspect is really the best deal on Black Friday weekend, including (and especially) for all your non-travel purchases. But there could be other good deals, especially if you were going to book travel anyway (as opposed to the real flight deals year-round that are worth planning a trip around).
Here’s a list of 70+ links to the Black Friday weekend deals for travelers.
We’ll keep this post updated for both Cyber Monday and Travel Deals Tuesday, which are usually even better for travel deals.
3 online shopping portal deals
Savvy travelers always use online shopping portals to earn more free travel with all their non-travel purchases. Please read the 4 pro tips to maximize all your holiday spending, it’s really a must.
Here are the Black Friday online shopping portal deals:
- Aeroplan eStore: up to 20 pts/$ (≈ 30%) for cardholders, 10 pts/$ (≈ 15%) for others
- Rakuten: up to 15% cash back (and $30 free with our link if you’re new)
- AIR MILES Shops: 20x Miles sitewide
2 lounge access deals
Please don’t pay for airport lounge access when it’s so easy to get free airport lounge passes AND actually get paid for free access.
I’ll give just 3 examples for now, but we’ll have more content about airport lounges in early December:
- ≈ $492 free by getting the CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite Card ($60,000 minimum income)
- ≈ $492 free by getting the CIBC Aventura Gold Visa Card ($15,000 minimum income once on the CIBC link, you need to scroll all the way down to see that one)
- ≈ $495 free (≈ $645 minus $150 net fee) by getting the American Express Gold Card (no minimum income, but only a few lounges in Canada versus 1,000+ worldwide with CIBC)
All 3 cards give you 4 annual airport lounge passes for free, but many other cards with free airport lounge access give you more passes or even unlimited access.
But if you prefer to pay for them (if your credit is bad for example), you can do that too.
Here are the Black Friday deals for airport lounge access:
- Priority Pass: 50% off the visit-free membership, 35% off with visits
- Plaza Premium: 50% off certain passes
2 traveler tools deals
We’ll soon have a post with the most useful tools for travelers in general, but also tools for travel rewards enthusiasts.
7 point purchase deals
Obviously, you’re better off just getting a ton of points through welcome bonuses. Even with these point purchase promos, it’s not such a great deal unless you’re really good at maximizing your points.
(And to be clear, if you’re not sure if you’re good at maximizing them, you probably aren’t so don’t buy any — I say this very respectfully, I just don’t want you to waste your money! Join our free webinar on travel rewards to become a pro at maximizing them!)
But it could make sense to buy points if you:
- don’t want to invest time into learning about welcome bonuses (even though we’ll make it simple for you during our webinar)
- don’t have good credit (fix that ASAP to enjoy a lot of free travel)
- want points in niche currencies that are harder to acquire as Canadians
- use points very very very well
Here are the Black Friday deals for airline point purchases:
- Air Canada Aeroplan points: up to 105% bonus
- Alaska Mileage Plan Miles: up to 50% bonus
- United MileagePlus Miles: up to 50% off
- Copa ConnectMiles: 40% discount
Here are the Black Friday deals for hotel point purchases:
- Marriott Bonvoy points: 25% discount
- Hyatt World of Hyatt points: 25% bonus
- IHG One Rewards points: up to 100% bonus
18 travel item deals
Don’t miss our post with the ONLY 5 true travel essentials tomorrow.
Here are the Black Friday deals for travel items:
- Amazon: plenty of deals
- Decathlon: up to 50% off
- Unbound Merino: 40% off
- SportChek: up to 60% off
- Bentley: up to 40% off
- Samsonite: up to 40% off
- Best Buy: plenty of deals
- The Source: up to 50% off
- Walmart: up to 50% off
- Herschel Supply Co.: up to 50% off
- Oakley: up to 50% off
- WANDRD: plenty of deals
- Tropicfeel: up to 25% off
- Pakt: up to 20% off
- Nomatic: up to 50% off
- Belkin: up to 25% off
- AliExpress: up to 90% off
- Atmosphere: up to 60% off
22 airline deals
We already wrote about this, and about why they’re usually a waste of time compared to real flight deals.
14 hotel deals
Hotel sales are generally better than airline sales.
4 car rental deals
Our guide with 100+ travel tips will have plenty of pro tricks about everything, including one aspect of travel a lot of people struggle with, car rentals.
Here are the Black Friday deals for car rentals:
- Avis: up to 35% off and a free upgrade
- Avis with Aeroplan: up to 30% off and 1,500 bonus points
- Budget: up to 35% off and a free upgrade
- Budget with Aeroplan: up to 30% off and 1,000 bonus points
1 train deal
Very specific, but in case you need to book a train trip soon. I love VIA Rail, at least on short distances when their inevitable delays simply don’t have time to be too long.
- VIA Rail: 25% off with code VIA2022
2 tour deals
We’re not really fans of organized trips at all, it’s always more authentic (and more affordable) when you travel independently.
But in case you are just starting out as a traveler or want to put in zero effort, an organized trip is still better than not traveling or
traveling vacationing in an artificial resort (even if it’s not going to be nearly as cheap or gratifying as planning your own trips).
But this 1st provider only does small groups at least, and the 2nd one is for young adults only. So it could be a good 1st step to help you build the confidence to travel on your own, even though it’s really not that complicated, trust us, just do it!
(But if you missed our webinar last weekend with 100+ tips on how to travel for less, you can still get our free guide when it’s ready soon, if you sign up for our free newsletter today!)
Here are the Black Friday deals for tours:
1 cruise deal
Not fans of this either, but we know many people are.
And again, at least it’s much better than an artificial resort because, from my understanding, when a cruise stops in the different ports of call, people actually visit places and discover the local culture a bit.
- Cruise Direct: 30% off select cruises
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In addition to flight and hotel deals, Black Friday is full of great travel deals, on everything from rewards points and lounge access to trains, tours, and cruises. If you’re planning a trip or need something to add to your already planned trip, it might be worth looking into some of these deals.
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