5 tips to get the best holiday deals this Black Friday

Posted by Ashna Brijmohun on 11 November 2021

Black Friday is here once again! If you are an eager traveller seeking a bargain on a much-needed vacation, Black Friday could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

Black Friday is a colloquial term that refers to the first Friday after Thanksgiving Day in the United States of America (USA). The annual event is known as an international shopping holiday because, on Black Friday, businesses around the globe offer generous discounts on products and services.

The term ‘Black Friday’ supposedly originated in the 1960s in the city of Philadelphia in the USA. Police officers used the phrase ‘Black Friday’ to describe the overwhelming human and vehicular traffic in the city after Thanksgiving Day. This phenomenon has sparked global recognition and participation in the Black Friday holiday.

With many countries reopening their borders and welcoming tourists and Black Friday drawing near, it is the perfect opportunity to get a great deal on a holiday package. To make sure that you get the best deal this Black Friday, use the following five tips.

1. Do your research

When diving into the hysteria of Black Friday, it is essential that you do substantial research beforehand. Gather information on your chosen destination such as entry requirements and health and safety protocols. This will ensure that your trip runs smoothly and without stressors. Also, try and keep updated on holiday packages and promotions by signing up for email lists and following social media pages. Staying updated will help you keep an eye out for exclusive offers on holiday packages.

2. Make a budget and stick to it

It is important when planning a vacation to create a budget and to make sure you stick to it. While Black Friday is infamous for causing panic buying among consumers, you can easily avoid this by following a budget. It is easy to get swept up by the enticing sales presented by Black Friday but creating a set budget and using it as a guide will ensure no financial losses. Travel operators like Club Med offer cost effective all-inclusive holiday packages that cater for ones food, accommodation, activities and other necessities. When shopping on Black Friday, stick to your budget to prevent an empty wallet and an overpriced holiday package.

3. No need to panic buy

Many people assume that Black Friday comprises only a single day of discounts but it has recently taken over the entire weekend. Do not fall victim to panic buying because Black Friday now continues until Cyber Monday, giving you four glorious days of carefree shopping.

4. Read and understand the fine print

When making any kind of purchase it is important that one reads the fine print. The fine print refers to the terms and conditions of an agreement that holds all parties involved accountable. To make sure that you are aware of refund policies, cancellation fees and other incurrences, carefully read and understand the fine print.

5. Clear out those Cookies

A major online booking hack is to clear out your cookies! Cookies allow websites to remember you by monitoring and tracking your browsing history. When websites remember you, they increase their prices due to the high demand for products and services. To combat this, when browsing travel websites it is smart to either clear out your cookies or to browse in incognito mode. This will ensure that the prices of bookings stay low.

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