All About BLACK FRIDAY
The Black Friday phenomenon has taken the world by surprise. What started as a strategy by American retailers to increase their sales during the holidays turned into a crazy weekend with huge discounts that quickly spread to other countries, until it became a global phenomenon as it is today.
Although making travel plans currently can be tricky, BudgetAir.co.uk has taken advantage of Black Friday to bring you flexible tickets and deals, so you can book your next dream destination without the risk of losing your flight or your money.
This is our main goal for the year: we want to make sure that your safety and well-being comes first, both at the time of booking and during your trip.
Airline policies will allow you to change your travel dates and rebook at no extra charge for changes due to the COVID-19 emergency. So, instead of focusing on business, we want to show you that it is safe to book with us, because your trust is what we value most in this current situation.
Before moving on to promotions, let's first take a closer look at Black Friday, any doubts you might have about it, and our suggestions for you.
What is Black Friday?
As mentioned above, Black Friday originated in America. It takes place the day after Thanksgiving, so it's a different day every year, and is always at the end of November. This year, the Black Friday craze begins on November 27 and ends on November 29, with November 30 set aside for another day of crazy promotions: Cyber Monday.
Black Friday is considered THE best time to do your Christmas shopping, as almost all brands have great deals and discounts. Compared to classic sales, Black Friday allows you to buy products from current collections with unmatched discounts. Every year during Black Friady, America turns into a battleground; you've probably seen videos of American buyers fighting over televisions, shoes, and just about everything else in the store.
Why is it called Black Friday?
There are several theories about the origin of the name. In 1966, the Philadelphia Police Department officially spoke about Black Friday for the first time due to the incredible crowds in the streets. The rush to shop has resulted in extraordinary traffic jams, accidents and has occasionally also resulted in violence.
Black Friday also got its name because of how sales are accounted that day. Instead of red numbers in the accounting books, most stores are making a profit, so these numbers are marked in black.
What is the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday falls on the Monday of the week immediately following Black Friday, so this year it will be November 30. In the past, these two events were marketed differently: shoppers flocked to the malls and shopping streets for Black Friday deals, while Cyber Monday deals were mainly online. Thus, people went to the stores on Friday and then shopped online on Monday, but that's no longer the case.
Since much of Black Friday is now also devoted to online sites, the two events are often simply labeled "Black Friday Weekend". Cyber Monday is now an extension of the Black Friday event with more offers, so don't miss out on some great deals!
What is better for flight discounts? Black Friday or Cyber-Monday?
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the perfect occasions to book our flexible flights. In fact, we're going to be taking our Black Friday campaign from the weekend to Cyber Monday, which will give you more time to find the best deals.
General tip : Black Friday ticket sales often represent flights where airlines have empty seats to fill, so once they're gone, there's no way to find more. In short, if you wait until Cyber Monday and don't watch Black Friday flight deals, you may be missing out on some great opportunities.
How will COVID-19 affect Black Friday?
- Fewer people in stores: For security reasons, stores will limit the number of shoppers allowed to enter at one time.
- More online deals: Right now, social distancing is one of the best ways to protect ourselves against the virus, so being in a long line isn't ideal. This is why brands will be communicating their offers online.
- Inevitable delays in shipments: They have occurred for obvious reasons throughout 2020, but retailers expect a significant increase for this event. For this reason, they are already encouraging people to do their Christmas shopping; in fact, the sooner the better this year.
Ready to find flights? Head on over to our Black Friday 2020 page for some great deals! Before planning any trip, please note that the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) recommends against travelling away from home except in circumstances such as for work and for education. This advice applies from November 5, 2020 until December 2, 2020, so make sure that you book your flights for 2021. For a complete and up-to-date view of the countries that are currently open, check out our blog on the UK travel corridors which is updated weekly.
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