Black Friday: $33 airfares and the best travel deals in the Holiday sales

Duty-free isn’t a free for all: You could be asked to return duty free or pay tariffs if you’re not leaving the country. Photo / Alexandre Debieve, Unsplash

Kiwis and Americans rarely see eye-to-eye on the term ‘Holiday’, but cheap flights and booking a year’s worth of travel is something we can get behind.

Originally a way of convincing overfed families to leave their homes, Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – saw US shops drop their prices for annual ‘holiday’ sales. (That word again!)

It has since become a three-day ‘Shopping Holiday’ during which savvy travelers plan ahead and book in the next year’s trips.

Here’s the best deals open to Kiwis to save you money on holidays in the year ahead.

Jetstar – $139 trans Tasman

The Aussie Budget carrier is offering a flash sale across its New Zealand services. With domestic fares starting from $33 and trans-Tasman fares from $139.

This 24-hour-only Black Friday ‘Flash Sale’ ends at 11.59pm NZDT Friday 25 November 2022, unless sold out earlier. Fares and full conditions are available at

Travel dates vary per route but include late January to late October 2023.

Qatar Airways offers up to 12% off fares

The Qatari carrier is offering up to 12 percent off economy and business class fares, shaving hundreds of dollars off long-haul fares out of New Zealand. With a network reaching from Amsterdam to Kathmandu, find out more at

Hawaiian Airlines – Fly to the islands for less, and for double points

Fares booked between 23-28 November, receive double the points on the HawaiianMiles loyalty program.

From Monday 28 November Hawaiian airlines is holding a seat sale on fares to Hawaii from New Zealand, available until 30 November.

Hawaiian Airlines is holding a cyber sale to Honolulu next week.  Photo / Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines is holding a cyber sale to Honolulu next week. Photo / Hawaiian Airlines

Trafalgar – 15% off selected 2023 worldwide tours

Trafalgar, Insight Vacations and Costsaver are offering travelers 15 percent off selected 2023 worldwide tours when booked and paid in full by the 5th December 2022.

Highlights include Trafalgar’s top selling 16-day Spain, Morocco & Portugal guided tour from $5,096* per person, twin share.

Or squeezing the most value out of your travel Costsaver’s Iberian Explorer tour is now priced from $2,461* per person on the 6th, 20th and 27th May 2023.

Book and pay in full by 5th December 2022. See Trafalgar’s, Insight Vacations’ and Costsaver’s website or contact your local travel agent for further details.

Explore Worldwide – 20% off 2023 tours

Group tours company Explore Worldwide is offering up to 20 percent off departures in their Black Friday sale. This includes 20 per cent off Mexico from AU$3,270pp or 15 per cent on Vietnam, from AU$1,450pp.

Photo / Supplied
Photo / Supplied

Contiki Cyber ​​Sale – Save up to 25% off

Log on to Contiki’s Cyber ​​Sale this weekend. Travelers can save up to a quarter on Contiki’s world tours. Starting 23 November through to 1 December 2023 departures will be 25 percent off. Book or register interest at

Intrepid – 25% off 2023 departures

Interpid Travel’s Cyber ​​Sale Kicks off today, with 25 percent off group trips or epic expeditions to Antarctica. The Cyber ​​Sale applies to bookings made by 2 December 2022, for trips departing by 14 December 2023.

Norwegian Spirit sails into the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.  Photo / Supplied, Denizun Iusu
Norwegian Spirit sails into the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Photo / Supplied, Denizun Iusu

NCL – Bring your friends for free with US$200 Credit

Available for new bookings made before 27 November 2022, the second guest in each booking sails free and adding a bonus US$200 of onboard credit. Available for up to five ‘Free at Sea’ offers per customer.

Prices start at just $2518 per person for a 12-day Australia & New Zealand itinerary, departing Sydney on February 8, 2023, for Melbourne and Wellington to Auckland.

Holland America – US$400 credit on staterooms

Cruise line Holland America is offering spending money for next year’s guests, with on board credits of $200 USD per stateroom (US$100pp) on 5- to 13-day voyages, and US$400 per stateroom (US$200pp) on 14+ days voyages. The offer is available from today, November 17, to December 1, 2022. Available on select 2022, 2023 and 2024 voyages.

Oceania Cruises – US$300 Cruise Credit across cruise lines

There is US$300 The Oceania Cruises Black Friday Sale applies on cruise sales between 23 November and 14 December 2022, through the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America with itineraries between 7 to 24 days.

Quark Expeditions – 2-for-1 berths or free cabin upgrades on polar expeditions

Bring more friends on your next expedition. Buy one berth on a polar voyage and get a second berth free in the same cabin or a berth in a shared cabin for half-price for solo travelers. Solo travelers sail Half-price, or receive a free cabin upgrade on new bookings for all Antarctic 2023-24 and Arctic 2024 voyages. offers Kiwis money off cars and rental

The holiday website is offering New Zealanders up to 30 percent off stays and 25 percent off car rentals to help you get there.

Ovolo Hotels – 40 percent off accommodation form Hong Kong to Bali

Guests can enjoy up to 40 percent off selected Suites or Premium Rooms at any Ovolo or By Ovolo Hotel across Australia, Hong Kong and Bali.


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