How to work Black Friday for all the top travel deals

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South Africa has cottoned on to the power of supersizing their Black Friday sale planning - and 2019 will be no different.

Traditionally, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving - the fourth Thursday of November in the US. In 2019, Black Friday falls on 29 November and South Africans are ready.

Previous sales show some online retailers will be looking to make it a Black Friday weekend come the end of November - either way, it's the perfect time to snag as many wanderlust deals and packages as you can. 

So who should you have on your radar this year? While secure flight specials might not necessarily be the way to go, some sites are putting together great packages - which will be your best bet for secure a solid Black Friday travel deal. 

Flight Centre will be offering up to 70% off Top Deck Tours, locally you can also check out Travel Check and Thompsons Travel

Travelstart ran some decent sales last here - keep an eye on their site here, while other international sites like Expedia say they're preparing some amazing travel deals, with as much to 75% off select hotels Booking.com, will also be having their Black Friday Sale, so save their URL too. 

If you're wanting to ace the biggest, anticipated sale day of the year keep these tips in mind. 

Tip 1: If you are shopping online, set your clock for midnight on Thursday 23 November

Most sales start as the clock strikes 12 so make sure you have data and your Wi-Fi isn’t past its cap. Get into bed early and set a few alarms. By the time the rest of the world wakes up you can have done your shopping and be catching some restful winks before heading to work.

Tip 2: Create a wish list so you can checkout ASAP on the day

The prices may change on goods for Black Friday but the goods will already be there. Go online, create your wish list in advance and then when the sale starts, quickly go to your list, see which items are marked down enough and press ‘checkout’ to beat your shopping competitors to the bargain!

Tip 3: Do your homework

Get your hands on as many newsletters and flyers as you can. Like the Facebook pages and Twitter feeds of all your beloved retailers and monitor their bargains closely. From early November, retailers will start to release their Black Friday weekend specials. Start your plotting and planning as early as possible and draw up a plan of action. 

Tip 4: Have a plan of action on Black Friday

Some of your purchases may be in the real world and some in cyberspace. A good plan is to start with cyberspace early and then head off to the physical shops once you’ve done the calm and peaceful online shopping. Chances are, once you’ve been involved in a three-person scrum over the last Christmas Turkey in the supermarket, you may only be capable of heading home and lying down...

Tip 5: Make sure your details are up-to-date

If you are shopping online, you won’t want to be messing around updating details as everyone around you is checking out what should have been your goods… It is worth logging into the sites you love before Black Friday and checking your details are 100% accurate.

Tip 6: Get the app

Download the app for your favourite online retailers early. This will allow you to browse much faster and they’ll also send you push notifications of the big discounts to look out for.

Tip 7: Check in advance if you can return your purchases

Most outlets, both online and physical, will accept returns for Black Friday purchases but this is not a guarantee. It is worth checking terms and conditions in advance to make sure that any purchases made ‘in the moment’ can be returned.

Tip 8: Set a budget

Decide ahead of time what you plan to spend on the Black Friday sales and stick to it. You could quickly find yourself shopping for Christmas 2018, 19 and 20 if you are not careful. Be responsible and remember that the expensive festive season is coming up so you’ll need a bit left over for this! 

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