Tomorrow is the day that people suffering from wanderlust have been waiting for all year.
Come midnight, travel agencies are set to unleash a host of local and international deals on flights, accommodation, cruises and island getaways.
If you’ve been dreaming of a vacation on an idyllic beach in Thailand or a cruise, these are the websites you should be checking out.
As always, Travelstart is offering some good deals on flights, car hire and accommodation packages.
You can catch a domestic flights from R479 or get R300 off a booking for a local hotel.
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Consumers who sign up for its Black Friday campaign will receive a voucher worth R500 and will be given the opportunity to enter a spin draw where a further R10 000 voucher is up for grabs.
All Travelstart deals will run from Friday 23 November to Monday 26 November.
- Flight Centre
Flight Centre is offering some amazing deals on international flights where you can pick up a direct return flight to Dubai for R4 490. For just R1 500, you could pick up a flight to Rome (R5 990) or fly to Thailand for R6 440 (for travel between January and February 2019 through to the end of March).
If you’re a cruise enthusiast, Flight Centre is offering three-day Durban to Cape Town cruises starting from R3 590.
Stores open at 7am tomorrow.
- STA Travel
Again, if you’re looking for international packages you might want to check out STA Travel, which is offering a seven-night stay in Phuket for R8 990.
The great news for consumers is that the agency is offering a lay-bye deal of sorts in that you only need R1 000 to secure your booking and you’re able to pay the rest in full at least a month before your departure date.
- Sure Travel
How does 70% off packaged deals sound?
That’s what Sure Travel is offering on select packages, so if you’ve always wanted to go on a Contiki tour, now might be your best chance to snap up one at a good price.
- Peermont Hotel Group
If you book a stay at any Peermont hotel by 23 November, you can get up to 50% off the best available room rate.
Bookings can be made online between 9am and 9pm and the stay dates range between 19 November and 14 December.
- Rooms for Africa
The accommodation group will be running deals throughout the whole weekend, ending on 25 November.
Using a special promo code you can get R300 off a stay at your choice of 12 000 hotels, B&Bs, holiday houses and chalets listed in the group.
However, this special only applies to bookings over R1 000.
TIPS FOR KEEPING SAFE ONLINE THIS BLACK FRIDAY:
ESET South Africa CEO Carey van Vlaanderen shares a few tips for ensuring your online safety this Black Friday.
- Use a safe connection – not every Internet connection is secure enough to be used for online payments so make sure that the website you’re on is indeed secure before you enter any card details. Don’t make use of free public wi0fi to make these purchases.
- Be wary of fake deals – fake deal delivered to your inbox is very prevalent at this time of the year and are used to lure victims onto fake websites that harvest sensitive information like credit card numbers and login credentials.
- Always check the URL – don’t let your guard down even when you see a well-known brand. Fraudsters can create fake websites that look almost identical to their original counterparts, so keep a watchful eye on the URL. Fake sites are easily identifiable as they use different internet addresses than the official pages they are trying to mimic.
- Use credit or secure payment services only – making a purchase online is safer with a credit card or secure online payment service as this doesn’t involve any of the money you keep in your checking or savings account.