Martin Lewis warns Britons they could ‘lose money’ on Black Friday flights

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Black Friday 2020 is set to kick off on Friday, November 27, though many sales have already gone live in the week leading up to the big day. Though the annual sale is popular for buying gadgets, many travel firms have jumped on the trend in recent years offering an opportunity to snatch up a discounted holiday.

However, following a year of uncertainty for travel amid the ongoing pandemic, things could be a little different this year.

Though the likes of British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet are offering deals for customers, Money Saving Expert’s Martin Lewis suggests it may not be the best time to buy.

The problem lies with whether or not holidays will be able to go ahead.

“If your flight is cancelled due to coronavirus you should get a full refund but we know that has been difficult to get, and they haven’t been paying in the time that they legally required to do,” he said on the Martin Lewis Money Show Live.

“If you have a package you should get the money back but again some firms that hasn’t happened.”

Throughout the pandemic, Martin has hailed ATOL protected package holidays as the best option due to their legal requirement to provide refunds.

Despite this, he is cautious about the impending sales.

“Well, insurance won’t cover you,” he said.

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“If you book a flight and a hotel, and the flight can’t go but the hotel is on, insurance is not going to cover that.

“The flight, you should get money back but it may take time.

“So would I book? I think my answer is, I would probably only be booking something that if the worst came to the worst I can afford to lose the money on, or wait a long time to get a refund, otherwise I’m not sure I’d be bagging.”

Hope of a vaccine being widely available by next year has shown promise for the travel industry in recent weeks.

As Martin points out, though, “we don’t know exactly when and where everything will be back to normal.”

Many airlines have already announced sales on flights for 2021 and 2022 though.

British Airways is launching discounts on all holidays booked before Saturday, November 28.

This includes flight and hotel, as well as flight and car holidays in every destination for travel through until mid-November 2021.

easyJet has put 350,000 seats on sale from £24.99 to and from the UK for travel between December 10 and June 30 2021.

The offer will be live from Wednesday, November 25 until December 2 with fares available at

Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic is offering Upper Class return flights to multiple destinations from £999.

Holidaymakers can also get their hands on Premium return flights from £599 and Economy Light return flights from £239.

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