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Juventus defense falling apart without the BBC

Juventus' Andrea Barzagli, left, Juan Cuadrado and Barcelona's Lucas Digne jump for the ball during the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Juventus defense falling apart without the BBC

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri gestures during the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Juventus defense falling apart without the BBC

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon waves to fans at the end of the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Juventus defense falling apart without the BBC

Juventus' Andrea Barzagli, left, challenges Barcelona's Andres Iniesta during the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Juventus defense falling apart without the BBC

Juventus' Sami Khedira and Barcelona's Gerard Pique, right, vie for the ball during the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Juventus defense falling apart without the BBC

Barcelona's Paulinho, right, and Juventus' Juan Cuadrado vie for the ball during the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Juventus defense falling apart without the BBC

Juventus' Paulo Dybala, right, hugs Barcelona's Lionel Messi at the end of the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Juventus defense falling apart without the BBC

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri gestures during the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Juventus defense falling apart without the BBC

Juventus' Paulo Dybala reacts during the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Juventus' coach Massimiliano Allegri reacts during the UEFA Champions League football match against Barcelona November 22, 2017

Juventus' coach Massimiliano Allegri reacts during the UEFA Champions League football match against Barcelona November 22, 2017 (AFP Photo/Marco BERTORELLO)

Juventus' coach Massimiliano Allegri reacts during the UEFA Champions League football match against Barcelona November 22, 2017

Barcelona saves Messi for crucial Valencia match

Barcelona's Lionel Messi walks off the pitch at the end of the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Barcelona saves Messi for crucial Valencia match

Juventus' Paulo Dybala, 2nd right, talks to Barcelona's Lionel Messi at the end of the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Barcelona saves Messi for crucial Valencia match

Barcelona's Lionel Messi is challenged by Juventus' Daniele Rugani, left, during the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

The Morocco international is frustrated the Old Lady couldn't secure maximum points against Ernesto Valverde's men at the Allianz Stadium

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

The Morocco international is frustrated the Old Lady couldn't secure maximum points against Ernesto Valverde's men at the Allianz Stadium

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

The Morocco international is frustrated the Old Lady couldn't secure maximum points against Ernesto Valverde's men at the Allianz Stadium

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

The Morocco international is frustrated the Old Lady couldn't secure maximum points against Ernesto Valverde's men at the Allianz Stadium

Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

The Morocco international is frustrated the Old Lady couldn't secure maximum points against Ernesto Valverde's men at the Allianz Stadium

LaLiga: Can Valencia replicate the spirit of 2003 and dent Barcelona's title ambitions?

LaLiga: Can Valencia replicate the spirit of 2003 and dent Barcelona's title ambitions?

LaLiga: Can Valencia replicate the spirit of 2003 and dent Barcelona's title ambitions?

LaLiga: Can Valencia replicate the spirit of 2003 and dent Barcelona's title ambitions?

LaLiga: Can Valencia replicate the spirit of 2003 and dent Barcelona's title ambitions?

LaLiga: Can Valencia replicate the spirit of 2003 and dent Barcelona's title ambitions?

LaLiga: Can Valencia replicate the spirit of 2003 and dent Barcelona's title ambitions?

LaLiga: Can Valencia replicate the spirit of 2003 and dent Barcelona's title ambitions?

Ousmane Dembele back in action... but not as Barcelona fans would hope

Ousmane Dembele back in action... but not as Barcelona fans would hope

Ousmane Dembele back in action... but not as Barcelona fans would hope

Ousmane Dembele back in action... but not as Barcelona fans would hope

Ousmane Dembele back in action... but not as Barcelona fans would hope

The France international is still working his way back from a hamstring injury but is to return to the field as a special guest of former club Rennes

Ousmane Dembele back in action... but not as Barcelona fans would hope

Ousmane Dembele back in action... but not as Barcelona fans would hope

Ousmane Dembele back in action... but not as Barcelona fans would hope

The France international is still working his way back from a hamstring injury but is to return to the field as a special guest of former club Rennes

Ousmane Dembele back in action... but not as Barcelona fans would hope

Ousmane Dembele back in action... but not as Barcelona fans would hope

Built Over Time, AS Roma Grows Toward Meeting Owner James Pallotta's Lofty Vision

AS Roma is on a roll lately. It’s in good shape to advance from a Champions League group that includes Chelsea and Atlético Madrid, and it will be right near the top of Serie A if it can win its game in hand. After speaking to Roma’s Boston-based owner James Pallotta on Tuesday, it's clear he is very confident about the future of his club.

Pallotta, now in his seventh year as Roma owner, said he’s expecting an announcement this Friday of regional approvals for a new Roma stadium that would break ground next spring. It would be a 54,000-seat stadium alongside an entertainment complex. Privately funded at the cost of nearly $1 billion, the new complex would more than double Roma’s revenue models, Pallotta said. He wants Roma to be one of the top five to 10 clubs in Europe every year and be in contention regularly to win the Champions League.

The Roma owner spoke about a lot of things, in fact, which are part of our conversation below (lightly edited for length and clarity):

SI.com: Roma is doing well in the Italian league and in Champions League, despite having a first-year manager (Eusebio Di Francesco) and director of football (Monchi). Is this happening a bit sooner than you expected? Or is this according to plan?

Pallotta: No, I think our goal going back to the beginning was to consistently try to get into Champions League. Which clearly wasn’t easy the first few years or so. But we did it three times out of the four and one Europa [League]. We’re still trying to get a team for the Scudetto. It took a little time to learn some things and a bit more of a philosophical change too in how we’re managing the football operations side of it.

I think Monchi is making that change, and that stuff takes a little time. But we had some things we had to work through. I think we did some very good things in the last three or four years, and we did some things that weren’t great. You just try and improve. We had a lot to learn. I had a lot to learn. But I think we’re getting there. And I think [on Friday] we should have the approvals and announcements on the stadium from the region. So it could be a good Christmas present. A lot changes when people know that we’re definitely getting a stadium.

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SI.com: From a soccer perspective, you mentioned a philosophical change. Is it possible to elaborate on that?

Pallotta: I think we’ve made some changes in the last couple years on our scouting. We’ve built up some incredible analytics. We’re actually going to the next level on analytics that we don’t think has been done before with a couple machine-learning projects on it. I think our academy system has changed for the better, both whatever we can do to improve it in Italy and the U.S. and some other places. We feel like we’ve given up many times on our youth. I’m not sure if I’m right, but I’m pretty sure we’re No. 6 in terms of supplying talent to other teams around Europe.

You take a look at someone like [Lorenzo] Pellegrini, who we had loaned out before, and I’m not sure with Monchi there we would have done the same thing. We might have, to give him more playing time. But to me he’s an extremely important piece of Roma for the next decade. And we want to make sure that players like that, young players, that they stay with Roma and understand that Roma wants them. So how we go about doing that I think is a little different from probably before.

We have a whole bunch of others in our youth programs that we’re pretty high on, all the way down to some 15- and 16-year-olds. Obviously they’re young, but we’ve identified a lot of talent. We really think at some point with the kind of talent we’ve been putting through there and the programs we have and the changes, that we might have five or six kids per year that can be first-team players coming up. And then a couple other things we’re doing in terms of relationships with other teams in other countries, they take time to put into place. But we’re happy with where we’re getting.

SI.com: In terms of Monchi and Di Francesco, it’s still sort of early, but you have to be pleased with where you are now, right?

Pallotta: Well, in the case of Monchi, he had 15 or 16 years of experience with one team [Sevilla] and a well-deserved reputation. What he did in finding young players and having a much smaller budget than most teams and competing how he did in not just the league but throughout Europe, winning five Europas, you have to feel really good when I started having conversations with him that he liked what we were thinking about at Roma. And we got him. When there were plenty of other big teams that I know wanted him for more money. He liked what we were talking about, and there were a bunch of things he’s had to do and clean up.

He had a very hard-working summer, and we still have some ways to go on some stuff. But I have a good relationship with him. I think he’s been great for the team, and he’s a players’ guy. He can have conversations with the players and the coach and the staff. So from that point of view, having complete faith in that, it’s been great. He’s at least what I thought and expected, if not more.

And in Di Francesco’s case, the last couple years we liked the way he played and thought [coaching Sassuolo]. But coming into Rome, the good thing is he played at Roma, so he understands the difficulties in Rome from the derby to just being in Rome sometimes with all the media looking at you and all the radio and TV stations. And he understands it. He handles it.

I think he’s turned out to be incredibly more flexible. When we had conversations with him in the summer, he said this is the style I play, and this is what I play. Within a game or two, you saw the adjustments that he makes. And while he does have his basic style, you have to really like what he’s been doing. When we can go to Chelsea and play the way we did [in a 3-3 tie], sometimes in the past you’d look at it and go, ‘Here we go again.’

And his rotations are great. We realized we had to get deeper this year, and we got substantially deeper. He’s utilizing players a lot. You look at somebody like Gerson, who people think is just a midfielder, and he comes in and plays right forward and scores two goals. And you go, maybe he’s better as a forward! You look at [Alessandro] Florenzi, he can play right back and right forward, and he might be best suited as a midfielder.

Unfortunately we’ve had some injuries, like with some guys like [Rick] Karsdorp. [Patrik] Schick should be coming back soon, and we’re very high on him. [Grégoire] Defrel can play right forward or on the left behind [Edin] Dzeko. Schick can play right or he can play with Dzeko or in place of Dzeko. [Stephan] El Shaarawy comes in, and people think he’s just a left forward, and then he plays right forward and makes different types of cuts and scores two goals against Chelsea on the right side. You just see that interchange, and that’s nice, and he’s utilizing that.

SI.com: Is this Roma team good enough to win the Italian league?

Pallotta: In terms of the Italian league, I think the last couple years we were good enough, too. When [Luciano] Spalletti came in and went undefeated the last 17 games, we weren’t that far behind. And if we had played in the first half of the year before I made the change, there was a period where we had 11 games without a win. You take someone like Spalletti, and I can look at those games and I did, and there’s no reason why three or four or five of those shouldn’t have been wins. There’s 10 points right there. And last year we finished four points behind. So you’re right there. There were some games against teams that we should have won, and we tied. We’re getting tougher as a team. So do I think so? Yeah.

By the way, I think the style and the play that’s going on in the Italian league right now is as good as anything that’s going on in any league in Europe. Napoli, Juventus, Inter, Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio. You can have at some point AC Milan and maybe Fiorentina, but certainly those first six or so. Atalanta, you go there and play them at home. You know, that’s not an easy game. Which we won at the beginning of the year. We’re looking forward to some other teams going into Atalanta and having to play them there. It’s a very difficult league, frankly.

So I do think we can win it. We have a game in hand. We’re right there. We’ve had a tough schedule, I think. And we just have to take care of our own business like we did on Saturday [against Lazio]. I think the team feels more and more comfortable with themselves. There’s a togetherness. You could see it after the Lazio game, where they all went out. There were no factions, no smaller groups, no Eastern Europeans versus others. They’re together.

SI.com: How do you spend your time between Boston and Rome?

Pallotta: Right now I’m spending substantially more time in Boston. Because there’s the Roma stuff, but I have a bunch of other businesses. But at this time with Roma the last six to nine months, there’s just a lot going on in Boston in terms of stadium stuff. So for instance, [on Tuesday] we’ve had our construction company in again. We’ve had in the project manager. It’s almost like on a daily basis we have stuff going on.

Yesterday I spent half the day for the architectural firm of our entertainment complex. It’s not like I wouldn’t mind hanging out in Rome and hanging with the team, and I know sometimes people or the media say 'He’s not in Rome, he’s not in Rome, he’s an absentee owner.' That couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’m working on a lot of stuff. Our commercial operation is run out of London. So I do spend a bunch of time when I’m in Rome going to London too because of the commercial activity. I just do what I have to do.

Built Over Time, AS Roma Grows Toward Meeting Owner James Pallotta's Lofty Vision

AS Roma is on a roll lately. It’s in good shape to advance from a Champions League group that includes Chelsea and Atlético Madrid, and it will be right near the top of Serie A if it can win its game in hand. After speaking to Roma’s Boston-based owner James Pallotta on Tuesday, it's clear he is very confident about the future of his club.

Pallotta, now in his seventh year as Roma owner, said he’s expecting an announcement this Friday of regional approvals for a new Roma stadium that would break ground next spring. It would be a 54,000-seat stadium alongside an entertainment complex. Privately funded at the cost of nearly $1 billion, the new complex would more than double Roma’s revenue models, Pallotta said. He wants Roma to be one of the top five to 10 clubs in Europe every year and be in contention regularly to win the Champions League.

The Roma owner spoke about a lot of things, in fact, which are part of our conversation below (lightly edited for length and clarity):

SI.com: Roma is doing well in the Italian league and in Champions League, despite having a first-year manager (Eusebio Di Francesco) and director of football (Monchi). Is this happening a bit sooner than you expected? Or is this according to plan?

Pallotta: No, I think our goal going back to the beginning was to consistently try to get into Champions League. Which clearly wasn’t easy the first few years or so. But we did it three times out of the four and one Europa [League]. We’re still trying to get a team for the Scudetto. It took a little time to learn some things and a bit more of a philosophical change too in how we’re managing the football operations side of it.

I think Monchi is making that change, and that stuff takes a little time. But we had some things we had to work through. I think we did some very good things in the last three or four years, and we did some things that weren’t great. You just try and improve. We had a lot to learn. I had a lot to learn. But I think we’re getting there. And I think [on Friday] we should have the approvals and announcements on the stadium from the region. So it could be a good Christmas present. A lot changes when people know that we’re definitely getting a stadium.

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SI.com: From a soccer perspective, you mentioned a philosophical change. Is it possible to elaborate on that?

Pallotta: I think we’ve made some changes in the last couple years on our scouting. We’ve built up some incredible analytics. We’re actually going to the next level on analytics that we don’t think has been done before with a couple machine-learning projects on it. I think our academy system has changed for the better, both whatever we can do to improve it in Italy and the U.S. and some other places. We feel like we’ve given up many times on our youth. I’m not sure if I’m right, but I’m pretty sure we’re No. 6 in terms of supplying talent to other teams around Europe.

You take a look at someone like [Lorenzo] Pellegrini, who we had loaned out before, and I’m not sure with Monchi there we would have done the same thing. We might have, to give him more playing time. But to me he’s an extremely important piece of Roma for the next decade. And we want to make sure that players like that, young players, that they stay with Roma and understand that Roma wants them. So how we go about doing that I think is a little different from probably before.

We have a whole bunch of others in our youth programs that we’re pretty high on, all the way down to some 15- and 16-year-olds. Obviously they’re young, but we’ve identified a lot of talent. We really think at some point with the kind of talent we’ve been putting through there and the programs we have and the changes, that we might have five or six kids per year that can be first-team players coming up. And then a couple other things we’re doing in terms of relationships with other teams in other countries, they take time to put into place. But we’re happy with where we’re getting.

SI.com: In terms of Monchi and Di Francesco, it’s still sort of early, but you have to be pleased with where you are now, right?

Pallotta: Well, in the case of Monchi, he had 15 or 16 years of experience with one team [Sevilla] and a well-deserved reputation. What he did in finding young players and having a much smaller budget than most teams and competing how he did in not just the league but throughout Europe, winning five Europas, you have to feel really good when I started having conversations with him that he liked what we were thinking about at Roma. And we got him. When there were plenty of other big teams that I know wanted him for more money. He liked what we were talking about, and there were a bunch of things he’s had to do and clean up.

He had a very hard-working summer, and we still have some ways to go on some stuff. But I have a good relationship with him. I think he’s been great for the team, and he’s a players’ guy. He can have conversations with the players and the coach and the staff. So from that point of view, having complete faith in that, it’s been great. He’s at least what I thought and expected, if not more.

And in Di Francesco’s case, the last couple years we liked the way he played and thought [coaching Sassuolo]. But coming into Rome, the good thing is he played at Roma, so he understands the difficulties in Rome from the derby to just being in Rome sometimes with all the media looking at you and all the radio and TV stations. And he understands it. He handles it.

I think he’s turned out to be incredibly more flexible. When we had conversations with him in the summer, he said this is the style I play, and this is what I play. Within a game or two, you saw the adjustments that he makes. And while he does have his basic style, you have to really like what he’s been doing. When we can go to Chelsea and play the way we did [in a 3-3 tie], sometimes in the past you’d look at it and go, ‘Here we go again.’

And his rotations are great. We realized we had to get deeper this year, and we got substantially deeper. He’s utilizing players a lot. You look at somebody like Gerson, who people think is just a midfielder, and he comes in and plays right forward and scores two goals. And you go, maybe he’s better as a forward! You look at [Alessandro] Florenzi, he can play right back and right forward, and he might be best suited as a midfielder.

Unfortunately we’ve had some injuries, like with some guys like [Rick] Karsdorp. [Patrik] Schick should be coming back soon, and we’re very high on him. [Grégoire] Defrel can play right forward or on the left behind [Edin] Dzeko. Schick can play right or he can play with Dzeko or in place of Dzeko. [Stephan] El Shaarawy comes in, and people think he’s just a left forward, and then he plays right forward and makes different types of cuts and scores two goals against Chelsea on the right side. You just see that interchange, and that’s nice, and he’s utilizing that.

SI.com: Is this Roma team good enough to win the Italian league?

Pallotta: In terms of the Italian league, I think the last couple years we were good enough, too. When [Luciano] Spalletti came in and went undefeated the last 17 games, we weren’t that far behind. And if we had played in the first half of the year before I made the change, there was a period where we had 11 games without a win. You take someone like Spalletti, and I can look at those games and I did, and there’s no reason why three or four or five of those shouldn’t have been wins. There’s 10 points right there. And last year we finished four points behind. So you’re right there. There were some games against teams that we should have won, and we tied. We’re getting tougher as a team. So do I think so? Yeah.

By the way, I think the style and the play that’s going on in the Italian league right now is as good as anything that’s going on in any league in Europe. Napoli, Juventus, Inter, Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio. You can have at some point AC Milan and maybe Fiorentina, but certainly those first six or so. Atalanta, you go there and play them at home. You know, that’s not an easy game. Which we won at the beginning of the year. We’re looking forward to some other teams going into Atalanta and having to play them there. It’s a very difficult league, frankly.

So I do think we can win it. We have a game in hand. We’re right there. We’ve had a tough schedule, I think. And we just have to take care of our own business like we did on Saturday [against Lazio]. I think the team feels more and more comfortable with themselves. There’s a togetherness. You could see it after the Lazio game, where they all went out. There were no factions, no smaller groups, no Eastern Europeans versus others. They’re together.

SI.com: How do you spend your time between Boston and Rome?

Pallotta: Right now I’m spending substantially more time in Boston. Because there’s the Roma stuff, but I have a bunch of other businesses. But at this time with Roma the last six to nine months, there’s just a lot going on in Boston in terms of stadium stuff. So for instance, [on Tuesday] we’ve had our construction company in again. We’ve had in the project manager. It’s almost like on a daily basis we have stuff going on.

Yesterday I spent half the day for the architectural firm of our entertainment complex. It’s not like I wouldn’t mind hanging out in Rome and hanging with the team, and I know sometimes people or the media say 'He’s not in Rome, he’s not in Rome, he’s an absentee owner.' That couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’m working on a lot of stuff. Our commercial operation is run out of London. So I do spend a bunch of time when I’m in Rome going to London too because of the commercial activity. I just do what I have to do.

The best Black Friday travel deals – including half-price holidays in the Maldives

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Enter the promo code 'Black10' to apply the discount when booking online or by phone.  The French Alps Credit: artrudebat/Artur Debat The best flight deals Return flights to LA for £175 Air New Zealand will be offering return fares from London to LA for £175, and returns from London to Auckland for £399 at 9am on November 24, for selected dates in February and March 2018 (for LA), and May and June 2018 (for Auckland). Get there early, the airline expects the tickets to sell out "within minutes".  Explore LA for under £200 Credit: Justin W Dennis Discounted Transatlanticism  Low-cost, long-haul operation Norwegian is promising its "best flight details" will be launched on Black Friday, between one minute past midnight and 22:59, so fingers on buzzers. The airline says it will allow customers to "book the cheapest flights to the United States". 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The Taj Mahal, India Credit: Tian Zhan 12 nights in Oz for £1,499 Netflights has a whole heap of Black Friday discounts, including a 12-night Australia tour, visiting Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne, for £1,499 per person, including flights. Other options include the Maldives for just £1,079 per person, Langkawi for £739 per person, and all-inclusive Cancun for £999 per person.  Melbourne Credit: Adobe £200 off Thomas Cook summer holidays Thomas Cook, one of Britain's biggest tour operators, launched its big Black Friday sale on November 17, a week early, offering savings of £200 per booking on a range of holidays. The offer is valid until November 28 and includes stays at its own-brand hotels (Sunwing, Sunprime, SENTIDO, smartline, SunConnect and Casa Cook); minimum spend is £1,000. Enter the code BF200 on the payment page, or see thomascook.com for full details.  A week in Florida for £350 Spend now until Friday preparing for this one, as the deal will only go live at 9am on Black Friday. Ocean Florida is offering a seven-night, peak-season holiday in the Sunshine State for £359 per person, down from £799, based on four sharing. The price includes return flights and room-only accommodation at the four-star Avanti Resort Hotel in Orlando. Visit here to book or call 020 3816 0977.  Who doesn't want to go to Orlando? Credit: Getty Save 40 per cent on luxury Caribbean and Indian Ocean breaks Luxury specialist Abercrombie and Kent is offering Black Friday discounts of 20 per cent on trips to Egypt, India, Sicily and Greece, 30 per cent on breaks to Oman, Mauritius and the Maldives, and 40 per cent on holidays to Barbados. Terms and conditions apply.  Save 30 per cent on a break in Oman Credit: ©2014 Tom Lau/Tom Lau Maldives for less Save 50 per cent, and get a free upgrade to half board when you book a stay at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives with The Turquoise Holiday Company. Bookings must be made between 9am on November 24 and 5pm on November 27. Valid for stays between April and September 2018. New rates for couples from £2,350 per person, including flights. Or save up to 40 per cent off a seven-night holiday at the five-star Telegraph Travel recommended Coco Bodu Hithi with Hayes & Jarvis (01293 762 456), plus a complimentary upgrade to full board and return international flights from London Heathrow with SriLankan Airlines. The package costs from £1,949 per person – a saving of up to £1,395 per person and includes seven nights for the price of five. Based on departures 10 June 2018. Ring to book. There are cut-price holidays to the Maldives Credit: Tassaphon 40% off Barbados and Saint Lucia More Caribbean offerings from Caribtours, available to book now until December 1, covering Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The operator is serving up a slice of heavily-discounted paradise on Barbados, with seven nights at the Colony Club, from £1,489 per person, including flights, breakfast and transfers, based on two sharing - a 40 per cent saving. Also, up for grabs is seven nights of luxury all-inclusive at the BodyHoliday resort in Saint Lucia, from £2,375 per person, a saving of 40 per cent. Deals to Mexico, Maldives and Grenada are also available.  Half price walking holidays in Britain Save 50 per cent on guided walking holidays in the UK with HF Holidays. A seven-night guided walk through Dovedale in the Peak District is now £349.50 per person, down from £699 per person, including full-board accomodation. Or book a self-guided walk through Derwentwater in the Lake District for a two-night stay for £99 instead of £199. Both in February. Save £40 with easyJet holidays Spend £800 on an easyJet holiday through December 1 and the tour operator will knock £40 off the price. Every little helps.  Cruise and ferry deals Christmas cruise on the Danube from £1,595 Scenic is offering a discount of up to 33 per cent on selected European river cruises, including a seven-night Danube cruise from £1,595 per person,  with visits to Nuremberg, Vienna, and Budapest. The discount is valid for cruises booked by November  27. Quote BLKFRIDAY. Call 03300370780 The Christmas market in Vienna A Mediterranean sailing back in time The cruise line Voyages to Antiquity is launching a Black Friday sale on November 24. A 10-night "Ancient Greece & Dalmatian Coast" sailing, featuring calls at Naupila, Katakolon, Itea, Delphi, Corfu, Kotor Bay, Dubrovnik, Split, Trieste and Venice, for example, now costs from £1,850 per person. See its website for more offers.  Kotor Bay, Montenegro Credit: vovik_mar - Fotolia Discount travel to the Isle of Wight Red Funnel, which operates the cross-Solent route, is offering 25 per cent off any booking online or by phone until November 27, when quoting promotion code BLACK25. The operator recommends using the discount to hit up the Isle of Wight for next year's Cowes Week, or Isle of Wight Garlic Festival.  Ferry good deals Save up to 25 per cent on ferry travel between Harwich and the Hook of Holland with Stena Line North Sea this Black Friday. Book by November 27 for travel before the end of the year.  Hotel deals Spa hotel breaks for £32 Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is offering a 20 per cent discount on all spa day bookings at its 24 spa hotels across the country, offered from £31.20. Must be booked between November 24 and 27 using the promotional code SPA20 for online purchases.  The spa at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort in the New Forest Yorkshire for £59 The historic Old Swan Harrogate, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering one, two and three-night stays from £59 per person. The offer includes breakfast and dinner on two nights plus an afternoon tea offering for three-night stays. Valid for stays through April. Must be booked by December 22. Quote OSH-Tel167. Call 0333 414 0658 The Old Swan Harrogate 30 per cent off Mercure and Novotel hotels Travellers can save 30 per cent on stays at 107 participating Mercure and Novotel hotels. Book from November 24-27 for stays between December 8 and March 11, 2018.  Ludlow for £75 Fishmore Hall, near Ludlow, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering rooms for £75 a night, including breakfast, when booked between November 24-26. Valid for stays before the end of January, excluding Christmas and New Year. Call 01584 875148 and quote the promotional code DEC75.  Ludlow Castle Credit: getty Discover Bellevue Bellevue, a satellite city of Seattle, Washington, is the home of the newest hotel from the trendy W chain. It is offering 20 per cent off stays between December 7 and January 15, 2018, if booked before November 27.    Rail deals Edinburgh to London by train for £20 Virgin Trains East Coast has cut the cost of 300,000 tickets in half for travel between January 2 and March 2, 2018. There's no need to wait until Friday, either, the offer was launched on November 20. Sample fares include Leeds to London from £8, Edinburgh to London from £20 and Newcastle to London from £18.  National Rail savings Between Friday and Monday, you can save £5 on either a 16-25 or a Family & Friends Railcard with National Rail, bringing it to £25 down from £30. This means that for the next year, you'll get a third off all rail fares for adults and 60 per cent off for kids - worth it, if you regularly travel by train. Book through the website, using the code BFDAY711.

The best Black Friday travel deals – including half-price holidays in the Maldives

Black Friday is almost here. The annual orgy of high street sales and bickering shoppers is now only a day away, but the discounting has already started in earnest. Here are some of the deals that have caught our eye. We'll be posting more offers here as and when we get them. See our guide to spotting the best deals here.  Ski deals A week in the French Alps for £373 Alpine Elements is offering a 10 per cent discount on all holidays (winter, summer alpine, beach or yacht) for bookings made by December 1, including a seven-night half-board stay at the Hotel Les Dents Blanche in Morzine from £373 per person. Includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva departing on December 20, transfers, chalet catering with a three-course meal and afternoon tea. Enter the promo code 'Black10' to apply the discount when booking online or by phone.  The French Alps Credit: artrudebat/Artur Debat The best flight deals Return flights to LA for £175 Air New Zealand will be offering return fares from London to LA for £175, and returns from London to Auckland for £399 at 9am on November 24, for selected dates in February and March 2018 (for LA), and May and June 2018 (for Auckland). Get there early, the airline expects the tickets to sell out "within minutes".  Explore LA for under £200 Credit: Justin W Dennis Discounted Transatlanticism  Low-cost, long-haul operation Norwegian is promising its "best flight details" will be launched on Black Friday, between one minute past midnight and 22:59, so fingers on buzzers. The airline says it will allow customers to "book the cheapest flights to the United States". Its destinations include Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, with usual one-way fares from £179.  WOW air is also already offering slashed fares as part of its 'Purple Friday' campaign to six US destinations starting from £129.99 one-way, on flights from London Stansted to Miami, Boston, Detroit, Ohio, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. You will, however, have to fly via Reykjavík. Fly to Europe for £4.99 Ryanair is no stranger to the headline-grabbing fare, and £4.99 (albeit one way and not including fees) is pretty eye-catching. It can be found on selected flights to Aalborg and Oslo Torp, while fares for under £10 are available for trips to dozens of cities, including Aarhus, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Barcelona, Toulouse, Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Venice, Milan and Mallorca. The carrier is also offering 20 per cent off all bags booked this week. Different deals with be published each day this week. Today, 500,000 seats are up for grabs, all £9.99. Again, hurry, as each daily deal expires at midnight. The best package deals A week in Cyprus from £599 Save up to 30 per cent on stays at the Annabelle Hotel in Paphos, an Eighties vintage style hotel in Paphos recommended by Telegraph Travel, with seven-nights stays from £599 per person. Includes free upgrade to half-board, return flights and private return transfers. Valid for travel through June 30. Quote reference TELP. Call 0333 122 2748.    Aphrodite's Rock in Paphos Credit: DEA / W. BUSS   10 days in India from £1,249 Save £50 per person on escorted tours of India with Newmarket Holidays when booked before December 5, including a 10-day tour visiting New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur from £1,249 per person. Includes eight night's dinner and b&b stays, and return flights. Quote TAJMAHAL.  The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer and issubject to availability. Other terms and conditions apply. Call 0330 029 3120. The Taj Mahal, India Credit: Tian Zhan 12 nights in Oz for £1,499 Netflights has a whole heap of Black Friday discounts, including a 12-night Australia tour, visiting Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne, for £1,499 per person, including flights. Other options include the Maldives for just £1,079 per person, Langkawi for £739 per person, and all-inclusive Cancun for £999 per person.  Melbourne Credit: Adobe £200 off Thomas Cook summer holidays Thomas Cook, one of Britain's biggest tour operators, launched its big Black Friday sale on November 17, a week early, offering savings of £200 per booking on a range of holidays. The offer is valid until November 28 and includes stays at its own-brand hotels (Sunwing, Sunprime, SENTIDO, smartline, SunConnect and Casa Cook); minimum spend is £1,000. Enter the code BF200 on the payment page, or see thomascook.com for full details.  A week in Florida for £350 Spend now until Friday preparing for this one, as the deal will only go live at 9am on Black Friday. Ocean Florida is offering a seven-night, peak-season holiday in the Sunshine State for £359 per person, down from £799, based on four sharing. The price includes return flights and room-only accommodation at the four-star Avanti Resort Hotel in Orlando. Visit here to book or call 020 3816 0977.  Who doesn't want to go to Orlando? Credit: Getty Save 40 per cent on luxury Caribbean and Indian Ocean breaks Luxury specialist Abercrombie and Kent is offering Black Friday discounts of 20 per cent on trips to Egypt, India, Sicily and Greece, 30 per cent on breaks to Oman, Mauritius and the Maldives, and 40 per cent on holidays to Barbados. Terms and conditions apply.  Save 30 per cent on a break in Oman Credit: ©2014 Tom Lau/Tom Lau Maldives for less Save 50 per cent, and get a free upgrade to half board when you book a stay at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives with The Turquoise Holiday Company. Bookings must be made between 9am on November 24 and 5pm on November 27. Valid for stays between April and September 2018. New rates for couples from £2,350 per person, including flights. Or save up to 40 per cent off a seven-night holiday at the five-star Telegraph Travel recommended Coco Bodu Hithi with Hayes & Jarvis (01293 762 456), plus a complimentary upgrade to full board and return international flights from London Heathrow with SriLankan Airlines. The package costs from £1,949 per person – a saving of up to £1,395 per person and includes seven nights for the price of five. Based on departures 10 June 2018. Ring to book. There are cut-price holidays to the Maldives Credit: Tassaphon 40% off Barbados and Saint Lucia More Caribbean offerings from Caribtours, available to book now until December 1, covering Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The operator is serving up a slice of heavily-discounted paradise on Barbados, with seven nights at the Colony Club, from £1,489 per person, including flights, breakfast and transfers, based on two sharing - a 40 per cent saving. Also, up for grabs is seven nights of luxury all-inclusive at the BodyHoliday resort in Saint Lucia, from £2,375 per person, a saving of 40 per cent. Deals to Mexico, Maldives and Grenada are also available.  Half price walking holidays in Britain Save 50 per cent on guided walking holidays in the UK with HF Holidays. A seven-night guided walk through Dovedale in the Peak District is now £349.50 per person, down from £699 per person, including full-board accomodation. Or book a self-guided walk through Derwentwater in the Lake District for a two-night stay for £99 instead of £199. Both in February. Save £40 with easyJet holidays Spend £800 on an easyJet holiday through December 1 and the tour operator will knock £40 off the price. Every little helps.  Cruise and ferry deals Christmas cruise on the Danube from £1,595 Scenic is offering a discount of up to 33 per cent on selected European river cruises, including a seven-night Danube cruise from £1,595 per person,  with visits to Nuremberg, Vienna, and Budapest. The discount is valid for cruises booked by November  27. Quote BLKFRIDAY. Call 03300370780 The Christmas market in Vienna A Mediterranean sailing back in time The cruise line Voyages to Antiquity is launching a Black Friday sale on November 24. A 10-night "Ancient Greece & Dalmatian Coast" sailing, featuring calls at Naupila, Katakolon, Itea, Delphi, Corfu, Kotor Bay, Dubrovnik, Split, Trieste and Venice, for example, now costs from £1,850 per person. See its website for more offers.  Kotor Bay, Montenegro Credit: vovik_mar - Fotolia Discount travel to the Isle of Wight Red Funnel, which operates the cross-Solent route, is offering 25 per cent off any booking online or by phone until November 27, when quoting promotion code BLACK25. The operator recommends using the discount to hit up the Isle of Wight for next year's Cowes Week, or Isle of Wight Garlic Festival.  Ferry good deals Save up to 25 per cent on ferry travel between Harwich and the Hook of Holland with Stena Line North Sea this Black Friday. Book by November 27 for travel before the end of the year.  Hotel deals Spa hotel breaks for £32 Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is offering a 20 per cent discount on all spa day bookings at its 24 spa hotels across the country, offered from £31.20. Must be booked between November 24 and 27 using the promotional code SPA20 for online purchases.  The spa at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort in the New Forest Yorkshire for £59 The historic Old Swan Harrogate, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering one, two and three-night stays from £59 per person. The offer includes breakfast and dinner on two nights plus an afternoon tea offering for three-night stays. Valid for stays through April. Must be booked by December 22. Quote OSH-Tel167. Call 0333 414 0658 The Old Swan Harrogate 30 per cent off Mercure and Novotel hotels Travellers can save 30 per cent on stays at 107 participating Mercure and Novotel hotels. Book from November 24-27 for stays between December 8 and March 11, 2018.  Ludlow for £75 Fishmore Hall, near Ludlow, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering rooms for £75 a night, including breakfast, when booked between November 24-26. Valid for stays before the end of January, excluding Christmas and New Year. Call 01584 875148 and quote the promotional code DEC75.  Ludlow Castle Credit: getty Discover Bellevue Bellevue, a satellite city of Seattle, Washington, is the home of the newest hotel from the trendy W chain. It is offering 20 per cent off stays between December 7 and January 15, 2018, if booked before November 27.    Rail deals Edinburgh to London by train for £20 Virgin Trains East Coast has cut the cost of 300,000 tickets in half for travel between January 2 and March 2, 2018. There's no need to wait until Friday, either, the offer was launched on November 20. Sample fares include Leeds to London from £8, Edinburgh to London from £20 and Newcastle to London from £18.  National Rail savings Between Friday and Monday, you can save £5 on either a 16-25 or a Family & Friends Railcard with National Rail, bringing it to £25 down from £30. This means that for the next year, you'll get a third off all rail fares for adults and 60 per cent off for kids - worth it, if you regularly travel by train. Book through the website, using the code BFDAY711.

The best Black Friday travel deals – including half-price holidays in the Maldives

Black Friday is almost here. The annual orgy of high street sales and bickering shoppers is now only a day away, but the discounting has already started in earnest. Here are some of the deals that have caught our eye. We'll be posting more offers here as and when we get them. See our guide to spotting the best deals here.  Ski deals A week in the French Alps for £373 Alpine Elements is offering a 10 per cent discount on all holidays (winter, summer alpine, beach or yacht) for bookings made by December 1, including a seven-night half-board stay at the Hotel Les Dents Blanche in Morzine from £373 per person. Includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva departing on December 20, transfers, chalet catering with a three-course meal and afternoon tea. Enter the promo code 'Black10' to apply the discount when booking online or by phone.  The French Alps Credit: artrudebat/Artur Debat The best flight deals Return flights to LA for £175 Air New Zealand will be offering return fares from London to LA for £175, and returns from London to Auckland for £399 at 9am on November 24, for selected dates in February and March 2018 (for LA), and May and June 2018 (for Auckland). Get there early, the airline expects the tickets to sell out "within minutes".  Explore LA for under £200 Credit: Justin W Dennis Discounted Transatlanticism  Low-cost, long-haul operation Norwegian is promising its "best flight details" will be launched on Black Friday, between one minute past midnight and 22:59, so fingers on buzzers. The airline says it will allow customers to "book the cheapest flights to the United States". Its destinations include Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, with usual one-way fares from £179.  WOW air is also already offering slashed fares as part of its 'Purple Friday' campaign to six US destinations starting from £129.99 one-way, on flights from London Stansted to Miami, Boston, Detroit, Ohio, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. You will, however, have to fly via Reykjavík. Fly to Europe for £4.99 Ryanair is no stranger to the headline-grabbing fare, and £4.99 (albeit one way and not including fees) is pretty eye-catching. It can be found on selected flights to Aalborg and Oslo Torp, while fares for under £10 are available for trips to dozens of cities, including Aarhus, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Barcelona, Toulouse, Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Venice, Milan and Mallorca. The carrier is also offering 20 per cent off all bags booked this week. Different deals with be published each day this week. Today, 500,000 seats are up for grabs, all £9.99. Again, hurry, as each daily deal expires at midnight. The best package deals A week in Cyprus from £599 Save up to 30 per cent on stays at the Annabelle Hotel in Paphos, an Eighties vintage style hotel in Paphos recommended by Telegraph Travel, with seven-nights stays from £599 per person. Includes free upgrade to half-board, return flights and private return transfers. Valid for travel through June 30. Quote reference TELP. Call 0333 122 2748.    Aphrodite's Rock in Paphos Credit: DEA / W. BUSS   10 days in India from £1,249 Save £50 per person on escorted tours of India with Newmarket Holidays when booked before December 5, including a 10-day tour visiting New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur from £1,249 per person. Includes eight night's dinner and b&b stays, and return flights. Quote TAJMAHAL.  The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer and issubject to availability. Other terms and conditions apply. Call 0330 029 3120. The Taj Mahal, India Credit: Tian Zhan 12 nights in Oz for £1,499 Netflights has a whole heap of Black Friday discounts, including a 12-night Australia tour, visiting Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne, for £1,499 per person, including flights. Other options include the Maldives for just £1,079 per person, Langkawi for £739 per person, and all-inclusive Cancun for £999 per person.  Melbourne Credit: Adobe £200 off Thomas Cook summer holidays Thomas Cook, one of Britain's biggest tour operators, launched its big Black Friday sale on November 17, a week early, offering savings of £200 per booking on a range of holidays. The offer is valid until November 28 and includes stays at its own-brand hotels (Sunwing, Sunprime, SENTIDO, smartline, SunConnect and Casa Cook); minimum spend is £1,000. Enter the code BF200 on the payment page, or see thomascook.com for full details.  A week in Florida for £350 Spend now until Friday preparing for this one, as the deal will only go live at 9am on Black Friday. Ocean Florida is offering a seven-night, peak-season holiday in the Sunshine State for £359 per person, down from £799, based on four sharing. The price includes return flights and room-only accommodation at the four-star Avanti Resort Hotel in Orlando. Visit here to book or call 020 3816 0977.  Who doesn't want to go to Orlando? Credit: Getty Save 40 per cent on luxury Caribbean and Indian Ocean breaks Luxury specialist Abercrombie and Kent is offering Black Friday discounts of 20 per cent on trips to Egypt, India, Sicily and Greece, 30 per cent on breaks to Oman, Mauritius and the Maldives, and 40 per cent on holidays to Barbados. Terms and conditions apply.  Save 30 per cent on a break in Oman Credit: ©2014 Tom Lau/Tom Lau Maldives for less Save 50 per cent, and get a free upgrade to half board when you book a stay at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives with The Turquoise Holiday Company. Bookings must be made between 9am on November 24 and 5pm on November 27. Valid for stays between April and September 2018. New rates for couples from £2,350 per person, including flights. Or save up to 40 per cent off a seven-night holiday at the five-star Telegraph Travel recommended Coco Bodu Hithi with Hayes & Jarvis (01293 762 456), plus a complimentary upgrade to full board and return international flights from London Heathrow with SriLankan Airlines. The package costs from £1,949 per person – a saving of up to £1,395 per person and includes seven nights for the price of five. Based on departures 10 June 2018. Ring to book. There are cut-price holidays to the Maldives Credit: Tassaphon 40% off Barbados and Saint Lucia More Caribbean offerings from Caribtours, available to book now until December 1, covering Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The operator is serving up a slice of heavily-discounted paradise on Barbados, with seven nights at the Colony Club, from £1,489 per person, including flights, breakfast and transfers, based on two sharing - a 40 per cent saving. Also, up for grabs is seven nights of luxury all-inclusive at the BodyHoliday resort in Saint Lucia, from £2,375 per person, a saving of 40 per cent. Deals to Mexico, Maldives and Grenada are also available.  Half price walking holidays in Britain Save 50 per cent on guided walking holidays in the UK with HF Holidays. A seven-night guided walk through Dovedale in the Peak District is now £349.50 per person, down from £699 per person, including full-board accomodation. Or book a self-guided walk through Derwentwater in the Lake District for a two-night stay for £99 instead of £199. Both in February. Save £40 with easyJet holidays Spend £800 on an easyJet holiday through December 1 and the tour operator will knock £40 off the price. Every little helps.  Cruise and ferry deals Christmas cruise on the Danube from £1,595 Scenic is offering a discount of up to 33 per cent on selected European river cruises, including a seven-night Danube cruise from £1,595 per person,  with visits to Nuremberg, Vienna, and Budapest. The discount is valid for cruises booked by November  27. Quote BLKFRIDAY. Call 03300370780 The Christmas market in Vienna A Mediterranean sailing back in time The cruise line Voyages to Antiquity is launching a Black Friday sale on November 24. A 10-night "Ancient Greece & Dalmatian Coast" sailing, featuring calls at Naupila, Katakolon, Itea, Delphi, Corfu, Kotor Bay, Dubrovnik, Split, Trieste and Venice, for example, now costs from £1,850 per person. See its website for more offers.  Kotor Bay, Montenegro Credit: vovik_mar - Fotolia Discount travel to the Isle of Wight Red Funnel, which operates the cross-Solent route, is offering 25 per cent off any booking online or by phone until November 27, when quoting promotion code BLACK25. The operator recommends using the discount to hit up the Isle of Wight for next year's Cowes Week, or Isle of Wight Garlic Festival.  Ferry good deals Save up to 25 per cent on ferry travel between Harwich and the Hook of Holland with Stena Line North Sea this Black Friday. Book by November 27 for travel before the end of the year.  Hotel deals Spa hotel breaks for £32 Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is offering a 20 per cent discount on all spa day bookings at its 24 spa hotels across the country, offered from £31.20. Must be booked between November 24 and 27 using the promotional code SPA20 for online purchases.  The spa at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort in the New Forest Yorkshire for £59 The historic Old Swan Harrogate, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering one, two and three-night stays from £59 per person. The offer includes breakfast and dinner on two nights plus an afternoon tea offering for three-night stays. Valid for stays through April. Must be booked by December 22. Quote OSH-Tel167. Call 0333 414 0658 The Old Swan Harrogate 30 per cent off Mercure and Novotel hotels Travellers can save 30 per cent on stays at 107 participating Mercure and Novotel hotels. Book from November 24-27 for stays between December 8 and March 11, 2018.  Ludlow for £75 Fishmore Hall, near Ludlow, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering rooms for £75 a night, including breakfast, when booked between November 24-26. Valid for stays before the end of January, excluding Christmas and New Year. Call 01584 875148 and quote the promotional code DEC75.  Ludlow Castle Credit: getty Discover Bellevue Bellevue, a satellite city of Seattle, Washington, is the home of the newest hotel from the trendy W chain. It is offering 20 per cent off stays between December 7 and January 15, 2018, if booked before November 27.    Rail deals Edinburgh to London by train for £20 Virgin Trains East Coast has cut the cost of 300,000 tickets in half for travel between January 2 and March 2, 2018. There's no need to wait until Friday, either, the offer was launched on November 20. Sample fares include Leeds to London from £8, Edinburgh to London from £20 and Newcastle to London from £18.  National Rail savings Between Friday and Monday, you can save £5 on either a 16-25 or a Family & Friends Railcard with National Rail, bringing it to £25 down from £30. This means that for the next year, you'll get a third off all rail fares for adults and 60 per cent off for kids - worth it, if you regularly travel by train. Book through the website, using the code BFDAY711.

The best Black Friday travel deals – including half-price holidays in the Maldives

Black Friday is almost here. The annual orgy of high street sales and bickering shoppers is now only a day away, but the discounting has already started in earnest. Here are some of the deals that have caught our eye. We'll be posting more offers here as and when we get them. See our guide to spotting the best deals here.  Ski deals A week in the French Alps for £373 Alpine Elements is offering a 10 per cent discount on all holidays (winter, summer alpine, beach or yacht) for bookings made by December 1, including a seven-night half-board stay at the Hotel Les Dents Blanche in Morzine from £373 per person. Includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva departing on December 20, transfers, chalet catering with a three-course meal and afternoon tea. Enter the promo code 'Black10' to apply the discount when booking online or by phone.  The French Alps Credit: artrudebat/Artur Debat The best flight deals Return flights to LA for £175 Air New Zealand will be offering return fares from London to LA for £175, and returns from London to Auckland for £399 at 9am on November 24, for selected dates in February and March 2018 (for LA), and May and June 2018 (for Auckland). Get there early, the airline expects the tickets to sell out "within minutes".  Explore LA for under £200 Credit: Justin W Dennis Discounted Transatlanticism  Low-cost, long-haul operation Norwegian is promising its "best flight details" will be launched on Black Friday, between one minute past midnight and 22:59, so fingers on buzzers. The airline says it will allow customers to "book the cheapest flights to the United States". Its destinations include Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, with usual one-way fares from £179.  WOW air is also already offering slashed fares as part of its 'Purple Friday' campaign to six US destinations starting from £129.99 one-way, on flights from London Stansted to Miami, Boston, Detroit, Ohio, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. You will, however, have to fly via Reykjavík. Fly to Europe for £4.99 Ryanair is no stranger to the headline-grabbing fare, and £4.99 (albeit one way and not including fees) is pretty eye-catching. It can be found on selected flights to Aalborg and Oslo Torp, while fares for under £10 are available for trips to dozens of cities, including Aarhus, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Barcelona, Toulouse, Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Venice, Milan and Mallorca. The carrier is also offering 20 per cent off all bags booked this week. Different deals with be published each day this week. Today, 500,000 seats are up for grabs, all £9.99. Again, hurry, as each daily deal expires at midnight. The best package deals A week in Cyprus from £599 Save up to 30 per cent on stays at the Annabelle Hotel in Paphos, an Eighties vintage style hotel in Paphos recommended by Telegraph Travel, with seven-nights stays from £599 per person. Includes free upgrade to half-board, return flights and private return transfers. Valid for travel through June 30. Quote reference TELP. Call 0333 122 2748.    Aphrodite's Rock in Paphos Credit: DEA / W. BUSS   10 days in India from £1,249 Save £50 per person on escorted tours of India with Newmarket Holidays when booked before December 5, including a 10-day tour visiting New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur from £1,249 per person. Includes eight night's dinner and b&b stays, and return flights. Quote TAJMAHAL.  The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer and issubject to availability. Other terms and conditions apply. Call 0330 029 3120. The Taj Mahal, India Credit: Tian Zhan 12 nights in Oz for £1,499 Netflights has a whole heap of Black Friday discounts, including a 12-night Australia tour, visiting Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne, for £1,499 per person, including flights. Other options include the Maldives for just £1,079 per person, Langkawi for £739 per person, and all-inclusive Cancun for £999 per person.  Melbourne Credit: Adobe £200 off Thomas Cook summer holidays Thomas Cook, one of Britain's biggest tour operators, launched its big Black Friday sale on November 17, a week early, offering savings of £200 per booking on a range of holidays. The offer is valid until November 28 and includes stays at its own-brand hotels (Sunwing, Sunprime, SENTIDO, smartline, SunConnect and Casa Cook); minimum spend is £1,000. Enter the code BF200 on the payment page, or see thomascook.com for full details.  A week in Florida for £350 Spend now until Friday preparing for this one, as the deal will only go live at 9am on Black Friday. Ocean Florida is offering a seven-night, peak-season holiday in the Sunshine State for £359 per person, down from £799, based on four sharing. The price includes return flights and room-only accommodation at the four-star Avanti Resort Hotel in Orlando. Visit here to book or call 020 3816 0977.  Who doesn't want to go to Orlando? Credit: Getty Save 40 per cent on luxury Caribbean and Indian Ocean breaks Luxury specialist Abercrombie and Kent is offering Black Friday discounts of 20 per cent on trips to Egypt, India, Sicily and Greece, 30 per cent on breaks to Oman, Mauritius and the Maldives, and 40 per cent on holidays to Barbados. Terms and conditions apply.  Save 30 per cent on a break in Oman Credit: ©2014 Tom Lau/Tom Lau Maldives for less Save 50 per cent, and get a free upgrade to half board when you book a stay at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives with The Turquoise Holiday Company. Bookings must be made between 9am on November 24 and 5pm on November 27. Valid for stays between April and September 2018. New rates for couples from £2,350 per person, including flights. Or save up to 40 per cent off a seven-night holiday at the five-star Telegraph Travel recommended Coco Bodu Hithi with Hayes & Jarvis (01293 762 456), plus a complimentary upgrade to full board and return international flights from London Heathrow with SriLankan Airlines. The package costs from £1,949 per person – a saving of up to £1,395 per person and includes seven nights for the price of five. Based on departures 10 June 2018. Ring to book. There are cut-price holidays to the Maldives Credit: Tassaphon 40% off Barbados and Saint Lucia More Caribbean offerings from Caribtours, available to book now until December 1, covering Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The operator is serving up a slice of heavily-discounted paradise on Barbados, with seven nights at the Colony Club, from £1,489 per person, including flights, breakfast and transfers, based on two sharing - a 40 per cent saving. Also, up for grabs is seven nights of luxury all-inclusive at the BodyHoliday resort in Saint Lucia, from £2,375 per person, a saving of 40 per cent. Deals to Mexico, Maldives and Grenada are also available.  Half price walking holidays in Britain Save 50 per cent on guided walking holidays in the UK with HF Holidays. A seven-night guided walk through Dovedale in the Peak District is now £349.50 per person, down from £699 per person, including full-board accomodation. Or book a self-guided walk through Derwentwater in the Lake District for a two-night stay for £99 instead of £199. Both in February. Save £40 with easyJet holidays Spend £800 on an easyJet holiday through December 1 and the tour operator will knock £40 off the price. Every little helps.  Cruise and ferry deals Christmas cruise on the Danube from £1,595 Scenic is offering a discount of up to 33 per cent on selected European river cruises, including a seven-night Danube cruise from £1,595 per person,  with visits to Nuremberg, Vienna, and Budapest. The discount is valid for cruises booked by November  27. Quote BLKFRIDAY. Call 03300370780 The Christmas market in Vienna A Mediterranean sailing back in time The cruise line Voyages to Antiquity is launching a Black Friday sale on November 24. A 10-night "Ancient Greece & Dalmatian Coast" sailing, featuring calls at Naupila, Katakolon, Itea, Delphi, Corfu, Kotor Bay, Dubrovnik, Split, Trieste and Venice, for example, now costs from £1,850 per person. See its website for more offers.  Kotor Bay, Montenegro Credit: vovik_mar - Fotolia Discount travel to the Isle of Wight Red Funnel, which operates the cross-Solent route, is offering 25 per cent off any booking online or by phone until November 27, when quoting promotion code BLACK25. The operator recommends using the discount to hit up the Isle of Wight for next year's Cowes Week, or Isle of Wight Garlic Festival.  Ferry good deals Save up to 25 per cent on ferry travel between Harwich and the Hook of Holland with Stena Line North Sea this Black Friday. Book by November 27 for travel before the end of the year.  Hotel deals Spa hotel breaks for £32 Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is offering a 20 per cent discount on all spa day bookings at its 24 spa hotels across the country, offered from £31.20. Must be booked between November 24 and 27 using the promotional code SPA20 for online purchases.  The spa at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort in the New Forest Yorkshire for £59 The historic Old Swan Harrogate, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering one, two and three-night stays from £59 per person. The offer includes breakfast and dinner on two nights plus an afternoon tea offering for three-night stays. Valid for stays through April. Must be booked by December 22. Quote OSH-Tel167. Call 0333 414 0658 The Old Swan Harrogate 30 per cent off Mercure and Novotel hotels Travellers can save 30 per cent on stays at 107 participating Mercure and Novotel hotels. Book from November 24-27 for stays between December 8 and March 11, 2018.  Ludlow for £75 Fishmore Hall, near Ludlow, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering rooms for £75 a night, including breakfast, when booked between November 24-26. Valid for stays before the end of January, excluding Christmas and New Year. Call 01584 875148 and quote the promotional code DEC75.  Ludlow Castle Credit: getty Discover Bellevue Bellevue, a satellite city of Seattle, Washington, is the home of the newest hotel from the trendy W chain. It is offering 20 per cent off stays between December 7 and January 15, 2018, if booked before November 27.    Rail deals Edinburgh to London by train for £20 Virgin Trains East Coast has cut the cost of 300,000 tickets in half for travel between January 2 and March 2, 2018. There's no need to wait until Friday, either, the offer was launched on November 20. Sample fares include Leeds to London from £8, Edinburgh to London from £20 and Newcastle to London from £18.  National Rail savings Between Friday and Monday, you can save £5 on either a 16-25 or a Family & Friends Railcard with National Rail, bringing it to £25 down from £30. This means that for the next year, you'll get a third off all rail fares for adults and 60 per cent off for kids - worth it, if you regularly travel by train. Book through the website, using the code BFDAY711.

The best Black Friday travel deals – including half-price holidays in the Maldives

Black Friday is almost here. The annual orgy of high street sales and bickering shoppers is now only a day away, but the discounting has already started in earnest. Here are some of the deals that have caught our eye. We'll be posting more offers here as and when we get them. See our guide to spotting the best deals here.  Ski deals A week in the French Alps for £373 Alpine Elements is offering a 10 per cent discount on all holidays (winter, summer alpine, beach or yacht) for bookings made by December 1, including a seven-night half-board stay at the Hotel Les Dents Blanche in Morzine from £373 per person. Includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva departing on December 20, transfers, chalet catering with a three-course meal and afternoon tea. Enter the promo code 'Black10' to apply the discount when booking online or by phone.  The French Alps Credit: artrudebat/Artur Debat The best flight deals Return flights to LA for £175 Air New Zealand will be offering return fares from London to LA for £175, and returns from London to Auckland for £399 at 9am on November 24, for selected dates in February and March 2018 (for LA), and May and June 2018 (for Auckland). Get there early, the airline expects the tickets to sell out "within minutes".  Explore LA for under £200 Credit: Justin W Dennis Discounted Transatlanticism  Low-cost, long-haul operation Norwegian is promising its "best flight details" will be launched on Black Friday, between one minute past midnight and 22:59, so fingers on buzzers. The airline says it will allow customers to "book the cheapest flights to the United States". Its destinations include Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, with usual one-way fares from £179.  WOW air is also already offering slashed fares as part of its 'Purple Friday' campaign to six US destinations starting from £129.99 one-way, on flights from London Stansted to Miami, Boston, Detroit, Ohio, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. You will, however, have to fly via Reykjavík. Fly to Europe for £4.99 Ryanair is no stranger to the headline-grabbing fare, and £4.99 (albeit one way and not including fees) is pretty eye-catching. It can be found on selected flights to Aalborg and Oslo Torp, while fares for under £10 are available for trips to dozens of cities, including Aarhus, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Barcelona, Toulouse, Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Venice, Milan and Mallorca. The carrier is also offering 20 per cent off all bags booked this week. Different deals with be published each day this week. Today, 500,000 seats are up for grabs, all £9.99. Again, hurry, as each daily deal expires at midnight. The best package deals A week in Cyprus from £599 Save up to 30 per cent on stays at the Annabelle Hotel in Paphos, an Eighties vintage style hotel in Paphos recommended by Telegraph Travel, with seven-nights stays from £599 per person. Includes free upgrade to half-board, return flights and private return transfers. Valid for travel through June 30. Quote reference TELP. Call 0333 122 2748.    Aphrodite's Rock in Paphos Credit: DEA / W. BUSS   10 days in India from £1,249 Save £50 per person on escorted tours of India with Newmarket Holidays when booked before December 5, including a 10-day tour visiting New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur from £1,249 per person. Includes eight night's dinner and b&b stays, and return flights. Quote TAJMAHAL.  The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer and issubject to availability. Other terms and conditions apply. Call 0330 029 3120. The Taj Mahal, India Credit: Tian Zhan 12 nights in Oz for £1,499 Netflights has a whole heap of Black Friday discounts, including a 12-night Australia tour, visiting Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne, for £1,499 per person, including flights. Other options include the Maldives for just £1,079 per person, Langkawi for £739 per person, and all-inclusive Cancun for £999 per person.  Melbourne Credit: Adobe £200 off Thomas Cook summer holidays Thomas Cook, one of Britain's biggest tour operators, launched its big Black Friday sale on November 17, a week early, offering savings of £200 per booking on a range of holidays. The offer is valid until November 28 and includes stays at its own-brand hotels (Sunwing, Sunprime, SENTIDO, smartline, SunConnect and Casa Cook); minimum spend is £1,000. Enter the code BF200 on the payment page, or see thomascook.com for full details.  A week in Florida for £350 Spend now until Friday preparing for this one, as the deal will only go live at 9am on Black Friday. Ocean Florida is offering a seven-night, peak-season holiday in the Sunshine State for £359 per person, down from £799, based on four sharing. The price includes return flights and room-only accommodation at the four-star Avanti Resort Hotel in Orlando. Visit here to book or call 020 3816 0977.  Who doesn't want to go to Orlando? Credit: Getty Save 40 per cent on luxury Caribbean and Indian Ocean breaks Luxury specialist Abercrombie and Kent is offering Black Friday discounts of 20 per cent on trips to Egypt, India, Sicily and Greece, 30 per cent on breaks to Oman, Mauritius and the Maldives, and 40 per cent on holidays to Barbados. Terms and conditions apply.  Save 30 per cent on a break in Oman Credit: ©2014 Tom Lau/Tom Lau Maldives for less Save 50 per cent, and get a free upgrade to half board when you book a stay at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives with The Turquoise Holiday Company. Bookings must be made between 9am on November 24 and 5pm on November 27. Valid for stays between April and September 2018. New rates for couples from £2,350 per person, including flights. Or save up to 40 per cent off a seven-night holiday at the five-star Telegraph Travel recommended Coco Bodu Hithi with Hayes & Jarvis (01293 762 456), plus a complimentary upgrade to full board and return international flights from London Heathrow with SriLankan Airlines. The package costs from £1,949 per person – a saving of up to £1,395 per person and includes seven nights for the price of five. Based on departures 10 June 2018. Ring to book. There are cut-price holidays to the Maldives Credit: Tassaphon 40% off Barbados and Saint Lucia More Caribbean offerings from Caribtours, available to book now until December 1, covering Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The operator is serving up a slice of heavily-discounted paradise on Barbados, with seven nights at the Colony Club, from £1,489 per person, including flights, breakfast and transfers, based on two sharing - a 40 per cent saving. Also, up for grabs is seven nights of luxury all-inclusive at the BodyHoliday resort in Saint Lucia, from £2,375 per person, a saving of 40 per cent. Deals to Mexico, Maldives and Grenada are also available.  Half price walking holidays in Britain Save 50 per cent on guided walking holidays in the UK with HF Holidays. A seven-night guided walk through Dovedale in the Peak District is now £349.50 per person, down from £699 per person, including full-board accomodation. Or book a self-guided walk through Derwentwater in the Lake District for a two-night stay for £99 instead of £199. Both in February. Save £40 with easyJet holidays Spend £800 on an easyJet holiday through December 1 and the tour operator will knock £40 off the price. Every little helps.  Cruise and ferry deals Christmas cruise on the Danube from £1,595 Scenic is offering a discount of up to 33 per cent on selected European river cruises, including a seven-night Danube cruise from £1,595 per person,  with visits to Nuremberg, Vienna, and Budapest. The discount is valid for cruises booked by November  27. Quote BLKFRIDAY. Call 03300370780 The Christmas market in Vienna A Mediterranean sailing back in time The cruise line Voyages to Antiquity is launching a Black Friday sale on November 24. A 10-night "Ancient Greece & Dalmatian Coast" sailing, featuring calls at Naupila, Katakolon, Itea, Delphi, Corfu, Kotor Bay, Dubrovnik, Split, Trieste and Venice, for example, now costs from £1,850 per person. See its website for more offers.  Kotor Bay, Montenegro Credit: vovik_mar - Fotolia Discount travel to the Isle of Wight Red Funnel, which operates the cross-Solent route, is offering 25 per cent off any booking online or by phone until November 27, when quoting promotion code BLACK25. The operator recommends using the discount to hit up the Isle of Wight for next year's Cowes Week, or Isle of Wight Garlic Festival.  Ferry good deals Save up to 25 per cent on ferry travel between Harwich and the Hook of Holland with Stena Line North Sea this Black Friday. Book by November 27 for travel before the end of the year.  Hotel deals Spa hotel breaks for £32 Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is offering a 20 per cent discount on all spa day bookings at its 24 spa hotels across the country, offered from £31.20. Must be booked between November 24 and 27 using the promotional code SPA20 for online purchases.  The spa at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort in the New Forest Yorkshire for £59 The historic Old Swan Harrogate, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering one, two and three-night stays from £59 per person. The offer includes breakfast and dinner on two nights plus an afternoon tea offering for three-night stays. Valid for stays through April. Must be booked by December 22. Quote OSH-Tel167. Call 0333 414 0658 The Old Swan Harrogate 30 per cent off Mercure and Novotel hotels Travellers can save 30 per cent on stays at 107 participating Mercure and Novotel hotels. Book from November 24-27 for stays between December 8 and March 11, 2018.  Ludlow for £75 Fishmore Hall, near Ludlow, a Telegraph Travel-recommended hotel, is offering rooms for £75 a night, including breakfast, when booked between November 24-26. Valid for stays before the end of January, excluding Christmas and New Year. Call 01584 875148 and quote the promotional code DEC75.  Ludlow Castle Credit: getty Discover Bellevue Bellevue, a satellite city of Seattle, Washington, is the home of the newest hotel from the trendy W chain. It is offering 20 per cent off stays between December 7 and January 15, 2018, if booked before November 27.    Rail deals Edinburgh to London by train for £20 Virgin Trains East Coast has cut the cost of 300,000 tickets in half for travel between January 2 and March 2, 2018. There's no need to wait until Friday, either, the offer was launched on November 20. Sample fares include Leeds to London from £8, Edinburgh to London from £20 and Newcastle to London from £18.  National Rail savings Between Friday and Monday, you can save £5 on either a 16-25 or a Family & Friends Railcard with National Rail, bringing it to £25 down from £30. This means that for the next year, you'll get a third off all rail fares for adults and 60 per cent off for kids - worth it, if you regularly travel by train. Book through the website, using the code BFDAY711.

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