Mention Black Friday and most people envision deep discounts on clothing, computers, electronics and appliances.
But how about bargain prices on hotel reservations, airfares, yoga memberships, a theme park — or even gaming at a local video arcade? Those are some of the deals that can be found this year for consumers in search of bargains that are not necessarily top-of-mind for Black Friday.
Black Friday discounts on hotels and travel
Orbitz, an online resource travelers use to research, plan and book trips, is offer an extra 15 percent off select hotel deals, 5 percent off hotel stays and 30 percent off select vacation/resort and Las Vegas vacation packages. The deals can be accessed here.
OneTravel, another source of rock-bottom deals on flights, has a Black Friday sale underway that can save travelers up to $50 off the company’s regular booking fees. That discount can be accessed by using the promo code BFRIDAY.
For those seeking deeper discounts, Expedia offers up to 90 percent off on flights within North America, according to TravelersToday.com. The excursions include 9 a.m. trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Chicago and New York. Those deals will be good until 3 p.m. Nov. 30.
Avoid parking congestion with this deal
One of the biggest challenges of venturing out on Black Friday is finding parking. Malls, retail shops and other outlets are typically packed to the gills with no parking to spare. If you want to get out and shop but avoid all the parking hassles, pop culture gift store BoxLunch has partnered with Lyft to provide free Lyft rides to and from its stores at six Southern California malls. With any $20 purchase at one of the BoxLunch locations, a shopper will receive a promo code that can be used towards a Lyft round-trip to the mall.
The Black Friday deal also plays into BoxLunch’s “Get Some. Give Back” program. For every $10 spent in-store or online, BoxLunch will help provide healthy meals to people in need via its philanthropic partner Feeding America and their nationwide network of food banks.
Participating malls include the Brea Mall, the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, the Glendale Galleria, Irvine Spectrum, Los Cerritos Center in Cerritos and Northridge Fashion Center in Northridge.
Discounts on yoga memberships, clothing and supplies
Black Friday and yoga might seem like an unlikely pairing, but YogaWorks in Santa Clarita is offering Black Friday discounts on memberships, clothing and supplies.
“Our membership fee is normally $90 a month for unlimited use but with the Black Friday discount of 20 percent off it’s $72 a month,” said Holly Lundby, a YogaWorks greeter. “We also have 30 percent off your entire retail purchase for things like leggings, workout shirts, mats and yoga blocks that are used to support different parts of your back.”
YogaWorks’ Black Friday sale is in effect now through Cyber Monday on Nov. 28.
“We did this last year, but only for Thanksgiving weekend and it was crazy,” Lundby said. “A lot of people came in and we even had people who were out of town making purchases over the phone because they wanted to take advantage of the deals.”
Black Friday upgrade at Six Flags Magic Mountain
If you’re looking to work off some of that Thanksgiving turkey, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita is offering a Black Friday deal that will appeal to die-hard fans of the place. Visitors who buy a regular $79.99 season pass to theme park will get a free upgrade to a gold pass which is typically valued at around $179.
They will also have access to the park’s Hurricane Harbor section and free seasonal parking, which ordinarily would cost $65.
“We see an uptick during Thanksgiving weekend because people will bring in their family members from out of town during the holidays,” Six Flag spokeswoman Sue Carpenter said. “And they can also get offers to bring them along at a discount.”
The upgrade runs through Thanksgiving weekend. The 250-acre park has 19 roller coasters, the most of any theme park in the world, according to Carpenter.
Video arcade gift cards for 20 percent off
And lastly, Neon Retro Arcade in Pasadena will be offering 20 percent off all gift card purchases made on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Gift cards are available for $10 and up, depending on how much someone wants to spend.
The business, at 28 S. Raymond Ave., has resonated heavily with baby boomers, millennials and others who want to take a crack at such classic arcade games as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Centipede and Pin Bot.
“For many people it’s like a trip down memory lane,” said Mia Mazadiego, who co-owns the business along with her husband Mark Guenther. “They walk in and feel what it was like to be in an arcade in the 80s or 90s. Many of them have children or grandchildren who they can now share that experience with.”