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Red Funnel annual Black Friday sale returns with 1/3 off ferry travel until 31 Oct 2021

Wed, Dec 2 2020

Red Funnel’s annual Black Friday sale returns from today, Friday, 27 November. Those eager to book ahead and save on 2021 travel will enjoy one-third off vehicle ferry travel for trips booked for travel between now and 31 October 2021.

The offer is now available online at and can also be booked by phone at 02380 019192. All bookings under the offer must be made by midnight on Friday 11 December 2020.

With the offer’s long travel window and no black-out dates, holidaymakers and Islanders alike can book their future travel dates through for the next 11 months. The offer applies to all future sailing dates and times including peak periods such as Christmas, Easter, summer and school holidays, as well as during key dates for events such as the Isle of Wight Festival and Cowes Week. The Black Friday offer is valid for private vehicle ferry travel booked on either of Red Funnel’s main fare types, including the recently upgraded Flexi Fare, which allows customers free amendments and entitles them to a full refund in the event their travel plans change.

The offer applies to trips of any duration, including short stays, long breaks and returns between the specified dates. There is no limit to how many bookings customers can make, and the offer works exactly the same for those travelling to the Island, as well as Islanders travelling off the Island.

Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, commented: “We debated if running our annual Black Friday sale was the right thing to do given present circumstances. The fact is that many Island residents will still need to travel over the next few weeks, so we wanted to ensure the discount they’ve come to expect at this time of year was still available. We also know that many people are keen to make travel plans for later in 2021 – be it to the Island or Islanders travelling off the Island. With this in mind and recognising our role in supporting the Island’s tourism recovery in 2021 we’ve opted to maintain our annual sale tradition. While the one-third off discount can indeed be applied to essential travel from now, the spirit of this year’s sale is very much about future travel – and of course, only when it is safe to do so. Accordingly, the key message in our wider promotion for this offer is all about 2021. We also remind the wider public to please heed the government’s latest travel advice and to consult the guidelines that apply to the Tier in which they reside.”

“Furthermore, it is our understanding that those currently residing in Tier 3 should NOT visit the Island for leisure and holidays at this time. As has been the case for many months, it is up to the public to observe the latest guidance and laws and we implore them to continue to do so. Our long offer window through to the end of October 2021 allows plenty of time to make future visits to the Island, so we call on the public to do the right thing and only travel to the Island when it is safe to do so, and guidance allows.”


For further information regarding Red Funnel, please contact:

Enya Lumley or Mel Piercy at McKenna Townsend

T: 01425 472330
E: [email protected]

Editor’s note

About Red Funnel

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.  In addition to ferry travel, Red Funnel is the only cross-Solent operator to offer ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages. Sub-brands include ‘Red Jet’ (the Hi-Speed passenger only ferry service serving West Cowes) and two food & beverage brands, ‘Steam Coffee Company’ and ‘ReFuel’.  The Company is a founder member of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the Island’s not for profit destination management organisation and Red Funnel sponsors or supports most of the Island’s premier events including the IW Festival, Cowes Week, Rhythm Tree, The Great Wonderfest, Wight Proms, Cowes Classics, and Walk the Wight as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s Charities of the Year, 2020 are The Leaf Foundation (Monkey Haven) and Daisy Chains IW.

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