• Brits flock stateside for Black Friday sales
  • Pound ‘Trumps’ the dollar post election
  • Spend in the USA up 23%

As Black Friday approaches, thousands of Brits are looking to escape the British high street in favour of a festive shopping trip abroad. New York is the most sought after city for Brits to blitz in the holiday shopping season, followed by Orlando and Las Vegas, according to figures from Escape Travel Card, the prepaid currency card provider.

In a review of its customers’ spending patterns during November and December 2015, Escape Travel Card has revealed that the USA is the most popular place for Brits to splash their cash in the run up to Christmas. Half of the top ten travel destinations, determined by spend, with couples spending an average of £3,000 per trip

This figure is set to increase significantly in the wake of the American election, with British shoppers keen to take advantage of the current strong pound to dollar exchange rate and bag some Christmas bargains. Escape Travel Card has witnessed a 23% increase in spend in America since Trump was declared president-elect on 9th November.

Rob Darby, Head of Partnerships at Escape Travel Card comments: “Increasingly, year over year, British shoppers are choosing to ditch the chaotic and overcrowded high street in favour of a city break with a Christmas shopping spree.

“And with the pound strengthening against the dollar since Trump’s election, British shoppers know they can get some serious bargains in America. New York is especially renowned for its sales. Most of the major department stores and outlets are offering the best of their discounts over the Thanksgiving weekend, kicking off on Black Friday on 25th November.

“But it’s not just the bargains people are travelling for – it’s the experience as well. Many of the world’s cities come to life at Christmas – New York is a winter wonderland with endless exciting sights to take in at Christmas. The holiday season in Orlando is a dazzling array of events, parades and lights.

“Super savvy Christmas shoppers can make their money go further by taking an Escape card abroad with them. Users will benefit from great exchange rates, no fees on transactions and no ATM withdrawal fees*

“The appeal of saving money is driving shoppers to jet off to bag those bargains!”


*Some ATM providers may charge a fee.