Here is a quick round-up of the DNA sales on offer over the next few days:
The price of the AncestryDNA test in the UK has been reduced by £30 from £79 to £49 for Black Friday
(please note that this does not include shipping which is £20 for a first kit and £10 for each additional kit in the same order - maximum ten kits per order)
*sale ends 27th November at 23:59 GMT
AncestryDNA are also running Black Friday sales in Ireland, the USA, Australia and New Zealand:
Ireland: Price reduced by €36 from €95 to €59
Shipping €20 per kit and €10 per additional kit in same order
*sale ends 27th November at 23:59 GMT
USA: Price reduced by $40 from $99 to $59
Shipping $9.95 per kit
*sale begins 23rd November at 21:00 PST and ends 27th November at 20:59 PST
UPDATED: Amazon have made AncestryDNA kits a Cyber Monday Deal of the Day! They're selling kits for $54.99 plus free shipping - best deal I've seen for Ancestry by far but US only - see HERE
Australia & New Zealand: Price reduced by A$50 from A$149 to A$99
Shipping A$29.99 for first kit and A$10 for each additional kit
*sale ends 27th November at 23:59 AEDT
Canada: Price reduced by C$50 from C$129 to C$79
Shipping C$19.95 per kit
*sale ends 27th November at 23:59 ET
Ancestry are also offering subscription discounts depending on your geographic location
More importantly in terms of FTDNA, however, is the fact that their annual holiday sale is now in full swing! Each year this sale runs from mid November right through until 31st December and it is by far the best time of the year to buy kits from FTDNA. There are fantastic discounts of up to 30% off on most of their testing options.
Here are all the FTDNA holiday sale and upgrade prices in full:
In addition to the regular sale prices FTDNA also send out special holiday reward codes to existing customers during their holiday sale; you will receive one holiday reward code per kit each week on a Monday up until the end of the year. These codes can be used in addition to the sale prices bringing the cost down even lower. If you have existing FTDNA kits then all you have to do is sign in and click on "Holiday Reward" on your homepage:
The reward codes look like this:
Here are my codes from this week (valid until 26th Nov):
Don't forget that FTDNA also have an autosomal transfer option so if you have tested at Ancestry, 23andMe (V3 and V4 only) or MyHeritage you can transfer into FTDNA and get all of your highest confidence matches for free. If you would like access to all tools and FTDNA's ethnicity estimate you can get those by paying a small $19 fee.
UK: Price reduced to £89 plus delivery
UK Standard Delivery (5-7 working days): £9.95
UK Premium Delivery (2-3 working days): £14.95
US: Price reduced to $89 plus delivery
USA Standard Delivery (5-7 working days): $9.95
USA Premium Delivery (2-3 working days): $39.95
The Living DNA test gives a detailed regional breakdown of UK Ancestry and also includes Y-DNA (male testers only) and MtDNA haplogroup information. Please note that Living DNA currently do not offer a matching database but this has been promised by August next year. It is also now possible to transfer into their database to get the matching when it goes live but you will not get the ethnicity breakdown or haplogroup designations unless you test with them directly.
It is also still possible to transfer into MyHeritage for free from any of the other major companies - HERE is a link to upload your results to their site. MyHeritage is one of the newer offerings on the market but as more people test with them their database will grow and you will begin to see unique matches there. It will, therefore, start to become more important for everyone, especially those with mysteries to solve, to be in this database in addition to the others. Be aware, however, that there is a serious problem with MyHeritage's matching algorithm and this means the amount of DNA shared with matches on there has to be treated with great caution for now. MyHeritage are aware of the problem and promise it will be rectified soon. For further information on this issue see CeCe Moore's recent post HERE.
A similar Christmas sale has sprung up for the European site (these kits are sold in Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and The Netherlands). The sale runs until 26th December and offers €30 off the regular price of both the Ancestry only service bringing it down to €69 and the Ancestry + Health service bringing it down to €139. Shipping costs €9.99 per kit (10 business days) or €19.99 Express Shipping (2-3 business days).
In the US they are offering a Black Friday deal which ends on Sunday 26th November: $30 off the Ancestry only service bringing it down to $69 and $50 off the Ancestry + Health service bringing to down to $149. Shipping costs $14.95 per kit (Standard 5-8 days) or $41.95 (Express 2-3 business days). If you are in the US and want to get the Health + Ancestry test, however, there's an even better deal for Black Friday on Amazon - they're selling it for $99! This is just a 24 hour flash sale for Black Friday; you can see the deal HERE.
There is also a Christmas sale now up for Canada and it also runs until 26th December; C$30 off per kit for both the Ancestry only service bringing it down from C$129 to C$99 and the Health + Ancestry service bringing it down from C$249 to C$219. Shipping costs C$19.95 (Standard 5-8 days) or C$29.95 (Express 2-3 business days).