If you are looking for a discount on the MacBook Air, you have come to the right place. We'll talk you though some of the best deals around, and explain whether they are really good deals, or just OK deals. We know exactly what the MacBook Air costs at Apple right now so we know just how much of a discount you are getting. We also know how to tell which MacBook Air is being sold - and whether it is a current model, or an old model. So don't fall in to the trap of spending more than you need to. Read on...
The first thing you need to know is that at the end of 2018, Apple gave the MacBook Air a power boost, and, for first time since it launched 10 years previously, gave the much-loved Mac laptop a redesign. Then in July 2019 Apple made a slight change to the screen - adding True Tone, a technology that means that the colours and brightness can adjust depending on your surrounding light. Other than this change the 2018 and 2019 models are identical, the specs did not change when Apple updated the machines in July 2019. The price did change however.
The other change in July 2019 was that Apple stopped selling the older MacBook Air - which used to cost £949 in the UK, or $999 in the US. We think that the older model was over priced and didn't recommend buying one at Apple's price. However, there may still be a few good deals on that older model - we really wouldn't recommend spending more than £700 on it though. We have compared the new 2018 model against the 2017 version (which is really the 2015 version because Apple hadn't updated the processor generation in all that time) read: how the new and old MacBook Air models compare.
You can find out everything you need to know about the 2018 laptop in our MacBook Air review.
You can buy a MacBook Air directly from Apple here, but there are plenty of stores offering a discount on the new models so it's worth shopping around. In this article we'll tell you the best deals you can get on a new MacBook Air, as well as some great deals you can get on the older model. You'll also find some MacBook Pro and MacBook deals listed as with a discount these might be a better offering than the MacBook Air is.
Best MacBook Air Deals
You can browse through the best MacBook Air deals below. We also have deals for more MacBook Air and other MacBook models further down in this article, in case you're not completely decided.
Make sure to check the How much should the MacBook Air cost section below.
MacBook Air 2019 model
Apple has a 'new' MacBook Air for 2019, but the only new thing about it is the introduction of True Tone to the screen (which means the screen can adjust to different lighting conditions) and a price drop from Apple. All the other specs are the same as the 2018 model. The MacBook Air price is now £100 less than it was, starting at £1,099.
As price-cuts on the new MacBook Air start to arrive they will appear below.
MacBook Air 2018 model
If you see a MacBook Air on sale it can be tricky to tell if it's the 2018 or 2019 model because the only difference is the addition of True Tone. Some deals may also look better than they are as the reseller isn't taking into account Apple's own price drop on the Air, which now starts at £1,099 rather than £1,199. However, if you find a good deal on the 2018 MacBook Air we recommend it, purely because it's practically identical to the 2019 model.
MacBook Air 2017 model
The 2017 MacBook Air was still on sale from Apple until July 2019. You may still be able to find a deal on the old-style MacBook Air, although we emphasise that the model may officially be from 2017, but the processor is from 2015, so it's not a modern Mac - that processor will soon be five years old!
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When it launched in 2018 the MacBook Air was more expensive than the previous model was, starting at £1,199/$1,199. At the time Apple continued to sell the old 1.8GHz MacBook Air for £949. However, in 2019 Apple discontinued the £949 model and reduced the price of the new-style MacBook Air by £100.
- The MacBook Air now starts at £1,099/$1,099 for the 2019 model, which has a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 128GB SSD storage and Intel UHD graphics 617. (These specs are exactly the same as the 2018 model, apart from the addition of True Tone in the display)
- If you want to up the storage to 256GB, the model is now £1,299/$1,299, down £100/$100 compared to 2018. Other than the storage the spec is the same as the other model.
Built-to-order options when customising the more expensive model now include a 1TB SSD for £400/$400, rather than a 1.5TB SSD for £2,399/$2,399
- 16GB memory: +£180/$180 (£1,579/$1,579)
- 512GB SSD storage: +£200/$200 (£1,599/$1,599)
- 1.5TB SSD storage: WAS +£1,000/$1,000 (£2,399/$2,399) NOW 1TB SSD +£400/$400
If you were to choose all the build-to-order options the top-spec model would cost £1,879 as of July 2019, rather than £2,579.
Where to buy the new MacBook Air
You can, of course, buy the new MacBook Air from Apple itself on its website here. But that’s not the only place it’s available. You'll also find the MacBook Air at:
- Best Buy (US)
- Currys PC World
- John Lewis
- Laptops Direct
- Best Buy
- Jet.com (US)
Best MacBook Air deals
With the price of a MacBook Air as sold by Apple in mind, take a look at the deals below to see just how much you could save on the MacBook Air and other MacBook models.
We'd also recommend taking a look at Apple's Refurbished Store for great MacBook Air deals. They're forever changing, but you can get a huge discount on products that you'd never be able to tell are refurbished.
We can help you decide which MacBook is best for you in our MacBook buying guide.
1. Apple 12in MacBook, 1.2GHz dual-core, 256GB (2017)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £799 (£450 off - now discontinued by Apple!)
You can get £450 off the 2017 MacBook at Currys – that's the MacBook Apple was selling for £1,249 until it was discontinued in July 2019.
2. Apple 15in Macbook Pro, 2.6GHz six-core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB (2018)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £2,444.98 (£254 off 2018 price)
Laptops Direct is discounting the 2018 MacBook Pro (no longer the current model); here we have what was the top-of-the-range 2018 15in MacBook Pro with 6 cores, which previously cost £2,699 (the 2019 top of the range model is £2,799). Note that it's confusing that this is listed by Laptops Direct as the "New" model, but it's the 2018 model (we can tell this because it has 512GB storage rather than 256GB).
3. Apple 15in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz eight-core i9, 16GB RAM, 512GB (2019) [Amazon]
Now: £2,547.14 (£251.86 off)
Save money on the top-of-the-range 2019 15in MacBook Pro with this Amazon deal. That's an 8-core 2.3GHz i9 9th generation Intel processor! Note that Apple has put the price up by £100 now, so this is actually a deal, although we have seen better discount on this model in the past.
4. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2018)
Now: £958.53 (£140.47 off new Apple price - 2018 model)
You can save money on the 2018 MacBook Air with eBuyer. This is a great price even after Apple's own price-cut is applied.
5. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2019) [eBuyer]
Now: £1,014.26 (£84.74 off)
eBuyer is offering money off the 2019 MacBook Air. This is the Space Grey version.
6. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz dual-core, 128GB (2017) [Amazon]
Now: £1,095 (£154 off - discontinued model)
Apple has stopped selling this 2017 MacBook Pro entry-level model, but it used to cost £1,249, you can get it for less at Amazon right now. Note that this model dates back to 2017 though, and we'd recommend the similarly priced 2018/2019 MacBook Air over it, or even paying £1,249 for the new entry-level MacBook Pro.
7. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, Touch Bar, 2.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB, Silver (2019) [Amazon]
Now: £1,674.05 (£124.95 off)
This is 2019's 2.4GHz MacBook Pro, it might only be a small boost to the processor speed, compared to the 2018 model, but this is still money off the newest version (and the deal is better than ever now that Apple's put up prices by £50 in the UK).
8. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, Touch Bar, 2.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB, Space Grey (2019)
Now: £1,691.06 (£107.94 off)
This is the entry-level configuration for the 2019 13in MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (that now costs £1,799 from Apple, up £100 prior to July 2019). KRCS has a discount on the model. This is the Space Grey configuration, but you can also get the Silver model here.
9. Apple 15in Macbook Pro, 2.6GHz six-core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB (2018)
Now: £2,359 (£340 off 2018 price)
Amazon is discounting the top-of-the-range 2018 MacBook Pro (since replaced by a 8-core 9th-generation processor). This 15in MacBook Pro has 6 cores and previously cost £2,699 (although the 2019 top of the range model is £2,799).
10. Free Beats wireless headphones with Mac or iPad
Now: Free Beats headphones worth up to £300
Get a free pair of Beats wireless headphones worth up to £299.95 when you buy a Mac or iPad for university. You will need to verify your student status through UNiDAYS to get this deal.
11. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz quad-core, 256GB, Touch Bar (2018)
Now: £1,569 (£180 off 2018 price)
This deal cuts the price of the 2018 top-of-the-range 13in MacBook Pro (there's now a new 2019 model with a higher price or £1,799). This version was previously £1,749 at Apple but the 2019-model only saw a minor processor bump (not a generational change) so we'd recommend this deal.
12. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2018) [Amazon]
Now: £1,039 (£60 off new Apple price - 2018 model)
Amazon is selling a 2018 MacBook Air at a discount right now, but its not as good a discount as it looks now that Apple has reduced the price of the MacBook Air by £100 as of July 2019.
13. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 256GB (2018) [Amazon]
Now: £1,212 (£87 off new Apple price - 2018 model)
Save money on the top-of-the-range MacBook Air from 2018. Note that the only difference between this and the 2019 model is that the screen offers True Tone, so this is still a good option if you don't mind that the screen is slightly inferior. But note that the discount isn't as good now that Apple has reduced the price of the MacBook Air.
14. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 256GB (2018) [Currys]
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,247 (£52 off new Apple price - 2018 model)
Save on the top-of-the-range 2018 MacBook Air with this Curry's deal. The spec is the same as the 2019 model except for True Tone, which is a new feature of the screen on the newer model.
15. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2018) [Laptops Direct]
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £1,057.97 (£41 off new Apple price - 2018 model)
Here's Laptops Direct's deal on the new-look entry-level 2018 MacBook Air with Retina display. This model is practically identical to the 2019 entry-level Air - the only difference is the addition of True Tone for the display. Note: Apple knocked £100 of the price of the MacBook Air in July 2019, so the deal isn't as good as it once was.
16. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2018) [Currys]
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,059 (£40 off new Apple price - 2018 model)
Save money on the 2018 MacBook Air with this Currys' deal. They deceptively list it as the 3.6GHz model - that's the Turbo Boost figure, it's actually the 1.6GHz Dual-Core MacBook Air from 2018. Note the spec is pretty much the same as the 2019 model - but Apple reduced the price by £100 in July 2019, so this discount isn't as good as it once was.
17. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2018) [VERY]
Now: £1,079 (£20 off new Apple price - 2018 model)
Very has a slight discount on the 2018 MacBook Air (same spec as the 2019 model aside from True Tone). But as with the other Air deals, now that Apple's reduced pricing itself this deal's not as good as it was.
18. Apple Refurbished Mac Store (Discounted iMacs, MacBooks and more)
Now: Up to £300 off
You can get a Mac from Apple at much lower prices if you buy from the Refurbished Store. Apple will have thoroughly tested the model and will offer you a full warranty so it can be a great way to get a good deal. Find out more about Refurbished Macs here.