If you're looking for a discount on the MacBook Air, you've come to the right place. We'll talk you though some of the best deals around, and explain whether they are fantastic 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're getting.
Earlier this year Apple updated the MacBook Air. This not only means you can buy a brand new MacBook Air with improved keyboard and faster processors from Apple, you will also be able to find some even better deals on the 2019 and 2018 models if you shop around.
The other news to be aware of before you spend your money is that Apple announced at WWDC in June that it will be transitioning from Intel processors in its Macs to its own Apple Silicon chips with in the next couple of years. Apple says the first Macs with these new chips will arrive before the end of 2020. This means you need to consider whether to wait for the new Macs or go ahead and update your Mac now. This article might help: Should I buy an Intel Mac.
If you are going to buy a new Mac the great news is that there are deals to be had. It's important not to fall into the trap of spending more than you should though. Luckily we can help with that as we know how to tell which MacBook Air is being sold - whether it's a current model or an old model - and we can tell you how much it should cost.
Before we fill you in on what you need to know, no doubt you are wondering what the best deals are right now. So here are our best picks:
Best Apple MacBook Air deals right now
When we see great deals on the MacBook Air we list them here. The 2020 MacBook Air was only launched on 18 March 2020, but we are starting to see good deals on the new models.
- 1.1GHz dual-core MacBook Air (2020), 256GB model, £899 at KRCS here (that's £99.90 off 2020 price)
- 1.1GHz quad-core MacBook Air (2020), 512GB model, £1,169.10 at KRCS here (that's £129.90 off 2020 price)
Make sure you check out our complete round up of the best Apple deals.
How to get the best MacBook Air deal
There are a few things you need to know before you can be sure whether you have found a good deal:
- How much did it cost at launch
- What does Apple sell the equivalent model for now (and how much better is it)
- Where is a good place to buy a discounted MacBook Air
Our first tip is to make sure you know what the MacBook Air you are considering costs now (or cost when it was sold by Apple). You need to watch for companies claiming a discount based on the price the Mac was originally sold for, rather than what it would now cost you to buy that Mac from Apple. This is particularly pertinent since Apple has reduced the price of the entry-level MacBook Air twice in the past two years.
This is the pricing for the current line-up:
- 1.1GHz, Dual-Core i3, 10th gen (3.2GHz Turbo Boost), 2565GB: £999/$999
- 1.1GHz, Quad-Core i5, 10th gen (3.5GHz Turbo Boost), 512GB: £1,299/$1,299
The 2019 models were:
- 1.6GHz, Dual-Core i5, 8th gen (3.6GHz Turbo Boost), 128GB: £1,099/$1,099
- 1.6GHz, Dual-Core i5, 8th gen (3.6GHz Turbo Boost), 256GB: £1,299/$1,299
When the 2018 MacBook Air launched the price started at £1,199/$1,199 for the 128GB version. Then in 2019 Apple reduced the price of the identically speced entry-level model to £1,099/$1,099. Now for 2020 Apple has reduced the price of the entry-level model again to £999/$999 as well as improved the specs.
On that basis, until we start to see the 128GB version of the 2018 or 2019 MacBook Air on sale for less than £999/$999 we wouldn't recommend buying them over the new 2020 version.
Our next tip is to check the specs to find out what you will get for your money. You might spot a deal on the 256GB version of the 2018 or 2019 MacBook Air, which cost £1,299/$1,299. The equivalently priced 2020 MacBook Air has double the storage and quad-core processors making it a significantly better specced machine for the same price.
For example, we've seen the £1,299 2019 model sold for £999, but we are inclined to think that you'd be better off with the new entry-level model at the same price. Read our review of the 2020 MacBook Air here.
Another thing to look out for is deals on the old-style MacBook Air (2017 or earlier). These are few and far between these days, but if you see one of the older MacBook Air models (which don't have the Retina display) we'd advise against buying one unless the price was significantly reduced - we really wouldn't recommend spending more than £600 on it. We've seen it on Apple's Refurbished Store for £849 and on eBuyer for £999, but you'd be crazy to spend that much on it (unless you were desperate for a laptop with USB-A ports).
Now you know what the Mac is worth, you need to know where to buy a discounted Mac from.
Best MacBook Air Deals
You can browse through the best MacBook Air deals below. We also have deals for more MacBook Air as well as some other MacBook models further down in this article (in case you're not completely decided.)
MacBook Air 2020 model, 1.1GHz
Apple has a new MacBook Air for 2020. It offers a newer processor, better RAM, improved graphics, twice as much storage, and it's £100 less than it was, starting at £999/$999.
Resellers are now starting to discount the 2020 MacBook Air, you will see the best deals listed below.
1.1GHz Dual-Core Core i3 MacBook Air
1.1GHz Quad-Core Core i5 MacBook Air
MacBook Air 2019 model, 1.6GHz
The 2019 MacBook Air only introduced True Tone to the screen (which means the screen can adjust to different lighting conditions) other than that the specs are the same as the 2018 model When the 2019 MacBook Air was introduced the price dropped by £100/$100, starting at £1,099/$1,099.
We hope to see some decent price cuts for the 2019 MacBook Air now that the 2020 models have arrived. Check them out below.
MacBook Air 2018 model, 1.6GHz
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 drops on the Air. 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. Just remember that the 2020 model now starts at just £999/$999. If there are current deals they will appear below.
MacBook Air 2017 model, 1.8GHz
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 is now five years old! If there are current deals they will appear below.
Best MacBook 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 13in MacBook Air, 1.1Ghz dual-core, 256GB (2020)
Now: £899.10 (£99 off)
Compared to buying directly from Apple where it's £999, you can find a better offer from the Apple retailer KRCS, which is selling the entry-level model for £899 – a full £100 discount.
2. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB (2019) [JL]
From: John Lewis
Now: £1,299 (£500 off)
This is 2019's 2.4GHz 13in MacBook Pro and it's an amazing deal! The equivalent 2020 model has 10th generation 2.0GHz Quad-Core chips and costs £1,799.
Just keep in mind that the new version of this MacBook Pro has an improved keyboard.
3. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 1.4GHz, quad-core, 128GB (2019)
From: John Lewis
Now: £1,099 (£200 off - 2019 model)
John Lewis is offering money off the entry-level 2019 13in MacBook Pro. The equivalent model has been updated for 2020 with double the storage (now 256GB) and a new keyboard, but nothing else has changed. There have been reports of problems with the old keyboards, but if you are affected Apple will fix it for free.
This deal means you can get a MacBook Pro that did cost £1,299 for just £1,099 (which £100 more than the cheapest MacBook Air!)
4. Apple 16in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz, 8-core i9 1TB (2019)
Now: £2,497 (£302 off)
You can save money on the ultimate 2019 16in MacBook Pro. This deal means that you can get what would normally be the top of the range 16in MacBook Pro for only slightly more than the entry-level version (which is normally £2,399).
John Lewis had an even better deal on this model - with £650 off here - but that's now sold out.
5. Apple 16in MacBook Pro, 2.6GHz, 6-core, 512GB (2019)
Now: £2,149 (£250 off)
Amazon is offering a great discount on the new 2019 16in MacBook Pro.
6. Apple MacBook Air, 1.1GHz quad-core, 512GB (2020)
Now: £1,169.10 (£130 off)
KRCS has a decent saving on the price of the quad-core version of the 2020 MacBook Air.
7. Apple MacBook Air, 1.1GHz quad-core, 512GB (2020)
Now: £1,187.99 (£111.01 off)
There's money to be saved on the 2020 quad-core MacBook Air over at Amazon.
We've seen this model for sale for even less though - at one point it was £1,152.67 (although it quickly went out of stock at that price). This is still a pretty good deal though.
8. Apple MacBook Air, 1.1GHz dual-core, 256GB (2020) [KRCS]
Now: £899.10 (£99.9 off)
You can get money off the 2020 MacBook Air from KRCS. This is a great saving on a machine that only launched on 16 March 2020.
Stock is out at time of writing, but you can place an order now to secure your machine when new stock is available.
Amazon also has a deal on this model, but right now it's not as good. You can check it out here.
9. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 1.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB (2020)
Now: £1,234.06 (£64.94 off)
You can save money on the updated entry-level 13in MacBook Pro (2020). This model offers twice as much storage as the old entry-level model did, as well as an improved keyboard. Nothing else has changed though. KRCS was listing it as out of stock when we checked but we are including it as one to watch over the coming weeks.
KRCS also has money off the 512GB 1.4GHz MacBook Pro for 2020 here.
10. 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.
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 these, and other, UK and US stores:
- You can be sure that you are buying a Mac at the correct price at Apple. View the MacBook Air in the Apple Store.
- Or, get money off an older model from Apple's refurb store. View the MacBook Air in the Apple Refurbished Store.
- Save money if you are a teacher or student. View the MacBook Air in the Apple Education Store.
- Apple has a number of Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers who stock Macs, for example view the MacBook Air at Apple Premium Reseller KRCS.
- Get a Mac from Amazon where we often see discounts. View the MacBook Air at Amazon.
- View the MacBook Air at AO.com
- View the MacBook Air at Ebuyer
- View the MacBook Air at John Lewis, where we often see discounts.
- View the MacBook Air at Currys PC World, who also frequently offer discounts.
- Want to buy a MacBook Air from Apple? View the MacBook Air in the Apple Store.
- Save money on a refurbished MacBook Air. View the MacBook Air in the Apple Refurbished Store.
- Get your education discount: View the MacBook Air in the Apple Education Store.
- View the MacBook Air at Amazon where we often see discounts.
- View the MacBook Air at B&H Photo
- View the MacBook Air at Best Buy
- View the MacBook Air at Walmart
- You can find the MacBook Air at Adorama here.