If you're looking for a discount on the MacBook Air, you've come to the right place. We'll walk 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.
What you need to know
Before we begin you need to know that Apple updated the MacBook Air twice in 2020! In March 2020 it added new processors and changed the keyboard, and then in November 2020 Apple update the MacBook Air with its own Apple Silicon M1 processors. For more information about how the two compare read: MacBook Air (Silicon) vs MacBook Air (Intel). We also have a full review of the M1 MacBook Air.
You may be considering an older MacBook Air because you aren't sure you want to jump straight into Apple Silicon, in that case these articles might help: Should I buy an Intel Mac and Should I buy an M1 Mac? We also have more advice about Which MacBook to buy in our separate guide. Plus here's more information on the differences between the MacBook Air and Pro.
And for another way to save money on a new Apple product read about how you can trade in old products at Apple and other resellers and get money off. Read: How Apple trade in works and saves you money.
Before we fill you in on everything else you need to know before you buy a new MacBook Air, no doubt you are wondering what the best deals are right now, read on to find out more...
Best Apple MacBook Air deals right now
When we see great deals on the MacBook Air we list them here. We have deals for the new M1 MacBook that launched in November 2020 as well as some for the model that arrived in March 2020.
- M1 MacBook Air 8-core CPU /7-core GPU costs £999 from Apple, but John Lewis and AO.com are discounting it to £893.
- M1 MacBook Air 8-core CPU/8-core GPU model normally costs £1,249, but you can get is for just £999.97 at Amazon!
Another place to look for discounts on Macs is the Apple Refurbished Store. From time to time you can find refurbished M1 Macs, but they tend to quickly sell out. Check the links at Apple Refurbished M1 MacBooks.
If they aren't out of stock you can find the following:
- The Silver, 512GB, 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU model costs £1,059 (£190 off) from Apple's refurbished store here.
- The Gold version of the 512GB model could be £190 off here.
- The Space Grey version of the 512GB model could be £190 off here.
- The Gold, 256GB, 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU model could cost £849 (£150 off) from Apple's refurbished store here.
Make sure you check out our complete round up of the best Apple deals we've seen.
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?
We'll address each of those questions below.
How much did it cost?
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.
As of November 2020 the price of the more expensive MacBook Air has also been reduced.
This is the pricing for the line-up from November 2020:
|M1 Chip, 8-core CPU, 7-Core GPU, 256GB||£999/$999|
|M1 Chip, 8-core CPU, 8-Core GPU, 512GB||£1,249/$1,249|
This is the pricing for the line-up earlier in 2020:
|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|
The 2018 models were:
|1.6GHz, Dual-Core i5, 8th- gen (3.6GHz Turbo Boost), 128GB||£1,199/$1,199|
|1.6GHz, Dual-Core i5, 8th-gen (3.6GHz Turbo Boost), 256GB||£1,399/$1,399|
When the 2018 MacBook Air launched the price started at £1,199/$1,199 for the 128GB version and £1,399/$1,399 for the 256GB version. On that basis, unless you see the 256GB version of the 2018 or 2019 MacBook Air on sale for less than £999/$999 we wouldn't recommend buying them over either of the 2020 versions. And the 128GB version isn't worth more than £799 in our eyes.
What is it worth?
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 either £1,399/$1,399 or £1,299/$1,299 new, depending on the year. 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 what was the £1,299 2019 model being sold for £999. That might sound like a good deal, 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 M1 MacBook Air.
Also, do not assume that the specs given by the stockist are correct. We thought we'd spotted a great deal on Very for what was advertised as a 1.1GHz quad-core MacBook Air (2020) at £999 - except that it was actually the dual-core model with 256GB, rather than the 512GB quad-core model listed. Watch out for this!
Before you buy do your research: we have reviews of all the resent MacBook Air models:
We also have this comparison of the Intel MacBook Air vs M1 MacBook Air.
You may also be interested in what is expected from the next generation MacBook Air, which is expected to feature a colourful redesign and launch in 2022. Read about the New MacBook Air.
Where to buy?
Now you know what the Mac is worth, you need to know where to buy a discounted Mac from. You can buy a MacBook Air directly from Apple here, but there are plenty of stores and Apple Premium Resellers (such as KRCS, Currys/PC World, Argos and John Lewis) offering a discount on new and old Macs so it's worth shopping around (read our Where to buy a Mac article).
One benefit of buying from Apple is you could trade in your old Mac and get money off. We have an article explaining How to get money off with Apple's trade-in program.
Best MacBook Air Deals
You can browse through the best MacBook Air deals below. We also have deals for MacBook Air as well as some other MacBook models further down in this article (in case you're not completely decided.)
Also check out our complete round up of the best Apple deals.
MacBook Air M1 2020
M1 MacBook Air, 8-core CPU/7-core GPU, £999/$999
M1 MacBook Air, 8-core CPU/8-core GPU, £1,249/$1,249
MacBook Air 2020, 1.1GHz
Earlier in 2020 Apple introduced a 1.1GHz Intel MacBook Air. It offered a newer processor, better RAM, improved graphics, twice as much storage, and it's £100 less than it was, starting at £999/$999. Of course now there is a new M1 MacBook Air (above).
If resellers are discounting the early-2020 MacBook Air, you will see the best deals listed below.
1.1GHz Dual-Core Core i3 MacBook Air, was £999/$999
1.1GHz Quad-Core Core i5 MacBook Air, was £1,299/$1,299
MacBook Air 2019, 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 were seeing some decent price cuts for the 2019 and 2018 MacBook Air now that the 2020 models have arrived, but they have dried up now. Just remember that the 2020 model costs £999 - so don't spend more than that if you do see one on sale.
Best refurbished MacBook Air deals
From time to time Apple drops the prices of it's Macs, but these are rare occurances. However, that doesn't mean you have to pay full price when you buy from Apple. If you don't mind having a refurbished Mac that's been pre-owned, then you can pick up a bargain at Apple's Refurbished Store.
These refurbished MacBook Air laptops were returned to Apple, perhaps due to a fault, but they are fully reconditioned now and come with a year's warranty. It's not like buying secondhand.
Therefore we 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. Read about buying a refurbished Mac.
On a few occasions in 2021 Apple has offered a discount on the M1 MacBook Air in the Refurbished Store. If no refurbished models are available when you check we suggest you keep checking as they do tend to pop up from time to time.
If you are lucky you can pick up the M1 MacBook Air (8-core CPU, 8-Core GPU, 512GB SSD) for £1,019 in the Refurbished Store here.
You may also be able to get an older 1.1GHz dual-core MacBook Air via the Apple Refurbished Store. This model from March 2020 was £809 at the Apple Refurbished Store - it cost £999 before Apple replaced it with the M1 model. Click here to see if Apple has any in stock.
Amazon also has a certified refurbished store for Apple products, but we would advise against buying any products that are older than five years - most of the products we see on the Amazon refurbished store are very old.
1. Apple MacBook Air, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2020)
Now: £999.97 (£249.03 off)
An excellent deal, this. Save almost £250 on the MacBook Air with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU from Amazon. This means you can get the 512GB MacBook Air for the price Apple sells the 256GB model for, and get the 8-core GPU too!
The discount only applies to the Rose Gold version.
2. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2020)
Now: £1,269 (£230 off)
Apple's offering the M1 MacBook Pro on its Refurbished Store - a great way to get a new M1 Mac for less than Apple sells it for.
The refurbished M1 MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD is £1,269 - a saving of £230. This price also puts it below the usual starting price of the 256GB model so you can get twice as much storage for less!
3. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.0GHz quad-core, 512GB (2020)
From: John Lewis
Now: £1,549 (£250 off)
This is the 2.0GHz quad-core 13in MacBook Pro with 512GB storage - normally £1,799. It's the cheapest Intel MacBook Pro that Apple still sells.
4. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (2020)
Now: £1,099 (£200 off)
The cheaper £1,299 M1 MacBook Pro is being sold on Apple's Refurbished Store for £1,099 - a saving of £200.
5. Apple 16in MacBook Pro, 2.6GHz, 6-core, 512GB (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £2,129 (£270 off)
Currys is offering a great discount on the new 2019 16in MacBook Pro.
6. Apple MacBook Air, M1, 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB (2020)
From: John Lewis
Now: £893 (£106 off)
You can get the £999 MacBook Air with 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU in gold with a great discount from John Lewis, which means you get a two year guarantee, plus you can get money off if you trade in your old MacBook.
If you don't want the gold MacBook Air John Lewis has the other colours but the discount isn't as big.
7. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (2020)
Now: £1,129.97 (£169 off)
Amazon also has £169 off 512GB M1 MacBook Pro, normally £1,499. Get that deal here.
8. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2020)
Now: £1,329.97 (£169 off)
This is a great deal from Amazon for the top-of-the-range M1 MacBook Pro (512GB).
9. 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.