How to find the best deals on your next holiday
Find the Cheapest Flights in Australia:
Check the best deals on flights using the search engine below:
Current Deals on holiday essentials:
Covers over 1.6 million travellers a year. Travel insurance policies from only $23.90! Save up to 50% on your current provider!
5 star Canstar Rating for outstanding value in travel insurance. Tends to be the cheapest
Cheap Car Rental
Auto Europe compares numerous car rental companies to find you some of the cheapest car rental deals on the planet.
We have used them with great success and save $$$ in the Process
Cheap Hotel Rooms
Agoda – save up to 75% on hotel prices. Offers some of the cheapest accommodation & hotel rooms around.
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Expedia offer some of the cheapest flight prices around
Get your first ride discounted with the link above.
How to find the Cheapest Flights in Australia
I Want That Flight consistently finds the cheapest flights across dates. You can also check domestic and international fares.
Finds the cheapest prices for ALL domestic airlines including Virgin, Jetstar, Tiger & Qantas over the month.
Other companies do this but charges a fee when booking with them
Often the cheapest domestic airline- has specials on Tuesdays
Every Thursday 4-8pm AEST.
Every Friday: Jetstar Friday Frenzy offers specials within Australia & abroad- 4-8pm AEST
When to find the cheapest flights?
- Avoid travelling on mornings or evenings when business people travel.
- Friday & Sunday evenings more expensive
- Avoid the start and end of school holidays and check if same in each state.
- Public school holidays most expenisve time as well as northern hemisphere holidays.
European Earlybird fares- Cheap airfares to Europe for 2017
Some of the cheapest fares to Europe had been sold up until December.
Look for earlybird specials. They often come up up to start of December and another group come up leading up to February 28 when the deals seem to finish. You can find deals to Europe at times from as little as $1000. These deals not surprisingly get snapped up very quickly.
Fly to Europe from $1033 Return with Etihad
no booking fees and often has exclusive specials on their website
One of the Cheapest Flight sites online. It searches numerous other travel websites to find you the best deal!
Searches prices for you across the month. That way you can see the best deals.
Zuji has some of the cheapest flights in Australia but now charges a booking fee. Recently we have found flights on other flight booking sites for $2200 when the same flights on Zuji they were just $1600!
Always check the final price for extra fees before booking. Some online booking sites such as edreams, webjet & now Zuji, charge a booking fee & the credit card surcharge can be higher than the airlines fees (edreams for example had a flight priced at $227 but managed to go up to $262 when all fees where included. Compare this to buying with Expedia where there are no booking fees & will only charge a credit card fee if the airline does.)
Allows you to ask for cheapest flights from say Sydney to Phuket (it will find indirect flights if they are cheaper)
Finds the cheapest flights between 2 locations.
You can even ask them to send you an email when flights (one way) drop below a certain price so you are the first to know!
Other secret ways to find cheapest flights
Expedia Brazil has been found to be cheap in the past but can be a hassle as you need to use google translate to work out what says on the website & then check the exchange rate.
We have found flights for Sydney to LA for August 2012 & found flight prices OVER $500 cheaper per person than with other search engines. The tickets were booked via expedia.ie (Expedia’s site in Ireland) when they found they were the cheapest in the world! This works when Australian currency is strong but may no longer work.
Find the Best Deals from a range of Airlines on one page:
It is often cheapest to fly to New Zealand with the low cost airlines including Jetstar & Virgin Australia but the following sites can compare a range of airlines including some you may not realise cross the Tasman such as LAN Airlines & Aerolineas Argentinas!
Be careful with airline fees.
The low cost airlines in particular try to put in extra fees to make up for their low fares.
- Credit card fees that aren’t immediately apparent (you can sometimes avoid by paying by direct credit called POLI).
- Make various options you don’t need such as domestic flight insurance or seat allocation or try to get you to take baggage you may not need (so remember to unselect these).
- Some even charge a fee to send your itinerary by SMS.
Low Cost International Airlines
Low cost airlines are now operating exceptionally cheap flights to Asia.
You can get some great deals but you have to pay extra for baggage, inflight food or entertainment (so take this into account on total costs).
Air Asia flies to KL, Malaysia and then on to numerous routes in Asia from Sydney, Melbourne & Gold Coast.
Scoot flies to Singapore and then on to the Rest of Asia from Sydney & Gold Coast.
If you want to compare their prices you often have to go direct to their websites as they are often not included in the flight comparison sites.
Remember to always check out the final prices for comparison as some sites add extra booking & credit card fees right at the end!
Compare the Cheapest Car Rental Deals
One of the easiest ways to compare car rental prices across a number of different car companies
DriveNow compares the leading car rental/hire companies to find you the cheapest rates in Australia. Guaranteed!
Compare the Cheapest Hotel Deals
Check out some of the best rates around:
Expedia Offer Best Price Guarantee plus $50 voucher if you find cheaper, check their terms & conditions
Other Flight Comparison Websites
compares flights from a number of sites saving you the time of looking around and are frequently the cheapest sites.
Jetabroad shows you deals other people have booked recently.
Travel News Letters
Can send you a weekly email of the best travel deals for hotels & flight deals. You get to see all their deals
Flight Booking Tips
You can sometimes fly into one city and out of another eg. Into London but out of Rome. It saves you lots of time and means you don’t have to fly back to London.
If flying to Europe check out Round the World Fares. They are often similar in price to a straight return to Europe and means you can often get free stopovers on the way there or back. Or just recover a little from jetlag by having a stopover on the way!
If you are going overseas such as UK or Europe and are making a domestic transfer, it can sometimes be worth looking at local airline sites (ie British Airways in UK or BMI in UK) as they are often cheaper than booking the domestic transfer complete with Qantas or other airlines. But remember if you’re flight is delayed you may miss your connecting fllight & have to pay full price for a new flight.
When comparing airfares, particularly international fares, it is important to ensure you are comparing like with like.
- Check the airlines
It might be worth paying a few dollars more to be on a leading international carrier with better food, service and entertainment, rather than ones that charge you for baggage, entertainment & food. You are also more likely to be cramped on the low cost airlines. Qatar Airlines on their Airbus A330 has 8 seats across the plane whereas Air Asia flying the same plane has 9 seats!
- Check the routing and stopover times
Cheap fares often have middle-of-the-night departures, make more than one stop or have lengthy stops that push out the total travelling time. Some travellers are willing to spend eight hours in an obscure airport in order to get a super-cheap flight but many are not.
- Check that the flights you are comparing are going to the same airport
Many cities have multiple airports and what you save on the airfare you could spend on a transfer into the city.
- Make sure all the quoted fares include taxes
Some retailers still quote fares excluding taxes and surcharges!
- Not all travel agents have the same flight deals:
Always get quotes from a few different travel agents/companies before you book
- Finally before booking the flight always check the airlines own website directly as sometimes it can be cheaper than the travel agents or online booking sites!
Frequent Flyer Tips
Frequnt flyer point seems to be becomingt worth less value over time due to airlines increasing the surcharges and taxes on flights. It can sometimes be as cheap now to fly on a budget airline than pay the surcharges & taxes for a flight.
So how is the best way to use your points?
As the number of points doesn’t change for the route it is best to use the points at peak times such as Christmas or school holidays. However these are the time when the tickets disappear the quickest too, so you need to book in advance (months)!
Another way to maximise your points is tha is often better to travel further or on normall expensive routes. If you have the points and the time, an Round the World Ticket can offer some of the best value (you often need approx 130,000 points depending on your frequent flyer programme)
Low Cost Airlines within Europe:
Make sure you do a search of the low cost or budget airlines in Europe if you will be flying between countries as they often work out far cheaper than flying with the flag carriers eg BA, Air France etc.
Always book with your credit card for flights, as if they go bust your credit card is often responsible for helping you get to your destination. Always check with your credit card company first!
Round the World Trips
There are a number of World Airline Alliances available to take your Ruond the World Flights:
Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, Egyptair, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Regional carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines, Continental Airlines and TAM
American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Qantas Airways, and Royal Jordanian, Mexicana
Aeroflot, AeroMéxico, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM, Korean Air Vietnam Airlines & TAROM. Associate members include: Air Europa and Kenya Airways.
Both Star Alliance & One World are the more popular options for round the world flight deals from Australia.
Qantas is a OneWorld partner.
These alliances are better if you want to fly to multiple destinations around the world.
At present only One World really serves South America so if you want to go to there they would be your only option.
Before you fly
Check your Baggage allowances
NOTE: Always check your allowance before flying as they can change without notice
Seating on flights
To find the best seats on a flight can go to Seat Guru which tells you about better seats on your flight. Most airlines around the world are included.
Frequently emergency exit seats are best then bulkhead seats but this can vary depending on the plane flying so check this page out.
CHEAPER AIRPORT PARKING