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Flying away for Christmas – Skyscanner reveals the best time to book for Aussie festive travel

October 22, 2015 OTA News No Comments Email Email

According to data from travel search engine, Skyscanner.com.au, travellers may be able to save as much as 20% or more on the average cost of a flight, if they can identify the cheapest week to purchase the fare. This means Aussies looking to travel over the Christmas period can still bag a bargain if they act fast.

Skyscanner looked at flight data over the 10 weeks leading up to Christmas in 2014 and identified the best weeks to book, where fares could be found below the annual average.  

Favourite festive destinations

–          For 2015 travellers yet to finalise their Christmas vacations, don’t assume the best fares are long gone. 2014 data shows, bargains can still be found in the run up to Christmas. For instance, spontaneous travellers from Sydney in 2014 found last minute savings of 20% to LA as late as one week before Christmas

–          Please see below for a breakdown of 2014’s flight data in the lead up to Christmas, which shows the weeks that offered the best savings to the most popular destinations, based on the average annual  cost

–          Additional data on 2014’s international and domestic flights is available on request

2014’s Best Time to Book Festive Travel

INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS 10 WEEK 9 WEEK 8 WEEK 7 WEEK 6 WEEK 5 WEEK 4 WEEK 3 WEEK 2 WEEK 1 WEEK XMAS
2014 13-Oct 20-Oct 27-Oct 3-Nov 10-Nov 17-Nov 24-Nov 1-Dec 8-Dec 15-Dec 22-Dec 2014’s AVERAGE FLIGHT FARES IN $ AUD
From Sydney                      
Los Angeles -2% -3% -55% -12% 6% 15% -136% -10% -10% 20% -2% $                             2,205
London -32% 12% -2% 10% 6% 1% -3% -6% -3% 1% 5% $                              2,810
Bangkok 2% -4% -9% -15% -23% -20% -29% -33% -71% -69% -61% $                              1,386
From Melbourne                      
Kuala Lumpur -8% 2% -22% 10% -30% -19% -16% 0% 4% -77% -56% $                              1,029
Bali (Denpasar) -10% -11% -8% 6% -13% -15% -37% -41% -38% -44% -39% $                                 884
Auckland -13% 4% -4% 4% -9% -20% -10% 1% 0% -1% 5% $                                 738
From Brisbane                      
Auckland -7% -9% -10% -16% -34% -13% -13% -18% -7% 4% 13% $                                 775
Manila -16% -26% 6% -30% -29% -42% -30% 23% 18% -7% -51% $                            1,305

Notes on the chart:

This chart illustrates the weeks where the best savings could be made in 2014. Green indicates where savings were found.

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