It’s that time of year when Australians rush to lodge tax returns – and it’s no wonder when approximately 69 per cent receive a refund, $2,1121 on average. But what to spend this new found money on?
Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager ANZ at Cheapflights, said this boost in cash can go a long way to a domestic or international trip.
“Just five per cent of Aussies put their tax refund towards a holiday1 , but there is no better time to reward yourself with a quick getaway as increasing airline competition, the opening up of new routes and smarter search technology help to create excellent conditions for value seekers with deals revealed almost daily.
“The great news for travellers is that some of our most searched destinations are also some of the most affordable – made sweeter still with a strong Aussie dollar, which is at a three year high against the British Pound and consistently steady against the US Dollar.
“For those looking to travel this September or October, Bali, Auckland and London are top of the international hit list with average fares dropping up to 24 per cent when compared to the same time last year. Favourite domestic destinations of Melbourne, Perth and Sydney have also seen up to a 15 per cent decrease in prices across the same period.”
There is potential for strong savings when travelling this September or October, with Cheapflights.com.au data showing year‐on‐year decreases in average national return airfares across many of Australia’s most popular international and domestic destinations.
To help your dollars stretch even further, Cheapflights.com.au has compiled 10 top hacks for all types of travellers:
- Visit somewhere that’s just being discovered like Burma and Brunei, which are currently cheap to get to, plus you haven’t seen it all on Instagram before.
- Fly mid‐week. Data shows Tuesday and Wednesday are the cheapest days to fly.
- As soon as you have a date in mind, start your search. Scheduled flights will only climb in price as the departure date edges closer.
- Work exchange rates in your favour by setting up alerts for changes in currencies for your top travel destinations.
- And sort out your spending money in advance to save on foreign currency exchange. Getting your currency at the airport is a budget buster.
- Lock in a multi‐trip travel insurance policy to cover you for everything you intend to do on your trip. It could save you in the long run!
- Fly indirect. Travellers can make big savings on flight prices if they’re prepared to go the long way around.
- Mix and match your flights – fly out to your destination with one airline, and back with another from a different airport – to nab the best deal.
- Walk away from the main tourist areas to find accommodation or an authentic meal with the added bonus of cheaper prices.
- Use apps and websites at your destination to score deals like a local, from discounted attraction tickets to happy hours.
To search for flights, hotels or hire cars, visit Cheapflights.com.au.