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December 21, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Still dreaming about a Christmas getaway, but fear the flights might be a squeeze on the bank account? The experts at KAYAK.com.au, the world’s leading travel search engine, has analysed data from millions of searches, to help budding travellers still yet to book a Christmas escape and bag the best bargain, based on average YoY decrease in flight prices.

The findings revealed Bangkok, Singapore, New Delhi and Los Angeles are among the highest ranking destinations experiencing a decrease in average flight prices each year* – meaning there is still time to book an international getaway this Christmas! 

Topping the list is Thailand’s bustling capital, Bangkok – during the Christmas period, based on YoY average price, Bangkok has recorded a decrease in flight prices of up to 13%; representing potential savings of up to hundreds of dollars on a return economy airfare. 

Not far behind is London, Singapore, Phuket and New Delhi, proving that often a connecting route can still offer great value for a holiday getaway. 

Robin Chiang, Country Head of KAYAK, Australia, says “The good news is that it’s not too late to grab a bargain and wake up somewhere exotic on Christmas Day. We’ve done the maths and some of our most popular attractions year round, such as Bangkok, have recorded consistent decrease in average flight costs during the Christmas period.” 

“We encourage keen travellers on the lookout for the cheapest airfares to set up a KAYAK Price Alert on your preferred flight routes and KAYAK will notify you when the ticket price changes. Our users can also take advantage of our Price Forecast tool, which recommends whether you  should book now or wait based on our proprietary data of over a billion flight searches.”

“Our Hotel Heat Map also helps travellers to see the most popular areas for sightseeing, eating, nightlife and shopping at any destination in relation to your hotel’s location; ideal for the peak tourist time during Christmas travel.” 

Top Christmas holiday destinations of Australian travellers 

Ranking

Destination

Change  in YoY search volume

Change  in YoY flight price

Best weekday to depart (all year round)

1

London

+11%

-6%

Thu – Wed

2

Tokyo

+8%

-2%

Tue – Wed

3

Auckland

+7%

+2%

Sat – Wed

4

Los Angeles

-17%

+3%

Tue – Tue

5

New Delhi

-1%

-6%

Mon – Mon

 In addition to the top five destinations, other popular international destinations for travel during the Christmas break include Singapore, Colombo, Bangkok and Mumbai.

For domestic travel during the holidays, the Gold Coast has topped the list, noting an average increase of 45% YoY but still boasts competitive flight prices with only a 2% YoY increase. Meanwhile, Sydney and Perth have recorded the biggest increase in flight prices proving them as the most popular destinations to celebrate Christmas with family or friends. 

Ranking

Destination

Change in YoY search volume

Change in YoY average flight price

1

Gold Coast

45%

-2%

2

Sydney

-30%

22%

3

Hobart

-17%

6%

4

Melbourne

31%

4%

5

Perth

-14%

19%

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