Book your Christmas travel early! Tips for scoring cheaper flights over Christmas

Hello my lovely readers, I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week so far – down here in Melbourne the weather is starting to warm up and the days are starting to get longer, the countdown to summer holidays is officially on!

It’s less than fifteen weeks until Christmas (not that I am counting or anything) and if you are like me and like to jet off on holidays in the summer holidays, you should starting looking and booking asap.

For those that are not regular readers (welcome if you are new!) my partner Dave is from Auckland, New Zealand and we live together in Melbourne, Australia. This year we will be heading back to New Zealand for a few weeks over summer, Dave’s sister is getting married there in January so I am super excited to go to my first overseas wedding!

It’s no secret that Christmas is one of the hottest times of year for people to travel. It’s also no secret that it’s one of the most expensive times to travel!

We booked our flights a few weeks ago and they were already starting to get a little expensive. I really recommend, especially for New Zealand travel over Christmas that you get on to it earlier than later. Last Christmas we booked flights to Auckland pretty late, we booked in November for a December flight and paid upwards of $1200 for two people because of the peak season, this year though we have booked early and managed to find flights with Jetstar and Air New Zealand for under $800 for two people.

While we are in Auckland for a few weeks I’m going to be putting together an Auckland travel guide and collate all my favourite places to go, see, eat and explore – stay tuned!

Here’s some other tips for scoring cheaper flights over Christmas:

1. Avoid flying on weekends if you can. I often find that flights can be significantly cheaper on week days instead of weekend.

2. Make sure you are registered for rewards points. We often fly with Air New Zealand and Emirates and I’ve made sure we are signed up to their reward programs. Reward programs allow you to accumulate points that you can trade for upgrades and flights!

3. Use different search engines like SkyScanner or Webjet instead of just going direct to the airline. You might find a cheaper deal for the dates you are looking at travelling!

4. Mix and match. Like I mentioned above, we will be flying with both Jetstar and Air New Zealand this time because it was going to be the cheapest and best option for us (and we are in saving mode for more travel next year!).

5. Don’t pay for baggage if you don’t need it. This time around, Dave and I have not purchased check-in baggage, we are only going for a few weeks so carry-on luggage will be more than enough!

6. Consider flying back in mid-January. People flying out before Christmas Day will most likely be flying back just after New Year’s. You can try to avoid flights in the week following New Year’s Day to cash in on the cheaper fares that may follow.

Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway
Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway

Shannon is a travel and lifestyle writer with a keen taste for global adventure – whether it be snorkeling in the waters of Fiji, or exploring the art and architecture of Barcelona. When Melbourne calls her back home, she spends most of her time exploring and planning weekend road trips. To fund all of her trips, Shannon is a freelance writer and marketer – she was named the Australian Young Marketer of the year in 2017!

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