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Revealed: cheapest long-haul flight routes to banish the January blues 🌴

Christmas is over and summer is still miles away. Yep, it’s Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year. That's probably why it's also the second busiest day of the year for holiday planning. After all, having a dream getaway to look forward to can really help lift those dark, January clouds.

It might also make you smile to find out that heading off on a long-haul adventure this year doesn’t have to be super expensive. We’ve delved into our flight data to find the cheapest long-haul routes per mile. Yep, this article is literally all about how far your money can take you!

Beaches and blue skies in Bali


Known for its incredible sandy beaches, gorgeous temples and laid-back beach culture, Bali Denpasar is a must-hit spot on any Southeast Asian itinerary. It’s also leading the way in terms of bargain long-haul destinations, appearing twice in the top three cheapest routes per mile.

Browse flights to Bali Denpasar 🏝

Cosmopolitan culture in Manila

From the soaring skyscrapers of Makati to the quaint Spanish colonial architecture of Intramuros, Manila a real cultural mish-mash: and seriously underrated too. With a few flight routes to Manila in our top ten, now is the time to discover this Filipino gem.

Browse flights to Manila 🏙

Adventure and awesome eats in Auckland

Another city you’ll spot a few times in our top ten is Auckland, New Zealand’s most cosmopolitan city. Nature lovers will enjoy hiking on the volcanic Rangitoto Island, while daredevils will appreciate the chance to bungee jump from Sky Tower: the views of the harbour are amazing, even if you decide not to leap.

Browse flights to Auckland 🥝

So without further ado, these are our…

Top 10 cheapest long-haul flight routes for 2019 based on cost per mile

FromToAverage Flight PriceDistance (miles)Price per mile 
LondonBali (Denpasar)£828.007,76510p
LondonCebu£796.007,03211p
ManchesterBali (Denpasar)£894.007,81411p
LondonOakland£616.005,36311p
LondonAuckland£1,315.0011,38911p
LondonChristchurch£1,368.0011,78612p
LondonJakarta£851.007,27812p
ManchesterManila£788.006,67512p
LondonManila£794.006,67812p
ManchesterAuckland£1,343.0011,27412p

Don’t believe us? Check out these deals 👇

London Heathrow to Bali (Depansar) from £339

Per adult (economy return). 59% lower than average flight price. Departing on 2 June, returning on 16 June.

London Heathrow to Cebu from £559

Per adult (economy return). 30% lower than average flight price. Departing 14th March, returning on 30th March.

London Gatwick to Oakland from £270

Per adult (economy return). 56% lower than average flight price. Departing on 19th February, returning on 28th February.

Manchester to Manila from £418

Per adult (economy return).  47% lower than average flight price. Departing on 21st May, returning on 28th May.

Manchester to Bali (Depansar) from £493

Per adult (economy return). 45% lower than average flight price. Departing on 9th September,  returning on 22nd September.

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You’ll always find the cheapest long-haul flights with Skyscanner

Whether you’re heading to the states, down under or along the backpacker trail in Southeast Asia, you’ll always find the best deals on flights with our handy search tools:

👉 Flexible? Use the whole month view to find the cheapest prices

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👉 Willing to travel? Add nearby airports to your search and find lower prices from other airports nearby

👉 Need inspiration? Use our map view to find flights to destinations around the globe.

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So now you know the cheapest long-haul destinations – and how to find the cheapest flights to them – where will 2019 take you?

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All flight prices were correct at time of searching on Monday 21st January 2019. Deals are subject to availability, and prices may fluctuate.