How to find cheap flights to Australia
Ah, Australia: land of endless beaches, vibrant cities and spectacular wine. Here's our guide to finding cheap flights to the Land Down Under, whether you're up for climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge or heading below sea level to check out the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.
1. Be savvy about when you book
As we all know too well, flight prices go up and down more than the actual planes do. We've put together a handy tool to decipher the best time to book your flight to try and get the lowest possible price. As a general rule, that's seven weeks in advance. But if you're wanting something a little more specific, check out Skyscanner's 'best time to book tool. This new interactive feature allows you to search from the top 10 most popular UK cities to multiple popular destinations. Handy if you're wanting to save your pennies for beers on Bondi Beach. In fact, any of these Instagram-worthy Australian beaches will do us just fine.
2. Try travelling during the low season
It's usually more expensive to travel to Australia in December and January, since it's winter here and summer there. Everybody wants to chase the sunshine, but it comes with a handsome premium. Usually, the cheapest time to visit is April to June (autumn and winter on the other side of the equator).
3. Be flexible
If you're flexible about where you fly from and to, it could save you a lot of money in the long run. Use Skyscanner's flight search tool and search 'from UK to Australia'. It might mean you travelling to a different city to fly from, but you might end up saving a small fortune. And that's money you can spend in the Land Down Under. Similarly, you could try being flexible about which destination in Australia you fly to. It's a pretty country, alright, no matter where you land. Just check out these inspirational pictures if you don't believe us.
4. Bust out the air miles
How's your credit score? If it's in good shape, you can apply for an airline credit card, and earn some air miles (also known as Avios points). You can then redeem these against your flight to Oz. For more air mile hacks, see our six steps to supercharge your frequent flyer balance.
5. Let your inbox do the work
Skyscanner Price Alerts keep you updated on any fare changes, so you can pounce on a cheap deal to Oz when you see one. You can also sign up to email alerts from your preferred airlines. ON Tuesday afternoons, most airlines will know if their weekend flights are fully booked. If not, subscribers sometimes get slashed prices on seats. Cut-price flight to Sydney, anyone?
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*Published March 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices at the time of publication, and are subject to change and/or availability.