6 best travel deals this Boxing Day 2017

Stephanie Yip 26 December 2017 NEWS

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We handpick the hottest travel deals on sale right now.

The Boxing Day sales have landed. Repeat. The Boxing Day sales have landed!

For avid travellers seeking to book out their 2018 annual leave with discounted travel worldwide, there's more than a sweet handful of holiday deals to take advantage of today.

Think $29 domestic airfares, up to 50% off local experiences and up to 45% off cruises to get your imagination running.

We called out a few of them in our predictions piece last week but we didn't anticipate so many juicy deals. There are literally hundreds to choose from and most are only available for 48-72 hours, so if you want to skip the line to score only the best look below for our picks of the crop.

Happy holidays!

Jetstar: Flights from $29

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What's the deal? Over 300 domestic and overseas flights across the entire Jetstar network are on sale. Fares start from $29 each way across Australia and from $99 each way on international flights.

Sample fares include Adelaide to Melbourne flights from $29, Sydney to Melbourne flights from $29, Launceston to Melbourne from $35 and the Gold Coast to Sydney from $39, Perth, Cairns or Darwin to Bali from $99, Darwin to Singapore from $109, Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City from $189 and Sydney to Phuket from $225. All are one way fares.

Sale ends 28 December.

Why we love this deal:

  • With over 300 routes on sale, you can go virtually anywhere.
  • Flights take off from all across Australia.
  • To book: Visit Skyscanner.
  • Want it cheaper? Visit Flight Centre as it price matches and beats competing fares by $1.

Flight Centre: Worldwide flights from $238 return

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What's the deal? Flight Centre has rounded up the best deals on its site across domestic and international breaks to bring us the best it has to offer. Sample flights include Perth to Singapore from $238, Brisbane to Christchurch from $394, Brisbane to Beijing from $539, Sydney to Tokyo from $647 and Sydney to Santiago fro $1,065 return.

All are roundtrip fares with various airlines and for various travel dates.

Sale ends 3 January.

Why we love this deal:

  • Flight Centre has a price match guarantee, so if you find a cheaper price they'll match it and take $1 off!
  • Flights take off from all across Australia.
  • Discounts apply to economy, premium economy and business class fares.
  • To book: Visit Flight Centre

RedBalloon: Up to 50% off sitewide

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What's the deal? The local experience experts RedBalloon are hosting a "treat yo'self" Boxing Day sale, letting you get in on the action for up to half the price.

Whether you're pining for adventure on a helicopter ride around the harbour or wining and dining at the finest restaurants in town, there are steals to be had today.

Sale ends 2 January.

Why we love this deal:

  • 500+ experiences on sale.
  • Forgot that Christmas gift? This is your chance to buy one on the fly and for half the price.
  • To book/buy: Visit RedBalloon

Up 45% off sailings with Royal Caribbean

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What's the deal? Wave season has come early with cruise lines picking up the pace with sales on sails. (There's a mouthful.) One of the biggest bargains comes from Royal Caribbean with up to 45% off cabins on departures from 1 January 2018.

There are over 70+ itineraries available to choose from, all departing from Sydney, but if you don't like the sound of that, P&O also has a deal featuring $1 deposits and up to $400 in on board credit while Princess is flaunting free upgrades, up to $285 free on board credit and fine dining options.

Why we love this deal:

  • It's on journeys throughout 2018, so you can go as soon or as far into the future as you like.
  • At up to 45% off, you're looking at savings by the bucketful.

Hotels.com: Up to 70% off hotels

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What’s the deal? Book your next stay for a fraction of the price with hotels.com. It has select accommodation worldwide on sale at up to 60% off.

The biggest savings are on stays in Asia with Bangkok hotels at up to 70% off and Pattaya hotels at up to 56% off. In the US, you're looking to save up to 50% off Honolulu stays and Europe has up to 40% off Rome accommodation.

Why we love this deal:

  • Hotels.com has one of the widest ranges of hotel offerings online and discounts are on stays in some of the world's most popular cities.
  • This is a 24-hour blowout sale. Don't miss it.
  • To book: Visit Hotels.com

Hertz: 26% off car hire

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What’s the deal? To celebrate Boxing Day AKA 26 December, Hertz is playing the numbers game by offering 26% off car hire for rentals booked today only.

Hire is valid for travel between 2 January and 10 December 2018 all across Australia.

This deal ends at 11:59pm AEDT on 27 December.

Why we love this deal:

  • You can book roadtrip after roadtrip throughout 2018, including over public holidays, at a discount.
  • It's a flat-out discount with no minimum spend, only that you need to hire the car for a minimum of 1 day and a maximum of 28.
  • To book: Visit Hertz

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