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7 Boxing Day hotel deals that’ll really make your “stay”

Posted: 24 December 2020 10:38 am

You'll be singing with up to 40% off your dream holiday accommodation.

Whether it's a dorm in a hostel where you can mingle with fellow travellers or a spa room with a balcony for you and your loved one, Boxing Day sales can secure you your perfect stay for less.

To save you from having to search each and every site, we've rounded up our picks of the best hotel deals making the rounds right now and all through Boxing Day.

So you can rest easy knowing you haven't paid a cent more than you have to for your big break.

1. Wotif: Up to 40% off hotel stays across Australia

Wotif has pulled out a cracker of a sale. Most stays are 20% off but look carefully and you'll find a few stunners at a whopping 40% off.

All discounts are for local trips with the best buy being the Coral Tree Inn in Cairns where rooms start from $91 a night.

This is closely followed by Mansi on Raymond in Sale, Victoria which is discounted by 30% off.

The best bit? Travel is available from 20 December 2020 until 31 March 2021, which takes in those blissful summer holiday dates. Get cracking before someone else books your spot.

  • Why we rate this sale: It includes dates in the Christmas school break. A word of warning, some accommodation comes with blackout dates which are likely to sit around that hot Christmas long weekend. Keep an open mind and you can still score a bargain over this period, though.
  • What are the travel dates? 20 December 2020 - 31 March 2021.
  • When do I need to book by? 27 December 2020.

Book your stay through Wotif

2. HotelsCombined: Up to 40% off Queensland hotels

Queensland is home to some of the most popular summer destinations in the nation. Which is little surprise considering it's got sunshine, beaches and family-friendly activities by the buckets full.

Whether you're eyeing a trip to the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast, HotelsCombined has earlybird specials that'll keep that budget at bay.

Love a big discount? Artique in Surfers Paradise, Qube Broadbeach and Synergy Broadbeach all have rooms at 40% off.

  • Why we rate this sale: It features 4-star hotels with ocean view rooms at up to 40% off. Time to treat yourself? We think so!
  • What are the travel dates? Now until 17 September 2021.
  • When do I need to book by? 28 January 2020.

Book your stay through HotelsCombined

Surfers Paradise skyline

3. Oaks Hotels and Resorts: Save up to 30%, book now pay later, get free cancellation and free Wi-Fi

For a smattering of extras, Oaks has you covered. Not only will you score 30% off your Australia or New Zealand accommodation, book during the summer sale and you'll also score free cancellation, Wi-Fi and the option to book now and pay later.

To get this you will have to join the Oaks Discovery program. On the upside, this is absolutely free to do.

  • Why we rate this sale: We love the extra flexibility of being able to cancel without penalty and not having to put forward any money to make a booking.
  • What are the travel dates? Stay by 30 June 2021.
  • When do I need to book by? 31 January 2021.

Book your stay at Oaks Hotels and Resorts

4. Expedia: Save up to 20% off domestic accommodation

Staycation on your mind? Take your pick of some of the topmost stays across the nation for less.

Most come with free cancellation – because plans do change and flexibility is king.

Some of the top hotels flaunting this discount are QT Perth, Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore and Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough.

Bookmark it: This sale runs from 26-27 December 2020.

  • Why we rate this sale: It's a flat 20% off and includes brand-name hotels.
  • What are the travel dates? 26 December 2020 - 31 March 2021.
  • When do I need to book by? 27 December 2020.

Book your stay through Expedia

5. Booking.com: 20%+ off accommodation Australia-wide

Booking.com has not one but TWO deals running over Boxing Day making it an extra merry one, indeed.

The first is for Christmas bookings with at least 15% off accommodation for stays from now until 4 January 2021. Could you score the New Year's Eve deal of the year?

The second is for trips in the first quarter of the new year. Specifically between 5 January and 31 March 2021. Being a quieter travel period, the savings are even better with 20% MORE off your accommodation.

  • Why we rate this sale: It includes Christmas and New Year travel. Who said you can't book a last-minute festive break for cheap?
  • What are the travel dates? Now until 4 January for 15% off or 5 January-31 March for 20%+ off.
  • When do I need to book by? The 15% off sale ends on 4 January while the 20% off sale ends 31 March 2021.

Book your stay through Booking.com

Bungalows on Hamilton Island.

6. Hamilton Island: Stay for five nights, pay for four

You don't have to venture far to find a little piece of paradise. Part of the breathtaking Whitsundays, Hamilton Island is the thing of dreams. It has beaches, resort accommodation, seafood platters and that laid-back island lifestyle.

Bring your lover, bring your family or merely treat yourself to a solo getaway.

Afterall you're looking at 20% off when you stay five nights (worth it) as you'll only have to pay for four. Plus, you'll get breakfast daily, return airport transfers, free Wi-Fi and $150 in resort credit on selected travel dates.

  • Why we rate this sale: Truth be told, a stay on this resort island isn't cheap so anytime you can save a little green on accommodation is a win.
  • What are the travel dates? 9 January-21 February 2021, 24 February-9 March 2021, 11-21 March 2021, 23 March-4 May 2021 and 6 May-25 June 2021.
  • When do I need to book by? 31 December 2020.

Book your stay at Hamilton Island

7. Trip.com: Up to 50% off hotels worldwide

Anyone dreaming of an international trip can start making it a reality for up to half the price with Trip.com's worldwide deals. Hotels from Thailand to Vietnam, China to Singapore are on sale with dates well into 2021.

As the international travel ban is still in place, look out for hotels with free cancellation (there are heaps) so if we're not given the green light in time you can cancel without penalty.

  • Why we rate this sale: 50% off is nothing to sneeze at. Trip.com also has flights and tour tickets on sale so you can book more of your holiday in one place.
  • What are the travel dates? Various 2021.
  • When do I need to book by? 3 January 2021.

Book your stay through Trip.com

The Flynn, Crystalbrook Collection, Cairns

8. Luxury Escapes: Best deals of 2020

Thought hotel sales were reserved for rooms and hotels that nobody wants to book? Think again! Luxury Escapes is turning this notion on its head with its Best Is Back sale.

That's all the best (read, most popular) deals of the year back for a limited time. Woohoo!

Here are the highlights: 5-Star Crown Metropol Melbourne escape with breakfast and valet parking for 2 nights for $499 per room, 5-star Cairns Flynn, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel with $150 food and drinks voucher, room upgrade and negroni on arrival for 3 nights from $549 per room and Blue Mountains MGallery by Sofitel with daily breakfast, room upgrade and bottle of wine for 2 nights from $429 per room.

  • Why we rate this sale: It's all about the most popular stays, which means fantastic accommodation at bargain prices. Treat yourself.
  • What are the travel dates? Various 2021 dates
  • When do I need to book by? 6 January 2021.

Book your stay through Luxury Escapes

Boxing Day is finally here. If you want more travel bargains, check out the latest travel deals and flight sales.

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