Boxing Day sales 2017: Travel deal predictions

Posted: 19 December 2017 12:43 pm


What big travel deals are happening on Boxing Day this year?

We're a week from Boxing Day and if you're deal hunters like us, you'll know that's the day when some of the biggest sales of the year happen.

Renowned for being an "in shop" sale day, these days it's all about online with everything from holiday packages, local experiences and airfares hitting the discount racks.

So what should you put off buying until the big day, travel-wise? While we can't tell you 100% what's available and what's not, we have a pretty good inkling based on what went down last Boxing Day, which booking agents participated in this year's big sales events and our own special travel-deals senses. Because that's a thing. Here are our predictions:

Flights: Domestic airfares for pocket-change

Airfares don't tend to go on sale during big sales events but Boxing Day is an exception. Last year, the big four Aussie airlines all got involved with Jetstar selling $25 flights, Virgin Australia taking up to 40% off #matesrates flights and Qantas selling tickets for $89 each way.

This year, we expect all four to be participating as well as other popular airlines that fly to Australia such as Scoot and Air New Zealand.

Hotels: Up to 40% off stays

Chains and booking sites are going to give the big chop this year. In fact, many of them have already started with Millennium Hotels and Resorts currently offering up to 40% off Thai resorts, Travelodge boasting 10% off select hotels and taking $40 off select stays.

We're anticipating more big names to join the list, so if you've booked your flight but not your stay you might like to hold off until 26 December to see if you can upgrade your accommodation on discount.

Tours: Up to 30% off tours worldwide

From tour companies like G Adventures and Intrepid to tour booking sites like TourRadar, these names are notorious for hopping onto a good sale when it comes around.

G Adventures has already jumped the gun with 30% off select tours on sale until 31 December. Likely, others will follow.

Cruises: $1 deposits and discounted sailings

$1 deposits, discounted sailings, free on-board credit and upgrades are standards when it comes to a great cruise sale.

P&O is already deep into its Christmas sale, which runs until 13 February and features $1 deposits and up to $500 in on board credit. Similarly, Princess has three "extras" for free available on select cruises on bookings until February.

With cruise sales running until February already, it's unlikely too many cruise lines will be hosting a bespoke Boxing Day sale, though these sales are available on Boxing Day, so we reckon that counts for something.

Keep on top of the Boxing Day sales as they come in via our Boxing Day travel deals page. Or sign up to our newsletter below to have them delivered direct to your inbox.

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