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Cheap Christmas flights to Asia for 2018

We found cheap Christmas fares to Asia from as low as $308 return.

Whether you plan to meet your loved ones or spend a few days holidaying in Asia, Christmas provides the much-needed break from routine.

As you are not the only person flying to Asia during the Christmas holidays, prices can rise to as much as twice the regular fares during the Christmas week.

This guide can help you find out how you can travel to Asia during Christmas without paying peak prices.


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Latest flight deals to Asia over Christmas

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Thailand flights from $495 return

Valid for travel from December 2018 - January 2019, including over Christmas and New Year. Destinations include Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai and more. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Bangkok.

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China flights from $491 return

Valid for travel from December 2018 - January 2019, including over Christmas and New Year. Destinations include Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and more. Sample fare is Cairns-Xi An.

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Hong Kong flights from $540 return

Valid for travel from December 2018 - January 2019, including over Christmas. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Hong Kong.

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Singapore flights from $446 return

Valid for travel from December 2018 - January 2019, including over Christmas. Sample fare is Darwin-Singapore.

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Bali flights from $308 return

Valid for travel from December 2018 - January 2019, including over Christmas and New Year. Sample fare is from Darwin-Bali.

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Premium economy flights from $1,905 return

Valid for travel until 30 June 2019. Sample fare is Perth-Tokyo. Booking must be made 50 days in advance. Destinations include New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Vancouver, Toronto, China, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Amsterdam, Barcelona and more.

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International flights from $242 return

Valid for travel on select dates. Sample fare is Perth-Bali. Destinations include London, Dublin, Rome, Seoul, Los Angeles, Langkawi, Colombo, Singapore and more.

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When's the best time to book Christmas flights to Asia?

The best time to book a Christmas flight depends on the destination you are flying to and from, but the general interval for getting a good deal is three to six months prior to the trip.

If you are travelling to Bali from Sydney, you’ll score the biggest savings (up to 6%) when you book a Christmas flight in June. If you fly from Melbourne, discounts are as high as 8%.

For a flight to Singapore, reservations in June and July get you up to 10% discounts from both Sydney and Melbourne.

According to Skyscanner Best Time to Book tool, the situation is more complicated with Christmas flights to Seoul, South Korea. If you book your flight from Sydney in September, you save up to 12%. If you book too early, you might miss out on savings with flights purchased in July only saving you up to 6%.

There is a steep increase in prices in the third and fourth weeks of December. If you are on a long trip and have the flexibility, try booking flights to Asia on or before the second week of December and return on or after New Year’s Day.


Tips and tricks to getting cheap Christmas flights to Asia

Follow these steps to increase your chances of getting an affordable deal:

  • Choose one-stop flights: If you are willing to sacrifice half a day on a stopover for a much cheaper flight, you might consider choosing one-stop flights over direct ones. For example, at the time of writing, the cheapest direct flight to Beijing one week before Christmas and coming back after New Year's is $1,497. On the other hand, if you choose to book a Hainan Airlines flight stopping in Changsha, you can get a ticket for just $814.
  • Prefer lower cost airlines: You can cut your flight expenses in half if you combine the one-stop journeys with lower cost airlines. Jetstar, Scoot, AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Vietnam Airlines, Capital Airlines and China Eastern Airlines are cheaper alternatives to Qantas, Virgin Australia and Etihad.
  • Pick the secondary airport: Perhaps you've never considered it, but sometimes flying from a secondary airport is the key to finding a low-cost flight. Dare to get on a plane at that small airport you never thought of. For example, the cheapest direct flight from Sydney to Tokyo from 18 December to 2 January costs $1,730 to Narita Airport (77km from Tokyo) on ANA. On the other hand, the cheapest direct flight to Tokyo’s primary airport, Haneda, is priced at $1,744 for the same day.

Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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