Treat yourself to a European Christmas holiday or visit family and friends without breaking the bank.
Long-haul flights from Australia to Europe can be expensive, but we’re sharing the best tips for finding the cheapest flights to Europe so you can spend your money on your holiday, souvenirs and Christmas gifts.
You won’t need luck to find cheap flights with these tips, but we’ll send luck your way for a white Christmas in Europe.
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When’s the best time to book Christmas flights to Europe?
The best time to book flights to Europe for the Christmas holidays is six months in advance, in July and August. This is when the sales start to appear. By booking this far in advance, you can save up to 5% on your flight.
But don’t worry if you’re not ready to book quite yet or you’ve missed this window of opportunity – you’ll still save up to 3% when you book as late as September.
When choosing departure dates, you’ll find flying out in the first week of December will give you affordable fares. The cheapest day to fly out is 8 December.
You’ll find some of the cheaper fares back to Australia on 27–29 December. Though, if you plan to spend New Year’s in Europe as well, keep in mind that prices peak after 1 January and to cash in on the bargain flights, you’ll need to fly back on New Year’s Day or on or after 15 January for extra savings.
Tips and tricks to getting cheap Christmas flights to Europe
These quick tips will save you hundreds of dollars flying to Europe.
- Fly to the cheapest city: Choose to fly into one of the cheaper cities in Europe and you could save yourself hundreds of dollars. According to Cheap Flights , Paris, Rome, Milan and Barcelona generally boast cheaper flights.
- Choose cheaper airlines: Many of the most popular airlines such as Emirates, Qantas and British Airways are often the most expensive. Opt to fly with airlines such as China Eastern or China Southern Airlines for extra savings. For example, a flight on China Eastern versus Qantas could save you up to $670.
- Spend the time not the cash: If you have time on your hands you can save bundles. The difference between a flight with longer layovers or more stops from Sydney to Paris can mean a difference of $500 or more. Browsing through Skyscanner can help show you which are the cheapest, fastest and best-buy flights available for your travel dates.
- Airline hop: If you need to get to one of Europe’s more expensive cities to fly into, you don’t need to sacrifice your hard-earned cash. Choose a long-haul flight to one of the cheaper cities such as Paris or Rome then hop onto a budget airline in Europe to get you to more expensive cities such as Venice or Copenhagen. You can find cheap flights on European budget airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet, though bear in mind you may need to add luggage to your fare.