Cheap Christmas flights to London for 2018: Hot tips and tricks for cheap holiday trips

Spend Christmas in the dazzling lights of London’s decorated holiday streets.

London’s streets transform during the holiday season to create picturesque memories for a trip to remember.

Whether you’re visiting London to enjoy some holiday spirit, to visit family or to experience a white Christmas for the first time, you’re going to want to save on these long-haul flights.

There is no need to worry about price as we share our best tips for knocking off hundreds of dollars on round-trip flights to London during the bustling holiday season.

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

For the best savings, book in July. Booking three months in advance of any flight to London saves up to 4% on flights compared to the rest of the year. If you’ve missed this boat, booking later, around three weeks in advance can still save you a fair bit.

The first week of December has excellent departure prices with the cheapest being on the 8 of December.

Those spending Christmas in London can opt to return to Australia from the 25-27 of December for great flight deals. Prices peak after New Year’s but start to fall from 15 January onward.

Tips and tricks to getting cheap Christmas flights to London

These top tips will help you save bundles of money to use in London instead of in the air.

Fly into a neighbouring city. London can often be cheap to fly into but cities such as Paris are usually the cheapest. Instead of booking a flight to London from Australia, book one to Paris and then fly to London from Paris on budget airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet or take the Eurostar train for a quick and easy transfer.

Look to alternate airlines. Skip the popular airlines such as British Airways and Qantas to save big with more cost-effective airlines such as Asiana Airlines or China Eastern Airlines. A flight with one of these airlines can save you up to $600.

Take the long layover. Choose flights that have longer layovers and your savings could be huge. For example, at the time of writing, a flight from Sydney to London with a 19-hour layover in South Korea is $1,000 cheaper than a trip with a 50-minute layover in Singapore.

Fly on public holidays. If you’re not picky about having to celebrate Christmas Day or New Year’s Day on land, opt to fly on these days to save up to $100.

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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