Check out these handy tricks to get cheap tickets to Melbourne for the holidays.
Melbourne is one of the most popular cities to visit in Australia year round, and Christmas is no exception.
Whether you’re flying over to catch up with family and friends or are taking a well-deserved break, memories and festivities await you this December.
Travelling over the Christmas holiday period can be hectic and pricey, but it doesn’t have to be overpriced. These easy tips and tricks will help you save extra cash that you can use for gifts instead of flights.
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When’s the best time to book Christmas flights to Melbourne?
For Christmas flights from Sydney to Melbourne. Aim to book four months in advance (September) for savings of up to 11%. Booking in August, just a month earlier, could mean slightly less savings at 8% off while booking just three months in advance in October can award you with savings of up to 7%.
Departure flight prices jump up and down throughout the month but flying on the 3, 5 or 10 of December can provide you with the best savings. Return flights double in price the week after Christmas so fly between the 26 and 28 of December or after 15 January for the best prices.
For Christmas flights from Brisbane to Melbourne. If you book four to five months in advance (August or September). By booking this early, you can enjoy savings of up to 13%. Book a month later in October and those savings drop to 5%.
Book a departure flight anytime between the 1 and 20 of December but avoid the 2 and 15 of December when prices slightly peak, likely due to their proximity to the weekend.
After Christmas, flight prices rise and remain high with the cheapest return date being 31 January.
For Christmas flights from Adelaide to Melbourne. Flights have savings of up to 18% when you book four months in advance (September). Book in July or August and your savings will be up to 10%.
You can score a super deal on departure flights between the 7 and 13 of December and on the 19 of December. Return flights after Christmas are cheapest on the 28 and 29 of December.
For Christmas flights from Perth to Melbourne. Book six or three months in advance for savings of up to 10% off flight prices. Book five months in advance in August and you can save up to 8%.
The cheapest departure dates are between the 3 and 8 of December, but you can also find great savings between the 1 and 17 of December. Flights home rise after Christmas but are best on the 25 and 31 December.
Tips and tricks to getting cheap Christmas flights to Melbourne
Find domestic flights for budget prices with these quick and easy tips.
Fly on budget airlines. It is easy to book a flight when you see a cheaper price on airlines such as Jetstar and Tigerair, but make sure you don’t check too much luggage as fees are based on weight for budget airlines. If you are carrying plenty of gifts for the holiday season, it’s worth comparing other airlines such as Qantas and Virgin Australia that don’t charge for your initial luggage.
Don’t wait to book. If you see a great price on a flight during the holiday season, it is best to book as soon as possible. Peak season sale flights sell out quickly and prices increase as it gets closer to the holiday season.
Make comparison tools work in your favour. Sites like Skyscanner offer tools that allow you to check and compare prices through the entire month. Take a look to see if changing your departure or return date by even a day could save you money. Sometimes flight prices differ by as much as $100.