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Cheap Christmas flights to the UK

The ins and outs of getting cheap flights to the UK for Christmas.

Thinking of heading home for the holidays? Maybe you want to catch up with family and friends who have taken off for the UK? Or perhaps you’re just simply imagining that fairytale white Christmas?

Whatever the case, a trip to the UK over the peak Christmas season doesn’t have to be an expensive one that will have you gritting your teeth while paying.

With the right know-how, deals and timing, you can snatch up a cheap Christmas flight in time to catch the carollers and, with luck, a healthy snowfall.


Deals on Christmas flights to UK

Store Discount Expiration Description Last verified Redeem
Skiddoo Skiddoo
London flights from $1,034 return Valid on select flights. Sample fare is available from Melbourne.

Last verified 7 Mar 2017

Up to 12% off Qatar Airways flights

Coupon code expires 31 Jul 2017

Valid for travel from 29 June 2017 - 31 March 2018. Departs from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Perth. Destinations include London, Rome, Paris and more.

Last verified 12 Jul 2017

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When’s the best time to book Christmas flights to the UK?

The best time to book flights to the UK for Christmas is from March to May because this is when airlines tend to offer early bird sales on Christmas and New Year flights.

The biggest savings to London generally appear around six months prior to departure, but if you’ve missed this window, don’t despair. Airlines often have sales throughout the year and even feature last-minute deals if you’re willing to take the risk.

If you’re not willing to risk a potential flight price rise, then generally the earlier you book the better.

According to Skyscanner Best Time to Book tool, you can still save up to 3% off flights to London up to four months prior to flying.

If you want to spend the whole Christmas period in the UK, we've found that fares tend to be cheaper if you depart on 12 December or earlier. Return fares start to cheapen from 3 January onward.


Tips and tricks to getting cheap Christmas flights to UK

Can’t find a price that suits your budget? Simple ways you can get there for less include:

  • Fly out on Christmas Day or New Year's Day: The major holiday dates are renowned for being the most unappealing dates to fly, so they often sport cheaper fares – even up to the last minute. If you’re not picky about having to be home by Christmas Day, this is a good option to keep your ticket price down.
  • Choose to multi-stop: Direct flights are hot property over Christmas so prices skyrocket. If you don’t mind longer journeys and potentially long stopovers, you can find fares at a fraction of the cost of a direct flight. Cheap Flights breaks your options down well, detailing the cheapest flights and best direct flights for your dates. The site also highlights the smartest flights for you, with the best combination of flight time and price.
  • Fly on a more “budget” airline: Multiple airlines fly from Australia to London, including Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways. While these are more luxurious, you do pay for that comfort. Airlines such as China Airlines and China Eastern aren’t as prestigious but often get you there for less.
  • Try the budget airline hack: Bump your way to the UK on two budget airlines, booking each separately. It’s possible to save on costs by combining a cheap Scoot flight from Australia to Singapore with one of the low-cost flights between Singapore and London now being offered by Norwegian.

Top flight deals to the UK

Store Discount Expiration Description Last verified Redeem
London flights from $898 return

Deal expires 22 Jul 2017

Valid for travel from 3-14 November 2017. Sample fare is Melbourne-London.

Last verified 19 Jul 2017

Europe flights from $1,141 return

Deal expires 23 Jul 2017

Valid on select dates. Destinations include Dublin, Munich, London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris. Sample fare is Perth-Dublin.

Last verified 18 Jul 2017

London flights from $1,397 return

Deal expires 9 Aug 2017

Valid for travel until October 2017. Sample fare is Sydney-London.

Last verified 18 Jul 2017

London flights from $1,389 return with Qantas

Deal expires 31 Jul 2017

Valid for travel between 23 October - 22 November 2017 or 5 February - 20 March 2018. Sample fare is Sydney-London.

Last verified 18 Jul 2017

Up to 12% off Qatar Airways flights

Coupon code expires 31 Jul 2017

Valid for travel from 29 June 2017 - 31 March 2018. Departs from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Perth. Destinations include London, Rome, Paris and more.

Last verified 12 Jul 2017

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Europe flights from $1,444 return

Deal expires 5 Aug 2017

Valid on select dates. Destinations include Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona, London, Dublin, Milan, Copenhagen, Oslo, Manchester and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Barcelona.

Last verified 11 Jul 2017

Skiddoo Skiddoo
London flights from $1,121 return

Deal expires 30 Aug 2017

Valid for travel between 29 October - 8 November 2017 from Sydney. T&C's apply.

Last verified 13 Jun 2017

Skiddoo Skiddoo
Europe flights from $1,125 return

Deal expires 31 Aug 2017

Valid on select dates. Destinations include Dublin from $1,212, Athens from $1,374 and London from $1,125. T&C's apply.

Last verified 13 Jun 2017

Europe flights from $899 return

Deal expires 30 Jul 2017

Valid on select flights 2 October 2017 - 30 November 2017, with sample fare available from Melbourne-London with Royal Brunei. Departures also available to Rome with Perth-Rome for $1,028 return; Adelaide-Rome for $1,035 return. from 4 October 2017 - 25 November 2017, from

Last verified 7 Jun 2017

Skiddoo Skiddoo
London flights from $1,034 return Valid on select flights. Sample fare is available from Melbourne.

Last verified 7 Mar 2017

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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