Cheap Christmas holiday travel deals for 2019

You can still bag a last-minute Christmas bargain with these travel deals.

With the kids on holidays and just one day of annual leave giving you a five-day long weekend (22-26 December - taking Christmas Eve off) you shouldn’t let the last-minute rush stand between you and your holiday. There are still ways to have a cheap Christmas getaway. Scroll down to find out how:

Don't need to travel over Christmas? You may save even more by checking out other December travel deals and January travel deals.


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Extra 15% off first Groupon purchase

Valid on all dates including holidays like Christmas for restaurants, spas, getaways, things to do and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 53% off Asia tour

Valid for travel on select dates in 2019 and 2020 including Christmas holidays. Destinations include Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off Europe Christmas Market tour

Valid for travel between November - December 2019 and November - December 2020. Destinations include Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 21% off Europe Christmas Market tours

Valid for travel on select December 2019 dates. Destinations include Munich, Prague, Paris, Vienna, Austria and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off Christmas and New Year tours

Valid for travel on departures dates in Christmas and New Year season. Destinations include Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Morocco , Russia or Ski Bansko. T&Cs apply.

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Christmas package: 4-day Belgium tours from $560

Valid for travel from 24 - 27 December 2019 during Christmas season across London to Bruges, Belgium. Inclusive of walking tours, daily meals, free Wi-Fi, tour guide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Europe Christmas market tours from $23

Valid on select dates until 23 December 2019. Destinations are Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Berlin and more. Sample price is for a half-day Berlin Christmas Markets walking tour. T&Cs apply.

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Bali flights from $235 return

Valid for travel between September - December 2019 including Christmas season. Sample fare is Perth-Denpasar with AirAsia.

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18 Oct 2019 Extra $110 off flights + hotels with code 1ML****
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11 Oct 2019 10% off domestic flights with code HNV****
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Millennium & Copthorne Hotels

Asia: Up to 25% off stays + complimentary breakfast for two

Valid for stays until 31 March 2020, including over Christmas. Discount applies to participating hotels. T&Cs apply.

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Extra 8% off hotel bookings

Valid on hotel stays worldwide on all dates, including over holidays like Easter, Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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8 Oct 2019 Up to 75% off worldwide hotels + extra 5% off with code FIN****
4 Sep 2019 Asia: Up to 25% off stays + complimentary breakfast for two WHW****
20 Aug 2019 Extra 8% off hotel bookings 8OF****
18 Oct 2019 Extra 8% off Kuala Lumpur hotels with code KUA****
18 Oct 2019 Extra $110 off flights + hotels with code 1ML****
Cudo Cudo

Sydney: Christmas lunch or dinner harbour cruise from $69

Valid for travel on select dates in November - December 2019. Upgrade for free-flowing beer, wine, summer cocktail, sparkling wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee, as selected upon purchase. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 18% off cruises + free flights

Valid for travel from November 2019 - February 2020, including over Christmas with Viking Ocean Cruises. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand and Asia. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off Australia and New Zealand Christmas cruises

Valid for travel until December 2020 across Australia and New Zealand. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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18 Oct 2019 $99 deposits on cruises + ice cream and drink package ********
17 Oct 2019 $25 deposit on cruises with flights + hotels ********
Groupon Groupon

Extra 15% off first Groupon purchase

Valid on all dates including holidays like Christmas for restaurants, spas, getaways, things to do and more. T&Cs apply.

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Klook Klook

7% off Bali tours and attractions

Save on snorkelling tours, Waterbom entry, whitewater rafting, Mount Batur hiking tours especially on holidays like Christmas, New Year's and more. Sample discount is for a day tour in Bali. T&Cs apply.

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Klook Klook

Up to 60% off activities, experiences and things to do

Valid on select dates including holidays like Christmas season, New Year's and more depending on the destination. Destinations are Hong Kong, Singapore, Osaka, Taipei, Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris, New York and more. T&Cs apply.

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Christmas market experience from just $1,630

Valid for travel on select dates between 1-20 December 2019. Destinations includes Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland. T&Cs apply.

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Viator Viator

Europe Christmas market tours from $23

Valid on select dates until 23 December 2019. Destinations are Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Berlin and more. Sample price is for a half-day Berlin Christmas Markets walking tour. T&Cs apply.

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15 Oct 2019 $15 off sitewide EXT****
17 Oct 2019 Extra 15% off first Groupon purchase BRA****
9 Oct 2019 Extra 15% off with code FIN****
2 Sep 2019 Rugby sale: Extra $5 off Japan activities and experiences with code AUR****
5 Sep 2019 $10 off site-wide with code FIN****
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Extra 15% off first Groupon purchase

Valid on all dates including holidays like Christmas for restaurants, spas, getaways, things to do and more. T&Cs apply.

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Bali flights from $235 return

Valid for travel between September - December 2019 including Christmas season. Sample fare is Perth-Denpasar with AirAsia.

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Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Millennium & Copthorne Hotels

Asia: Up to 25% off stays + complimentary breakfast for two

Valid for stays until 31 March 2020, including over Christmas. Discount applies to participating hotels. T&Cs apply.

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Klook Klook

7% off Bali tours and attractions

Save on snorkelling tours, Waterbom entry, whitewater rafting, Mount Batur hiking tours especially on holidays like Christmas, New Year's and more. Sample discount is for a day tour in Bali. T&Cs apply.

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Otel.com Otel.com

Extra 8% off hotel bookings

Valid on hotel stays worldwide on all dates, including over holidays like Easter, Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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Up to 53% off Asia tour

Valid for travel on select dates in 2019 and 2020 including Christmas holidays. Destinations include Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and more. T&Cs apply.

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Klook Klook

Up to 60% off activities, experiences and things to do

Valid on select dates including holidays like Christmas season, New Year's and more depending on the destination. Destinations are Hong Kong, Singapore, Osaka, Taipei, Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris, New York and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off Europe Christmas Market tour

Valid for travel between November - December 2019 and November - December 2020. Destinations include Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 21% off Europe Christmas Market tours

Valid for travel on select December 2019 dates. Destinations include Munich, Prague, Paris, Vienna, Austria and more. T&Cs apply.

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Insight Vacations Insight Vacations

Christmas market experience from just $1,630

Valid for travel on select dates between 1-20 December 2019. Destinations includes Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland. T&Cs apply.

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Travel Talk Travel Talk

Up to 50% off Christmas and New Year tours

Valid for travel on departures dates in Christmas and New Year season. Destinations include Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Morocco , Russia or Ski Bansko. T&Cs apply.

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Sydney: Christmas lunch or dinner harbour cruise from $69

Valid for travel on select dates in November - December 2019. Upgrade for free-flowing beer, wine, summer cocktail, sparkling wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee, as selected upon purchase. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 18% off cruises + free flights

Valid for travel from November 2019 - February 2020, including over Christmas with Viking Ocean Cruises. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand and Asia. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

15% off base rate on 3+ weekday car rentals

Valid for rental pick ups until 31 January 2020 between Monday - Friday only, including over Christmas. Minimum rent of 3 days applies. T&Cs apply.

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Christmas package: 4-day Belgium tours from $560

Valid for travel from 24 - 27 December 2019 during Christmas season across London to Bruges, Belgium. Inclusive of walking tours, daily meals, free Wi-Fi, tour guide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off Australia and New Zealand Christmas cruises

Valid for travel until December 2020 across Australia and New Zealand. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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Viator Viator

Europe Christmas market tours from $23

Valid on select dates until 23 December 2019. Destinations are Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Berlin and more. Sample price is for a half-day Berlin Christmas Markets walking tour. T&Cs apply.

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15 Oct 2019 $15 off sitewide EXT****
9 Oct 2019 Up to 15% off airport parking across Australia AWA****
8 Oct 2019 Up to 75% off worldwide hotels + extra 5% off with code FIN****
30 Sep 2019 Get $20 credit FIN****
17 Oct 2019 Extra 15% off first Groupon purchase BRA****

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10 tips to get the cheapest Christmas flights and holidays

1. Fly on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and/or New Year’s Day

Flights during the week before Christmas Day tend to be the most expensive for the month as everyone who’s searching for a Christmas getaway will want to be at their destination on the 25th. If you’re not that picky, fly ON Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

If you're travelling somewhere that's only an hour or two away, you may still be able to get to your celebrations before lunch.

It may not be the best thing celebration-wise but it could save you hundreds.

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Just be wary of transport to your hotel when you arrive as some cities shut down or limit public transport on Christmas Day (eg, London) or charge a public holiday surcharge.

2. Fly back mid-January

Those people flying out before Christmas Day will most likely be flying back just after New Year’s.

So try to avoid flights in the week following New Year’s Day to cash in on the cheaper fares that follow.

3. Holiday in a country that doesn’t celebrate Christmas

Where there will be Christmas celebrations, tourists will flock, so choose places that don’t really celebrate such as China, Cambodia, Japan and Morocco and you might find less of a fluctuation in airfares compared to other destinations.

4. Pick destinations that are generally more affordable

Shave costs by choosing destinations that are either closer to home or are more affordable.

While places like Southeast Asia are cheap anytime and will be a bit more expensive during the holidays, prices won't bloat as much as big cities or pricier destinations.

5. Keep it local

Don't rule out short flights within your own country for a Christmas break. It's still a break after all and you won’t have to worry about passports, visas and currency exchanges to boot.

We took a look to see how much a return flight over the holiday period using Skyscanner's fly everywhere tool. We chose flights departing Saturday 22 December and returning 1 January 2018 and here are some sample fares we found:

  • Melbourne to Sydney for $166 return (Jetstar)
  • Sydney to Ballina Byron for $264 return (Jetstar)
  • Brisbane to Townsville for $271 return (Jetstar)

Check out what other flights are available here

6. Ditch the flight altogether and take a road trip

If you're keeping it local, why not make it a road trip instead? Big families can benefit from this most as you’ll only have to pay a set price for the car hire instead of purchasing separate seats for each member of the brood on the plane.

According to our car hire tool, hiring a car from Sydney CBD for 22 December 2018 to 1 January 2018 (drive out Saturday morning and drive back in on New Year's Day public holiday and only take three days off work) starts at $505.59.

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7. Once you arrive, don't stay in hotels

We don’t have to tell you twice that booking through a short term or vacation rental service like Airbnb or Vrbo can save you heaps. Christmas is no exception. Prices are set by the renters and accommodation can vary from anything from a room in an apartment to a whole house. If in doubt, you can compare it against current hotel prices via Hotels Finder.

8. Camp it

Bring down the holiday splurge a little more by opting to go camp instead of booking accommodation. Family tents can be found for less than $300 and can be reused on your next trip.

Sites are much cheaper than hotels or Airbnb-style accommodation, and are sometimes even free if you're willing to forfeit facilities.

9. Opt for a package

Bundled packages which include flights, accommodation and sometimes activities can be a godsend during the peak period. To be fair, prices per package do go up according to the season but with everything sorted for you it’s a time-saver – especially for the budget savvy of us who have to research and compare every different option.

Check out the packages sections of sites like Flight Centre or My Queensland to see just how much you can save on your holiday.

10. Fly without extras

If you're not having any luck with the price of your actual flight, consider forgoing extras like checked baggage (or share luggage to cut costs in half), in-flight meals and drinks.

We find these perks on budget airlines significantly increase the price of your flight - sometimes even doubling it. It may not seem like much, but if you're travelling with a family of four, these extras can easily add up to an extra night's hotel stay. Think of it as bonus vacation.

Note: All prices mentioned below are accurate at the time of writing (September 2018) and are subject to change.

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