Cheapflights vs Skyscanner

Is there actually a difference between Cheapflights and Skyscanner?

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Cheapflights and Skyscanner are two of the biggest names in the world of travel cost comparison.

Both have great reputations, so how do you know which one is right for you?

Discover the subtle differences between the companies below.

Cheapflights vs Skyscanner: A side-by-side comparison

FeatureCheapflightsSkyscannerVerdict
What can I book?
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Car hire
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Car hire
  • Train tickets, through the app
Skyscanner compares more things than Cheapflights.
Can I price match?No.No.Neither price match.
Is there layby or a payment plan?No.No.Neither offer payment plans.
Any booking fees?No.No.Neither charge booking fees.
Is there online chat?No.No.Neither offer online chat.
Is there a loyalty scheme?No.No.Neither offer a loyalty scheme.
What are my payment options?Payments vary depending on which third party Cheapflights directs you to.Payments vary depending on which third party Skyscanner directs you to.Both rely on third parties to take payments.
Can I book round the world fares?No.No.Neither offer round the world fares.
Can I book multi-city fares?Yes.Yes.Both allow you to build your own multi-city trips.
Any features to find the best price?Newsletter, deals page, trips from travel experts, price alerts, price forecaster.Deals newsletter, price alert emails, “month” view of cheapest prices.Both offer a huge number of tools to help you find great prices.
BookBook with CheapflightsBook with Skyscanner-

Who offers the best price?

Looking at the prices of flights on the same day for a return trip from Sydney to Brisbane, both Skyscanner and Cheapflights pulled up similar itineraries. Skyscanner's included a combination of Virgin Australia flights whereas Cheapflights pulled up Jetstar flights.

Price-wise, Cheapflights won this round coming in at $166 return as opposed to the $170 pricetag Skyscanner found.

Skyscanner did however pick a luxury carrier on the outbound journey, which could work in your favour if you'd prefer a better quality service or want to clock up some Velocity points.

Overall, it's a minimal difference in cost, to be sure, but one that could sway who you book through.

    The verdict? Both Skyscanner and Cheapflights pulled up the exact same flight, charged at the exact same price leaving this playing field completely even.


    Which compares a wider range of airlines?

    Both Skyscanner and Cheapflights showcase flight prices of airlines and travel agents all around the world.

    The verdict? It’s even stevens as Skyscanner and Cheapflights both search for the best price across similar platforms.


    What are deals like?

    Skyscanner doesn’t have a deals page. Instead it relies on pulling the best prices through from third party websites.

    Cheapflights has a dedicated deals page on its website. It always features hundreds of holiday package deals, a few flight offers, and a handful of accommodation and activity offers. Most of its holiday deals come from third party sites like Groupon and discounts can be as great as 76% off.

    The verdict?: Cheapflights features a greater range of deals, utilising third party deal sites like Groupon to give users more options.


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    Up to 43% off Australia stays + Extra 8% off hotel bookings

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    Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

    Domestic flights from $89 each way

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    $1 deposits + up to $500 onboard credit on Australia and South Pacific cruises

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    Up to 60% off Australia stays

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    Up to 20% off Australia getaways

    Available on stays from 5 January - 31 March 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Campervan hire from $5/day

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    Available for stays until 30 April 2021 with packages available to include entry to Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast and Paradise Country during your stay.

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    Get $20 credit

    Get $5 off each of your first four rides in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Geelong, Perth and Newcastle. Valid on all dates for new users. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 30% off worldwide stays

    Available on select dates when you stay a minimum of 3 nights. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Auckland, Paris, London and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 10% off international flights with code

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    Australia stays from $95/night + Extra 10% off for members

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    Give a friend $50 toward their first stay and get $25 credit for yourself toward a future booking.

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    Extra 9% off hotel bookings

    Valid on select hotel stays worldwide like Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Thailand, USA, Europe and more on all dates, including over holidays like Easter, Christmas and New Year's Eve. Some restrictions apply.

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    Up to 20% off car hire

    Compare car hire prices on Rentalcars.com and save up to 20% compared to booking direct.

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    Up to 40% off 5-night Gold Coast ocean-view escape with flights

    Available for travel from 27 January 2021 - 30 March 2022. Includes return airfare, stay at Aria Apartments, free room upgrade, bottle of wine and chocolates, $20 dining credit and more. Valid for 2 persons. T&Cs apply.

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    Hamilton IslandHamilton Island

    Free 1 night on 5-night stays

    Available on stays until 25 June 2021 and includes breakfast, transfers and more. Plus receive $150 resort credit on select stay dates. Must stay for a minimum of 5 consecutive nights. T&Cs apply.

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    Hamilton IslandHamilton Island

    Up to 20% off 3+ nights Hamilton Island escape

    Available on stays from 4 January - 10 February 2021 in he Reef View Hotel, Palm Bungalows and Beach Club. Includes breakfast, use of non-motorized watersports, free Wi-Fi and more. T&Cs apply.

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    ViatorViator

    Up to 15% off local activities

    Available on select travel dates on activities including day tours, skydiving, flight experiences, transfers, attraction passes and cruise. Destinations include in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Cairns and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 46% off Australia getaways

    Available on select stay dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns and Hobart. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 40% off Australia stays + free cancellations

    Available on select travel dates to Broome, Mackay, Launceston, Darwin, Perth, Cairns, Sydney, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

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    $20 off Australia-wide rentals

    Available on rentals until 30 April 2021 when you spend a minimum of $200. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 50% off Australia getaways

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    Virgin Australia flights from $78 each way

    Available on select travel dates until December 2021 to Gold Coast, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Canberra, Cairns, Hamilton Island and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne. T&Cs apply.

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    Australia beach holidays from $82/night

    Available on select stay dates in Adelaide, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne and more. Sample stay is in Millicent, South Australia. T&Cs apply.

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    Australia stays from $39/night

    Available on select travel dates across Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane, Perth and more. Sample stay is in Reynella, Adelaide. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 50% off room upgrades + free breakfast on stays

    Available on upgrades to premium rooms and suites on stays until 30 April 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Gold Coast, New Zealand, Fiji and more.

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    Up to 30% off Australia experiences + Extra 10% off with code

    Available on select travel dates when you buy 2 or more experiences such as sightseeing cruises, hot air balloon flights, day tours and skydives. Destinations include Brisbane, Adelaide, Hunter Valley, Gold Coast, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 50% off Australia getaways

    Available on stay until February 2021 in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Cairns, Hobart, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Extra 10% off NSW activities with code

    Available until 28 February 2021 on all activities including hot air balloon flights, attraction passes, Tiny Homes and staycation packages. Destinations include Sydney, Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains and South Coast. Minimum spend of $50 required. T&Cs apply.

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    Extra $50 off Queensland getaways

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