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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.
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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.


    Top Cheapflights and Skyscanner deals

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    Groupon Groupon

    Up to 75% off Australia activities + Extra up to 20% off with code

    Available on select dates and activities like spas, skydiving, hot air balloon flights, tours, whale watching, skywalks, classes and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and more. Maximum discount of $40. T&Cs apply.

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    Klook Klook

    $1 wine tastings in the Hunter Valley

    Available on select dates in the Hunter Valley. T&Cs apply.

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    Trip.com Trip.com

    Extra $50 off Sydney and NSW stays

    Get up to 18% off plus an extra discount on stays until 18 February 2021. Destinations include Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Byron Bay, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Orange, Mudgee, Port Stephens. Minimum spend of $150 required. T&Cs apply.

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    DiDi DiDi
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    Free rides in Sydney

    Get a free ride up to $15 on weekends until 1 November 2020. Valid for Sydney rides only. T&Cs apply.

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    Trip.com Trip.com

    Qantas Airways: Domestic flights from $113 each way

    Available on select dates until December 2020 to Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Cairns and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Gold Coast. T&Cs apply.

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    Skyscanner Skyscanner

    Virgin Australia sale: Australia-wide flights from $69 each way

    Available for flights on select dates from November 2020 - December 2021. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Sydney. Destinations include Launceston, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Ballina Byron, Coffs Harbour, Sunshine Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

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    RedBalloon RedBalloon
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    Northern Territory activities from $36 + and extra $10 off off with code

    Available on select dates and experiences like sightseeing tours, zoo and wildlife experience, spas, sailings, hot air balloon flights, scenic flights and much more. Minimum spend of $80 applies. T&Cs apply.

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    Trip.com Trip.com

    Up to 38% off Australia attractions and experiences

    Available on select travel dates in Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Darwin, Canberra, Melbourne and more. Attractions include SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney, Sydney Featherdale Wildlife Park, Madame Tussauds and Eureka Skydeck. T&Cs apply.

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    RedBalloon RedBalloon
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    Extra $10 off site-wide with code

    Valid on all dates, including over Christmas, on activities like skydiving, quad biking, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, scuba diving, cruises, high tea and more. Destinations include Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. Minimum spend of $80 required. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 85% off domestic activities

    Available on select dates for activities including skydiving, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, scuba diving, whale watching, bridge climbing, high tea and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 60% off Australia stays

    Available on stays until May 2021 in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

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    RedBalloon RedBalloon
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    Extra 10% off Australia activities with code

    Valid on all dates on activities like skydiving, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, cruises, tours, high tea and more. Minimum spend of $100 applies. Destinations include Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Refer a friend and get a $25 Airbnb credit

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

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    Hotels.com Hotels.com

    Up to 60% off Australia-wide stays + an extra 8% off with code

    Available on select dates in 2020 and 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Oaks Hotels & Resorts Oaks Hotels & Resorts

    Up to 30% off Australia stays

    Available on select stays until 30 June 2021. Destinations include Darwin, Sydney, Brisbane, Gladstone, Townsville, Adelaide, Glenelg and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Deal ends

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    Up to 56% off Australia getaways

    Available on stays until December 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Cairns, Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Trip.com Trip.com

    Up to 46% off Australia-wide hotels

    Available on select dates until December 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart. T&Cs apply.

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    Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

    Up to 15% off last-minute trips

    Valid for travel on select dates in 2020 and 2021. Destinations include Europe, UK, the Middle East, Argentina, India, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and Africa and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Europcar Europcar
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    $20 off nationwide rentals

    Available on rentals until 31 January 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. Minimum spend of $200 required. T&Cs apply.

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    DiDi DiDi
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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 40% off pet friendly hotels

    Available on stays until October 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 30% off last minute Australia stays

    Available stays until October 2020 in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle, Rockhampton and more.

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    Deal ends

    Europcar Europcar

    Up to 20% off Australia and New Zealand rentals

    Available on select dates until 15 December 2020. Rental must be for 2 days or more and booked 21 days in advance. T&Cs apply.

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    Europcar Europcar

    $1/day one-way car hire in Australia

    Valid on select dates for select car hire in Australia. Destinations updated regularly.

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    Airbnb Airbnb

    Gold Coast stays from $49/night

    Available on select stay dates from June 2020 onward. Sample accommodation is in Surfers Paradise. T&Cs apply.

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    Hotels.com Hotels.com

    Extra 8% off on hotel bookings

    Save on hotel stays before 31 December 2020 in Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Fiji, Thailand, Singapore, USA and more. Available at select hotels.

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    Airbnb Airbnb

    Melbourne stays from $50/night

    Available on select stay dates from June 2020 onward. Sample accommodation is in Melbourne Central Business District. T&Cs apply.

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    Europcar Europcar

    Up to 20% off base rate

    Available on rentals until 15 December 2020 in Australia and New Zealand. Pick up on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday required to avail offer. T&Cs apply

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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 73% off getaways + Extra up to 20% off with code

    Available for travel on select dates to Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Brisbane, Launceston, Newcastle, Noosa Heads, Cairns and much more. Maximum discount of $40. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 13% off domestic getaway packages + an extra 10% off with code

    Available on select travel dates for stays in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Blue Mountains, Cairns, Canberra and more. Minimum spend of $100 required. T&Cs apply.

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    Australia experiences for 2 from $38 + Extra $10 off with code

    Available on select dates for experiences like tours, zoo and wildlife interactions, hot air balloon flights, skydiving and more. Destinations include Sydney, Hunter Valley, Melbourne, Brisbane and more. Minimum spend of $80 required. T&Cs apply.

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    Up to 60% off Australia activities + an extra 10% off with code

    Available on select dates and activities like hot air balloon flights, tandem skydiving, getaways, driving experiences and more. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns and more. Minimum spend of $100 required. T&Cs apply.

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    Available on rentals until 31 December 2020 when you book a minimum of 5 consecutive days. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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    Luxury Escapes Luxury Escapes

    Up to 61% off Australia holiday packages

    Available on select dates until December 2021, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Adelaide, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney, Cairns, Canberra, Hunter Valley and more. T&Cs apply.

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    4th day free + free upgrade on Australia car hires

    Available on rentals until 18 December 2020 in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide and more. Minimum 4 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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    Voyagin Voyagin

    Up to 50% off things to do in Bali

    Available on select dates. Attractions include zoo admissions, tours, water activities, treks, dinner cruise and more.

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    Popular Travel coupon codes

    Last checked Code description Code
    24 Oct 2020 Up to 75% off Australia activities + Extra up to 20% off with code SAL****
    23 Oct 2020 $1 wine tastings in the Hunter Valley WIN****
    23 Oct 2020 Extra $50 off Sydney and NSW stays NSW****
    21 Oct 2020 Northern Territory activities from $36 + and extra $10 off off with code FDR****
    21 Oct 2020 Extra $10 off site-wide with code FDR****

    Popular Skyscanner coupon codes

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    22 Oct 2020 Virgin Australia sale: Australia-wide flights from $69 each way ********
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    20 Oct 2020 New Zealand flights from $243 return ********
    20 Oct 2020 USA flights from $962 return ********
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