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.


    Top Cheapflights and Skyscanner deals

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    SkyscannerSkyscanner
    FLASH SALE

    New Zealand flights from $185 each way

    Available on Jetstar flights from July - December 2021 to Christchurch, Queenstown and more. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Auckland.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    SkyscannerSkyscanner
    FLASH SALE

    Jetstar flights from $34 each way

    Available on flights from July - September 2021 across Australia, including Launceston, Hobart, Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Gold Coast, Perth, Newcastle and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    RedBalloonRedBalloon
    Exclusive

    Get $10 off activities with code

    Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Sunshine Coast and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Skydive AustraliaSkydive Australia

    Extra $40 off weekday skydiving with code

    Available for use on all 5 days of the week until August 2021. Applies to 15,000ft tandem skydives. Destinations include New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Coupon code ends

    KayakKayak

    Up to 50% off domestic flights with Qantas

    Available on flights from April - September 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Hobart, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    Trip.comTrip.com

    Up to 50% off Sydney getaways with code

    Available until 31 December 2021 when you stay a minimum of 2 nights. Valid for first time app users and discount capped at $250. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Coupon code ends

    Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

    Up to 50% off: Flights from $68 each way

    Available on flights from July - September 2021. Destinations include Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and more. Sample fare is Launceston-Sydney. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    KayakKayak

    Rex Airlines sale: Flights between Sydney and Melbourne from $39

    Available on select flight dates until December 2021.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    SkyscannerSkyscanner

    Up to 50% off: Qantas flights from $70 each way

    Available on flights from April - September 2021 to destinations including Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Launceston, Canberra, Darwin, Broome, Perth and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    KlookKlook
    Exclusive

    $15 off all Australian activities with code

    Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    SkyscannerSkyscanner

    Jetstar sale: Australia-wide flights from $32 each way

    Available on flights from April - September 2021 to Launceston, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Whitsundays, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Darwin, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    DiDiDiDi
    Exclusive

    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.

    Last verified

    RedBalloonRedBalloon
    Exclusive

    Get $5 off activities with code

    Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $250 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    HotelsCombinedHotelsCombined

    Up to 33% off Sea World Resort and Water Park stays with park entry

    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.

    Last verified

    DriveNowDriveNow

    Campervan hire from $5/day

    Available on select routes, dates and locations in Australia, including Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns and Brisbane, and New Zealand.

    Last verified

    Rentalcars.comRentalcars.com

    Up to 20% off car hire

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

    Last verified

    ViatorViator
    Exclusive

    Extra 10% off Cairns and the Tropical North experiences

    Available on select activities when you use the code. Includes sightseeing cruises, day tours, hot air balloon flights, helicopter scenic flights, attraction passes and more. Plus get free cancellation and pay later options. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    Virgin AustraliaVirgin Australia

    Up to 30% off: Domestic flights from $149 each way

    Available on flights from July 2021 - April 2022 to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle and more. Sample fare is Perth-Cairns. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    AgodaAgoda

    Up to 77% off Sydney hotels + an extra 5% off with code

    Available on stays until December 2021. Includes free breakfast, free cancellation and pay at the hotel option on select properties.

    Last verified

    Coupon code ends

    Expedia.com.auExpedia.com.au

    Up to 41% off last-minute Australia escapes

    Available on stays within the next 14 days. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    StrandbagsStrandbags

    Up to 60% off luggage

    Enjoy up to 60% discount on selected travel bags and luggage at Strandbags. Limited offer only. T&Cs, exclusions apply.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    StrandbagsStrandbags

    Up to 50% off handbags and wallets

    Get up to 50% savings on selected handbags and wallets at Strandbags. Limited offer only. T&Cs, exclusions apply.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    SkyscannerSkyscanner

    Western Australia flights from $179 each way

    Available on select Qantas flights from June 2021 - April 2022 to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and more. Sample fare is Perth-Kalgoorlie.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    KlookKlook

    Up to 40% off New Zealand activities

    Available until December 2021 on activities including tandem skydives, skis and snow activities, jet boat rides, scenic flights and more. Destinations include Queenstown, Christchurch, Wanaka and more.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    WotifWotif

    Up to 15% off hotels with code

    Available on stays until 30 June 2022 when you spend a minimum of $150. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Coupon code ends

    KKdayKKday
    Exclusive

    Get $15 off Australia activities with code

    Available on all experiences until 31 December 2021 across Australia when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Whitsunday, Cairns, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Coupon code ends

    AdrenalineAdrenaline

    Up to 50% off Australia experiences

    Available on select travel 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.

    Last verified

    RedBalloonRedBalloon
    Exclusive

    Up to 28% off things to do in Sydney + Extra $5 off with code

    Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of 250. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives, whale watching cruises, dining, classes, high teas, spa treatments, getaways and attraction passes. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    CudoCudo

    Up to 60% off Vivid Sydney cruise with canapes or dinner

    Available on select dates from 8-28 August 2021 for a 1.5 to 3-hour cruise.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    KlookKlook

    Extra 10% off Sydney activities

    Available until 31 August 2021, including during Vivid Sydney Festival, on activities such as hot air balloon flights, whale watching cruises, Sydney Opera House tours, attraction passes and more. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Coupon code ends

    AAT KingsAAT Kings
    Exclusive

    Extra 5% off adventures with code

    Available on AAT Kings Guided Holiday or Inspiring Journeys tours from 1 June 2021 - 31 March 2022. Destinations include Hobart, Launceston, Uluru, Queenstown, Rotorua and more. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Coupon code ends

    Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

    Up to 10% off nationwide campervan hires

    Available on rentals until 20 December 2021 with Britz. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Coupon code ends

    ContikiContiki

    Up to 15% off + $99 deposits on Australia adventures

    Available on select travel dates until 2022. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Rottnest Island, Cairns, Darwin, Sydney, Byron Bay, Uluru, Canberra, Jindabyne and more.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    KlookKlook

    Extra 10% off Sydney getaways

    Available on stays until 31 August 2021, including during Vivid Sydney Festival, when you use the code. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Coupon code ends

    JUCYJUCY

    Up to 15% off Australia campervan hires

    Available on rentals from May - December 2021. Destinations include Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Coupon code ends

    Princess Cruise LinesPrincess Cruise Lines

    Australia cruises from $99

    Available on select travel dates in 2021 and 2022. Destinations include Melbourne, Adelaide and more. Sample rate is for a 2-day cruise from Brisbane-Sydney.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    Tick Travel InsuranceTick Travel Insurance
    Exclusive

    Get 10% off all Tick travel insurance policies

    Only on Finder. Use this code to get a 10% discount. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Cheap FlightsCheap Flights

    Australia-wide flights from $57 return

    Available on flights until December 2021 to Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Launceston and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    Booking.comBooking.com

    Up to 15% off Australia hotels

    Available on stays from 1 April - 30 September 2021 on select hotels. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns and more. T&Cs apply.

    Last verified

    Deal ends

    AgodaAgoda

    Up to 53% off New Zealand hotels

    Available on select stay dates in Auckland. Includes free cancellation, breakfast and more. Sample stay is at ibis budget Auckland Central.

    Last verified

    Deal ends


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