Cheap Christmas flights to Canada for 2018

We’ve got the recipe to book cheap flights to Canada this Christmas holiday.

Is it your Christmas wish to spend your holidays vacationing or catching up with your friends and family in Canada. Are the peak airfares bothering you, though?

We’ve all been there, tirelessly searching for cheap airline tickets. But with the aid of our research, backed up with reliable statistics, you won’t have to look too far or wide to book a cheap Christmas flight.

Search for Christmas flights to Canada

Search below to compare prices from hundreds of sites and airlines to get the best fare on your Christmas flight to Canada.

Latest flight deals to Canada

Air New Zealand - Longhaul Air New Zealand - Longhaul

$100 off skycouches to North or South America

Valid from 1 September - 30 November 2018 , 1 February - 31 March 2019 and 19 April - 27 June 2019 when booking for two or more people. Destinations include Los Angeles, Vancouver and Buenos Aires.

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Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

Canada flights from $1,589 return

Valid for travel from August 2018 - June 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Vancouver.

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Budget Air Budget Air

$20 off Canada flights

Valid on all dates. Destinations include Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and more. T&Cs apply.

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Air New Zealand - Longhaul Air New Zealand - Longhaul

North America flights from $976 return

Valid for travel from 1 February - 27 June 2019. Destinations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston and Vancouver. Sample fare is Sydney-Los Angeles.

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Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific

Premium economy flights from $1,905 return

Valid for travel until 30 June 2019. Sample fare is Perth-Tokyo. Booking must be made 50 days in advance. Destinations include New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Vancouver, Toronto, China, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Amsterdam, Barcelona and more.

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

The earlier you book, the more likely it is you’ll get cheap tickets. For most Canadian destinations, try to book before July to pounce on early-bird offers.

You can still get cheap tickets in last-minute deals if you missed the early promotional offers. But this involves a lot of risk that you won’t get a seat. Even if you miss the early bird offers, it’s recommended that you book your tickets at least two weeks in advance.

For those planning to stay for about a month in Canada, flying in towards the end of November or the first few days of December can save you 10-30% on your fare. According to Skyscanner data, fares from Toronto to Sydney drop from $1,150-$1,200 to $950-$1,000 from the New Year onwards.

Tips and tricks to getting cheap Christmas flights to Canada

If you still can’t find a flight that fits your budget and travel plans, these tips may help you:

  • Check prices on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day: There is less of a rush on important days as most people prefer not to travel during those times. You can take advantage of this phenomenon and book your tickets accordingly.
  • Configure alerts: Prices fluctuate, especially when key dates are approaching. Use smart apps and tools with price alert services that allow you to track the fares and help you book the flights at the best time. Skyscanner and I Want That Flight are great for this.
  • Choose a stopover: Direct flights to Canada are usually costlier than flights with a stopover. For example, at the time of writing, the cheapest fare for a direct flight from Sydney to Vancouver on 17 December is $1,490. Alternatively, Xiamen Airlines has over a day’s layover in Xiamen, but if you don’t mind staying an extra day in Xiamen, it will cost you only $859.
  • Fly to a cheaper destination: If you are flexible in the selection of your destination in Canada, then it’s worth noting that flights to Vancouver are 20-30% cheaper than those to Calgary or Toronto.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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