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Cheap Christmas flights to India for 2018

Compare fares to get the best price on last-minute Christmas flights to India.

Choosing to fly somewhere that is not as popular for Christmas could cost you a lot less this holiday season.

Flights to India on average are cheap during the month of December which means you could sneak in a quick holiday or family reunion before or for Christmas.

We found the best days to fly and when you should book to guarantee plenty of savings.


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Use the search engine below to compare flights to India over Christmas time on hundreds of booking sites and airlines.

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Valid for travel from December 2018 - January 2019, including over Christmas and New Year. Destinations include Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and more. Sample fare is Perth-Chennai.

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

According to Skyscanner booking data the best time to book any long-haul flights from Australia is generally 38 weeks in advance (9.5 months). This is where you can reap savings of up to 36% compared to the median price of a flight to India throughout the year. Booking 5 months in advance can still save you up to 14%.

That being said you might still be able to jump on a last-minute sale window. This typically happens in the second week of November.

By booking your departure flight for 6 December or earlier, you’ll score a major deal. For your return, book a flight that takes off on 29, 30 or even 31 December to find reasonably priced fares. Prices spike for flights in the first week of January but if you plan on being in India for New Year’s you can still find cheap return flights on 3-5 January which are the best prices of the month.


Tips and tricks to getting cheap Christmas flights to India

Here are the top tips that could help you save hundreds flying to India this year.

  • Don’t fly direct: Choose a longer trip and you can save yourself up to $600. Opt for the trip with a long layover or more stops and you can have some extra cash in your pocket. Of the all-inclusive carriers, Etihad Airways often has cheaper flights as its flights include multiple stops in Australia, Asia or the Middle East.
  • Fly into a different Indian city: Skip flying into popular cities such as Mumbai and Delhi and instead choose Tiruchirappalli or Chennai to save up to $165 on airlines such as Qantas, AirAsia and Scoot. Once in India hop on a flight to your desired destination on one of the country’s many budget airlines such as SpiceJet or GoAir.
  • Know when to fly: Use tools such as Skyscanner that show the cheapest days to fly into and out of India from your departure point.
  • Fly cheaper airlines: Choose an airline such as China Southern which flies direct to India for some extra savings or opt to fly into Asia on budget airlines such as AirAsia, Scoot or Tigerair.

Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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