Expedia vs Kayak
Will it make a difference to your trip if you book with Kayak or Expedia?
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At first glance, Expedia and Kayak are very similar. Both let you compare the prices of flights, hotels and holiday packages to find the best deal.
So which one should you be using to book your next getaway? We compare the two brands and find some key ways in which they differ.
Expedia vs Kayak
|What can I book?||Expedia offers a broader range of products.|
|Can I price match?||No||No||Neither uses price match.|
|Is there a lay-by or payment plan?||No||No||Neither offers payment plans.|
|Any booking fees?||Yes, on some flight transactions.||No||Expedia does charge some fees.|
|Is there online chat?||No||No||Neither offers online chat.|
|Is there a loyalty scheme?||Yes, it’s free to join Expedia Rewards.||No||Expedia offers a loyalty scheme.|
|What are my payment options?||Both offer similar payment options.|
|Can I book round-the-world fares?||No||No||Neither offers round-the-world fares.|
|Can I book multi-city fares?||Yes||Yes||Both offer multi-city fares.|
|Any features to find the best price?||Deals page, travel deals email, “shift your trip” flight price details.||Newsletter, price alerts, price forecast tool||Both offer a similar number of tools.|
|Book||Book with Expedia||Book with Kayak|
Who offers the best price?
In a price comparison test, the lowest price for a one-way flight from Sydney to Cairns came out at $123 on Expedia.The same flight was also listed on Kayak for $122.
In a price comparison test both brands showed almost exactly the same price for similar flights.
Which offers a wider range of airlines?
In the above price comparison test Expedia compared the cost of flights for four airlines. Kayak, meanwhile, compared the price of flights on six carriers.
Two of these comparisons led to unhelpful options, however, such as a flight with Finnair for $6,532.
Both Expedia and Kayak compare a huge range of airlines worldwide to help you find the best deals on flights.
Any other differences worth noting?
If you’re flexible about your destination, you can search flights to “anywhere” with Kayak. Results for this search on Kayak are shown on an easy-to-use map, with their prices pegged.
What are deals like?
Expedia has a special deals section on its website. This page showcases offers like “Stay longer and save” and Expedia “Free Extras” as well as last-minute deals and early bird savings. An example of the latter is a flight from Perth and 4-nights accommodation in Phuket for $692 instead of $751.
Kayak doesn’t have a dedicated deals section on its website. On its homepage it has a few “Recommended for you” flights that come in at good prices. An example is a Sydney to Melbourne flight for $34 if you fly on specified dates.
Expedia showcases a greater number and range of deals on its website.
Top Expedia and Kayak deals
Popular Expedia.com.au coupon codes
|Last checked||Code description||Code|
|19 Nov 2020||Up to 20% off advance booking||********|
|7 Jan 2021||Up to 40% off Australia stays + free cancellations||********|
|6 Jan 2021||Australia holidays from $256||********|
|4 Jan 2021||Flights to Greece from $1,402 return||********|
|4 Jan 2021||Coffs Harbour flights from $79 each way||********|
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