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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

FeatureExpediaKayakVerdict
What can I book?
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Car hire
  • Activities
  • Cruises
  • Holiday rentals
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Car hire
  • Train tickets
Expedia offers a broader range of products.
Can I price match?NoNoNeither uses price match.
Is there a lay-by or payment plan?NoNoNeither offers payment plans.
Any booking fees?Yes, on some flight transactions.NoExpedia does charge some fees.
Is there online chat?NoNoNeither offers online chat.
Is there a loyalty scheme?Yes, it’s free to join Expedia Rewards.NoExpedia offers a loyalty scheme.
What are my payment options?
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Visa
  • PayPal
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Visa
  • PayPal
Both offer similar payment options.
Can I book round-the-world fares?NoNoNeither offers round-the-world fares.
Can I book multi-city fares?YesYesBoth 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 toolBoth offer a similar number of tools.
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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.

The verdict:

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.

The verdict:

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.

The verdict:

Expedia showcases a greater number and range of deals on its website.


Top Expedia and Kayak deals

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Up to 60% off Australia hotels

Available on select 2020 dates and hotels. Destinations include Perth, Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Newcastle, Port Stephens and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 32% off Australia getaways

Available on select 2020 dates when you book your flights and accommodation together. Destinations include Perth, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

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Australia stays from $62/night

Available on select stay dates in Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide and more. Sample stay is for North Ryde Guest House. T&Cs apply.

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Domestic flights from $145 return

Available on select travel dates until February 2021. Destinations include Adelaide, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Hamilton Island and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Byron Bay with Jetstar.

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Up to 35% off last minute deals

Available on select stay dates across Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns and more. T&Cs apply.

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Things to do in Hunter Valley from $30

Available on select dates and activities like hop-on hop-off winery tour, scenic flight experience, hot air balloon flight and more.

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Hobart: Up to 20% off Wrest Point stay

Available on select dates until December 2020, including school holidays. Minimum of 2 nights stay required. T&Cs apply.

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Sydney: Up to 20% off Illawarra Fly Treetop adventures

Available on select dates until March 2021, including school holidays. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 25% off Whitsundays stay with breakfast

Available on stays until December 2020, including school holidays, at Daydream Island Resort. Minimum of 2 nights stay required. T&Cs apply.

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Brisbane: Up to 35% off Morgan Suites stay

Available on stays until December 2020, including school holidays. Minimum of 2 nights stay required. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 10% off Cairns 3-in-1 combo pass

Available until 31 March 2021 to Koala Gardens, Birdworld and Butterfly Sanctuary. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 36% off Broome holidays

Available on select stay dates in 2020 and 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne tickets

Available until December 2020. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 8% off Gold Coast jet boat ride and scenic helicopter flight

Available until December 2020. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off Madame Tussauds Sydney + Free Sydney Tower Eye tickets

Available on select dates until December 2020. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off Sydney hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour

Available for travel until 20 January 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Brisbane's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary day admission from $42

Available on select dates until February 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 16% off SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium tickets

Available on select dates until December 2020. T&Cs apply.

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Christchurch stays from $121 for 2 nights

Available on select travel dates. Sample rate is for YMCA Christchurch Hostel. T&Cs apply.

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Wellington stays from $129 for 2 nights

Available on select travel dates. Sample rate is for Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers. T&Cs apply.

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Hunter Valley stays from $70/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at Hunter Valley Travellers Rest.

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Surfers Paradise stays from $58/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at Arrival Accommodation Centre.

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Byron Bay stays from $61/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at Nomads Byron Bay Hostel.

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Sunshine Coast stays from $65/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at Dolphins Beach House.

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Hobart stays from $79/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at Blue Hills Motel.

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Cairns stays from $38/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at Waterfront Backpackers Hostel.

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Perth stays from $55/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at Kangaroo Inn Hostel.

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Brisbane stays from $48/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at Yellow Submarine Backpackers.

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Gold Coast stays from $45/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park.

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Sydney stays from $38/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at The George Street Hotel.

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Melbourne stays from $50/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at Great Southern Hotel Melbourne.

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Cairns stays from $38/night

Available on select stay dates in 2020. Sample rate is for a stay at Waterfront Backpackers Hostel.

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Auckland stays from $245 for 2 nights

Available on select travel dates. Sample rate is for Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel. T&Cs apply.

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Dunedin stays from $297 for 2 nights

Available on select travel dates. Sample rate is for Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin. T&Cs apply.

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Things to do in Townsville from $28

Available on select dates and activities such as Magnetic Island ferry trip, scenic helicopter flights, diving, sailings and more.

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Cheap five-day holiday packages starting from $562pp

Fly and stay in Bali for five nights from $562pp. Price is based on twin share. Sample packages include flights and five nights at Legian Paradiso Hotel from $562pp and flights and five nights in The Kana, Kuta from $584pp.

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Eureka Skydeck tickets from $25

Available on weekends until March 2021 in Melbourne. T&Cs apply.

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Things to do in Broom from $14

Available on select travel dates. Activities include tours, helicopter flights, kayak adventures and more. T&Cs apply.

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Popular Expedia.com.au coupon codes

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