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 47% off last-minute domestic 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.

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Up to 33% off Australia stays + free cancellations

Available on select travel dates to Broome, Mackay, Launceston, Darwin, Perth, Cairns, Sydney, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

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Things to do in Townsville from $34

Available on select dates in 2021 on activities such as Magnetic Island ferry trip, scenic helicopter flights, diving, sailings and more.

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Up to 25% off Cairns stays

Available on stays until December 2021. Destinations include Fitzroy Island, Trinity Beach and more.

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Up to 25% off Mt Buller holidays

Available on select travel dates in 2021 when you book your flights and hotels together. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 10% off Jindabyne hotels

Available on select travel dates and includes breakfast and free cancellation on select hotels.

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Up to 50% off Sydney stays

Available on stays until December 2021.

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Up to 50% off Perth getaways

Available on select travel dates in 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 5% off Broome holiday packages

Available on select travel dates when you book your flights and hotel together. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 11% off Byron Bay getaways

Available on select travel dates in 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 10% off Thredbo hotels

Available on select stay dates until 2022. Includes free breakfast and cancellation on select hotels. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off Broome getaways

Available on select travel dates in 2021 when you stay for 2+ nights. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 14% off Hunter Valley getaways

Available on select travel dates in 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 10% off Surfers Paradise getaways

Available on select travel dates in 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off Sunshine Coast getaways

Available on select travel dates in 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off Hobart getaways

Available on select travel dates in 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 43% off Brisbane getaways

Available on select travel dates in 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 21% off Gold Coast getaways

Available on select travel dates in 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 30% off Melbourne stays

Available on select travel dates in 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 30% off Cairns stays

Available on select travel dates in 2021. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 19% off Brisbane Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary holidays

Available on select travel dates when you book hotel and flights together. 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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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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Things to do in Broome from $14

Available on select travel dates in 2021. Activities include tours, helicopter flights, kayak adventures and more. Sample rate is for a walking tour.

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Up to 29% off Surfers Paradise holidays with flights

Available on select travel dates to SkyPoint Observation Deck.

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Popular Expedia.com.au coupon codes

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16 Jun 2021 Up to 47% off last-minute domestic escapes ********
15 Apr 2021 Up to 33% off Australia stays + free cancellations ********
9 Jun 2021 Things to do in Townsville from $34 ********
9 Jun 2021 Up to 25% off Cairns stays ********
9 Jun 2021 Up to 25% off Mt Buller holidays ********

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