7 companies offering flexible Boxing Day travel deals

Posted: 26 December 2020 2:53 pm
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Change your dates, destination or mind? These deals include fuss-free changes at no extra cost.

We're all hungry for a good travel deal at the moment, but making sure you're booking something that's both well-priced and has you covered in case your plans need to change is key.

Luckily, many of this year's Boxing Day travel deals are offering flexible booking options. They include options such as changing your date of travel for free, choosing a new destination or even swapping your spot on the trip for a different traveller altogether.

So whether you're locking in a low price on a voucher that you're redeeming later or opting for a holiday with the option to cancel or reschedule later on, these companies are some of the safest bets you can make while shopping the Boxing Day travel sales.

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1. Virgin Australia

What's the Boxing Day deal? Flights in Australia from $79 each way, including checked baggage.

Travel dates: 7 January until 23 June 2021.

Flexibility: Although it doesn't cover all available dates in the sale, you can make an unlimited number of changes for travel on or before 31 March 2021, including a change of dates and destination. You can also cancel your flight for a credit.

Book by: 28 December.

Go to Virgin Australia's website to book

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2. Luxury Escapes

What's the Boxing Day deal? A selection of popular packages are available again, including a Crown Metropol Melbourne stay from $499 (valued at $1,391) and a Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast stay for $899 (valued at $2,465).

Travel dates: Varies by package. Most are available for travel until December 2021.

Flexibility: Select the "buy now, choose dates later" option to purchase the package without needing to lock in a date. Validity period varies, but will be noted on the deal. We're finding the vouchers are valid for about a year.

Book by: 6 January.

Go to Luxury Escapes' website to book

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3. Groupon

What's the Boxing Day deal? Up to 25% off hotels, packages and activities site-wide with code.

Travel dates: Varies by deal. Some are available until December 2022.

Flexibility: Like Luxury Escapes' offer, you can choose to purchase your trip or stay as a voucher and redeem it when you feel comfortable travelling as long as it's within the validity period.

Book by: 26 December.

Go to Groupon's website to book

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4. G Adventures

What's the Boxing Day deal? Up to 30% off tours with a $1 upfront deposit. You can also save 21% on the My Own Room option, which is similar to a single supplement.

Travel dates: Until March 2022.

Flexibility: Rebook your trip without any fees, including changing the dates or destination altogether, up to 30 days prior to departure. Although the travel dates in the sale are until March 2022, the flexible travel option only applies to tours departing in 2021.

Book by: 31 January.

Go to G Adventures' website to book

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5. P&O Cruises

What's the Boxing Day deal? There are two sales running. One is for up to $500 in onboard credit for sailings you can book with just a $1 deposit, or you can choose a sailing from $249 per person. With the latter, if you book an ocean-view room, you'll get a complimentary upgrade to a balcony cabin.

Travel dates: Select cruises in 2021 and 2022.

Flexibility: If you cancel 76 days or more prior to departure, and you're booked on a cruise departing before 30 November 2021, you can get a full refund. If you cancel between 31 and 75 days prior to departure, and you're booked to depart before 4 March 2021, you'll get a full refund; if you're booked to depart before 30 November 2021, you'll get a Future Cruise Credit. If you cancel between 15 and 30 days prior to departure, and you're booked to depart before 30 November 2021, you'll qualify for a Future Cruise Credit.

Book by: 2 March for $1 deposit sale or by 31 December for the free upgrade offer.

Go to P&O Cruises' website to book

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6. TravelTalk

What's the Boxing Day deal? Two-for-one tours to destinations like Egypt, Morocco, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and India.

Travel dates: Select tour dates until December 2022.

Flexibility: Free changes up to 15 days before departure, including the tour date, destination and passenger name. If you've already paid for your trip, you can get it refunded into a credit that you can use until 31 December 2022.

Book by: 28 December.

Go to TravelTalk's website to book

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7. Wotif

What's the Boxing Day deal? Up to 50% off hotels in Australia.

Travel dates: Select dates in 2021.

Flexibility: Choose a hotel with free cancellation on your stay. Most will let you cancel for a full refund up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

Book by: 27 December.

Go to Wotif's website to book

Boxing Day is finally here. If you want more travel bargains, check out the latest travel deals and flight sales.

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