Skyscanner vs Expedia: Which is better?

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Both Skyscanner and Expedia set customers up with holidays, but what are the differences between them?

We compare the two brands on everything from loyalty schemes to range of products.

Skyscanner vs Expedia

FeatureSkyscannerExpediaVerdict
What can I book?
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Car hire
  • Train tickets, through the app
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Car hire
  • Activities
  • Cruises
  • Holiday rentals
Expedia offers a greater breadth of options.
Can I price match?No.No.Neither price match.
Is there lay-by or a payment plan?No.No.Neither offers payment plans.
Any booking fees?No.Yes, on some flight transactions.Expedia charges some booking fees.
Is there online chat?No.No.Neither offers online chat.
Is there a loyalty scheme?No.Yes. It's free to join Expedia Rewards.Expedia offers a loyalty scheme.
What are my payment options?Skyscanner does not take payments directly. It forwards you onto third-party sites, therefore options vary.
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Visa
  • PayPal
You can pay for products directly through Expedia.
Can I book round the world fares?No.No.Neither offers round world fares.
Can I book multi-city fares?Yes.Yes.Both offer multi-city fares.
Any features to find the best price?
  • Price alert emails
  • Month view of cheapest prices
  • Search everywhere function
  • Map featuring cheap flights to popular destinations and their prices
  • Deals page
  • "Shift your trip" flight-price detailing the cheapest flights on either side of your travel dates
Skyscanner gives you a few more tools to help you find the best deals.
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Who offers the best price?

In a search for one-way flights between Sydney and Brisbane on a specific day, the lowest-priced flight listed on Skyscanner was $71. In the same search on Expedia, the lowest-priced flight also came out at $71.

The verdict:

Skyscanner and Expedia listed identical prices for flights on the same route but at different times of day.


Which offers a wider range of airlines?

Both offer a wide variety of airlines. On the Sydney to Brisbane route, both give customers four airlines to choose from.


What are deals like?

As Skyscanner is a travel search site, is pulls its prices from third-party websites for you to compare so deals are dependent on other websites. Expedia on the other hand is an online travel agent that lets you book flights and hotels through its service. It has relationships similar to your classic travel agent and at times can offer you better rates.

On top of your typical search, Expedia also has a dedicated deals page on its website. This section features last-minute offers, hotel rooms for $99 or less, stay-longer-and-save offers, and coupon codes for discounts on activities.

The verdict?:

Expedia runs more deals and offers across a wider range of products.


Top Skyscanner and Expedia deals:

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Flights within Australia from $25 each way

Available on flights until December 201. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar. Destinations include Gold Coast, Ballina, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and more.

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Jetstar sale: Australia-wide flights from $32 each way

Available on flights from April - September 2021 to Launceston, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Whitsundays, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Darwin, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off: Qantas flights from $70 each way

Available on flights from April - September 2021 to destinations including Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Launceston, Canberra, Darwin, Broome, Perth and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston.

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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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Flights between Sydney and Melbourne from $39 each way

Available on Rex Airline select flights in 2021.

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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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Worldwide flights from $211 return

Available on select flights until March 2022. Destinations include Indonesia, Malaysia, USA, Hong Kong, Canada, Maldives, United Kingdom, Spain, Greece, Peru and more. Sample fare is Darwin-Singapore.

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New Zealand flights from $280 return

Available on flights until March 2022. Destinations include Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Auckland with Jetstar.

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Flights to Cooma from $98 each way

Available on flights until August 2021 departing from Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Cooma with Rex Airlines.

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Alice Springs flights from $110 each way

Available on select flights until March 2022 departing from Melbourne, Sydney Brisbane and more. Sample fare departs from Adelaide with Virgin Australia.

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Flights to Philippines from $425 return

Available on select flight dates until March 2021. Sample fare is Melbourne-Manila with Cebu Pacific. Other airlines Philippine Airlines from $607 and more.

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Hong Kong flights from $1,877 return

Available on Cathay Pacific flights on select travel dates from July 2021 - May 2022. Sample fare is Perth-Hong Kong. Other flights depart from Sydney, Melbourne and more.

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Air Canada flights from $2,271 return

Available on select flights to Canada until April 2022. Sample fare is Brisbane-Toronto. Destinations include Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal 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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