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Skyscanner vs Expedia: Which is better?

We help you spot the difference between two of the biggest holiday price comparison sites.

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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:

Skyscanner Skyscanner

Virgin Australia sale: Australia-wide flights from $69 each way

Available for flights on select dates from November 2020 - December 2021. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Sydney. Destinations include Launceston, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Ballina Byron, Coffs Harbour, Sunshine Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

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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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Skyscanner Skyscanner

Australia-wide flights from $41 + one free date change

Available on Jetstar flights until January 2021 to Sydney, Ballina, Uluru, Brisbane, Darwin, Cairns, Hobart, Townsville and more. Sample fare is Adelaide-Melbourne.

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New Zealand flights from $243 return

Available on select dates from January - October 2021 to Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin and more. Sample fare is Sydneyt-Auckland with Jetstar. T&Cs apply.

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USA flights from $962 return

Available on select dates from February - June 2021 to San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Los Angeles with Philippine Airlines. T&Cs apply.

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Hawaii flights from $425 return

Available on select dates from March - September 2021. Sample fare is Sydney-Honolulu with Jetstar. T&Cs apply.

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London flights from $1,218 return

Available on select dates from January - September 2021. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Qatar Airways. T&Cs apply.

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Greece flights from $1,624 return

Available on select dates from January - July 2021 to Crete, Santorini, Rhodes and more. Sample fare is Perth-Athens with Qantas Airways. 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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Asia flights from $247 return

Available on select dates in 2021 to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and more. Sample fare is Perth-Bali with Jetstar and AirAsia. 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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Popular Skyscanner coupon codes

Last checked Code description Code
22 Oct 2020 Virgin Australia sale: Australia-wide flights from $69 each way ********
9 Oct 2020 Up to 60% off Australia hotels ********
27 Aug 2020 Up to 32% off Australia getaways ********
20 Oct 2020 Australia stays from $62/night ********
20 Oct 2020 Domestic flights from $145 return ********

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