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

Feature Skyscanner Expedia Verdict
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

Asia flights from $135 return with Scoot

Available for travel on select dates from 30 March - 30 May 2020. Destinations include Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Philippines and more.

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Australia-wide flights from $35 each way with Jetstar

Available for travel from March - October 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Whitsunday, Gold Coast, Ballina, Launceston and more.

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Qantas sale: International flights from $199 each way

Available for travel on select dates between February - November 2020. Sample fare is Brisbane-Christchurch. Destinations include Auckland, Wellington, Noumea and more.

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Vanuatu flights from $383 return

Available select dates in March 2020 with Virgin Australia. Sample price is from Brisbane.

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Chinese New Year sale: Asia flights from $645 return

Available for travel on select dates in 2020 with Cathay Pacific. Sample fare is Sydney-Beijing. Destinations include New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.

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Chinese New Year sale: Asia flights from $629 return with Cathay Pacific

Available on select flights between 13 January and 31 December, blackout periods apply. Sample fare is from Melbourne-Beijing. Other destinations include Japan, Philippines, Taipei, China and India.

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Scoot sale: Asia flights from $135 each way

Available for flights on select dates from March - May 2020 with Scoot. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Singapore. Destinations include Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Osaka, Cebu and more.

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Qantas sale: Australia-wide flights from $99 each way

Available for flights on select dates between April - November 2020. Sample fare is Adelaide-Kangaroo Island. Destinations include Adelaide, Melbourne, Port Lincoln, Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra, Brisbane and more.

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Up to 50% off last minute deals on Australia hotels

Available on select dates in February 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Perth.

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Skyscanner Skyscanner

Melbourne flights from $197 return

Available for flights from 20 January - 2 February 2020 with Jetstar and Tigerair. Sample fare departs from Adelaide.

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Cook Islands flights from $529 return with Air New Zealand

Available on select dates from 24 January - 12 September 2020. Sample price is from Sydney. T&Cs apply.

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10% off Australian Open 2020 tickets and activities with code

Available for travel period 10 January - 9 February 2020 or until sold out prior. Mastercard credit card issued in Australia required for payment upon booking. T&Cs apply.

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4-day Disneyland ticket for the price of 3

Available until 31 December 2020 at Disneyland Resort California. T&Cs apply.

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Turkey flights from $816 each way

Valid for travel until April 2020 across Turkey. Sample fare is Perth–Istanbul with Qatar.

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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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Stay in Jindabyne near Charlotte Pass from $79 per night

Book accommodation near Charlotte Pass from just $79 per night with Expedia.com.au.

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Bora Bora flights from $1,562 return

Available on select dates in 2020. Sample price is from Sydney when flying with Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti.

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Fly to the Snowy Mountains (Cooma) from just $137 each way

Available on Rex flights on select dates through 2020. Sample price is from Sydney. Flights from other cities also available.

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Popular Skyscanner coupon codes

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6 Jan 2020 10% off Australian Open 2020 tickets and activities with code MAS****
22 Jan 2020 Asia flights from $135 return with Scoot ********
21 Jan 2020 Australia-wide flights from $35 each way with Jetstar ********
22 Jan 2020 Qantas sale: International flights from $199 each way ********
24 Jan 2020 Vanuatu flights from $383 return ********

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