Skyscanner vs Expedia: Which is better?

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

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

Australia-wide flights from $105 with Qantas

Valid for travel on select dates between November - December 2019 and January - June 2020. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Sydney with Qantas. Destinations include Port Hedland, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and more.

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Bali flights from $235 return

Valid for travel between September - December 2019 including Christmas season. Sample fare is Perth-Denpasar with AirAsia.

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Jetstar sale: Melbourne flights from $49 each way

Valid for travel on select dates booked by 21 October 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston with Jetstar. T&Cs apply.

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Macau flights from $401

Valid for travel on select dates. Sample fare is Melbourne-Macau. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $120 off Phuket hotel stay + flights

Valid for travel from October - November 2019 on select hotels across Phuket with Scoot. T&Cs apply.

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Tigerair sale: Domestic flights from $50.95

Valid for travel on select dates between October - December 2019. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Sydney.

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Up to 80% off Australia hotels

Valid for select travel dates booked at Expedia.com.au in select Australia hotels like Sydney, Melbourne, London, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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2020 flights from $1,194 return

Valid for select 2020 travel dates booked by 31 October 2019 at cathaypacific.com. Destinations include UK and Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada, Israel and more. T&Cs apply.

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Philippines flights from $480 return

Valid for travel on select dates from October - December 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Manila with AirAsia. Destinations include Cebu, Davao and more.

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Chicago flights from $1,001 return

Valid for travel on select dates between March - April 2020. Sample fare departs from Sydney.

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Australia-wide flights from $46 each way

Valid for travel on select dates between November - December 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-Sydney with Jetstar. Destinations include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and more.

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Italy flights from $455 each way

Valid for travel on select dates in November - December 2019. Sample fare is Perth-Rome with Scoot. Destinations include Venice, Florence and more.

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Greece flights from $379 each way

Valid for travel on select dates between October - December 2019. Sample fare is Perth-Athens with Scoot. Destinations include Santorini, Mykonos and more.

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Paris flights from $861 return

Valid for travel on select dates between December 2019 - June 2020 with Air China. Sample fare departs from Sydney.

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Europe flights from $911 return

Valid for travel on select dates between December 2019 - March 2020. Sample fare is Melbourne-London. Destinations include Manchester, Edinburgh and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $121 off Singapore hotel stay + flights

Valid for travel from October - November 2019 with Scoot. 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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Popular Skyscanner coupon codes

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18 Oct 2019 Australia-wide flights from $105 with Qantas ********
18 Sep 2019 Bali flights from $235 return ********
18 Oct 2019 Jetstar sale: Melbourne flights from $49 each way ********
18 Oct 2019 Macau flights from $401 ********
17 Oct 2019 Up to $120 off Phuket hotel stay + flights ********

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