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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.

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:

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Northern Territory sale: Up to 20% off hotels

Valid for travel on select dates in July 2019. Destinations include Darwin, Cartersville, Nitmiluk and more. T&Cs apply.

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Houston flights from $931 return

Valid for travel on select dates from August 2019 - March 2020. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Air New Zealand.

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Vanuatu flights from $479 return

Valid for travel between 12 June 2019 - 31 March 2020. Destination includes Port Vila and more. Sample fare is Brisbane-Espiritu Santo with Air Vanuatu.

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Cook Islands flights from $469 return

Valid for travel between 7 October - 20 December 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Rarotonga with Air New Zealand.

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Hawaii flights from $333 each way

Valid for travel from June - August 2019. Sample fare departs from Sydney to Honolulu with Jetstar.

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Canada flights from $575 each way

Valid for travel on from 24 July - 7 August 2019. Destinations include Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and more. Sample fare is Adelaide-Vancouver.

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Paris flights from $611 each way

Valid for travel from June - November 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-Paris with China Eastern.

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Hong Kong flights from $195 each way

Valid for travel on select dates from June - August 2019. Sample fare is Perth-Hong Kong with AirAsia.

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Queenstown flights from $378 each way

Valid for travel on select dates until December. Sample fare departs from Perth with Jetstar.

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Adelaide flights from $60 each way

Valid for travel from June - July 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide with Tigerair.

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Gold Coast flights from $53 each way

Valid for travel from July - August 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Gold Coast with Tigerair.

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Japan flights from $302 each way

Valid for travel from June - September 2019. Destinations include Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Okinawa and more. Sample fare is Cairns-Osaka with Jetstar.

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Hamilton Island flights from $117 each way

Valid for travel from June - August 2019. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Jetstar.

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Maldives flights from $490 return

Valid for travel from January - March 2020. Sample fare is Melbourne-Male.

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Japan flights from $830 return

Valid for travel from 15 May - 30 November 2019 with Thai Airways. Sample fare departs from Perth.

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Bangkok flights from $653 return

Valid for travel from 15 May - 30 November 2019 with Thai Airways. Sample fare departs from Perth.

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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 Expedia.com.au coupon codes

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21 Jun 2019 Northern Territory sale: Up to 20% off hotels ********
18 Jun 2019 Houston flights from $931 return ********
17 Jun 2019 Vanuatu flights from $479 return ********
13 Jun 2019 Cook Islands flights from $469 return ********
7 Jun 2019 Hawaii flights from $333 each way ********

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