26.09.2021

When to buy your Christmas holiday plane ticket

As the Christmas season approaches, families and couples are preparing to travel back to their hometown or begin the new year abroad.

And while it’s a festive time of the year it also becomes the most expensive, with presents and travel arrangements costing more the closer you get to December 25.

In an effort to slash some of those rising prices Skyscanner has released a list of the top destinations to travel to over the break and what days to book your plane ticket.

And while it’s a festive time of the year it also becomes the most expensive, with presents and travel arrangements costing more the closer you get to December 25 (stock image)

If it's a white Christmas you're looking for London (pictured) becomes an even easier choice when you take in the 37 per cent price drop on tickets 

If it’s a white Christmas you’re looking for London (pictured) becomes an even easier choice when you take in the 37 per cent price drop on tickets 

If it’s a white Christmas you’re looking for London becomes an even easier choice when you take in the 37 per cent price drop on tickets this October.

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland will once again light up the night, with ice skating rinks and warm wine to warm up your body in the snow.

But you’ve only got a week to secure your tickets, preferably between October 16 to 22 flying out of Sydney, before prices begin to rise again.

If you're based in Sydney but looking for a far hotter place to vacation, you can save up to 20 per cent on tickets to Phuket (pictured) around this time

If you’re based in Sydney but looking for a far hotter place to vacation, you can save up to 20 per cent on tickets to Phuket (pictured) around this time

The best time to book a flight overseas

  • A Perth to Bangkok flight could save you 22 per cent if you book between October 16 to 22.
  • A Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City flight could save you 21 per cent if you book between October 30 and November 5.
  • A Sydney to Phuket flight could save you 20 per cent if you book between October 9 to 15.
  • A Sydney to London flight could save you 37 per cent if you book between October 30 and November 5.

If you’re based in Sydney but looking for a far hotter place to vacation, you can save up to 20 per cent on tickets to Phuket around this time.

Known for its crystal clear beaches and buzzing night life Phuket becomes the perfect choice for a summer getaway – particularly if you’re snagging those tickets between October 9 to 15.

For those flying out of Melbourne, a short plane ride to Ho Chi Minh in December could save you 21 per cent off the regular ticket price if you book in early.

By hitting that confirm button between October 30 and November 5 you’re only a month away from enjoying some roadside pho and scooting around with a local guide on the back of a motorbike.

For a spot of history hit up the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Perth locals will be pleased to hear about the savings from their state to Bangkok, which are coming in at a tidy 22 percent for the same booking time period.

For those flying out of Melbourne, a short plane ride to Ho Chi Minh (pictured) in December could save you 21 per cent off the regular ticket price if you book in early

Perth locals will be pleased to hear about the savings from their state to Bangkok (pictured), which are coming in at a tidy 22 percent for the same booking time period

Perth locals will be pleased to hear about the savings from their state to Bangkok (pictured), which are coming in at a tidy 22 percent for the same booking time period

When is the be
st time to book your ticket? 

According to Skyscanner, the best time to buy a Christmas flight is during the week of October 22 or eleven weeks out.

Alternatively if you plan on booking a flight on New Years Eve try for the week of October 29. 

Bangkok, known as the Asian city that never sleeps, will help you blow the holiday cash you’ve just saved on shopping.

If it’s a more traditional experience you’re after there are hundreds of grand temples like Wat Arun and the Chatuchak Weekend Market.

So while there are savings to be had, there are also quick decisions to be made, as October reigns as the cheapest time to score your best airfare deals. 

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