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Our tips for finding the best flight deals

Want to find the best value airline tickets for your next trip? There are lots of ways to secure the best deals on Skyscanner Australia, so it’s well worth reading our guide to finding the perfect flight for you.

The flight search panel

Let’s look in more detail at the flight search panel on our homepage. You’ll see you can choose where you want to fly from and where you want to go. Users also have the choice of selecting a one-way ticket, a return, or a multi-city journey.

Homepage flight search panel

There is a tick box you can select if you only want to fly directly to a destination, without any stop-overs and you can also choose your cabin class and the number of passengers travelling from the drop down menus.

All this is pretty straight forward, and by clicking on the green search flights button we’ll compare all the different airline options and routes available, to get you the best airfare deals.

Cheapest Month

We have several options users can choose from when looking for flights; you can look at specific dates you want to fly, a whole month view which allows you to search ahead to compare flight prices on different days during a particular month and lastly our cheapest month feature. Well-loved by our users, it’s great if you know where you want to go, but you also have more flexibility on when you can travel.

Cheapest month on flight search panel on homepage

You can save a lot of money using the cheapest month feature, as flights costs can vary dramatically depending on when you want to travel. For example, it’s typical to find a surge in flight prices during popular travel period, whereas if you’re flexible and can travel outside of the popular months, you may see flight prices halved.

Cheapest Month graphic

Search everywhere

Need some help deciding where to go? We also have a search option to help you discover the best flight bargains and get destination inspiration!

All you need to do is enter your departure point and instead of searching for a specific destination, enter “everywhere” into the destination text box.

Search everywhere on Skyscanner

Skyscanner will scour the web for the best destinations for you to choose from in price order.

Search everywhere feature

Compare cheap flights to everywhere

Search Filters

Within our search results pages, you’ll find a number of filter options you can choose from so that you can quickly and easily find the perfect flight for you. The filter panel can be found on the left hand side of the page and all you need to do is select the filter options relevant to you. You may want to narrow your search based on departure and return flight times, whether you want a direct flight or flights with stop-overs, the ideal journey duration or you may have a preference on the airline you want to fly with.

Skyscanner filters

The Skyscanner Map

The Skyscanner Map is a handy little tool if you need some inspiration on where to go. Find it by clicking on the small blue ‘map’ link on the main search panel, or click here.

Skyscanner map

Type the city you are flying from into the search box, choose the month you want to fly, and lots of red and green destination markers appear on the map. The red markers represent direct flights and the green ones indirect ones. Hover your cursor over these dots and a destination name tag pops up with a price starting point figure.

You can filter out indirect flights and use the slider to find flight destinations that are most likely to be in your budget.

Search on Skyscanner's inspiration map

Price Alerts

Because air ticket prices are changing all the time it’s a good idea to sign up and get a Price Alert if you know the dates you want to fly. Our Price Alerts feature allows you to monitor changes in ticket prices. If the ticket price goes up or goes down, we’ll automatically send you an email to notify you. This will help you to decide when it’s the best time to book and get the best deal.This service is free, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Access the Price Alerts feature by searching for a flight using the Skyscanner Australia search engine. Then, just above the filters you will see a blue Get Price Alerts box. Click on this, add your email, and it’s ready to go.

price alerts monitor changes in flight prices

Our award-winning flight app

Check flight prices on the go! Download the Skyscanner Flights app, available on iOS and Android and you can compare millions of flights from hundreds of airlines instantly, so you get the best deals whenever you want them.

Skyscanner Australia isn’t just about finding the best value flights! You can also search for great deals on hotels and car hire.

Now you’ve got all our tips and tricks for find the best flight for you, be prepared to save a bucket load!

Compare cheap flights to everywhere