Flight hacks: expert reveals how to score cheap flights for Christmas

As the holidays approach, the price in plane tickets are increasing, with some domestic flights now reaching up to $1,000 one-way.

But Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher explains how to get the most out of your money when you come home for Christmas.

“You don’t just imagine it,” Zeiher said this morning on Todayadmitting that “it’s quite interesting that all of a sudden we’re seeing these consistently high prices continuing into December.”

Watch the video above.

Chris Zeiher shares his tips for finding a cheap vacation flight. (New/Today)

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Although there are only 35 days left until Christmas, Zeiher says there are still ways around the exorbitant flight prices.

“Advance booking is always recommended, we hear there are Black Friday sales brewing in the not too distant future,” he suggests.

“A lot of us also have a lot of flight credits available, so now is a really good time to use up your flight credits,” he says, reminding the public that they may have had flights canceled this year, and they could potentially use the credit from those to go towards Christmas flights.

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A Qantas A380 takes off from Sydney Airport over Botany Bay.
Zeiher suggests checking all air carriers to find the best deal (AP)

Now is not the time to be picky, with the travel expert recommending ‘potentially considering all carriers’, which means ‘actually checking out places like Qantas and Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Rex’.

And don’t delete these newsletters from your inbox just yet, because “a lot of times you’ll see the deals coming out through the newsletters first.”

Flying isn’t the only option either, with Zeiher suggesting road trips, train trips, or even plane trips to the mid-January when ticket prices should be a bit more affordable.

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It appears that these problems will persist both nationally and internationally. (A current affair)

Unfortunately, it looks like these issues will continue to persist, at least for the foreseeable future, with Zeiher explaining why.

“There are fewer flights in the air than before, the demand is actually very high and we still have our traditional markets which are closed, which would bring a lot of capacity into the country,” he explains.

“It’s going to take another 18 months to two years to recover, unfortunately, as we start to see these things change…we really have to adjust our expectations both in terms of our budgets and how the industry travel is recovering from the pandemic.”

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