Deal-driven Aussies missing out on significant travel savings

On August 05, 2014 at 02:04 AM
  • Older Aussies saving more than others by embracing hotel and flight bundles
  • Expedia’s insider tip – bundling flight and hotel together is the key to stretching holiday funds further

Australia is renowned for being a nation of savvy travellers, yet research from Expedia’s Out There study reveals an astounding 81 per cent of Aussies may be missing out on possible triple-digit savings when booking their travel.

While just over half of Aussie travellers (53%) save for their entire holiday in advance, the remainder rely on credit to pay for a portion of their holiday. In fact, one in ten pay for their entire holiday on credit, so finding ways to help holiday funds stretch further is becoming a hot topic for holiday makers.

Expedia travel expert Louise Crompton advises travellers looking to save money on their next holiday to book their flights and accommodation together.

“Aussies love to travel and finding a good deal to enable us to fulfil this passion is key. By booking flights and accommodation together, Aussies can save hundreds of dollars.”

However, the Out There study found fewer than one in five (19%) book their flights and accommodation together.

Aussies aged 65+ are making the most of the savings that can be made by booking flights and accommodation at the same time, with (43%) purchasing holiday bundles. On the other hand, thevast majority of 25-34 year olds (90%) still book travel and accommodation separately.

Crompton says it’s surprising more Aussies aren’t seizing the opportunity to make valuable savings on their travel.

“It’s so convenient to book a holiday bundle and the savings on popular destinations like Fiji, Bali and Hawaii can be huge. With the bulk of Aussies’ holiday budget going to flights and accommodation, having some extra cash to put towards dining out, a shopping spree or trying a new activity is a big bonus.”

Where to find the best bundled deals*:

Destination

Average Package Savings (AUD)

Hong Kong

$731.49

Maldives

$639.76

New York

$443.14

Paris

$434.89

Fiji

$426.29

Oahu

$375.12

Bali

$248.77

 
For more information on Bundling, visit Expedia.com.au.
 
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Notes to Editors
Expedia has announced its ‘Bag a Bargain Sale’, providing discounts on packages and up to 40 per cent off hotels in popular global and local destinations for Australian travellers.
 
The sale offers great discounts on destinations across USA (Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York), Mexico (Cancun), Pacific Islands (Fiji), Europe (London) and Asia (Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Ko Samui, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket), as well as key domestic locations including Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast.
 
The sale runs until 17 August 2014. Bookings can be made by visiting Expedia.com.au or by calling 13 38 10.
 
About the Study
Expedia commissioned the national survey with Pure Profile between 10 – 14 March 2014 with 1,006 Australians aged 18 and over via an online survey.
 
*About Average Package Savings Data
Average savings based on all holiday package bookings made on Expedia.com.au from September 2013 to July 2014, as compared to price of the same components booked separately in the same period. Savings will vary based on selections made. Savings are not available on all packages.
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