Get ready to tick “travel more” off your list of New Year’s resolutions. Boxing Day is when some of the hottest flight deals drop – and some of them have started early!
We’re on the hunt for bargains and will be updating this page throughout the day to bring you the best from airlines. Check in regularly for the latest offers.
Boxing Day flight deals for New Zealand 2021
What should I know about booking flights in the Boxing Day sales during COVID-19?
If you feel stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to decide whether to travel now, here are a few things to consider before booking that may give you some peace of mind.
- Flexible bookings: Many airlines are offering flexible fares if you’re unable to travel. Air New Zealand, Virgin and Qantas have all extended the flexible booking period to flights booked until 31 March 2021. Even budget airlines like Jetstar offer to turn your flight into credit if it gets cancelled due to changing government restrictions. Some international carriers are offering similar conditions. Qatar is offering unlimited changes with no fees for travel until 31 December 2021.
- COVID-safe measures by airlines: All airlines should have safety measures in place. This will change depending on where you’re located and the local government regulations, but may include social distancing in-flight or the provision of masks and sanitiser. In Australia, Jetstar and Qantas are both providing fly well packs with masks and two single-use sanitiser sachets.
- Travel insurance: Only recently becoming available, travel insurance for COVID-19 can cover cancellation costs if you become sick or quarantine costs in some circumstances.
When do the Boxing Day flight sales start?
Boxing Day officially starts at midnight on 26 December every year, but a few travel companies start dropping their sales early.
Last year, some of the early Boxing Day sales came from AirAsia, Groupon and Qatar.
We recommend looking for deals in the week leading up to Boxing Day. The early bird does get the worm so the sooner you book, the more likely you are to get the best price on your preferred dates.
This page will be updated with all the deals (as listed above) as they land.
Which airlines offer Boxing Day flight deals?
In past years, we’ve seen Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Qatar, Emirates and Air New Zealand drop Boxing Day sales into our laps.
Online travel agencies and aggregators including Expedia, Skyscanner and Kayak are also worth keeping an eye on over the Boxing Day sale period.
They often offer promo codes with extra discounts. Some can even save you more than when booking direct with the airline. Plus, they help you compare prices on various sites to make sure you’re getting the best fare.
How do I get the best Boxing Day flight deals?
Taking advantage of the flight sales during Boxing Day can definitely get you more more value for money, so here are some tips to help you get the flight you want.
- Be flexible with your dates. Usually, the further out you are from the date you’re planning to leave, the cheaper the flight may be.
- Go anywhere. Don’t go into the sales looking for a specific destination or you may end up disappointed that you can’t get a deal to the place you want to go. Instead, have a broader range of places or settle on the simple idea of a beach holiday or city break instead. Let the prices guide you to your next holiday spot and you may just find somewhere new to love.
- Know when the sales start and finish. We all know that sales work on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure you’re on your computer when the sale starts to get the best offers.
- Check to see what has launched early. Just because Boxing Day technically starts at midnight, it doesn’t mean the sales do too. Many airlines have end-of-year or Christmas sales that fall over Boxing Day, but are actually available on other dates, too.
- Cut back on bags where you can. This is particularly important if you’re flying on a budget carrier, as luggage is one of the biggest problems that they have. Most budget carriers charge an extra fee if you want to check in your bags.
Looking for more Boxing Day travel deals?
Check out more sales, including hotels, holiday packages and cruises at on our Boxing Day travel deals page.
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