Travel Deals of the Week: Get to Europe for under $1300 return for New Years

Can you believe it? Spring is less than a month away.

And to put an extra spring in your step we’ve uncovered some of the best travel deals you can snap up this week for trips from now into next year. As well as some must-have travel items to throw into your luggage.

Flight deals


Sydney to Amsterdam from $1,283 return over New Years

Speaking of Skyscanner, the booking site has found a wonderful way to get you to Europe over the Christmas break for under $1,300 return. Yes, return. It’s a bit of a killer in terms of travel times and dates BUT by flying China Eastern from 25 December 2023 to 19 January 2024 it can be done.

Note that each leg is around 40 hours long, there are two stopovers in each direction with long connections, and you will be spending the last hours of Christmas Day on a plane.

Rex Airlines

Melbourne to Hobart from $75, including checked bags

If you love popping travel cherries, Rex is launching flights between Melbourne and Hobart from 17 August and to celebrate it’s selling seats from $79 each way. That includes in-flight refreshments and checked luggage. You can buy these direct but if you want to be a little cheeky booking through Skyscanner can save you an extra $5 on that inaugural flight.

Melbourne to Canberra from $99

Fly mid-week. Baggage and refreshments included.

Sydney to Brisbane from $99

Fly mid-week. Baggage and refreshments included.


Melbourne to Sydney flights from $130 each way

Qantas is running a load of domestic deals at the moment with flights including on the popular Melbourne to Sydney run. Flights start from $130 each way and are available for travel from 6 September through to 25 March. Blackout periods apply however there are fares during the summer school holidays. Sale ends 9 August.

Sydney to Gold Coast from $135 each way

Travel from 29 August 2023 to 20 June 2024. Blackout dates apply. Sale ends 9 August.

Melbourne to Adelaide from $130 each way

Travel from 15 August 2023 to 11 July 2024. Blackout dates apply. Sale ends 9 August.

Hotel deals

Luxury Escapes

Up to 70 per cent off a 5-night stay at Maya Sanur Resort and Spa, Bali

Luxury Escapes never fails us for deep discounts on beautiful accommodation – and one of the best right now is this 5-night stay at the 5-star Maya Sanur Resort & Spa. At up to 70 per cent off, it’ll set you back just $1599 per room. Flight and hotel packages for two adults are also available from $2613.

2-nights at The Star, including breakfast, dining credit and parking for $599

There’s so much packed in this hotel package we can hardly contain ourselves. Not only will you score a coveted spot at The Star Grand Hotel, you’ll get free brekky daily, $50 in dining credit (again, daily) and free parking during your stay. Superior King or Twin rooms start at $599 for 2 nights though if you feel like treating yourself the Premium Harbour King will set you back $749 and a Premium Suite, $999 for 2 nights.

8-nights at the Pullman Khao Lak Resort for $1,999 per room

Includes all-inclusive dining and free-flow drinks. One child can stay and eat for free on this deal. Longer stay deals and upgrades are available.

15 per cent off stays worldwide’s Getaway Deals will save you a minimum of 15 per cent off stays across the globe. Thousands of hotels are included in places like Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, London, Bali, Singapore and Japan. To snap up this discount you’ll need to book and stay before 28 September 2023.


8-day stay at Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor for THB20,734 (approx $897 for 2)

Stay a minimum of 7 nights for even more savings at your home away from home in Bangkok. By the numbers, you’ll be paying on average $128 per night for twin-share in a Studio Deluxe Suite. That includes a free social hour on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, daily buffet breakfast and free use of the accommodation laundry machines.

Cruise deals

Luxury Escapes

7-night Brisbane to Vanuatu Cruise on Royal Caribbean for $170 per night

Dreaming of that blissful summer sun? Cruising season will be here before you know it and to get you ready Luxury Escapes has taken 31 per cent off this Vanuatu cruise. It departs from Brisbane on 22 January and calls in at Port Vila and Mystery Island. Prices start from $170 per night for an inside cabin.

45 per cent off launch fares plus bonus credit on select Princess Cruises

Choose from 100+ sailings from Australia and New Zealand. Sale ends 7 September.

30 per cent off select Seabourn cruises

Choose from 100+ sailings around the world. Sale ends 6 September. 

Experience deals


7 Day Gold Coast Theme Park Pass for $179.10, (down from $209)

ExperienceOz has a healthy handful of discounts on everything for you and the family to tuck into. If you’re planning to hit the theme parks over a week you can save big with a SUPER PASS. This gives you access to Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild and Paradise Country over seven consecutive days and when you book it through ExperienceOz by 20 August you’ll get 30 per cent off.

Sydney Whale Watching Adventure for $59 (down from $75)

Valid until 13 August 2023.

Mogo Wildlife Park entry tickets for $34 (down from $42)

Use by 24 September 2023.

Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach Half Day tour for $122 (down from $140)

Use by 31 August 2023.


Luna Park Melbourne ticket, $46.35 (down from $51.50)

Illawarra Fly Treetops Walk Entry Ticket, $16.50 (down from $27.50)


Hot Air Balloon Ride over Hunter Valley (weekday), $269 (down from $299)

Helicopter Scenic Flight, 15-20 minutes over Brisbane CBD, $99 (down from $198)

F/A-18 Jet Fighter Simulator, 30 Minute Flight over Adelaide, $99 (down from $199)

Travel SIM deals


25 per cent off Europe and UK travel sims with SimsDirect

Avoid excessive roaming charges and pre-buy a travel SIM before you head off on that great European adventure. SimsDirect has 25 per cent off SIM Cards and eSIMS for use in Europe and the UK.  Prices start from $23.25 which gets you 10GB of data and local calls and texts for 30 days.


atac Happy Tourist 4G/5G SIM card for Thailand, $7.85 (down from $13.09)

Valid for 8 days. Includes free 5 apps usage and 15GB of data.

M1 4G SIM/eSIM for Singapore, $11 (down from $13.60)

Valid for 30 days. Includes 100GB of data.

Travel accessories deals


30 per cent off when you spend $199 or more on travel luggage

Upgrade your luggage for a bargain by cashing in on Strandbags’ latest sale. Simply spend over $199 on travel products and watch the dollars fall off at the checkout. A stack of top name luggage brands that experts swear by that are included in the sale are Samsonite, American Tourister, Flylite and Antler.

Oz Hair and Beauty

20 per cent off BaBylissPRO Bambino Travel Hair Dryer

The little sister of the BaBylissPRO, this mini hairdryer has been label “tiny and powerful” by shoppers. It’s international travel friendly, featuring dual voltage, and includes a concentrator and diffuser.

20 per cent off BaBylissPRO Mini Straightener

10 per cent off haircare when you spend $100 or more


End of season clearance sale: Prices from $4

Stock up on everything from tanks and gloves to backpacks and sleeping bags at heavily marked down prices. This Frisco X Women’s Hooded Down Jacket is almost half off at $225 and these HOKA Anacapa Men’s Mid GORE-TEX Waterproof Hiking Boots are $216 (down from $359.98).

40 per cent off Epiq and Heli puffers

Summit members only. Free to sign up. 

The Iconic

The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket for $408

Been on the hunt for the perfect puffer to get you through the last of winter? The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse is one of our favourites. It also has a bit of a celebrity following with the likes of Hailey Bieber and Ariana Grande having flaunted it while out and about. It’s highly insulated, roomy and has been knocked back to $408 (RRP$480) at The Iconic.

30 per cent off selected Samsonite luggage

Take over $100 off a range of American Tourister Curio 2 Spinner hard cases

$100 off Bellroy Venture Backpack, now $249 (down from $349)


29 per cent off INIU 22.5W Power Bank

Ultra portable and fast-charging, this power bank will save your bacon when your phone is starting to struggle on single digits. It can juice your iPhone from 0 to 65 per cent in half and hour and at 29 per cent off, it’s a bargain at $30.39 right now. That includes free Aussie delivery.

Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow, now $49.95 (was $65.99)


Milano Decor Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow, $29.95 (down from $49)

Big discounts on selected Delsey, Slimbridge, Sello and Samsonite luggage

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds II, $389 (down from $429.95)

Check out Escape’s deals section for even more deals and savings or hit up for all the latest travel coupons.

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