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Maximise your 2019 Chinese New Year holiday

The 2019 Chinese New Year is great news to all Singaporeans. Falling on the 5th and 6th of February, it's a 3-day work week, allowing for a 5-day long weekend with only 1 day of leave - making it a great time to travel. Flight tickets might be expensive since it's a popular time to be away, but there are still savings to be made if you book your flights by December.

When to book Chinese New Year flights?

To start, let’s look at how much the return-flight fares fluctuated as we approached CNY earlier this year in 2018. Majority of the destinations below saw spikes in January with Bangkok as the only odd exception. November was found to be the cheapest month to book flights for CNY offering savings of up to 65% on flights to Tokyo.

CityNov 17Dec 17Jan 18Feb 18
Bangkok$353$327$233$295
Taipei
$321
$404$355
$359
Hong Kong$411
$492
$530
$447
Hanoi$293
$306
$334
$352
Yangon$286$257$332$342
Melbourne$479$491$580$566
Sydney$596
$431
$653
$558
Seoul$707
$572
$686
$702
Tokyo$485
$655
$725
$805
Osaka$411
$436
$447
$505

Flight fares in Bold represent the cheapest time to book. Prices are based on the average flight fare found during the month indicated for travel during the 2018 Chinese New Year period. 

Where to go?

Among the 2019 Public Holidays,. Take leave on the Eve of CNY (4th February) and you can enjoy a 5-day vacation. If you have to celebrate the festivities on 初一 (chūyī) but are free from the second day of the Lunar New Year, then take leave on the 7th and 8th to enjoy a 5-day holiday.

Those who don’t celebrate CNY can take 3 days leave to enjoy an amazing 9-day holiday! 

5, 6, or 9 days – Which will be the leave you take?

Destinations for a 5 or 6-day holiday

Perfect for a short getaway with friends, your significant other, or even solo:

Destinations Average Prices* Find cheap return flights
Bangkok From SGD242 Find flights to Bangkok
Taipei From SGD299 Find flights to Taipei
Hong Kong From SGD306 Find flights to Hong Kong
Hanoi From SGD331 Find flights to Hanoi
Yangon From SGD335 Find flights to Yangon

Ideas for a 9-day holiday

For a longer travel period, you can consider spending a bit more time at the places listed above, or travel further and get more bang for your buck:

Destinations Average Prices* Find cheap return flights
Melbourne From SGD488 Find flights to Melbourne
Sydney From SGD567 Find flights to Sydney
Seoul From SGD677 Find flights to Seoul
Tokyo From SGD519 Find flights to Tokyo
Osaka From SGD494 Find flights to Osaka

Can’t make it this Chinese New Year? Fret not – there are still 8 more long weekend trips you can take in 2019.


Still don’t know where to go this Chinese New Year? Go Everywhere!

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TIP: Want to fly but you still don’t know where to go? Type “everywhere” as your destination. We’ll show you the latest cheap flights we’ve found in our system. Go ahead, try it now. We’ll wait. 

Oh, and while you’re at it, drop by between 23 – 26 November for the 2019 Skyscanner Black Friday cheap flight promotions so save up to 20% off flights.


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