2018 Travel Hacker Guide Data Methodology

Unless otherwise indicated, we considered searches conducted on the Australia KAYAK sites between 1/1/2016 - 31/12/2017 for travel from the Australia occurring between 1/1/2017 - 31/12/2017. All flight searches are round-trip, excluding price outliers based on certain criteria. All hotel searches include properties with at least 4 stars and a certain minimum click threshold. Excludes airport properties and outliers based on certain price criteria. All weather data sourced from public sources on the internet.

Top 10 Most Popular Destinations
Flight Destinations with the greatest number of searches.
Last Year’s Rank
Based on number of searches recorded in previous year, for the same search parameters indicated at top.
Most Popular Hotels
Most clicked hotel properties.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for travel dates 1/1/2016 - 31/12/2016 and search dates indicated. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for travel and search dates indicated at top.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure based on indicated search dates at top. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities. For some of the smaller destinations with fewer data points, we expanded search / travel dates to generate more data.
Top 10 Trending Destinations
Flight Destinations with the Greatest % YoY Increase in Search of the Top 200 Most Searched destinations. Based on travel dates 1/1/2016 - 31/12/2017 compared to 1/1/2016 - 31/12/2016 and search dates 1/1/2016 - 31/12/2016 compared to 1/1/2015 - 31/12/2016.
Change in Popularity
Percent increase in clicks versus previous year based on search and travel dates indicated above.
Top Trending Hotels
Based on click data. Certain destinations may include 3 star properties based on number of available properties.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for travel dates 1/1/2017 - 31/12/2017 and search dates indicated. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for travel and search dates indicated at top.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure based on indicated search dates at top. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities. For some of the smaller destinations with fewer data points, we expanded search / travel dates to generate more data.
Top 10 Destinations With The Biggest Price Drops
Flight Destinations with the highest YoY percentage drop median airfare of the Top 10 most clicked destinations.
Change in Price
Percent difference from International Median clicked display price versus previous year.
Top Wallet-Friendly Hotels
Hotel properties with the lowest median hotel rate.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for travel dates 1/1/2017 - 31/12/2017 and search dates indicated. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for travel and search dates indicated at top.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure based on indicated search dates at top. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities. For some of the smaller destinations with fewer data points, we expanded search / travel dates to generate more data.
Regional Booking Tips
Based on median airfare from Australia origins on Australia locale to specified region (AF, AS, CA, CB, EU, ME, NA, SA, SP) as a function of days before departure.
Only considered maximum of 182/183 days before departure date. Based on travel and search dates for overall guide.