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Skyscanner study shows trends in APAC car hire booking habits

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Recent Skyscanner research reveals APAC travelers’ last-minute car hire bookings and preferred times to secure the best rental deals.

Singapore – Global travel app Skyscanner, launches its latest research, in association with OnePoll, revealing that, of the 50% of APAC travellers who have already booked their summer holidays this year, only about 1 in 3 (31%) have hit the book button on their car hire (in contrast to the 78% who have already booked their flights)*.

The flexible approach to car rental is reflected in Skyscanner booking behaviours, revealing that:

  • 58% of travellers in Australia book their car rental less than 4 weeks before departure and 1 in 10 (13%) booking on the day before or day of travel
  • 51% of travellers in Singapore book their car rental less than 4 weeks before departure
  • 68% of travellers in South Korea book their car rental less than 4 weeks before depature and 1 in 10 (11%) booking on the day before or day of travel

Showing how budget savings is still a top priority for travellers, the OnePoll research also showed that 33% of travellers from Australia, Singapore and South Korea have yet to book their summer holiday as they’re still trying to find the best deal. Below are more car hire insights from Skyscanner’s data:

Best value** car hire countries this year

These destinations are seeing some of the biggest price drop for car hire year on year.

Origin

country

Destination country % year on year price drop
South Korea UK -35%
Singapore South Korea -25%
Australia Italy -18%

Best time to book*** (last-minute) car hire

The best time to book car hire within a four-week window to a selection of APAC traveller’s most popular car hire countries is:

Origin country Popular car hire countries Best time to book
Australia UK 1 week
Australia Italy 1 week
Singapore New Zealand 3 weeks
Singapore Japan 2 weeks
South Korea USA 2 weeks
South Korea Thailand 1 week

Skyscanner destination and travel trends expert, Cyndi Hui, shares: 

“Renting a car on holiday provides unparalleled freedom to travel on your own terms. Skyscanner empowers travellers with indispensable insights and tools, such as our car-hire pick-up filters, ensuring savings with every rental. Leveraging our vast data reservoir and suite of resources, we aspire to be the most trusted ally for travelers, guiding them towards the most beneficial resources and partners to take charge of their travel journeys.”

*Onepoll research conducted April 2024 with 2,000 respondents in Australia, 1,000 in Singapore and 1,0000 in South Korea.

**The best value destinations are based on car hire bookings made on Skyscanner between 1 January 2023 and 22 May 2024 for rental period 1 January 2023 and 22 May 2024.  Correct as of 24 May 2024

***The best time to book insight is based on car hire bookings made on Skyscanner between 1 January 2024 and 22 May 2024 for rental period July/ August 2024.  Correct as of 23 May 2024

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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