How to ace the Australian Tennis Open

  • December 13, 2019

Before the world turns their attention to the first Grand Slam of 2020, Expedia has all your Australian Open needs covered to help ensure you have great seats and provides you with top tips for getting to the action. From ideal booking times, hotels to book, package deals to secure and tips on saving, Expedia takes the guesswork out of planning your ultimate Australian Open experience.
For tennis fans flying into Melbourne for the tournament, past Expedia data shows travellers could secure a great airfare up until two weeks before the Australian Open started, and even a week before for accommodation.


Top tips for saving a few dollars for your tennis weekend include:
Bundle and save: Kiwis can generally save up to $424 on Expedia packages across all destinations by booking their flight and hotel together. Additionally, travellers who sign up to the Expedia mobile app can unlock exclusive mobile deals all year round.
Free transport options: Take advantage of the free tram shuttle service provided for all Australian Open ticket holders, which operates an hour after the end of play each day. The Night Network will run trams all night on weekends every 30 minutes across six key routes which service St Kilda, Coburg, Bundoora, Port Melbourne, Carnegie, Box Hill, Vermont South and Brunswick as well as the CBD.
Location matters: If you can, opt to stay in Melbourne CBD, Southbank or at Crown as the free tram service from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Arena is easily accessible from these areas, meaning you’re not stuck in traffic. It’s also useful for those willing to walk back to their hotel.


In an Expedia first, travellers have the option to book their Australian Open tickets through the Expedia website or App, keeping their itinerary all in one place. Full details of ticket packages available below:
Upper Shade Ticket Package: Secure your seat in the upper shade section of Rod Laver Arena and watch the tennis greats battle it out from $258 per person. Ticket holders will also receive an Australian Open cap, gym towel, seat cushion and fan.
Showcourt Finals Package: Lock in some of the most coveted seats for the Australian Open finals with the ultimate luxe experience. Soak up the action of the men’s and women’s finals in style with an on-court dining experience at Melbourne Arena on the 1st and 2nd of February, with world-class dining and refreshments, live entertainment and Q&A sessions with tennis legends. Tickets are $4,125 per person.
Ticket and Wine Tasting Experience: For a unique experience at the Australian Open, take a stroll through the Victorian vineyards at The Vault, an exclusive vineyard area on Grand Slam Oval showcasing some of the best wine Victoria has to offer. Journey through each wine region and learn about each variety with a sommelier, before you head back to your Upper Shade seats in Rod Laver Arena. Tickets are only available for adults aged 18+ and starts from $234 per person.
Ground Pass: For those who prefer to roam around and enjoy everything the Australian Open has to offer, Expedia is offering Ground Pass tickets from $57 each. Access all outside courts, live stages and Melbourne Arena where you can enjoy all the entertainment, food and activities offered around the grounds.

Exclusive to Expedia, Mastercard holders can also receive a 10% discount on their Australian Open tickets and select activities using the code “MASTERAO10”*** Terms and conditions apply, click here. 


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