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Best days of the week to find Australia flight sales

Find out when to book the cheapest domestic flight deals.

Australia’s four major airlines, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair and Qantas, are all competing for the same market, and each airline offers regular sales to try and win their share.

We’ve taken a look at when each one offers their weekly sales to try and help you get the best deals possible.

Here's a simple guide to weekly and annual Australia flight sales to keep an eye out for.

Virgin Australia

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When is Virgin Australia’s weekly sale?

Virgin Australia’s Happy Hour sale is on every Thursday from 4pm until 11pm.

What other regular sales should I look out for?

  • #MatesRates: Monthly sale for people travelling in groups of 2-9 people.
  • Early Bird fares: Released throughout the year, with tickets purchased in advance offered at discount.
  • Easter breaks: Discounted travel over the Easter period, ideal for families looking for a quick break.
  • Winter Warmers sale: For travel to sunny destinations during the winter months, with fares usually released in mid-Autumn.
  • Los Angeles fares: Cheap flights to the USA with direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne.

Tips for finding the best Virgin Australia deals:

  • Sign up for the V-Mail newsletter, which will announce new sales and send an email reminder for Happy Hour
  • Look at the Best Fares section of Virgin’s website
  • Check out the available promo codes on finder.com.au
  • Use price match guarantees such as those offered by Flight Centre. Better yet, do it on a Friday to avoid booking fees

Latest Virgin Australia deals

Up to 20% off select flights

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Valid on select flights 1-30 June 2018 between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra booked in Business, Business Saver, Freedom, Elevate and Gateway classes.

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Jetstar

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When is Jetstar’s weekly sale?

Jetstar’s Friday Fare Frenzy starts every Friday evening at 4pm and lasts until 8pm, unless the allocated tickets sell out. The airline's also started Jules Lund's Wednesday Jetaway sale, discounting flights to certain destinations (to name a few, we've seen flights to Bali, Queensland and Vietnam discounted).

What other regular sales should I look out for?

  • Australia Day sale with discounted domestic flights
  • Return for free, take a friend for free, or 2-for-1 offers on flights
  • Easter sales
  • End of financial year (EOFY)
  • Boxing Day sales
  • Birthday sales (May)

Tips for finding the best Jetstar deals:

  • See the latest flight deals on finder.com.au’s Jetstar page, where we’ll often list what fares are available for less than $50 or $100
  • Keep an eye on Jetstar’s deals page
  • Sign up for the Price Watch option, where Jetstar will alert you when the fares from your selected airport drop
  • Take advantage of Jetstar’s price match guarantee or use Flight Centre's best price guarantee if that works better

Latest Jetstar flight deals

Asia flights from $115 each way

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Valid for travel on select dates from July 2018 - March 2019 with Jetstar. Destinations include Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Osaka, Manila and more. Sample fare is Darwin-Singapore.

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Tigerair

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When is Tigerair’s weekly sale?

The airline offers two weekly sales: Tigerair Tuesdays from 12pm on Tuesday until 12pm on Wednesday, and Saturday Flight Fever from 12pm until 4pm.

What other regular sales should I look out for?

  • End of financial year sale/Mid-year sale
  • Millionth passenger sales (Each time Tigerair hits a new passenger milestone)
  • $1 return fares when you book an outgoing ticket
  • Easter sales
  • Halloween sale
  • Birthday sale (November)

Tips for finding the best Tigerair deals:

  • Check Tigerair’s deals section on its website regularly for surprise sales
  • Look at the finder.com.au Tigerair promo code page, where we’ll often list cheap flight offers in a table
  • Sign up for the Tigermail newsletter

Latest Tigerair flight deals

Gold Coast flights from $40

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Valid select dates 24 July 2018 - 20 September 2018. Sample fare is from Sydney with Tigerair.

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Qantas

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When is Qantas’ weekly sale?

Qantas doesn’t offer weekly sales on a set date.

What other regular sales should I look out for?

  • Red e-deals, which are listed on Qantas’ domestic flight specials page, are the lowest available prices. The Global Deals work in a similar way, but on international routes.
  • Fly Away Sale
  • Australia Boxing Day sales
  • End of financial year

Tips for finding the best Qantas deals:

  • Join the Red Email mailing list for the latest Qantas sales sent right to your inbox
  • Locate the cheapest fare available then hit up Flight Centre which will beat it by $1. Call them up on Fridays to avoid fees.

Latest Qantas flight deals

$10 for $125 toward Europe flights

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Valid for travel on select dates and any destination in Europe with Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Virgin, Qatar and Delta. T&Cs apply.

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Can't wait for a sale? Check out these domestic flight offers available now:

Gold Coast flights from $40

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Valid select dates 24 July 2018 - 20 September 2018. Sample fare is from Sydney with Tigerair.

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Asia flights from $115 each way

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Valid for travel on select dates from July 2018 - March 2019 with Jetstar. Destinations include Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Osaka, Manila and more. Sample fare is Darwin-Singapore.

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$10 for $125 toward Europe flights

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Valid for travel on select dates and any destination in Europe with Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Virgin, Qatar and Delta. T&Cs apply.

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$5 for $100 toward North, Central and South America flights

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Valid for travel on select dates and any destination in North, Central or South America with Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Virgin, Qatar and Delta. T&Cs apply.

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Bali flights from $515 return + triple Velocity points

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Valid for travel from 6 May - 8 June 2018. Sample fare is Sydney-Bali with Virgin Australia.

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Up to 20% off select flights

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Valid on select flights 1-30 June 2018 between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra booked in Business, Business Saver, Freedom, Elevate and Gateway classes.

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Australia + South Pacific from $69 each way

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Valid for travel on select dates from July - September 2018. Destinations include the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Hamilton Island, Fiji, Vanuatu, Bali and more. Sample fare is Ballina Byron-Sydney.

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5% off domestic flights with code

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Valid on select domestic flights. Discount applies on base fare. T&Cs apply.

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New Zealand flights from $189 each way

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Valid for travel on select dates from June - October 2018. Destinations include Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown. Sample fare is Melbourne-Christchurch.

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Australia-wide flights from $89: Early Bird Sale Valid for travel on select dates. Sample fare is Ballina-Sydney. Destinations include Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Albury and more.

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Sunshine Coast flights from $109 one-way Find the best flights and fares to the Sunshine Coast. Sample fares include: Sydney to Sunshine Coast from $109 one-way, Melbourne to Sunshine Coast from $149 one-way and Launceston to Sunshine Coast from $195 one-way.

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    FrancoisJune 20, 2017

    How can I join the Red Email mailing list?

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      DanielleJune 21, 2017Staff

      Hi Francois

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