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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

Domestic flights from $75: 72-hour sale

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Valid for travel from 1 May 2018 - 27 June 2018. Sample fares include Ballina Byron-Sydney and Melbourne-Launceston.

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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

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India flights from $488 return

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