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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

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

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

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.

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

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Australia flights from $39: Tigerair sale

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Valid for travel between January - March 2018. Sample fares include Gold Coast-Sydney from $39 and Adelaide-Melbourne from $45.

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Hawaii flights from $919 return with Qantas

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Valid for travel between 26 February - 25 March 2018 or 15 April - 26 June 2018. Sample fares include Sydney-Honolulu from $919 return and Brisbane-Honolulu from $956 return.

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Jetstar Domestic Sale. Eg Sydney to Gold Coast $45, Bris to Sydney $49, Melb to Perth $119 + more

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Travel between January 2018 till June 2018. Sample fares are Melbourne to Adelaide Flights one way for $35, Melbourne to Gold Coast Flights one way for $49 and more. Conditions Apply

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Hong Kong flights from $496 return

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Valid for travel on select dates with Qantas or Virgin Australia. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Hong Kong. Also departs from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

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Vietnam flights from $380 return

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Valid for travel between 9-22 November 2017 with Jetstar. Sample fare is Sydney-Ho Chi Minh City.

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Bali flights from $169 return

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Valid on select dates until June 2018 with Jetstar. Sample fares include Darwin-Bali from $169 return and Perth-Bali from $182 return.

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Asia flights from $499 return with Qantas

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Valid for travel on select dates until June 2018. Sample fares are Perth-Kuala Lumpur and Perth-Singapore. Other destinations are Beijing, Shanghai and more.

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South Africa from $1,311 return with Qantas

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Sample fares include Brisbane/Sydney - Cape Town 01 Feb 2018 - 15 Mar 2018, Melbourne - Cape Town 01 Feb 2018 - 31 Mar 2018, Brisbane/Sydney - Johannesburg 01 Feb 2018 - 31 Mar 2018 and more. Conditions Apply

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Flights to San Francisco from $883 Return on Virgin Australia and Qantas

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Travel in April - June 2018. Sample fares are Melbourne to San Francisco Flights and more. Conditions Apply

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Flights to Los Angeles from $831 return on Qantas

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Travel in October - November 2017 and February - July 2018. Sample fares are Melbourne to Los Angeles Flights and more. Conditions Apply

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Flights to Los Angeles from $1,142

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Travel in October - November. Sample fares include Sydney to LA, Melbourne to LA and more. Conditions Apply

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Australia flights from $79 including bags

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Valid on select dates from October 2017 - July 2018. Dates vary by route. Sample fare is for Melbourne-Launceston.

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Up to 10% off Australia and New Zealand flights

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Valid for bookings made 20 days in advance in economy, premium economy and business until 31 December.

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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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Alex takes care of the travel section here at finder.com.au. If there's a new sale on tours or cruises, discounted flights or hotels, or anything else that can be on offer, she'll fill you in.

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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

      Welcome to http://www.finder.com.au – We are a financial comparison website and general information service designed to help consumers make better decisions. Please note that we are not affiliated with any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer a general advice

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