Best days of the week to find Australia flight sales

Find out when to book the cheapest domestic flight deals.

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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

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Hong Kong flights from $549 return

Available on select dates from February - November 2020. Sample fare departs from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Gold Coast.

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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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Jetstar sale: Australia-wide flights from $29 each way

Available for travel from February - March 2020. Sample fare is Melbourne-Sydney. Other destinations include Adelaide, Ballina, Hobart, Launceston, New Castle, Brisbane, Whitsunday and more.

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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

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TigerAir sale: Australia wide flights from $56 each way

Available on select flights from 27 January - 4 April 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Gold Coast.

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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

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Hawaii flights from $695 return

Available on select travel from January - September 2020. Sample fare is from Sydney-Hawaii with Jetstar. Other flights with Qantas. T&Cs apply.

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Jetstar sale: Australia-wide flights from $29 each way

Available for travel from February - March 2020. Sample fare is Melbourne-Sydney. Other destinations include Adelaide, Ballina, Hobart, Launceston, New Castle, Brisbane, Whitsunday and more.

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Hong Kong flights from $549 return

Available on select dates from February - November 2020. Sample fare departs from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Gold Coast.

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Up to 30% off international flights

Available for flights on select dates from January - December 2020. Destinations include Los Angeles, Fiji, Hong Kong, Bali, New Zealand and more.

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Australia-wide flights from $75 each way

Available for flights on select dates from February - September 2020. Sample fare is Ballina Byron-Sydney.

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USA flights from $949 return

Available for flights on select dates from February - September 2020. Sample fare departs from Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne or Adelaide to Los Angeles. Destinations include Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Orlando, Seattle and more.

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TigerAir sale: Australia wide flights from $56 each way

Available on select flights from 27 January - 4 April 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Gold Coast.

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Fiji flights from $599 return

Available on select dates from February - June 2020. Sample fare departs from Sydney and Brisbane. Other flight departs from Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.

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Bali flights from $279 return

Available for travel from 1 - 30 May 2020. Sample fare is Perth-Bali with Jetstar. Other flight departs from Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and more.

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Singapore flights from $285 return

Available for travel from January - April 2020. Sample fare is Dawrin-Singapore with Jetstar. Other flight departs from Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney.

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Bali flights from $241 return with Jetstar

Available for travel from May - September 2020. Sample fare is Perth-Bali. Other flight departs from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and more.

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International flights from $234 return

Available for flights April - September 2020 with Jetstar. Destinations include Bali, Bangkok, Fiji, Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket, Auckland, Hawaii and more. Sample fare is Darwin-Singapore.

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Virgin Australia Virgin Australia

Domestic flights from $79 each way

Available for travel between January and October 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and more. Sample fare is Ballina-Sydney.

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Hawaii flights from $695 return

Available on select travel from January - September 2020. Sample fare is from Sydney-Hawaii with Jetstar. Other flights with Qantas. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 10% off worldwide flights with code

Valid for travel until 29 June 2020. Discount applies to Getaway, Elevate, Premium Economy, Business Saver and Business fares. Minimum of 20-day advance purchase. T&Cs apply.

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Australia wide flights from $115 each way with Qantas

Available on select travel dates from 24 February - 24 June 2020. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Sydney. Destinations include Coffs Harbour, Melbourne, Mackay, New Castle, Rockhampton and more.

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Melbourne flights from $87 each way

Available on select 2020 dates. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar. Other flight departs from Cairns, Adelaide, Perth, Gold Coast, Darwin and more.

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Extra $50 off worldwide flights

Available for travel on select dates with airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas and Singapore Airlines. Discount applies to first-time users. Destinations include Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nadi, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney, Seoul and more. Minimum spend of $500 applies.

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Auckland flights from $219 each way

Available for flights on select dates between February - September 2020. Sample fare departs from Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle or Sydney.

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Tokyo flights from $533 return

Available for travel from February - June 2020. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Tokyo with Jetstar. Other flight departs from Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Cairns.

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Kayak Kayak

Auckland flights from $240 return

Available for travel from January - July 2020. Sample fare is Melbourne-Auckland with Jetstar. Other flight departs from Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Gold Coast, Adelaide and more.

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Bangkok flights from $390 return

Available for travel from January - August 2020. Sample fare is Melbourne-Bangkok with Jetstar. Other flight departs from Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Adelaide, Cairns and more.

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Virgin Australia sale: Domestic flights from $70 each way

Available on select travel from February - August 2020. Destinations include Cairns, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Gold Coast.

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USA flights from $899 return with Virgin Australia

Available for travel between 3 February - 31 October 2020. Sample fare departs from Melbourne. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off business flights with code

Available for travel on select dates excluding blackout dates 9–13 April 2020. Discount applies to all destinations. Includes 10% off for Getaway, Elevate and Business Saver. Minimum of 20-day advance purchase applies. T&Cs apply.

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Japan flights from $599 return

Available for travel until November 2020. Includes Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo Chitose flights with Japan Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Tokyo with Philippine Airlines. T&Cs apply.

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New Zealand flights from $141 each way

Available on select 2020 dates. Sample fare is Melbourne-Auckland with Jetstar. Other flights with Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Emirates and more. T&Cs apply.

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Bali flights from $265 return

Available on select 2020 travel dates. Sample flight is Perth-Denpasar with Citilink. Other flights with Jetstar, Malindo Air, Qanta, and more. T&Cs apply.

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    How can I join the Red Email mailing list?

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      Hi Francois

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