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Frequently asked questions about flight sales

Which airlines have frequent flight sales?

Australia's four major airlines all offer regular flight sales.

Qantas has a Fly Away sale which features different destinations at any one time. There's no set day of the week for these sales but they occur regularly throughout the year.

Virgin Australia has a Happy Hour flash sale every Thursday. The start time and length of the sale varies each week but it typically starts at 11am and runs until the evening.

Jetstar's frequent flight sale is its Friday Fare Frenzy. This runs from midday until 8pm on Fridays and features some of the best-priced fares the airline can offer.

Tigerair's regular sale is Tigerair Tuesday. It's another flash sale that often boasts a select number of routes for travel in the very near future. It runs for 24 hours ending at midday on Wednesdays.


How can I get the best deal on a flight?

Outside of sale periods, one of the best ways to nab a flight deal is by being flexible with your dates and travel times. Mid-week flights and flights that take off during the day are generally the cheapest as these are off-peak travel times.

Using an aggregator like Skyscanner can also help you scout out the best prices. Aggregators crawl through hundreds of booking sites to compare prices and pull out the cheapest.

Price-matching is another way to get a great deal. Jetstar's Price Beat Guarantee states that if you find a cheaper fare online it'll beat it by 10%. Virgin Australia and Emirates both have price promises, too.


What's the cheapest day to book a flight?

You may have heard on the wire that Tuesday is the best day to book your flight. While this might be true in the US as Monday evening is regarded as the time airlines update their prices, it's not so true in Australia.

According to Expedia the best day to book a flight is actually Sunday. By doing this you can save up to 45% off your fare.

How far in advance should you book a flight?

When travelling over peak periods the general rule is to book as early as possible. That being said, Skyscanner's Best Time To Book tool says it really depends on where you're travelling to. For example, flights from Sydney to Auckland are best booked 2 months in advance while flights to London and Singapore are best booked 25 weeks in advance.


How do I get upgraded on a flight?

If you're gunning for an upgrade, the best way to increase your chances of scoring one is to request it with points or bid for it.

If you're with a frequent flyer program, once your flight is booked you can opt to use your points to request an upgrade. If there are seats available on the day you may be given a seat in the pointy end of the plane.

Alternatively a large number of airlines let you bid for an upgrade. This includes Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Etihad. A full list is available here.

If neither of those are an option for you, you can try tactics such as flying during super off-peak, dressing like you belong in first class or simply asking for the upgrade. There's no guarantee any of this will work but you can always try.


Do I earn frequent flyer points on sale flights?

The ability to earn frequent flyer points on discounted fares depends on the airline's policy.

Some airlines, such as Qantas, allow you to earn a reduced number of points and status credits on sale flights. Others may not allow you to earn any points on sale fares. If in doubt, check the airline's policy before booking.

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    sandraSeptember 25, 2018

    flight from Adelaide 24th Dec 2018 to Brisbane Jan 5th 2019 return, how can I get a good deal please?

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      JohnSeptember 26, 2018Staff

      Hi Sandra,

      We currently have no details on flights for the time period you provided since that is a holiday period but this may change in the future. You may subscribe to our flight newsletter to get the latest sales fares. Just scroll down the page you are on to see the blue box where you could enter your email address to subscribe to our flight newsletter. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    KerrieJune 8, 2018

    Good morning
    I’m looking for a cheap flight to Brisbane on Monday early am for myself but need the return to be for 2 persons Wed around 2pm flight, with only carry on luggage. Need to book asap as I have a funeral to attend.
    Regards
    Kerrie

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      ArnoldJune 8, 2018

      Hi Kerrie,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      To check the fares for your desired flight, please provide the following information on the Flight Finder Page:

      Origin city or airport
      Destination city or airport
      Departure Date
      Return Date
      Passenger Information
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      ​Once finished, you may now click the search button to see your flight results.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    ClaudiaOctober 8, 2017

    Flight from ADELAIDE Australia to HAMBURG Germany
    30/11/17 – 7/12/17
    Not longer than 28hrs
    Not more than $3100 for 2

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      GruOctober 9, 2017

      Hello Claudia,

      Thank you for visiting finder to check on flight sales.

      For flights deals to Germany, you may visit this page to see your options.

      Please note however, that flight prices and availability may vary throughout the day.
      Best if you would book your flights as early as possible so as not to miss out on sales for the dates you intend to travel.

      Hope this helped.

      Cheers,
      Gru

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