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If you're booking flights for the future but worried border closures might affect your travel, Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar all have flexibility policies. Their various offers include things such as letting you change your travel dates or receiving a fare credit to be used at a later time. You can find a full list of airlines offering flexible flights here.
Qantas, Rex Airlines and Virgin Australia all allow up to 23kg of checked luggage per person with their standard economy class fare.
Squeezing just a little too much into your bag at the last minute before you head to the airport? Don't.
Airlines have strict baggage weight limits and weigh every piece of checked luggage that boards the plane.
If you're flying domestically in Australia, you can expect to find the following excess baggage fees.
Excess baggage fees by domestic airline:
|Virgin Australia||$45 for each piece over your allowance|
|Qantas||$50 heavy charge for each piece over your allowance|
$100 for each extra piece
|Rex Airlines||$5.50 per kg over your allowance|
|Jetstar||$15 per kg over your allowance|
Rex Airlines gives you the most wiggle room, penalising the least for excess weight.
If you want to avoid all the fuss and risk of extra charges at the airport, you can add additional baggage when you're booking or before you head to the airport.
Additional baggage price by domestic airline:
|Virgin Australia||$45 per 23kg|
|Qantas||$50 per 23kg|
|Rex Airlines||$10 per 5kg|
|Jetstar||$21* per 15kg|
$23* per 20kg
*Prices vary by route.
It's the dream to buy economy and get bumped up to first class absolutely free, but how do you make that dream a reality?
While there's no hard and fast rule on how to score this holy grail, there are a few ways you can increase your chances of nabbing that premium economy, business or first class upgrade.
1. Join the frequent flyer program: Many luxury airlines like Qantas let you trade in your hard earned frequent flyer points for upgrades. This option might not be free, but this way you are guaranteed to get that upgrade on your flight. Also, it doesn't hurt to be part of the frequent flyer program to show that you have loyalty to the airline itself.
2. Bid in a flight upgrade auction: Again, this option might not be a freebie, but it does increase your chances of getting an upgrade for cheap. Many major airlines including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and Etihad let you "bid" for a seat in a more premium class. You nominate how much you're willing to pay and if you're the highest bidder before a designated period, you could win that premium seat. You might also like to look into bidding upgrade sites like Optiontown, which let you bid on certain benefits such as extra baggage allowance, lounge access and flatbeds on airlines including AirAsia X, SAS and Vietnam Airlines.
3. Download upgrade apps: Get notified as soon as possible so you can nab the limited number of discounted upgrades available. Due to launch later this year, Seatfrog is designed to notify those who have registered their flight with the app when the airline is offering discounted upgrades prior to departure. Those looking to step up a class can name their price through the app.
4. Don't go for the special meal: It might seem like an odd tip, but if you can deal with the options on the onboard menu, opt out of having a special meal. These meals are linked to your seat number, so airlines generally don't upgrade anyone who has nominated one.
5. Fly during quieter periods: During peak times you'll find that business flyers will fill up the business and first class seats leaving nothing for eager upgraders. Fly during quieter periods and you've automatically increased your chances of snatching up one of the spare seats on board.
6. Timing is everything: Be early or be late, they both have their benefits. If you're early then you could be the first one to be offered an upgraded seat. If you're late and you haven't been assigned a seat yet, then there's a chance that the flight has been overbooked for your class and you could be bumped up. Of course, being late has its negatives too, including missing your flight, having the upgrades take by those who arrived early or being bumped to the next flight because your flight is full. That's the risk you have to take.
7. Make an impression. There's a lot of advice going out about complaining about something, playing to the emotional side of the person at the counter or just generally being nice and complimenting them. We're leaving it on this list because some say it has worked for them. Feel free to try one or the other, however there's no guarantee it'll work.
8. Bump yourself off the plane: If the plane has been overbooked and you can sacrifice the waiting time, nominate yourself to be bumped off the plane on the provision that you be upgraded on the next flight. If the airline can accommodate for this request, they might very well honour it.
9. Dress to impress: Some people swear by this one and it can't hurt to look like you belong in first class when at the airline counter.
10. Don't let a delay get the better of you: Every time I've been upgraded, a flight delay has played a part. I haven't complained about the delay, I've either just been automatically given an upgraded ticket at the counter, or been called to the counter at the gate to exchange my ticket for one with a better seat. Make of that what you will.
11. Use your status: People with titles like Dr or Judge can sometimes be upgraded purely because of their status in society. The same goes for those with diplomatic passports.
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During the Federal budget, the government revised its anticipated timeline for reopening international borders to mid-2022.
Qantas announced it would be contacting people booked on international flights between 31 October and 19 December to discuss options.
Flights within Australia from $26 each way
Available on select flight dates from July 2021 - March 2022. Sample fare is Melbourne-Sydney with Jetstar. Destinations include Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Launceston, Newcastle, Ballina, Brisbane and more.
Up to 50% off Qantas flights
Available on flights from April - September 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Hobart, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.
Rex Airlines sale: Flights between Sydney and Melbourne from $39
Available on select flight dates until December 2021.
Up to 50% off: Qantas flights from $70 each way
Available on flights from April - September 2021 to destinations including Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Launceston, Canberra, Darwin, Broome, Perth and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston.
Jetstar sale: Australia-wide flights from $32 each way
Available on flights from April - September 2021 to Launceston, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Whitsundays, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Darwin, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.
Jetstar flights from $41 each way
Available from September - December 2021. Destinations include Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Hobart-Melbourne.
New Zealand flights from $316 return
Available on flights from July - November 2021 to Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Auckland with Jetstar.
Australia-wide flights from $79 each way
Available on flights from 13 July 2021 - 31 March 2022 to Melbourne, Launceston, Gold Coast, Canberra, Darwin, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. Sample fare is Ballina-Sydney. T&Cs apply.
Domestic flights from $59 return
Available on Australia flights from July - September 2021. Destinations include Brisbane, Perth, Gold Coast and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar.
Up to 50% off Australia-wide flights
Available on flights until 30 September 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Perth, Uluru and more. T&Cs apply.
Australia-wide flights from $59 return
Available on flights until December 2021 to Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Launceston and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar.
South Australia flights from $38 each way
Available for travel from July - August 2021. Destinations include Kingscote, Whyalla, Port Lincoln and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide with Jetstar.
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Flights within Australia from $34 each way
Available on flights from July - September 2021 to destinations including Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide, Hobart and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Gold Coast with Rex Airlines.
Victoria flights from $36 each way
Available on flights from July - October 2021. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar. Other destinations include Mildura, Avalon, Albury and Bendigo.
Domestic flights from $55 each way with Rex
Available on flights from April - September 2021 to Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Burnie and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Gold Coast. T&Cs apply.
Flights between Sydney and Melbourne from $39 each way
Available on Rex Airline select flights in 2021.
Up to 50% off: Flights from $70 each way
Available on flights from June - September 2021. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.
International flights from $989 each way
Available on flights until November 2021. Destinations include London, Athens, Dubai, New York, Paris and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Frankfurt. T&Cs apply.
USA flights from $920 return
Available for travel from August 2021 - February 2022. Destinations include Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Honolulu with Jetstar.
Canada flights from $1,663 return
Available on flights from August 2021 - February 2022. Destinations include Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Vancouver with ANA Airlines.
Flights to Vanuatu from $725 return
Available on flights until December 2021 departing from Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin and more. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Fiji Airways.
Asia flights from $368 return
Available on select travel dates until January 2022 to Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and more. Sample fare is Perth-Bali with AirAsia.
Hong Kong flights from $1,065 return
Available on Cathay Pacific flights until 28 February 2022. Sample fare is Perth-Hong Kong. Other flights depart from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and more.
Canada flights from GBP£332 return
Plus get free date change on select flights until December 2021. Destinations include Vancouver, Montreal and more. Sample fare is London-Toronto. T&Cs apply.
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New Zealand flights from $290 each way
Available on select travel dates to Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and more. Sample fare is Brisbane-Christchurch. Tickets must be purchased 28 days prior to flight date. T&Cs apply.
Air Canada flights from $2,261 return
Available on flights from February - June 2022. Sample fare is Sydney-Toronto. Destinations include Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and more.
Up to 15% off flights with code
Available on Australia flights until June 2022 when you book 7 days in advance. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
Melbourne flights from $39 each way
Available on flights from August 2021 - March 2022 departing from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and more. Sample fare departs from Sydney.
Sydney flights from $39 each way
Available on flights from August - December 2021 departing from Brisbane, Gold Coast and more. Sample fare departs from Melbourne.
Canberra flights from $69 each way
Available on select flights until December 2021. Sample fare is Melbourne-Canberra. Other flights depart from Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and more.
Hong Kong flights from $656 return
Available on select flight dates until March 2022. Sample fare departs from Melbourne with Philippine Airlines. Other flights depart from Sydney and more.
USD$35 off flight fees
Available on select dates in 2021 when you use the code. Applies to bookings up to 7 travelers. Destinations include USA and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to USD$35 off flights with code
Available on flights bookings up to 7 passengers to beach destinations including Hawaii, Cancun and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to USD$27 off flights
Available on flights bookings up to 3 passengers when you use the code. Destinations include USA and more. T&Cs apply.
Flights to Fiji from $572 return
Available from October 2021 - January 2022. Sample fare is Sydney-Nadi with Fiji Airways.
New Zealand flights from $296 return
Available on flights from October 2021 - March 2022. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Wellington with Jetstar. Destinations include Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and more.
Flights within Australia from $38 each way
Available on flights from July - December 2021. Sample fare is Melbourne-Sydney with Jetstar. Destinations include Canberra, Cairns, Brisbane, Adelaide, Launceston, Newcastle and more.
Up to 10% off flights with code
Available on flights until 30 June 2022 when you pay using Mastercard. Destinations include London, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Maldives, Cape Town and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 10% off flights + extra baggage with code
Available on flights until 31 March 2021. Destinations include Pakistan, Africa, Turkey, Greece and Poland. T&Cs apply.
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New Zealand flights from $297 return
Available on flights from August 2021 - January 2022 to Queenstown, Wellington and more. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Auckland with Jetstar.
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