Jetstar flight review: Adelaide-Sydney

What happens when you fly home to Sydney on a Sunday night.

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Being driven by price rather than loyalty, I split my trip to Adelaide between Virgin Australia and Jetstar.

On a Sunday evening, the low-cost carrier offered the cheapest price on a late-night flight that meant I could make the most of my day in Adelaide without overpaying to get home and back to work by Monday.

Flight details

Route: Adelaide-Sydney
Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Flight number: JQ769
Aircraft type: A320
Dates travelled: 3 March 2019
Class: Economy
Frequent flyer program: None
Points earned: None

Stephanie Yip's Jetstar review ★★★★★

  • Legroom: I felt quite comfortable with the legroom available.
  • Timeliness: My flight left and arrived on time.
  • No carry-on baggage check. I thought Jetstar would be strict with this, but they scanned the flight through without weighing anyone's carry-on luggage.
  • Cost: For a Sunday night flight during the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Jetstar offered the best price at a time that was convenient for me. I paid $199 for the 7:45pm peak flight.

What did I like?

  • Legroom: For someone of my height (156cm) the A320 provides more than enough legroom to stretch out in. The story might be different for someone a foot taller though.
  • Timeliness: No dramas here. The gates opened on time, the plane left on time and we touched down a few minutes early.
  • Online check-in. Jetstar has an online check-in service that sends you your boarding pass via email or SMS for free. As I had no check-in luggage, this meant I could go straight to the security screening and was at my boarding gate within minutes of arriving at the airport.
  • No carry-on baggage check. I'll admit, my bags were a little overweight (~700g over the 7kg limit), but luckily, Jetstar wasn't checking any bags, despite it being a full flight.

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What didn't I like?

  • Cost: This isn't a major dislike, but the cost wasn't too much cheaper than a full-service airline. If the flight time hadn't been preferable, I would have been happy to pay a touch more to get on a Virgin or Qantas flight. At $199 one way, it's quite a steep price compared to Jetstar sale fares, which can start from $66 each way. I did, however, book the flight a week prior, which no doubt brought the fare up even further.

Would I use Jetstar again?

Everything about my Jetstar flight ran smoothly, from check-in (which I did online via the app) to boarding and landing. So yes, I would fly with Jetstar again. Hopefully next time I'll be able to book a little earlier to nab a better deal though.


Jetstar flight deals and sales:

Deal

Flights to Bali from $206 return

Verified Yesterday Expires 10 Feb 2022
Available on select flights from March – September 2022 departing from Sydney, Adelaide and more. Sample fare departs from Perth with Jetstar.
Deal

Phuket flights from $288 return

Verified Yesterday Expires 10 Feb 2022
Available from 13 March – 13 September 2022 on flights departing from Sydney, Brisbane and more. Sample fare departs from Melbourne with Jetstar.
Deal

Hawaii flights from $319 return

Verified Yesterday Expires 10 Feb 2022
Available on flights from April – September 2022. Sample fare departs from Melbourne with Jetstar. Other airlines include Hawaiian Airlines from $1,458 return.
Deal

Worldwide flights from $109 each way with Jetstar

Verified 3 days ago Expires 28 Jan 2022
Available for travel from 4 February – 15 September 2022 to destinations including Bali, Phuket, Auckland, Tokyo, Honolulu and more. Sample price is Cairns-Bali.
Deal

Flights with Jetstar from $29 each way

Verified 3 days ago Expires 28 Jan 2022
Available for travel from April - November 2022 to destinations including Sydney, Perth, Cairns, Uluru, Brisbane and more. Sample fare is Adelaide-Melbourne.
Deal

Up to 50% off: Australia flights from $32 with Jetstar

Expires 28 Feb 2022
Available on flights from 1 December 2021 – 28 February 2022. Destinations include Sydney, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Hobart and more. Sample fare is Adelaide–Melbourne.
Deal

Flights to Melbourne from $54 return

Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on flights from January - May 2022, including during Australian Open. Sample fare is Sydney-Avalon with Jetstar. Other flights depart from Adelaide and more.
Deal

Flights to Fiji from $366 return

Verified Yesterday Expires 10 Feb 2022
Available on flights until 30 September 2022. Sample fare is Sydney-Nadi with Jetstar. Other airlines include Fiji Airways from $539.
Deal

Domestic flights from $41 each way

Verified Yesterday Expires 27 Feb 2022
Available on Australia flights until 15 June 2022. Sample fare is Adelaide-Melbourne with Jetstar. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Cairns, Perth and more.
Deal

International flights from $130 each way

Verified 3 days ago Expires 28 Jan 2022
Available on Jetstar flights from 7 April – 29 July 2022. Sample fare is Adelaide-Bali. Destinations include New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Vietnam and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

New Zealand flights from $319 return

Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on flights until May 2022 to Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Auckland with Jetstar.
Deal

Sydney flights from $67 return

Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select travel dates until May 2022. Sample flight departs from Ballina with Jetstar.

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