Jetstar review: Sydney to Adelaide

A quick flight for a quick getaway – how did it go?

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With my brother visiting from overseas, I wanted to show him a different part of the country than just Sydney. We decided to spend the weekend in Adelaide and visit the Barossa Valley.

As someone who is, admittedly, very stingy with their annual leave, I was looking for a flight that left late Friday afternoon, and returned Sunday night. With such a limited time frame, Jetstar ended up being the best option based on departure times and price.

Flight details

Route: Sydney-Adelaide
Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Dates Travelled: 5 January 2018
Class: Economy
Flight Number(s): JQ768
Aircraft Type: A320
Frequent Flyer Program: Qantas Frequent Flyer

What did I like?

  • Price. I’m admittedly one of those people who books flights based on price. When it’s just a two-hour jaunt, I’m not too fussed about what’s included in terms of food, entertainment and checked bags.
  • Departure times: I was able to book a 5:25pm flight on Friday that left after I finished work for the day, and then depart Adelaide at 7:40pm on Sunday evening, maximising my weekend away.

What didn’t I like?

  • Aircraft interior: I generally find that Jetstar planes, aside from its new Dreamliners, feel old and not very fresh. While it was only a short flight, on a longer cross-country jaunt, it wouldn’t have been very pleasant.
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer points: Although Jetstar is affiliated with Qantas points, because I booked the cheapest fare through Jetstar, I didn’t earn any points or status credits.

Would I use Jetstar again?

If the cheapest fares are with Jetstar, then yes, especially if it’s such a short flight.


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