Tigerair Tuesday: First specials of 2017 don’t have much zing

Angus Kidman 3 January 2017 NEWS


Cheap flights in February, but are they cheap enough?

Tigerair's first "Tigerair Tuesday" specials for 2017 don't offer much in the way of massive bargains. Routes on sale in its regular weekly bargain set this week include such popular choices as Brisbane-Sydney and Melbourne-Adelaide, but there aren't many that will truly get the pulses racing.

Of course, once an airline has ventured into the realms of airfares for $9 (or even $19), everything else is going to look relatively expensive. But nothing on offer this week matches last week's 2-for-1 sale.

Most fares in today's batch cover the period 2 February-28 February 2017; the Coffs Harbour, Darwin and Canberra flights have slightly more restricted ranges. For flights on such relatively short notice, there aren't many cheaper alternatives. For instance, Qantas' cheapest fare on Sydney-Coffs Harbour in February is $129, a fare bit more than Tigerair's $55.

But it's all relative; Tigerair was selling the same route in that month for $19 mid last-year (I know, I bought tickets). And the airline appears to be sticking to its vow of not offering huge discounts on its Melbourne-Canberra route.

Here's the full range of discounted flights; click on any column to sort. Note that there are no apparent sale fares for Darwin-Brisbane or Canberra-Melbourne, even though the outbound fares on those routes are on special.

From To Dates Cost from
Sydney Coffs Harbour 03 Feb 17-27 Feb 17 $55
Coffs Harbour Sydney 03 Feb 17-27 Feb 17 $55
Adelaide Melbourne 02 Feb 17-28 Feb 17 $65
Sydney Brisbane 02 Feb 17-28 Feb 17 $65
Brisbane Sydney 02 Feb 17-28 Feb 17 $65
Melbourne Adelaide 02 Feb 17-28 Feb 17 $65
Melbourne Canberra 06 Feb 17-28 Feb 17 $79
Brisbane Cairns 02 Feb 17-28 Feb 17 $85
Cairns Brisbane 02 Feb 17-28 Feb 17 $85
Melbourne Gold Coast 02 Feb 17-28 Feb 17 $89
Gold Coast Melbourne 02 Feb 17-28 Feb 17 $89
Melbourne Brisbane 02 Feb 17-28 Feb 17 $99
Brisbane Melbourne 02 Feb 17-28 Feb 17 $99
Brisbane Darwin 02 Feb 17-24 Feb 17 $119

These fares are on sale until 12pm AEDT on 4 January 2017, if they don't sell out earlier.

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