Virgin Australia Happy Hour: Fares from $49

Here's everything you need to know and things you might not think to ask about Virgin's Happy Hour sale.

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Before you book your tickets from this week's Happy Hour sale, have a look through our guide that answers all your questions, from how much fares usually cost to whether frequent flyer points are included.

TL;DR: What's the deal with this flight sale?


Cheapest flight available:
$49


Travel dates
11 August 2021 to 28 March 2022


Flexible fares?
Yes, until 31 January 2022


Baggage included?
Yes

It's Thursday and Happy Hour has arrived to put a smile on our faces. Sydney to Ballina-Byron is the lead fare again this week from $49 one way.

There are more fares that us beaming ear to ear including:

This sale ends 11pm AEST, 5 August 2021 (that's tonight), unless sold out prior.

Grab your Happy Hour tickets with the deal below before you miss out.

Here's the full list of Virgin Australia Happy Hour fares

FromToTravel periodPrice (one-way)Book
Ballina ByronSydney06 Oct 2021 - 15 Dec 2021$49Book flights
SydneyBallina Byron06 Oct 2021 - 15 Dec 2021$49Book flights
LauncestonMelbourne28 Aug 2021 - 15 Sep 2021$59Book flights
MelbourneLaunceston28 Aug 2021 - 15 Sep 2021$59Book flights
BrisbaneSydney06 Oct 2021 - 08 Dec 2021$79Book flights
BrisbaneSydney01 Feb 2022 - 22 Mar 2022$79Book flights
BrisbaneSydney04 May 2022 - 15 Jun 2022$79Book flights
HobartMelbourne24 Aug 2021 - 15 Sep 2021$79Book flights
MelbourneHobart24 Aug 2021 - 15 Sep 2021$79Book flights
MelbourneSydney13 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021$79Book flights
MelbourneSydney23 Nov 2021 - 19 Dec 2021$79Book flights
MelbourneSydney01 Feb 2022 - 29 Mar 2022$79Book flights
Sunshine CoastSydney11 Oct 2021 - 15 Dec 2021$79Book flights
SydneyBrisbane06 Oct 2021 - 08 Dec 2021$79Book flights
SydneyBrisbane01 Feb 2022 - 22 Mar 2022$79Book flights
SydneyBrisbane04 May 2022 - 15 Jun 2022$79Book flights
SydneyMelbourne13 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021$79Book flights
SydneyMelbourne23 Nov 2021 - 19 Dec 2021$79Book flights
SydneyMelbourne01 Feb 2022 - 29 Mar 2022$79Book flights
SydneySunshine Coast11 Oct 2021 - 15 Dec 2021$79Book flights
AdelaideMelbourne07 Oct 2021 - 07 Dec 2021$89Book flights
Ballina ByronMelbourne06 Oct 2021 - 27 Oct 2021$89Book flights
BrisbaneCairns13 Oct 2021 - 01 Dec 2021$89Book flights
CairnsBrisbane13 Oct 2021 - 01 Dec 2021$89Book flights
MelbourneAdelaide07 Oct 2021 - 07 Dec 2021$89Book flights
MelbourneBallina Byron06 Oct 2021 - 27 Oct 2021$89Book flights
AdelaideSydney09 Oct 2021 - 07 Dec 2021$99Book flights
AdelaideSydney02 Feb 2022 - 27 Mar 2022$99Book flights
CanberraMelbourne06 Oct 2021 - 08 Dec 2021$99Book flights
CanberraMelbourne01 Feb 2022 - 22 Mar 2022$99Book flights
MelbourneCanberra06 Oct 2021 - 08 Dec 2021$99Book flights
MelbourneCanberra01 Feb 2022 - 22 Mar 2022$99Book flights
MelbourneSunshine Coast04 Nov 2021 - 15 Dec 2021$99Book flights
Sunshine CoastMelbourne04 Nov 2021 - 15 Dec 2021$99Book flights
SydneyAdelaide09 Oct 2021 - 07 Dec 2021$99Book flights
SydneyAdelaide02 Feb 2022 - 27 Mar 2022$99Book flights
Hamilton IslandSydney08 Oct 2021 - 01 Dec 2021$104Book flights
SydneyHamilton Island08 Oct 2021 - 01 Dec 2021$104Book flights
AdelaideGold Coast26 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021$109Book flights
BrisbaneMelbourne06 Oct 2021 - 08 Dec 2021$109Book flights
BrisbaneMelbourne01 Feb 2022 - 22 Mar 2022$109Book flights
Gold CoastAdelaide26 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021$109Book flights
MelbourneBrisbane06 Oct 2021 - 08 Dec 2021$109Book flights
MelbourneBrisbane01 Feb 2022 - 22 Mar 2022$109Book flights
BrisbaneCanberra06 Oct 2021 - 08 Dec 2021$115Book flights
BrisbaneCanberra01 Feb 2022 - 22 Mar 2022$115Book flights
CanberraBrisbane06 Oct 2021 - 08 Dec 2021$115Book flights
CanberraBrisbane01 Feb 2022 - 22 Mar 2022$115Book flights
AdelaideCairns12 Oct 2021 - 04 Dec 2021$119Book flights
BrisbaneEmerald06 Oct 2021 - 03 Dec 2021$119Book flights
CairnsAdelaide12 Oct 2021 - 04 Dec 2021$119Book flights
CairnsMelbourne12 Oct 2021 - 04 Dec 2021$119Book flights
CairnsSydney05 Oct 2021 - 05 Dec 2021$119Book flights
CanberraGold Coast12 Oct 2021 - 01 Dec 2021$119Book flights
EmeraldBrisbane10 Oct 2021 - 05 Dec 2021$119Book flights
Gold CoastCanberra12 Oct 2021 - 01 Dec 2021$119Book flights
MelbourneCairns12 Oct 2021 - 04 Dec 2021$119Book flights
SydneyCairns05 Oct 2021 - 05 Dec 2021$119Book flights
AdelaideBrisbane07 Oct 2021 - 07 Dec 2021$129Book flights
AdelaideBrisbane02 Feb 2022 - 28 Mar 2022$129Book flights
BrisbaneAdelaide07 Oct 2021 - 07 Dec 2021$129Book flights
BrisbaneAdelaide02 Feb 2022 - 28 Mar 2022$129Book flights
AdelaideCanberra07 Oct 2021 - 07 Dec 2021$139Book flights
AdelaideCanberra02 Feb 2022 - 23 Mar 2022$139Book flights
CanberraAdelaide07 Oct 2021 - 07 Dec 2021$139Book flights
CanberraAdelaide02 Feb 2022 - 23 Mar 2022$139Book flights
CairnsPerth11 Oct 2021 - 05 Dec 2021$145Book flights
PerthCairns11 Oct 2021 - 05 Dec 2021$145Book flights
AdelaidePerth05 Oct 2021 - 27 Nov 2021$146Book flights
PerthAdelaide05 Oct 2021 - 27 Nov 2021$146Book flights
BrisbaneMount Isa06 Oct 2021 - 09 Oct 2021$179Book flights
Mount IsaBrisbane06 Oct 2021 - 06 Dec 2021$179Book flights
BrisbanePerth19 Oct 2021 - 29 Nov 2021$189Book flights
MelbournePerth19 Oct 2021 - 25 Nov 2021$189Book flights
PerthBrisbane19 Oct 2021 - 29 Nov 2021$189Book flights
PerthMelbourne19 Oct 2021 - 25 Nov 2021$189Book flights
PerthSydney19 Oct 2021 - 25 Nov 2021$189Book flights
SydneyPerth19 Oct 2021 - 25 Nov 2021$189Book flights
PerthPort Hedland13 Aug 2021 - 13 Sep 2021$199Book flights
Port HedlandPerth13 Aug 2021 - 13 Sep 2021$199Book flights
KununurraPerth04 Nov 2021 - 09 Dec 2021$229Book flights
PerthKununurra04 Nov 2021 - 09 Dec 2021$229Book flights

How do these prices compare to last week's sale?

Virgin has had the Sydney-Ballina Byron route on sale for $49 before.

Jetstar is offering flights on the route for this October to December period for $6 cheaper at $43 each way (as compared on Skyscanner). Great for those who are packing light, however, once you add 23kg checked luggage for $26 Virgin's offer is more appealing.

You can read information about Virgin's flexibility policy below.

Frequently asked questions about Virgin's Happy Hour sale

When is Virgin's Happy Hour sale?

Virgin's Happy Hour sale happens every Thursday from 4pm-11pm AEST.

Can you collect frequent flyer points with Virgin Happy Hour fares?

Yes, you can collect Velocity frequent flyer points when you purchase tickets in the Happy Hour sale. You can receive 5 points for every dollar spent on your airfare.

What's included in a Virgin Happy Hour fare?

There are no nasty surprises when you book tickets in Virgin Australia's Happy Hour sale. You receive the same benefits as you would with any ordinary Virgin booking, including the following:

  • Luggage. You're allowed 7kg of carry-on and 23kg of checked baggage.
  • Seat selection. Sit where you like and make changes via "Manage My Booking" up until check-in.
  • In-flight entertainment. Download Virgin Australia's entertainment app to your smartphone or tablet prior to your flight and enjoy access to the full library of movies, TV shows, podcasts and books. Virgin is progressively removing in-seat screens to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • Water, tea and coffee. Virgin has stopped offering in-flight meals to economy-class passengers. Snacks and drinks can be purchased at an additional cost from the onboard menu. Business-class passengers are served a plated meal and beverages, including beer and wine.

Are Virgin's Happy Hour fares flexible?

Yes, Happy Hour fares are guaranteed the same protections as regular fares under Virgin's Passenger Promise.

Under its Passenger Promise, Virgin allows you to make unlimited changes to your flight with no change fee, or cancel your flight (and receive credit) with no cancellation fee for travel up to 31 January 2022. Changes must be made prior to your travel date and you may have to pay for fare differences.

Are Happy Hour fares covered by Virgin's Fare Promise?

No. Unfortunately, Happy Hour fares are not eligible for Virgin's Fare Promise. The Fare Promise guarantees that Virgin will match any lower (full-priced) fare that you find from an eligible third-party website and throw in a bonus of 500 points per booking.

Are international fares available in the Virgin Happy Hour sale?

No, we haven't seen a Happy Hour sale that has offered international fares recently. If we do spot flights to New Zealand, we'll be sure to let you know.

Virgin Happy Hour vs Jetstar Friday Fare Frenzy

Here's a glance at how Virgin Australia's Happy Hour sale stacks up against Jetstar's Friday Fare Frenzy:

Virgin Happy Hour SaleJetstar Friday Fare Frenzy
When is it?Thursdays from 4pm AESTFridays from 12pm AEST
How long does it run for?7 hours until 11pm AEST8 hours until 8pm AEST
What are the lowest prices they've had?From $68 one wayFrom $29 one way
Are international flights included?No, not recentlyYes, we've seen flights to New Zealand offered from $185 one way
What do you get for your money?7 kg of carry-on luggage, 23kg checked baggage, seat selection and in-flight entertainment7kg of carry-on luggage
Are flights flexible?Free unlimited changes to your flight or cancel to credit for travel up to 31 January 2022You can add FareCredit, which is valid for three years from purchase – the credit covers your fare and any extras you choose if you have to cancel, and it costs from $15–$30 depending on the route

Our verdict: While Jetstar's Fare Frenzy tickets are great for their low prices, you may end up paying more than you originally intended once you add baggage and any other inclusions. Virgin's offering is solid out of the gate and its flexibility policy is comprehensive and, best of all, costs you nothing at the checkout.

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