Virgin Australia Happy Hour: Fares from $45 each way
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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TL;DR: What's the deal with this flight sale?
Cheapest flight available:
5 October 2022 to 4 April 2023
Yes, Choice fares only
Virgin Australia's Happy Hour sale is here! This week the lead fare is Sydney to Ballina from $45 each way.
Other fares that have us smiling include:
- Launceston to Melbourne from $55 each way
- Sunshine Coast to Sydney from $65 return
- Melbourne to Hobart from $65 return
- Gold Coast to Cairns from $75 return
Travel dates vary by route but run largely from early October 2022 to early April 2023.
This Virgin Australia Happy Hour sale ends 11pm AEST, 30 June unless sold out prior.
Grab your Happy Hour tickets with the deal below before you miss out or head to Virgin Australia for more sales.
Frequently asked questions about Virgin's Happy Hour sale
When is Virgin's Happy Hour sale?
Virgin's Happy Hour sale typically happens every Thursday from 4pm-11pm AEST. Sometimes it drops early from 11am giving you 12 hours to nab those cheap flights.
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. If you book a Choice Fare you'll get 23kg of checked baggage.
- 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 30 April 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 international fares, 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 Sale||Jetstar Friday Fare Frenzy|
|When is it?||Thursdays from 4pm AEST||Fridays from 12pm AEST|
|How long does it run for?||7 hours until 11pm AEST||8 hours until 8pm AEST|
|What are the lowest prices they've had?||From $45 one way||From $29 one way|
|Are international flights included?||No, not recently||Yes, 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 (Choice fares only), and in-flight entertainment||7kg of carry-on luggage|
|Are flights flexible?||Free unlimited changes to your flight or cancel to credit for travel up to 30 April 2022||You 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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