Virgin sale: Best half-price flights from $55
Domestic travel is about to launch full-speed with 260,000 half-price tickets.
UPDATE 10 August 2021: The federal government has extended the half-price flights program until 30 November 2021. We've updated this article with a new list of current fares at the end of this article, available at the time of this update.
Government-supported half-price flights are here and Virgin Australia has touched down with some great fares.
With tickets starting from $55 one way, the competition on the Melbourne to Launceston route is heating up.
That's just under 50% off the price of both the last Qantas Fly Away Sale and what Virgin was offering at its February lead-in prices.
Virgin also announced that it is extending its flexible flying policy to customers who book travel under the half-price fare program. This includes the ability to change your booking or cancel your booking for travel credit, all without fees.
Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said, "With the vaccine rollout underway, these half-priced fares will support jobs and the nation's economic recovery over the next six months. There's never been a better time to plan and get on with travelling around Australia."
How do these prices compare?
To put things in perspective, a ticket from Brisbane to Alice Springs one way was $379, it's now starting at $190. A ticket from Perth to Darwin that would've set you back $355 one way now starts from $178 one way.
Some of the cheapest fares include:
- Sydney to Gold Coast from $60 one way
- Sydney to Launceston from $68 one way
- Melbourne to Adelaide from $70 one way
- Melbourne to Hobart from $73 one way
- Melbourne to Gold Coast $78 one way
These fares are available now for travel from early October to November 2021.
What do I need to know before I book?
- Flexibility: Great. Virgin Australia's Passenger Promise offers you free, unlimited date changes for bookings made up until 30 April 2021 for travel up until 31 January 2022.
- Airline: Good. While still offering checked luggage and entertainment in economy, be prepared to pay if you want to grab a bite to eat.
- Frequent flyer points: Good. Earn 5 points for every $1 spent as a Velocity member. You can earn from 275 on the cheapest one-way leg of this Virgin sale.
- Travel time: Great. Forget stress with direct flights.
- Weather: Great. If you want to see the Northern Territory, get packing! Autumn welcomes warm days and cool nights in Alice Springs and mid-June to mid-September is the best time to take in Darwin.
Here's a full list of the Virgin sale flights
|From||To||Travel period||Fare (one-way)||Book|
|Gold Coast||Sydney||06 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$55||Book flights|
|Sydney||Gold Coast||06 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$55||Book flights|
|Sunshine Coast||Sydney||06 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$70||Book flights|
|Sydney||Sunshine Coast||06 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$70||Book flights|
|Melbourne||Gold Coast||06 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$78||Book flights|
|Gold Coast||Melbourne||06 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$78||Book flights|
|Adelaide||Gold Coast||30 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$90||Book flights|
|Gold Coast||Adelaide||30 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$90||Book flights|
|Hamilton Island||Sydney||12 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$103||Book flights|
|Sydney||Hamilton Island||12 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$103||Book flights|
|Cairns||Sydney||12 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$108||Book flights|
|Sydney||Cairns||12 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021||$108||Book flights|