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$41 to fly to Byron Bay from Sydney

A Jetstar aircraft lands at Sydney Airport.

Jetstar is offering cheap flights to a number of popular destinations. (Source: Getty)

If you love a budget holiday, jump on Jetstar’s latest sale, which is offering flights for as little as $41.

For just $82, you could fly from Sydney to Byron Bay (Ballina), return.

You’ll be waiting a while for your holiday though, according to comparison website Finder, with these bargain prices reserved for early next year.

You could also score yourself a $44 flight (one-way) on the Melbourne-Sydney route on select dates between January and May 2023, although note you’ll be flying into Avalon at that price.

Launceston-Melbourne flights are also on sale around that time, starting at $44, as are Gold Coast-Sydney flights, which are starting at $50.

Other budget fares on offer include:

  • Melbourne-Gold Coast for $55 each way

  • Sydney-Launceston from $56 each way

  • Brisbane-Whitsundays from $60 each way

  • Gold Coast-Canberra from $65 each way

  • Melbourne-Uluru from $99 each way

The discounted flights are available on dates between between November 2022 and May 2023.

Keeping your flight costs down

Most of us are dying to travel after two years of lockdowns, but the rising cost of living is threatening to nix our more lavish holiday plans.

People have been Googling the phrase “cheap summer holiday”, with the search term rising by almost 167 per cent in the past month, according to Forbes Adviser.

An aerial view of the headland at Byron Bay.

Jetstar is offering $41 flights from Sydney to Byron Bay. (Source: Getty)

The price of flights themselves have generally been surging, with data from travel search engine KAYAK finding the average return economy domestic flight in July increased by 24 per cent from May.

Forbes Adviser offered a couple of tips to keep your travel costs down:

1. Pay attention to reviews​

Reviews can provide useful tips on major attractions,

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Flight delays, cancellations the new norm: What you can do

People waiting for their bags at the airport

Lost baggage has also become a fairly standard experience for Aussie travellers of late. (Source: Getty)

For anyone who has , it will come as no surprise that in June, the Australian airline industry recorded its worst on-time performance figures in decades.

Only 61.9 per cent of domestic flights (Jetstar, Qantas, QantasLink, Rex Airlines, Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines) arrived on time, according to a .

Flight cancellations have also become increasingly common, with Qantas cancelling around one in 12 flights, the most of any Australian airline.

As well as frequent flight delays and cancellations, travellers have come to expect queues, lost bags and long waits to reach help centres on the phone.

Ticket prices have also been surging, with data from travel search engine KAYAK finding the average return economy domestic flight in July was $409. This was a 24 per cent increase from May.

Some routes saw massive jumps from May to July, with flights from the Gold Coast to Melbourne increasing by around 96 per cent.

Australia’s airport chaos is not unique – airlines around the world have been struggling to meet surging demand as travel restrictions have lifted, with

London’s Heathrow Airport introduced a to keep the situation manageable during ongoing staff shortages.

My flight has been cancelled or delayed – can I get my money back?

Choice travel expert Jodi Bird said Australian airline consumers had fewer protections than other countries when it came to flight delays and cancellations.

In Europe, for example, airlines are bound by a regulated compensation scheme.

Under the scheme, once your flight has been delayed for three hours or more, you are entitled to compensation (depending on the situation, this might be meals while you wait, reimbursement or return flights).

But in Australia, travellers are basically

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