Virgin Australia 72-hour flash sale: Flights from $45 a pop


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

Cheapest flight available:
$45 each way

Travel dates
11 October 2022 – 31 May 2023

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Virgin’s latest sale will have you singing your way to summer with post-winter flights at up to 35% off.

Prices start at $45 each way and are available for travel from October 2022 to May 2023. That’s a lot of sun to catch.

The cheapest flights are between Sydney and Byron Bay (Ballina Byron).

Other top fares are:

  • Melbourne-Newcastle from $59 each way
  • Brisbane-Proserpine from $65 each way
  • Melbourne-Launceston from $65 each way
  • Sydney-Launceston from $65 each way

These are Lite fares which include your seat and carry-on luggage only. Need extras? You can upgrade to Choice from $30 each way to get checked luggage, seat selection and flight changes, if requested over 14 days before departure.

Another thing to note is that peak periods are excluded, which includes the summer school holidays. A few routes let you take advantage of the end of the school break (from 10 January onwards). If you’re flexible and willing to wait to travel, the savings could be worth it.

How good are these Virgin Australia sale fares?

Since Lite fares were introduced, Virgin’s fares have been dropping to near-budget airline prices. These days, $45 each way is a common starting price for its sales, making this a winner in our eyes.

Compared to other airlines, it’s miles cheaper than Qantas fares and, in certain instances, even cheaper than Jetstar.

For example, a quick search on KAYAK for Sydney to Byron fares on 31 January 2023 brings up these Virgin flights for $45. Jetstar is selling seats that same day for $60.

These fares at a glance

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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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Qantas and Virgin airfares have soared since May a Kayak flight analysis shows. Here’s how to save money on flights

Despite months of chaos, complaints and flight cancellations, Qantas and Virgin have been quietly almost doubling fares on some domestic routes and bumping up others significantly.

Market analysis by travel search engine Kayak has compared domestic airfares from all carriers in July with those of May, finding an average price of $409 which is an increase of 24 per cent.

Some routes have seen an increase of as much as 85 to 96 per cent.

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The most expensive domestic route is Gold Coast to Melbourne, with tickets becoming 96 per cent more expensive in two months.

Travellers heading from the Gold Coast to Sydney copped a 91 per cent increase, with a 90 per cent increase on Cairns to Brisbane fares, an 87 per cent increase on Adelaide to Melbourne fares, and an 85 per cent increase on Darwin to Sydney fares.

The analysis looked at round-trip economy flights, and used searches made on the Kayak website engaging hundreds of travel websites in the company’s global portfolio of brands including SWOODOO, checkfelix, momondo, Cheapflights, Mundi and HotelsCombined.

The fare increases had been expected, with Qantas and Virgin Australia last month saying they would pass on the cost of elevated oil prices to travellers to help the company recover from the loss.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said at the time that the company fuel bill would be $1.8 billion more than it was pre-pandemic.

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“Qantas will respond to the high fuel prices by reducing capacity over July and August 2022 and increasing fares,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission wrote in its June airline competition report.

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Warning Australians could miss out on Christmas holiday flights, accommodation

If you thought the chaos at airports over the July school holidays was enough to send you mad, experts say a whole lot more pain is coming – and not just when it comes to flying.

With Christmas holidays creeping up and the busiest holiday period just around the corner, Aussies hoping for a breezy summer escape are being warned to book now – or face being left out in the cold.

Accommodation platform Stayz revealed one-in-five Aussies have already booked their end of year holiday, with newly released data predicting a possible sold out summer in top holiday home destinations over the Christmas break.

“Booking for year-end Christmas holidays in July is now the norm” says Simone Scoppa, travel expert at Stayz.

“Prior to the pandemic, we knew that travellers mostly booked Christmas holidays in the month of September. But, the last two years have seen this peak period move to July as travellers get in early to secure their holiday home.”

According to the research, families heading into the silly season are increasingly searching for whole holiday homes with pools, in a waterfront or beachside location, and for the accommodation offering to be pet friendly.

Ms Scoppa said heading into July and August, the most popular destinations that have seen a spike in summer bookings include the Fraser Coast in QLD, the South West region of WA, the Barossa wine region in South Australia and smaller coastal towns along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

Airbnb, who recently launched the ‘Categories’ section for unique-style homes, predict this summer will have an increased interest from the international market now that border restrictions are over.

“While traditional holiday destinations continue to be popular, last year we saw guests seeking stays in those lesser-known locations that might be slightly further

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