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.
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, including which ones to steer clear of, the best times to go to avoid the crowds, and maybe even how to get a cheaper ticket.
2. Use local knowledge
Locals are always the best source for recommendations on authentic (and cost-effective) experiences.
3. Contemplate booking everything separately
Holiday packages may seem good value but could actually cost you more.
4. Buy the essentials in advance
Many essentials such as sunscreen and insect repellent can be more expensive at your destination, especially if you are purchasing in a touristy area, or the airport. Stock up on these items before you leave home.
5. Try self-catering accommodation
With the rise of sites such as Airbnb, it’s now increasingly easy to find and book an entire apartment or residence when going on holiday, as an alternative to hotel accommodation, which means you can cook instead of eating out some nights.
6. Do your research and book on Sundays
When you know which type of trip you’re looking for, it is worth shopping around, checking the prices across various outlets (in incognito mode). This can help make sure you’re getting the best deal on your holiday.
It is also worth noting that Sundays are usually the cheapest times to book flights, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually the cheapest days to fly.
7. Staycation to save money?
Many of us will be considering an internal holiday to save a bit of money, but with sky-high petrol prices, a staycation could actually end up costing you more.
8. Purchase travel insurance just in case
Buy travel insurance as soon as you book in case you need to cancel your trip. Your policy will also cover the cost of emergency medical treatment and give you financial protection against the loss or theft of your baggage and belongings.