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Qantas cuts prices on 350,000 fares

Lucy Dean
·2-min read
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, two Qantas planes taxi on the runway at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia. Qantas Airways Ltd. posted a record full-year profit of 1.53 billion Australian dollars ($1.1 billion) on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, after undergoing a cost-saving restructuring amid steep losses just two years ago. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Qantas has announced a major sale. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Qantas will release 350,000 discounted fares as part of its bid to boost domestic tourism, the major airline announced today.

The cheaper fares will be available on 77 routes with Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide and the Gold Coast among the destinations included in the sale.

The “Love Australia Sale” is designed to prompt Australians to “explore our great land for less” and have an “unforgettable holiday at home”.

Under the promotion, travellers can change the date of their flights once without copping a change fee, provided flights are booked between 21 May and 27 July, and are for travel between 12 June and 31 October 2020. However, a fare difference may still apply.

The sale will continue until Friday morning with some fares discounted as much as 47 per cent.

Which are the best fares?

Travellers can scoop up flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast for $109, or to Brisbane for $115.

South Australians can travel from Adelaide to Brisbane for $169, or Tasmanians can head to Melbourne for $125.

And Sydney-siders can get to Hobart for $149.

Brisbane to the Fraser Coast will set you back $109 and Sydney to Darwin costs $129.

“The response we saw to the recent sales exceeded our expectations and showed just how much demand there is for people to get on an aircraft and get away,” said Qantas chief customer officer Stephanie Tully.

“We expect this sale will help stimulate demand even more and encourage Australians to go on holidays and visit family and friends while also helping get more of our people back working again.”

Virgin Australia last week launched a huge sale with flights as cheap as $69.

But Qantas’ promotion comes as New South Wales officially shuts its borders to Victoria for the first time in 100 years as the southern state battles a rapid increase in coronavirus cases.

Qantas inks deal with Afterpay

Qantas on Monday also announced a new partnership allowing frequent flyers to earn points by using Afterpay.

Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn up to 5,000 Qantas points when they link their membership to their Afterpay account.

“Financial services is one of the most popular ways to earn points in the program, it’s the quickest and easiest way to build your points balance,” Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said.

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