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Virgin Australia drops 1.7 million flights for just $49

Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays and the tail of a Virgin Australia plane.
Virgin Australia has launched a massive flight sale with fares as low as $49 (Source: Getty)

Borders are reopening and to celebrate, Virgin Australia has dropped a massive sale with seats going for as low as $49.

The sale includes key dates within the school holiday period with tickets available for travel between 2 November 2021 and 23 June 2022.

The domestic and international sale, one of the largest on record for the airline, starts today and ends midnight AEST Monday, 1 November 2021.


So, if you’re ready to pack your bags and get a well deserved escape, these are the destinations included.

Economy seats from $49

One-way economy fare highlights in both directions:

  • Melbourne - Hobart from $59

  • Sydney - Melbourne from $79

  • Sydney - Ballina Byron from $55

  • Melbourne - Sunshine Coast from $95

  • Cairns - Adelaide from $109

  • Brisbane - Hamilton Island from $85

  • Coffs Harbour - Sydney from $49

Virgin Australia chief commercial officer, Dave Emerson, said the airline is excited to launch the sale in time for the busy summer holiday period.

“Australian travellers have never been more excited to travel again and Virgin Australia is proud to help them reunite with friends and family or visit that dream holiday destination,” Emerson said.

“We are making it irresistible for Australians to return to the skies this summer, with some of the best value airfares in the market, an expanded network of flights, including 12 new services launched in the last month, and world-class customer service.”

Borders reopening

This comes after Qantas and Jetstar announced they were bringing forward planned international flights to and from Sydney.

The faster ramp-up follows the federal and New South Wales governments’ confirmation that international borders will reopen from 1 November 2021.

The NSW government has also decided to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated arrivals. Qantas said this would significantly increase travel demand.

The updated international schedule includes:

  • Sydney to Singapore: Qantas flights will resume on 23 November 2021, four weeks earlier than scheduled. Jetstar will fly from Melbourne and Darwin to Singapore from 16 December 2021.

  • Sydney to Fiji (Nadi): Qantas flights will be brought forward to 7 December 2021 from 19 December 2021. Four return flights a week will be operating. Jetstar flights to Fiji will resume on 17 December 2021.

  • Sydney to Johannesburg: Qantas flights will resume on 5 January 2022, three months earlier than scheduled.

  • Sydney to Bangkok: Qantas flights will resume on 14 January 2022, more than two months earlier than scheduled.

  • Sydney to Phuket: Jetstar flights will resume on 12 January 2022, more than two months earlier than scheduled.

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