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$55 flights: Virgin drops half-price flash sale TODAY

Jessica Yun
·2-min read
Sydney, Australia - May 5, 2014: Virgin Australia Airlines ATR ATR 72-600 twin engined aircraft.
Virgin Australia has launched a half-price air fale sale – that will last just two hours. (Source: Getty)

Virgin is launching a half-price domestic flights sale today – but keen Aussie travellers will have to act very fast, because the sale will last for just two hours.

The sale will drop at 5pm AEDT on Friday, with half-price, one-way economy fares starting from $55, and go until 7pm or until sold out.

These tickets will get Aussies to holiday destinations such as Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Whitsunday Coast, as well as capital cities Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, and Adelaide.

A Virgin Australia spokesperson said that they had been flooded with requests from customers wanting to book the Federal Government's half-price fares, a tentpole in the $1.2 billion tourism rescue scheme announced yesterday.

Under the package, 800,000 tickets will be Government-subsidised, with around 46,000 tickets offered each week through airline websites from 1 April. The Virgin sale is separate to the subsidised flights.

“There has literally never been a better time to fly," the spokesperson said.

Aussies will be able to fly to popular Australian destinations for a similar price to a taxi ride, they added.

“It’s important that we continue to play our part to get Australians travelling so that we can bring more of our people back to work and reboot the tourism economy and our half-price airfare sale is a testament of that.

“We have so many amazing tourism destinations right here in Australia, and our irresistible prices will get Australians exploring our own backyard which will go a long way in helping the nation’s economic recovery."

Free baggage, seat selection, and Velocity Frequent Flyer points and status credits will be offered with the half-price tickets.

Here are some highlights of the half-price one-way economy fare routes:

  • Sydney-Byron Bay/Byron Bay-Sydney from $55

  • Sydney-Gold Coast/Gold Coast-Sydney from $55

  • Melbourne-Launceston/Launceston-Melbourne from $64

  • Brisbane-Whitsunday Coast/Whitsunday Coast-Brisbane from $78

  • Melbourne-Gold Coast/Gold Coast-Melbourne from $88

  • Adelaide-Sydney/Sydney-Adelaide from $102

  • Melbourne-Canberra/Canberra-Melbourne from $111

  • Melbourne-Perth/Perth-Melbourne from $146

The full list of available routes will be available on Virgin's Specials webpage from 5pm AEDT under 'half-price fare frenzy'.

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