In Australia we have 2 Major Budget Airlines – Jetstar and Virgin. Tiger Airways is owned by Virgin – so really – you have 3 airlines.

I’ve flown Qantas domestically from Sydney to all over the country a few years ago. Most of them were  Sydney to Melbourne or Sydney to Brisbane flights. Since they were only 1 hour flights and I did not check-in any luggage – it really didn’t differ much to say a Jetstar flight. I did gain some status on Qantas though – but not enough to actually do anything with it.

So one of the criterias when I fly domestically – as long as they are under a 2 hour flight – is to go for the cheapest airfare. There is not enough time to enjoy a drink or meal on these short flights. So I couldn’t care less if I was on Business class here.

The name of the game is to get the best bang for your buck here. Recently I was able to snag a return flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast for $18. Cheaper than a taxi to the airport itself.

The majority of people will typically just book a ticket when there is a sale or when there is a need to fly. They possibly don’t go further in their research online.

One quick word of advice is to check different dates if possible – when booking mid-week compared to a Monday or Friday – you will possibly get a cheaper flight. Why? Most people need to fly on Monday or Friday to work interstate – or even overseas.

As in my previous post for my Air Asia Flight to Kuala Lumpur – when flying internationally on a budget airline – use the principle of finding fares mid-week compared to end of the week. You may be surprised at what you can find.

Internationally with Scoot, Air Asia and Jetstar – it is now possible to fly cheaply to South-East Asia all the time. If you could fly under $400 and have a 4 day weekend in Phuket with each night costing $50 which would total $600 compared to $1000 you spend while flying to the Gold Coast and staying at the hotels there – which one would you pick? I know I would pick Phuket every-time.

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