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A guide to Jetstar flights

Jetstar now reigns as one of the largest low-cost airlines in Australia. A subsidiary of national flag carrier Qantas, it's seen constant growth since its establishment back in 2003. The focus is on no-frills, affordable travel, with base fares that are easy on the wallet.

The Jetstar flights network

Jetstar Australia offers regular links between major cities Down Under. Take Jetstar Brisbane to Melbourne – a hop over to the hip districts of Collingwood and backpacker-favorite St Kilda. You've got Jetstar Darwin routes, for a ticket to the palm-fringed tropics of the Northern Territory. Then come the departures to more off-the-beaten-track Aussie destinations, whether that's the shimmering coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef or the mystical rock of Uluru.
Jetstar flights also go further afield. Expansion across the Tasman Sea means potential adventures to New Zealand's snow-capped Southern Alps or the shimmering lagoons of Fiji. Meanwhile, Jetstar Bali packages open up the surf breaks and jungles of the Isle of the Gods. And there are even long-haul routes into China, the Philippines, and Hawaii.

Great Jetstar sale fares to watch out for

Jetstar sale fares come and go throughout the year. From anniversary deals that arrive on the airline's birthday to gratis returns on selected routes, there are all sorts of enticing bargains waiting to be had. Check them out:

Jetstar Birthday Sale

Instead of cakes and party hats, this low-cost airline celebrates its birthday with wallet-friendly bargains on roundtrip flights each April – think Jetstar Melbourne to Sydney for as little as $51 return!

Jetstar Boxing Day Sale

If you can stay awake until midnight on Christmas Day, you could be in line to score enticing Jetstar sale fares. They're usually on offer for around 48 hours, but do sell out quickly.

Jetstar Christmas Sale

Sort your Christmas shopping by bagging Jetstar holiday packages for just a fraction of their usual price in the run up to the big day. Popular options include Phuket, Bali, and the Gold Coast.

Jetstar Kids Fly Free

A flash sale that pops up now and then, the Kids Fly Free offer lets two full-paying adults bring along their little one (0-11 years) for no extra cost on selected Jetstar holiday packages.

Jetstar Friday Fare Frenzy

One-way deals aplenty for those who want to cap off their week in style are the name of the game on this Friday bonanza. Look out for the bank-bolstering offerings that come with Black Friday in November.

Jetstar Easter Sale

Forget chocolate eggs, the Jetstar Easter Sale sweetens the spring holiday with a whole host of reduced routes that start at a jaw-dropping $29 each way.

Jetstar Return for Free

The ticket home for no extra cost? Yes please! That's the draw when the Jetstar Return for Free sale goes live, with popular routes like Jetstar Brisbane to Melbourne being cut down to just half their usual rate on some occasions.

Jetstar 2 for 1

Get in the good books with your travel buddy by scoring stand-out prices in the Jetstar 2 for 1 sale. These let you bag an extra seat on some seriously exciting routes to Southeast Asia, Japan, and other amazing destinations.

Jetstar EOFY Sale

An annual markdown of prices that includes some enticing extras like return legs for free, the Jetstar EOFY is one to watch in the early winter months of June and July.

Jetstar check in baggage and carry on guide

The cheapest Jetstar flight deals of all are with the airline's so-called starter fares. These are simple, no-frills tickets that come with just a carry-on bag. Standard Jetstar carry on weight is set at 7kg over two items, but that can be expanded to a total of 14kg (subject to availability on particular flights).
Jetstar check in baggage can be added to your booking by upgrading to a Plus bundle or a Max bundle – they allow basic luggage weights of 20kg and 30kg respectively. Alternatively, you can manually add bags, with a total allowable weight of up to 32kg per item.

Jetstar's loyalty program

Club Jetstar offers oodles of perks for frequent fliers on Australia's largest low-cost carrier. For $55 a year, the program includes 20% off Jetstar check in baggage and seat selection, exclusive Jetstar flight deals, and early access to Jetstar sale fares.
There's no official Jetstar points program available, but it is possible to clock up air miles by being registered with a partner rewards scheme. Just join up to Qantas Frequent Flyer, Emirates Skywards, JAL Mileage Bank, or Lotusmiles, and be sure to enter your membership number at the time of booking.

Other things to know about booking Jetstar flights

  • Jetstar price guarantee – Found a Jetstar flight deal cheaper elsewhere? The airline won't just match it, they'll beat it by 10% (terms and conditions apply).
  • Jetstar pet travel – Pets aren't permitted on any Jetstar flights. Transit of animals can be organized with Qantas Freight.
  • Jetstar meals – Meals can either be added to your booking manually or by upgrading to a bundle. Alternatively, just choose from the on-board menu. There are small snacks, full warm meals, and a comprehensive drinks list available.
  • Jetstar web check in – Most bookings enjoy speedy check in over the web. There are some exceptions, like with flights originating in the US, or for travelers who need special assistance.
  • Jetstar change flight fee – Plans changed? The fee for altering your booking starts at $75 on Australia/New Zealand routes. All changes must me completed before the flight opens for check in.
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