Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin launch half price domestic fares


Last month, the federal government announced that it would be subsidising a range of domestic flights. Under the arrangements, Jetstar, Qantas, and Virgin would provide half-price airfares on a number of routes.

These routes include a range of regional destinations that have done it tough during the pandemic. The fares are available for purchase from April 1 through to the end of July. You can travel pretty much anytime through to the end of September.

Qantas and Jetstar

Qantas and Jetstar will be offering half-price tickets to 15 destinations across their networks. Half price fares on the two carriers include

Qantas half-price fares

  • Adelaide-Melbourne: from $88
  • Sydney-Sunshine Coast: from $92
  • Canberra-Gold Coast: from $95

Jetstar half-price fares

  • Adelaide-Avalon: from $32
  • Sydney-Gold Coast: from $35
  • Melbourne-Launceston: from $35

In order to take advantage of these fares, head over to the Qantas website between 1 April 2021 and 31 July 2021 (or until sold out)

Qantas 50% off sale Destinations


Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia is also offering a number of half-price fares. The seats will be discounted by 50 percent off Virgin Australia’s February lead-in price of tickets. They will be available between 1 April – 31 July 2021, for travel from mid-April to 30 September 2021.

Virgin will be offering the following fares

Region Route February lead-in airfare


Discounted airfare


Gold Coast Adelaide-Gold Coast $179 $90
  Canberra-Gold Coast $189 $95
Melbourne-Gold Coast $155 $78
Sydney-Gold Coast $119 $60
Adelaide Brisbane-Adelaide $219 $110
  Canberra-Adelaide $245 $123
Melbourne-Adelaide $139 $69
Perth-Adelaide $289 $145
Sydney-Adelaide $179 $90
Cairns Melbourne-Cairns $265 $133
  Sydney-Cairns $215 $108
Sunshine Coast Melbourne-Sunshine Coast $175 $88
  Sydney-Sunshine Coast $139 $70
Alice Springs Adelaide-Alice Springs $239 $120
  Brisbane-Alice Springs $379 $190
Whitsundays Melbourne-Hamilton Island $205 $103
  Sydney-Hamilton Island $205 $103
Launceston Melbourne-Launceston $109 $55
  Sydney-Launceston $135 $68
Hobart Brisbane-Hobart $215 $108
  Melbourne-Hobart $145 $73
Sydney-Hobart $159 $80
Darwin Brisbane-Darwin $279 $140
  Melbourne-Darwin $289 $145
Perth-Darwin $355 $178


Note that these are ‘Getaway’ fares. In the Velocity program, these earn 5 Velocity Points per dollar, with no additional status bonus. In addition, they will earn between 7 and 15 Status Credits per one-way flight.

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Mark is the founder of FlyStayPoints, and caught the travel bug early in life. He discovered the benefits of travel loyalty programs in 2001, and is always learning how they can make travel better. While work takes him between Perth and Melbourne, he is always plotting his next adventure.