A clever trick to secure cheaper flights

Get the cheapest domestic flight in Australia with this little-known trick.

A clever trick to secure cheaper flights

SJ is a regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices. If she had one superpower, it would be teleportation – the ultimate cure for her fear of flying.

After spending five weeks back at home in Australia over Christmas, I was shocked at how much domestic flights had increased in price. Not wishing to spend a lot on a one-night trip to Sydney, I found myself on not one, but two budget flights (with an airline that shall not be named). Upon my arrival, I was complaining to my cousin about the ‘service’. Thankfully, the conversation led to me walking away with a little-known trick on how to avoid flying with that airline again …

Having lived in Sydney for a few years, my cousin has learnt a thing or two about flying back and forth to Melbourne. It’s no secret that TigerAir and Jetstar are the cheapest airlines when it comes to domestic travel in Australia. It’s also no secret that, with budget airlines, you get what you pay for: which is seemingly flight delays, limited service and poor baggage allowance and planes that are not recommended for those with a fear of flying. Although both airlines have their foibles, there is a way to fly with, what I feel, is the better option of the two.

Jetstar has a little-known offer called the ‘Price Beat Guarantee’. Essentially, all you need to do is look up your desired flight on opposition airlines and then find a comparable flight on Jetstar. If the Jetstar price is not already cheaper, the airline will charge you 10 per cent less than the lowest–priced flight you can find.

magnifying glass held over jetstar webpage

There are, of course, a few catches: the flight for which you request a price match must be scheduled for within one hour of a Jetstar flight; and your flight must also be commencing seven or more days from the time you request the Price Beat Guarantee.

If this makes you feel as if you’ve been living under a rock, this offer isn’t readily accessible on Jetstar’s website. You have to visit a specific page from which you initiate an online chat with a Jetstar customer service representative. They then verify the comparison and confirm your 10 per cent discount. You must purchase the fare immediately for this to be valid.

With the Price Beat Guarantee also available for international flights and Jetstar’s holiday packages, the 15-minute chat is well worth the money you’ll save.

You can find the Price Beat Guarantee at Jetstar. And remember, sharing is caring so tell your friends and family so that they can make the most of trick, too.



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    11th Feb 2017
    The biggest weakness in this theory is that by only 7 dAys out from your flight you are
    Generally reducing from much higher fares (all the cheaper flight times have been purchased) so you are not getting cheap fares in the end.
    Please do not assume in relation to Tiger Air that your plane is old and outdated.
    Since Virgin have purchased Tiger the stNdard of aircraft usually a320's is very new and
    Of good standard.
    If you wish to go Virgin or Qantas then be prepAred to pay double at least of the fare
    For virtually a muffin.
    In 4 years I have only been significantly delayed 4 times by TigerAir.
    And in that time have saved between $3/5,000.
    On one and two hour flights that means more spending money and extra goodies on the holiday rather than in a 1 or 2 hour period of debatable extras ???
    11th Feb 2017
    with an airline that shall not be named Why? Aren't you supposed to be helping people ???
    12th Feb 2017
    You omitted one thing Sue: NO LUGGAGE INCLUDED.
    15th Feb 2017
    Sue Fallick gives good advice about getting cheaper flights by taking advantage of the 'Price Beat Guarantee' by Jetstar, yet she won't fly with budget airlines like Jetstar because they "...are not recommended for those with a fear of flying."
    Doesn't she realise that Jetstar is owned by Qantas, who has high safety standards? Further, all airlines flying within Australian airspace have to comply with the high safety standards set by CASA!
    I agree with your points Captain and Watto.

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