The Government’s Half-Price Flights Launch Today — Here’s How to Get Your Hands on One

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Thousands of half-price flights go on sale today, kicking off the Government’s $1.2 billion “ticket to recovery” package designed to encourage us all to hit the road and embark on a domestic trip.

The initiative was thought out as a means of rejuvenating Australia’s suffering aviation and tourism industries following a trying year (and then some), and around 46,000 cheap airline tickets in a total of 800,000 will be released today to 13 select destinations that would otherwise see international tourists. 

What are the destinations?

These destinations include the Gold Coast, Cairns, the Whitsundays and Mackay region (Proserpine and Hamilton Island), the Sunshine Coast, Lasseter and Alice Springs, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, Broome, Avalon, Merimbula, and Kangaroo Island.

The exact flight routes and how many tickets are available for each destination will depend entirely on their demand, with airlines having the final say. 

Who can I fly with?

Reliable classics Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia are the key airlines taking part, but regional airline Rex will also be offering half-price tickets on some routes, provided the route has been operating for the last two years. 

Where can I buy a ticket?

Available from midnight April 1, tickets are likely to be released in batches until the end of July and can be found on the airline websites. Around 46,000 50% off tickets will land each week.

Recommendation: Keep them all open in tabs and refresh refresh refresh, baby.

What dates can I travel?

The travel period for this offer will start on May 1 and carry through to September 30.

What are the discounted flight routes?

These routes may change depending on demand and the airline negotiations.

Gold Coast

Adelaide – Gold Coast

Melbourne – Gold Coast

Sydney – Gold Coast

Canberra – Gold Coast

Avalon – Gold Coast

Tropical North Queensland

Melbourne – Cairns

Sydney – Cairns

Darwin – Cairns

Whitsundays and Mackay region

Sydney – Proserpine

Sydney – Hamilton Island

Sunshine Coast (Queensland)

Sydney – Maroochydore

Melbourne – Maroochydore

Adelaide – Maroochydore

Lasseter and Alice Springs

Adelaide – Alice Springs

Sydney – Uluru

Brisbane – Alice Springs

Melbourne – Alice Springs

Perth – Alice Springs

Sydney – Alice Springs

Brisbane – Uluru

Melbourne – Uluru

Launceston, Devonport and Burnie

Melbourne – Launceston

Sydney – Launceston

Brisbane – Launceston

Melbourne – Devonport

Melbourne – Burnie


Darwin – Broome

Sydney – Broome

Melbourne – Broome

Avalon (Victoria)

Gold Coast – Avalon

Sydney – Avalon

Merimbula (New South Wales)

Melbourne – Merimbula

Kangaroo Island (South Australia)

Adelaide – Kingscote

While there are around 800,000 in total, no doubt these will be sold quickly. Get prepared (and excited) with 10 of Australia’s best winter Airbnbs and our tips for being an eco-conscious traveller.

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