Low Cost Flights Australia

Best offers of the day

Ballina
11 Mar.
SYD BNK
starting at $35
Brisbane
11 Mar. - 12 Mar.
SYD BNE
starting at $159
Melbourne
05 Mar. - 10 Mar.
SYD MEL
starting at $163
Coolangatta - Gold Coast, QLD
09 Mar. - 11 Mar.
SYD OOL
starting at $199
Ballina
07 Mar. - 09 Mar.
SYD BNK
starting at $265
Adelaide
04 Mar. - 05 Mar.
SYD ADL
starting at $344
Coolangatta - Gold Coast, QLD
11 Mar.
MEL OOL
starting at $67
Sydney
06 Mar. - 06 Mar.
MEL SYD
starting at $190
Canberra
08 Mar. - 10 Mar.
MEL CBR
starting at $319
Brisbane
08 Mar. - 09 Mar.
MEL BNE
starting at $336
Maroochydore - Sunshine Coast, QLD
05 Mar. - 08 Mar.
MEL MCY
starting at $346
Adelaide
09 Mar. - 09 Mar.
MEL ADL
starting at $371
Cairns
11 Mar.
BNE CNS
starting at $93
Sydney
06 Mar. - 10 Mar.
BNE SYD
starting at $226
Townsville
04 Mar. - 05 Mar.
BNE TSV
starting at $251
Melbourne
10 Mar. - 12 Mar.
BNE MEL
starting at $254
Adelaide
05 Mar. - 10 Mar.
BNE ADL
starting at $408
Cairns
07 Mar. - 08 Mar.
BNE CNS
starting at $443
Singapore
07 Mar.
PER SIN
starting at $140
Bali
07 Mar. - 12 Mar.
PER DPS
starting at $344
Kuala Lumpur
07 Mar. - 08 Mar.
PER KUL
starting at $408
Adelaide
04 Mar. - 08 Mar.
PER ADL
starting at $485
Melbourne
09 Mar. - 12 Mar.
PER MEL
starting at $617
Ho Chi Minh City
04 Mar. - 11 Mar.
PER SGN
starting at $640
Melbourne
06 Mar.
ADL MEL
starting at $96
Melbourne
09 Mar. - 10 Mar.
ADL MEL
starting at $337
Port Lincoln, SA
09 Mar. - 10 Mar.
ADL PLO
starting at $442
Brisbane
04 Mar. - 10 Mar.
ADL BNE
starting at $450
Sydney
08 Mar. - 10 Mar.
ADL SYD
starting at $505
Perth
04 Mar. - 08 Mar.
ADL PER
starting at $515

About low cost flights

The origin of low cost

The term "low cost" originated in the United States decades ago with airlines offering cheap flights at half the price of traditional carriers. Later, the low cost craze spread to other industries, not just flights, but to low cost holidays, hotels, car rental, clothing, and even to the automotive industry, just to name a few.

What are low cost flights?

In Australia, low cost flights are well known because of the various budget carriers that offer cheaper Australia domestic and international flights. These airlines are specifically referred to as "low cost airlines", but the term can also be used for cheap flights with traditional airlines. When assessing the price of a flight with a low cost airline compared to a traditional airline, we recommend you compare prices, flight schedules, to which airport the airline operates, especially the distance from the city centre and ground transport prices. It's also important to take into account any additional fees like extra costs to check luggage. Keep reading for more tips for flying with budget carriers.

Tips to book the cheapest low cost flights:

1. Book in advance!

Whenever possible, book in advance to get the best deal. Last minute flights tend to go up in price. This, of course, is also affected by seasonality.

2. Be flexible!

If your travel dates are flexible, try to book your holidays during the low season or during the weekdays. Prices tend to increase as the weekend approaches.

3. Compare!

Do a side-by-side flight comparison looking at more than just the price. Compare several low cost airlines by flight schedule as well, as departure times also influence the final price of airline tickets.

4. Check the secondary airports!

Budget carriers often fly to secondary airports, but not always the case, it simply depends on the airline. Low cost carriers (LCC) that fly to secondary airports are oftentimes cheaper, however, arriving further from the city centre many times means more money will be spent on ground transport. This is something to consider when evaluating the total price.

5. Be careful with the baggage fees

Always pay checked baggage fees when you book online. Hold luggage fees drastically increase when paid at the airport.

6. Keep in mind: no frills services

Low cost airlines keep their prices down by offering a more basic service. This means that in most cases drinks and food are not included in the ticket price. The "no frills" service also incurs fees where traditional airlines may not. For example, there are fines for oversized and overweight baggage and any changes made to tickets after they've been issued.

7. Be on time!

In general, low cost carriers have better rates of on-time arrivals when comparing to traditional airlines. Because of this, it's important to get to the airport early enough to check-in and/or drop off any baggage. The check-in desk, boarding and gate closing times differ depending on the airlines so it is necessary to check this ahead of time.

8. Bring your documents to travel

Check the accepted forms of identification travel documents each airline allows as it may vary by company. Also, check the rules for unaccompanied minors, as the minimum age to fly alone also may differ.

Main destinations for Australia's low cost airlines: