thinking of goin on my own to oz for a month in July, want to start in melbourne and finish up in Cairns, tkaing in Sydney and gold coast on the way. does australia have the equivalent of easyjet or something i.e. low cost internal flights to get from city to city. anyone elso thinking of doin anything similar?
Hi, I know Qantas has an 'Aussie-Pass' scheme that lets you take 3 free one-way flights tied with your international ticket. They may have something for once you are already in Australia too - if you cannot find this info on their website - you may call them to find out.
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Check out http://www.virginblue.com.au/
And Qantas has a "cheap" version too - Jetstar http://www.jetstar.com.au
Post #3 and #4 have it with Virgin Blue and Jetstar.
Jetstar is generally $10 per flight cheaper, but that is the only way the beat Virgin Blue.
They are not even close to Virgin Blue's reliability in terms of flights leaving on time, flights cancelled, letting passengers know what is going on if there is a change etc. Customer service is poor at Jetstar, and if your flight is in the evening you can pretty much guarantee that it will be late.
A word of warning; if you do choose Jetstar you MUST check in AT LEAST 30 mins before the SCHEDULED departure time, (even if the plane is an hour late). If you don’t check in at least 30 mins before the scheduled departure time, they will not let you on, no matter what… even if you were waiting in the queue to check-in well before the 30 min limit.
I didnt find the departure times too bad on Jetstar but another "minus" about Jetstar is their excess baggage policy. If you're thinking about taking a surfboard or anything else of similar dimensions, be ready for some hassling (and excess baggage charges).
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