28th December 2016
Christmas - it's the most wonderful time of the year...right? It can be, but it can also be known for exorbitant expenditure that puts families under stress. Thanks to the competitive low-cost travel market, Christmas came early with a number of December deals that have helped travellers save on their next holiday.
2016 has been a bumper year for flights with consumers winning thanks to the price war between low-cost carriers. Even embattled iconic Australian airline Qantas has posted a billion-dollar profit. Reflecting the state of the retail market, low-cost carriers such as Tigerair and Jetstar have offered their new year deals a little earlier.
Flights to southeast Asia and Fiji are now on sale for less than $200. Unsurprisingly some flights are only available on selected dates, while others offer a bit more flexibility. However travellers will need to act quickly if they plan on taking advantage of the incredible offers as most sales end before Christmas.
Jetstar are also offering an amazing deal to celebrate the introduction of its new route direct from Sydney to the Whitsundays. Flights are going for the bargain price of just $59 one way. From next April, the cheaper sibling of Qantas will fly to the Queensland tropical paradise three times weekly. The deal is valid for travel from April 27 to June 20 and July 18 to September 17.
Don't let those dates put you off either, unlike many deals that seem too good to be true, Jetstar aren't offering cheap flights straight into cyclone season (don't worry the Whitsundays don't actually have a cyclone season). In fact, over those dates Hamilton Island's weather is perfect! Warm and sunny during the day, the night cools down to a balmy 20 degrees Celsius - ideal t-shirt and shorts weather. The flights available later in the year are also perfect timing for shivering Sydneysiders to escape the cold down south and head north to the warmer climes of the Whitsundays.