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Cheapest times to fly within Australia

The cheapest times to fly within Australia feels like they are constantly fluctuating. However, we are seeing a pattern over recent years.

Australian Bureau of Statistics results are showing some consistencies, and possibly some surprises, about the most cost-effective travel months.

May and August are historically when you’ll find the cheapest airfares. February and March were good in 2019, but January and July are preferable for more consistent lower price points. December and September normally see an airfare spike. These could be the months when video-conferencing is the way to go!

Traditionally, it’s the leisure market that will dictate when fares are increased or discounted. That’s where business travellers can save money by flying in the months when leisure demand is low.

You will see days of the week having an impact as well. Thursdays are the best for Virgin Australia, thanks to their weekly Happy Hour sale. Jetstar’s Friday Fare Frenzy helps reduce their selected sectors. Qantas is more ad-hoc with sales, but booking in advance will pay off. Statistics are showing that if you book 4 weeks in advance for flights between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne you can save up to 25 per cent.

This monthly chart shows you the percentage of deviation from annual airfare averages. It can of course get turned upside down when airlines launch flight sales. But it’s a good place to start if you have the flexibility to schedule your business trips around the cheapest times to fly.

Monthly % deviations from annual averages. Data source: ABS

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