In 2015, Lifehacker tried to answer the question "Does Tiger Airways still suck?" and the results were almost positive. In 2017, I flew on both budget airlines at least once a month, alternating between the two based on price and convenience -- and I learnt a lot about flying low-cost.
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Tiger Airways and Jetstar are the cheapest airlines for domestic travel in Australia. Tiger is usually the cheaper option but, you really get what you pay for: bad service, uncomfortable seats, and a miserly baggage allowance. Jetstar is the better option although it's usually pricier. But there is a way around that.
Travelling only with hand luggage saves you valuable time, but domestic airlines in Australia are getting much stricter about enforcing their baggage limits. Here's the current state of play for Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tigerair, and the best tactics to use to avoid unwanted hassles or excess luggage fees.
A computer system outage that means Jetstar can't lodge any flight plans has stopped all flights by the no-frills airline across Australia this morning, leading to delays across the network and potential hassles for other passengers. Here are some steps you can take to deal with it.
Jetstar hasn't made it easy this year to dodge its baggage fees. On top of random weigh-ins at the gate for carry-on baggage, it is now cutting the carry-on allowance on most of its flights from 10kg to 7kg.
We've often warned readers that trying to exceed the cabin baggage limits for bargain airlines can be a risky and costly business. Looks like it's about to become a lot trickier on Jetstar, which is testing out "cabin baggage officers" on major routes.
Back in February, consumer regulator the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it was preparing to take action on businesses that used "drip pricing" -- advertising a headline price but then aggressively pursuing add-on pricing. That strategy is now bearing fruit: the ACCC is taking Jetstar and Virgin to court over alleged drip pricing violations.
Hey Lifehacker, I was booking a flight from Melbourne to Sydney on Jetstar and I noticed that they were going to charge me $5 for choosing a standard seat as an 'optional extra'. It's not much, and of course I have no choice but to pay it, but it seems a little wrong. Are they allowed to charge extra for something as necessary as a seat on an aircraft? Shouldn't this price be worked into the initial ticket quote? Any thoughts?
Getting to the pointy end of the plane can be tough. However, if you need to travel to Auckland in the next month or two, a little tricky tweaking can get you a "business class" seat on Jetstar for a tiny supplement to the economy price, as Australian Business Traveller explains.
Hi Lifehacker, I've just scored myself a Qantas Frequent Flyer membership via my Woolworths Everyday Rewards card. What's the best way to earn points when booking Jetstar flights? I notice that the prices quoted for Jetstar flights via the Qantas site are often somewhat different to what Jetstar itself suggests. Any tips?
I was interested to read Angus' writeup of the Qantas Q Streaming service a few weeks back, because it's somewhat mirrored by the iPad-based rental service offered on Jetstar flights, except that Jetstar do not offer it for free. That doesn't mean it can't be good value for money, however.