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 was once known as the worst budget airline in Australia. In recent times, the company has made some drastic changes to improve its reputation and claw back former customers. We were recently invited to test the airline on a return flight from Sydney to Melbourne. So has the Tiger changed its stripes? I put my body on the line to find out.
Low-cost carrier Tigerair Australia has joined Qantas and Virgin in allowing passengers to use gadgets in flight mode during take-off and landing. In typical Tigerair fashion, however, the rules are a little tougher on passengers.
Earlier this month, Jetstar announced it was going to start actively policing carry-on baggage to make sure people weren't trying to shirk its weight and size rules. Now fellow low-cost carrier Tiger Airways Australia is doing the same thing.
Virgin Australia has finally received the tick of approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to buy a 60 per cent stake in Tiger Australia, a plan that Virgin first announced in October last year. While the ACCC was originally opposed to the deal on competition grounds, it has concluded that if Virgin doesn't invest, Tiger will probably take its planes and go home to Singapore.
Last October, Virgin Australia announced plans to buy a 60 per cent stake in rival Tiger Airways, as well as acquiring Skywest outright. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) was happy to approve the Skywest buy, but has today confirmed that it has serious reservations about the Virgin buy. The reason? A substantial reduction in competition that could see fares go up and choices reduced.
Assuming you don't mind your hand luggage being weighed, Tiger Airway's current 2-for-1 ticket sale (running from January 8 to 14) might appeal. Note that you can't fly on Fridays or Sundays.
You can score airline tickets cheaper than ever these days, but the charges for luggage can produce a nasty sting in the tail. Here's what the biggest national providers -- Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger, QantasLink, Rex and Skywest -- charge for baggage on domestic sectors, and how to avoid getting rorted
In the midst of its month-long shutdown earlier this year, Tiger Airways emailed customers claiming that prices from its rivals had gone up by more than 30 per cent once it stopped flying. That seemed like an odd claim to us, and now Tiger has been forced to withdraw it after the ACCC determined it had no clear factual basis.