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Wednesday 23rd of July 2014

Aussie budget airline war heats up benefiting travellers

    The landscape for Australian budget travel is heating up as two budget carriers, Jetstar and Tiger Airways have launched sales on domestic routes in a price war that will strongly benefit Aussie travellers.

    Qantas owned Jetstar is gearing up to offer fares from $1, while Tiger Airways is offering one way fares from $21 as part of its latest sale, where travellers only pay taxes and charges.

    The sale includes flights between Australian destinations including Adelaide to Sydney, Brisbane to Rockhampton, Adelaide to Alice Springs and Melbourne to Launceston.

    Consumer Communications Manager for Tiger Airways, Vanessa Regan, said that the airline would continue to give travellers cheap fares

    She said that the sale this week reinforced the commitment to offer popular routes on sale for as little as the cost of taxes and charges for the seat.

    The sales, which commenced today, comes just a week after it unveiled it’s take a mate campaign, offering fares for two people from $50.

    The latest sale would run from March 4 and is valid for travel Tuesday and Wednesday, only between April 7 and May 31 this year.

    Meanwhile, Jetstar has launched a price attack of their own, with thousands of $1 fares up for grabs, however the condition is that they must apply for a Jetstar Mastercard, with travellers having until March 3 to sign up.

    This has been the latest in a series of tactics used by airlines who are struggling to stay afloat in the current economic climate.

    However Australian travellers have been warned that cheap fares are unlikely to last, with both Qantas and Virgin Blue indicating that airfares will rise this year.

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