With challenger Rex dropping $49 Economy and $199 Business Class fares on the Sydney/Melbourne corridor in its debut month of jet operations, Virgin Australia is matching the deal — sparking a price war that hasn’t been seen in recent times.

We were the first Australian airline to introduce COVID-19 booking flexibility, have put more than 2 million seats on sale in the last week, and rolled out an informative health and wellbeing series on our social media channels to ensure travellers are comfortable when they next fly.

Today, we’ve raised the bar even higher – matching some of the lowest airfares in the market – complete with checked-baggage, seat selection, double Velocity Points on eligible bookings and of course, our award-winning service.

We’ve also extended our booking flexibility for travel until 31 January 2022 when customers book before 30 April 20212 to give travellers peace of mind that they can book now and easily change the date of their flight if they need to.

Virgin Australia spokesperson, 10 Feb 2021

Consumers are likely to benefit in the short term due to the crazy-low fares, but it’s usually unsustainable for airlines to sell tickets so cheaply — particularly a carrier like Virgin Australia which is still re-structuring after coming out of voluntary administration in late 2020.

For now, a one-month price blitz is unlikely to hurt the bottom line of either airline significantly. But if this continues throughout 2021, as Rex gradually launches new routes, Virgin will have to balance the fine line between profitability and being competitive.

Deal 1: Fares from $49 Economy/$199 Business between Sydney-Melbourne

Expiry: 11:59pm AEST, 28 February 2021

It’s on — all-inclusive Sydney-Melbourne fares have reached rock bottom. Book before 28 February 2021 for travel within March 2021 only.

  • Melbourne-Sydney and return from $49 in Economy
  • Melbourne-Sydney and return from $199 in Business

These dirt-cheap Business Class tickets still include lounge access, plus you’ll earn at least 995 Velocity Points and 50 Status Credits each way, which will be good for those looking to earn or maintain Velocity elite status.

Don’t forget to activate the Double Velocity Points offer too — you’ll earn 10 Velocity Points per A$1 spent on airfares, including these sale tickets.

Deal 2: Fares from $75 with Virgin Australia in the ‘Let The Good Times Fly‘ sale

Expiry: 11:59pm AEST, 15 February 2021

As part of Virgin Australia’s domestic sales blitz, more than 1.9 million seats are available from A$75 one-way on selected routes, including baggage, seating, Velocity Points and a snack. Return routes include:

  • Sydney-Ballina Byron and return from $75
  • Melbourne-Sydney and return from $78
  • Melbourne-Launceston and return from $78
  • Sydney-Gold Coast and return from $79
  • Brisbane-Proserpine and return from $89
  • Melbourne-Adelaide and return from $89
  • Sydney-Brisbane and return from $89
  • Melbourne-Hobart and return from $99
  • Sydney-Sunshine Coast and return from $89
  • Brisbane-Mackay and return from $99
  • Melbourne-Canberra and return from $119
  • Perth-Kalgoorlie and return from $149
  • Darwin-Brisbane and return from $169
  • Perth-Melbourne and return from $169
  • Perth-Karratha and return from $199
  • Perth-Port Hedland and return from $199
  • Perth-Newman and return from $199

As part of Virgin Australia’s updated ‘Passenger Promise’, Australian travellers are able to make unlimited date changes to their bookings, without incurring any change fees. This applies to bookings made by 30 April 2021, for travel until 31 January 2022.

Find your next holiday fare on the Virgin Australia flight specials page.

Virgin goes to (fare) war with $49 Sydney-Melbourne flights, $199 in Business Class was last modified: February 10th, 2021 by Brandon Loo