Airfare to Brisbane, Australia
Bissie, BrisVegas, or whatever else you want to call it, Brisbane is the gateway to both the Gold Coast (home to glitz and glam and surf culture) and the Sunshine Coast (with the emphasis placed on the less-commercialized aspects of lazy beach lounging). The largest city north of Sydney, Brisbane is a great launching pad for trips to the Great Barrier Reef and outlying islands like Fraser and the Whitsundays.
Airfare to Brisbane will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Cairns or Sydney, Australia. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Jetstar Airways and Virgin Blue fly to Brisbane. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Sydney or Melbourne, Australia, or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Qantas is the national airline. However, Garuda Indonesia, Thai Airways and other airlines also stop in Brisbane.
The most expensive air tickets to Brisbane are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Cairns or Sydney, Australia and traveling overland to Brisbane via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Brisbane, check out BootsnAll’s Brisbane Travel Guide.