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Virgin Australia Happy Hour | Flights from $55 each way

Here's everything you need to know and things you might not think to ask about Virgin's Happy Hour sale.

Happy hour has landed! Before you book your tickets for this week's Happy Hour sale, have a look through our guide that answers all your questions, from how much these Virgin Australia fares usually cost to whether Velocity frequent flyer points are included.

TL;DR: What's the deal with this flight sale?

Cheapest flight available:

Travel dates
1 May to 24 June 2023

Flexible fares?

Baggage included?
Yes, Choice fares only

Book your flight

Virgin Australia's Happy Hour sale is here! This week the lead fare is Ballina to Sydney from $55 each way.

Other fares that have us smiling include:

  • Sydney-Ballina Byron (Byron Bay) from $55 one-way
  • Launceston-Melbourne from $89 one-way
  • Hobart-Melbourne from $89 one-way
  • Gold Coast-Sydney from $89 one-way
  • Sydney-Hobart from $95 one-way
  • Brisbane-Fiji from $449 return

Travel dates vary by route but run largely from 15 March to 13 September 2023.

This Virgin Australia Happy Hour sale ends 1159pm AEDT, 23 February 2023 unless sold out prior.

Grab your Happy Hour tickets with the deal below before you miss out or head to Virgin Australia for more sales.


Australia flights from $70 one way

Available for travel on select dates across Australia. Sample fare departs from Ballina Byron to Sydney. T&Cs apply.

Flights to Bali from $551

Book your flights now to Bali starting from just $551. T&Cs apply.

Flights to New Zealand from $354

Book your flights now to New Zealand starting from just $354. T&Cs apply.

Flights to Fiji from $558

Book your flights now to Fiji starting from just $558. T&Cs apply.

Flights to Vanuatu from $539

Book your flights now to Vanuatu starting from just $539. T&Cs apply.

International flights from $485 on Virgin Australia

Available for travel until 15 September 2024. Sample fare departs from Melbourne to Queenstown. Destination includes Apia (Samoa), Denpasar (Bali), Tokyo (Haneda), Nadi (Fiji) and Port Vila (Vanuatu). T&Cs apply.

See the full list of fares available in this week's sale

Frequently asked questions about Virgin's Happy Hour sale

When is Virgin's Happy Hour sale?

Virgin's Happy Hour sale typically happens every Thursday from 4pm-11pm AEST. Sometimes it drops early from 11am giving you 12 hours to nab those cheap flights.

Can you collect frequent flyer points with Virgin Happy Hour fares?

Yes, you can collect Velocity frequent flyer points when you purchase tickets in the Happy Hour sale. You can receive 5 points for every dollar spent on your airfare.

What's included in a Virgin Happy Hour fare?

There are no nasty surprises when you book tickets in Virgin Australia's Happy Hour sale. You receive the same benefits as you would with any ordinary Virgin booking, including the following:

  • Luggage. You're allowed 7kg of carry-on. If you book a Choice Fare you'll get 23kg of checked baggage.
  • In-flight entertainment. Download Virgin Australia's entertainment app to your smartphone or tablet prior to your flight and enjoy access to the full library of movies, TV shows, podcasts and books. Virgin is progressively removing in-seat screens to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • Water, tea and coffee. Virgin has stopped offering in-flight meals to economy-class passengers. Snacks and drinks can be purchased at an additional cost from the onboard menu. Business-class passengers are served a plated meal and beverages, including beer and wine.

Are Virgin's Happy Hour fares flexible?

Yes, Happy Hour fares are guaranteed the same protections as regular fares under Virgin's Passenger Promise.

Under its Passenger Promise, Virgin allows you to make unlimited changes to your flight with no change fee, or cancel your flight (and receive credit) with no cancellation fee for travel up to 30 April 2022. Changes must be made prior to your travel date and you may have to pay for fare differences.

Are Happy Hour fares covered by Virgin's Fare Promise?

No. Unfortunately, Happy Hour fares are not eligible for Virgin's Fare Promise. The Fare Promise guarantees that Virgin will match any lower (full-priced) fare that you find from an eligible third-party website and throw in a bonus of 500 points per booking.

Are international fares available in the Virgin Happy Hour sale?

No, we haven't seen a Happy Hour sale that has offered international fares recently. If we do spot international fares, we'll be sure to let you know.

Virgin Happy Hour vs Jetstar Friday Fare Frenzy

Here's a glance at how Virgin Australia's Happy Hour sale stacks up against Jetstar's Friday Fare Frenzy:

Virgin Happy Hour SaleJetstar Friday Fare Frenzy
When is it?Thursdays from 4pm AESTFridays from 12pm AEST
How long does it run for?7 hours until 11pm AEST8 hours until 8pm AEST
What are the lowest prices they've had?From $45 one wayFrom $29 one way
Are international flights included?No, not recentlyYes, we've seen flights to New Zealand offered from $185 one way
What do you get for your money?7 kg of carry-on luggage, 23kg checked baggage (Choice fares only), and in-flight entertainment7kg of carry-on luggage
Are flights flexible?Free unlimited changes to your flight or cancel to credit for travel up to 30 April 2022You can add FareCredit, which is valid for three years from purchase – the credit covers your fare and any extras you choose if you have to cancel, and it costs from $15–$30 depending on the route

Our verdict: While Jetstar's Fare Frenzy tickets are great for their low prices, you may end up paying more than you originally intended once you add baggage and any other inclusions. Virgin's offering is solid out of the gate and its flexibility policy is comprehensive and, best of all, costs you nothing at the checkout.

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