With the new world of travel creating such uncertainty about travel, being able to find a cheap flight on short notice is more important than ever. Fortunately, finding a last minute flight doesn’t have to mean paying a premium.
We reveal the latest flight deals and our tips on how to find last minute flights to domestic and international destinations.
Check out new last minute flight deals
Please note: All prices are subject to availability and may change depending on the airport of origin, as well as the dates selected. Travel restrictions can change at any time. Check the latest rules and restrictions on Smartraveller.gov.au before making holiday plans.
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Find cheap flights online
Years ago, you could score yourself a cheap last minute flight deal by just walking up to any airport counter in Australia and asking about standby flights. These days, the best deals for standby flights (and all last minute deals) are found online.
Even if a plane isn’t full, the only way you can generally get on a standby list is if you miss your flight, if you have a full price ticket and you want to get on an earlier flight or if you have connections to the airline.
Instead of fruitlessly rushing to the airport intent on getting a last minute flight, you can find cheap deals for last minute flight specials by downloading Skyscanner’s travel app.
Don’t settle for the first flight bargain you find
You can still find last minute flight deals in Australia if you keep your eyes and ears open.
Try searching for flights on different days, when travellers are less likely to take to the skies. Tuesdays are traditionally when you can find the best deals on flights from Australia, but Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays tend to be cheaper than average days as well.
Monday, Friday and Sunday are more expensive because they’re prime flight days for business travellers, as well as families leaving or returning from a trip away.
Sign up to airline newsletters and follow your favourite airlines on social media. Social media is usually the most immediate way to find out about a flash sale.
Regularly check Skyscanner’s deals newsletter to find cheap flights from Australia
Checking Skyscanner’s deals can save you 20% (sometimes more!) on last minute flights from Australia. You can check out cheap flight deals at the top of this page, and you can sign up for our deals newsletter to get regular updates on amazing deals from your home airport.
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Search for last minute flights to ‘everywhere’
The best way to do this is to use Skyscanner Australia’s ‘flights to everywhere’ destination option. This way you can see which places are cheapest to visit on the dates of your choosing.
Sign up for alerts for new last minute flight deals
You can also find last minute bargains with Skyscanner Price Alerts. Just choose a destination and date and if the price of flights changes you will automatically be sent an email. Skyscanner Price Alerts are free and you can change your alerts or unsubscribe at any time.
Where can I go?
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