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New: Cheap last minute flight deals now

Times are tough for travellers. But with the world preparing to reopen in 2021, we're here to keep you dreaming and planning for your next adventure – whether that's a staycation or flying off to parts unknown. Until then, we’ve got the latest COVID-19 travel advice and updates to keep you up to date and ready to go.

Check out our new flights deals now and read our handy guide on how to find and book last minute flights to domestic and international destinations. These are tried and tested tips from Skyscanner Australia to enhance your search for new cheap last minute flight deals to destinations such as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Bali, London and hundreds of others from Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Qantas.

Check out new last minute flight deals

Qantas
Tue 14 SepPER
    BME
    Sat 18 SepBME
      PER
      30% less than average price
      From
      $531
      Virgin Australia + Jetstar
      Sat 17 JulPER
        HBA
        Wed 21 JulHBA
          PER
          39% less than average price
          From
          $553
          Virgin Australia + Qantas
          Thu 2 SepPER
            BME
            Wed 8 SepBME
              PER
              31% less than average price
              From
              $531
              Virgin Australia
              Wed 1 SepBME
                PER
                Tue 14 SepPER
                  BME
                  38% less than average price
                  From
                  $424
                  Virgin Australia + Qantas
                  Sat 4 SepPER
                    BME
                    Wed 8 SepBME
                      PER
                      29% less than average price
                      From
                      $544
                      Virgin Australia
                      Sun 8 AugPER
                        BME
                        Sat 14 AugBME
                          PER
                          36% less than average price
                          From
                          $490
                          Virgin Australia
                          Mon 20 SepPER
                            BME
                            Fri 22 OctBME
                              PER
                              31% less than average price
                              From
                              $491
                              Qantas + Virgin Australia
                              Mon 19 JulPER
                                CNS
                                Mon 26 JulCNS
                                  PER
                                  41% less than average price
                                  From
                                  $557
                                  Jetstar
                                  Mon 9 AugPER
                                    ZQN
                                    Tue 17 AugZQN
                                      PER
                                      22% less than average price
                                      From
                                      $803

                                      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. Find out whose borders are open with our interactive global map, and sign up to receive email updates when your top destinations reopen. Please check your airline’s flight cancellation, rebooking and refund policies, as well as travel bans and restrictions, before booking a flight.

                                      Standby flights aren’t as cheap as they once were

                                      These days, the best deals for standby flights (and all last minute deals) are found 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 tickets are pretty much a thing of the past though, thanks partly to more sophisticated computer systems, and code sharing agreements that see most flights at capacity. 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 work for an airline (or are a close relative of someone who does).

                                      Instead of fruitlessly rushing to the airport intent on getting a last minute flight, you can find cheap weekend getaway deals for the next four weekends, last minute flight specials and the top travel deals by downloading Skyscanner’s travel app.

                                      Woman on sofa searching for flight deals on her phone

                                      Don’t settle for the first flight bargains you find

                                      While standby tickets are not the same as they used to be, 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. 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. Follow Skyscanner on Facebook and keep your eyes peeled.

                                      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 international and domestic 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.  

                                      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.

                                      Everybody knows that you need to be flexible when you’re looking for cheap flights. But when it comes to last minute flights, there’s more to being flexible than choosing anti-social flight times. It also means being flexible about your destination, and the airport you’re flying from. This way you could find yourself in a gorgeous city that you hadn’t thought about visiting before.

                                      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.

                                      When you’re ready to travel, Skyscanner will be here to help you find flexible flights, COVID-safe hotels and convenient car hire options. Also check out our interactive global map to see whose borders are open, and sign up to receive email alerts.