There are now 372,000 Club Jetstar members, representing a 37% growth in members over the past year. As of 4 October 2019, membership costs $55 per year (up from $49/year), plus any credit card fees. But is it worth it?
What are the benefits of Club Jetstar?
In exchange for your $55 annual fee, Club Jetstar gets you access to discounted member-only fares and 20% off checked baggage & seat selection fees. You’ll also get early access to sales a few times per year – although you’ll still be competing with the 372,000 other members for those seats!
When booking on the Jetstar website, special member-only fares are marked in purple.
You can use these benefits when booking travel for yourself and up to 4 other people on the same booking.
Keep in mind that Club Jetstar is not a frequent flyer program. It is a subscription service which will automatically renew each year until you cancel, and the membership fee is non-refundable. If you wish to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points for Jetstar flights, you’ll need to purchase a Plus or Max bundle. Club Jetstar does not give you a discount on these fare bundles.
Is Club Jetstar worth it?
If you travel with Jetstar regularly, Club Jetstar could pay for itself. However, the discounts are not available on all flights – and may not be available on any flights that you actually want to book.
Ultimately, it comes down to whether you think you’ll save more than $55 per year on flights, seat selection and baggage charges.
There are a few other benefits, such as exclusive member offers from partners. These include small discounts on travel insurance and car hire. But it’s not worth signing up just for these benefits. If you want to get a discount on travel insurance, for example, you can simply use one of the many travel insurance discount codes floating around. (AFF GOLD members are also entitled to a 15% discount on Columbus Direct travel insurance.)
The low-cost carrier says that its club membership has saved members $30 million in airfares, seat selection and baggage. If there are 372,000 members, this means Jetstar would be making around $20 million per year in membership fees. So, on average it would appear that members are saving money with Club Jetstar membership. But the value for many will be marginal and depend whether the exclusive sale fares are offered to destinations that you want to fly to.
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Club Jetstar Certainly Seems to Pay for Itself.