Using the Jetstar Price Beat Guarantee, you can get some seriously cheap airfares. It’s particularly useful for matching excellent sales offered by other airlines – such as Tigerair’s Saturday Flight Fever fares.
The Jetstar Price Beat Guarantee exists so that Jetstar can legitimately advertise that they’ll always have the lowest fares. But there are some terms and conditions that have to be met, and the booking process is a little complex.
The price beat applies to flights oprated by Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Pacific and Jetstar Japan. As well as beating competing airlines’ fares, Jetstar will also beat lower airfares being sold by third-party booking websites for Jetstar flights.
To fly Jetstar for 10% less than another airline’s price, the competitor’s flight must:
- Depart within one hour of the Jetstar flight (or be on the same calendar day for long-haul international flights)
- Depart and arrive at the same airports
- Be a direct flight
- Be cheaper after adding all mandatory fees, surcharges and taxes
- Not depart within the next 7 days
There are also various rules governing claims against Jetstar fares found on third-party websites, and there is a fair-use policy. You can view the full terms & conditions on the Jetstar website.
Jetstar’s Price Beat Guarantee can only be used to book Economy Starter fares. You can add baggage and other extras after booking for an additional fee (which can be quite high). However, you cannot add a Jetstar bundle to a Price Beat booking, nor can you earn Qantas points or status credits. The offer also does not apply to Business Class fares.
As an example, you could use this Jetstar deal to save over $24 on the following flight from Darwin to Brisbane. Jetstar is currently selling seats for $107 – which is already a low price…
But Tigerair has a flight departing within an hour of the Jetstar service available for $91.95…
Using this deal, you could easily book a seat on the Jetstar flight for just $82.76, or 10% off the Tigerair price.
To book, you’ll need to use the online chat on the Jetstar website.
The terms & conditions for this offer have changed several times over the years, but this remains a great trick for getting cheap flights.
You can discuss Jetstar’s Price Beat Guarantee on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: JQ Price Beat changes