Jetstar celebrates five years of low fares

  • Fifth birthday ‘Take a Friend for Free’ sale

Australia’s low fares airline Jetstar is celebrating five years of low fares this week, since bursting onto the Australian airline scene and changing the way Australians travel in May 2004.

In the past five years of operation, Jetstar has flown nearly forty million passengers throughout Australia and around the world, with nearly half of these passengers flying for under AU$100.

To celebrate five years of low fares, Jetstar has a special fifth birthday sale ‘Take a Friend for Free’ for Jetsaver Light fares across the Jetstar network. Domestic fares from $24.50, trans-Tasman fares from $84.50 and international fares from $119.50 per passenger*. Simply click on the ‘Take a Friend for Free’ banner at to book and to find out which special sale flights are available from your closest Jetstar port.

Jetstar’s ‘Take a Friend for Free’ sale started at midnight (AEST) Wednesday 6 May and finishes at 23.59pm (AEST) Monday 11 May 2009, unless seats are sold out prior. Sale may be extended.

For travel in selected travel periods. Sale fares are subject to availability (not available on all flights or days), limited availability over school and public holiday weekends.

Bookings must be made by clicking through the special sale banner on and sale fares must be booked in pairs for travel on the same flight. There is a limit of 8 passengers per booking. The sale fares are available from Australia point of sale only and are for JetSaver Light fares*. More information on the sale is available by clicking on the ‘Take a Friend for Free’ banner on

In the past five years there have been more than 300,000 Jetstar flights, flying nearly 40 million passengers and helped to boost the economies in regional towns and cities around Australia, and across the Asia Pacific region.

Since beginning operations in May 2004, Jetstar has:

  • Flown almost 40 million passengers;
  • Flown almost 20 million passengers for under $100
  • Increased the number of destinations from just 14 in Australia in 2004, to expand the Jetstar brand to more than 50 destinations across Australia and the Asia Pacific region in 2009, and; • Increased the number of flights from 616 flights per week in 2004 to more than 1,800 flights per week today (an increase of around 300%).

The Jetstar ‘Take a Friend for Free’ sale is on now, so grab a friend and visit to book your next holiday now!

* Must be booked in pairs.

** JetSaver Light fares include up to 10 kilograms of carry-on luggage only. JetSaver fares, with an allowance of 20kgs check-in luggage, can be purchased for an additional $10-20 domestic and $20-30 international.

About Jetstar

About Jetstar Group

Jetstar first took to the skies in 2004 and has since flown more than 350 million customers across an extensive international and domestic network. The Jetstar Group is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, and Jetstar Japan in Japan. A leading low-fares airline, Jetstar is committed to offering everyday low fares to enable more people to fly to more places, more often. As one of Asia Pacific’s fastest-growing airline brands, Jetstar was voted Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia Pacific in 2021 and was recognized for its excellent flight safety records and services when listed on the "2022 World's Top 10 LCC" released by Airline Ratings.