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This new budget airline is slinging flights for as little as $49

If you've been pinching pennies to afford your next trip, then you'll want to listen closely

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier

Money can't buy love, but it sure can buy a flight to your next holiday destination, and that's basically the same thing. And when those flights start at just a measly $49, you'd be a fool not to snatch them up. You might be thinking 'Yeah, but where can I find flights for that cheap?' Well, you really couldn't until low-cost airline Bonza entered the picture. 

Originally based on the Sunshine Coast, the budget carrier has just rolled out a second site in Melbourne and has expanded its operations to offer flights to and from a dozen domestic destinations including the Whitsunday Coast, Cairns, Mildura and Coffs Harbour. At this stage, Melbourne flights are departing solely from Avalon Airport in Geelong with plans to expand operations to Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine. Other soon-to-be-added destinations and departure points include Bundaberg, Gladstone, Toowoomba Wellcamp, Port Macquarie and Tamworth. 

Before Melburnians get too excited, it's important to note that Victorian routes are still in the early stages and the only flight presently available from Avalon is to the Sunshine Coast, with tickets starting at $79 each way. That's still way cheaper than competitors Jetstar (from $194), Rex (from $279), Virgin Australia (from $303) and Qantas (from $399). Currently, the available $49 Bonza routes include from the Sunshine Coast to Coffs Harbour and Rockhampton, and from Cairns to Mackay. Fares include your seat and a carry-on bag, while seat selection and checked luggage are an additional fee. 

You won't find a lot of information on the Bonza website, so if you're keen to explore your options, your best bet is to download the Fly Bonza app

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