Earlier this year Jetstar postponed the new Busselton (BQB) to Melbourne (MEL) service thanks to covid. The new route was initially announced in 2019 and scheduled for March 2020.
The service is now back on track and tickets are on sale starting from February 1st 2021.
The Jetstar Melbourne to Busselton service runs 3 (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) times a week with flights departing Melbourne at 8:05 AM and touching down at 9:10 AM local WA time, a total flight time of 4H5mins.
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Using Qantas Points To Book Jetstar
If you have a large (or even a small) stash of Qantas Points gathering dust, you can use them to book Jetstar with Qantas Points. Pricing for a classic flight reward (this is what you want to look out for) is only 14,400 Qantas Points one way + taxes. In terms of value, I don’t think it’s great especially since cash fares are so cheap right now. We value Qantas points at roughly 1c (to acquire – ie: most we would pay) which brings the ticket price up much higher compared to paying cash. At a total cost of 28,800 points + $103 in taxes, you would essentially pay $391 when using points. That said, if you have a lot, you might as well burn them on a ticket like this.
Melbourne to Busselton/Margaret River Pricing
Pricing for flights is excellent! Midweek pricing comes in cheapest at only $149 for one-way flights. If you happen to have Club Jetstar, you can get the same seats for only $124. Even though it’s Jetstar, it’s still a pretty good deal and having direct access to one of the best parts of Western Australia is fantastic.
If you’re into frequent flyer points, you can add Jetstar Bundles to your flight which gets you perks such as extra luggage, seat selection, Qantas points, no change fees etc. Here are the prices for the MEL-BQB route:
- Monday: 8:05AM arrive 9:10AM
- Wednesday: 98:05AM arrive 9:10AM
- Saturday: 8:05AM arrive 9:10AM
- Flight Time: 4h05m
- Monday: 9:45AM arrive 4:15PM
- Wednesday: 9:45 AM arrive 4:15 PM
- Saturday: 9:45AM arrive 4:15PM
- Flight Time: 3h30m
This is great news for Western Australian Tourism and for Melbournians looking to explore this beautiful side of the country. For residents of the South West, it will be a great convenience to get to the east coast instead of having to drive to Perth first.