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Flight Review: tigerair Gold Coast – Sydney

There is no reason you can’t have a quick getaway with the affordable deals that tigerair offer around Australia.

If you are after a beach getaway, a city weekend or a visit to your family, tigerair operates close to 500 weekly domestic flights to 13 Australian destinations.

Kate Webster flew with tigerair recently and discovered why they are the perfect option for those domestic getaways.


Flight: Gold Coast – Sydney – Gold Coast

When: February 2018

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Class: Economy

Configuration: 3-3

Duration: 1 hr 20 mins

Verdict: 4/5


Frequency: tigerair operates daily flights Gold Coast to Sydney and return.

Frequent Flyer: You can now use Velocity Frequent Flyer Points as payment for your tigerair Australia flights. If you’re not yet a Velocity member, join for free here.

Lounge: Tigerair does not have lounge access at the Gold Coast airport or Sydney Airport.

Baggage: In order to keep our fares low, tigerair has a few rules around cabin baggage allowance & check-in luggage fees. Cabin baggage can not exceed a weight of 7kg. Allowance includes one main item and one small item such as a handbag/purse, coat, book, tablet or similar size device or umbrella. Sizes can not exceed Height – 54cm / Width – 38cm / Depth – 23cm. Checked in luggage is determined at the time of booking your ticket and varies in pricing. More details on baggage can be found here.

Checking in: You can do your online check in for a speedy bag drop at the airport. Don’t worry if you are not tech savvy as there are helpful staff at the airport to assist with check in. Do make sure you check your check in times however as the airline is strict on these and will not budge for your excuses.

Onboard: Sitting in the exit row made for a very easy boarding process and I was pleasantly surprised how much quicker it is to load passengers. I think this is a result of the strict hand-luggage sizes allowed on board or the fact both front and rear doors were open, but there was hardly a queue at any given time despite being a full flight.

Seat: Sitting in the exit-row meant I had the extra space to stretch out made for an extremely comfortable experience. While there are no entertainment options onboard, my lift-out tray made for a handy laptop ‘desk’. There is a great read in the inflight magazine that is free to take also.

Service: The two flight attendants were especially helpful boarding passengers, assisting with luggage and seat requests.  Despite having some somewhat demanding, they were courteous and polite – even managing to keep a smile on their faces the entire flight.

Meals: As it is a low cost domestic carrier all food and beverage must be purchased. The flight was only just over an hour, so I didn’t see the need to eat. However, for those who are a bit peckish Tigerair recently revamped its inflight dining options. By choosing set meals passengers can make savings and prices seem relatively similar to other airlines’ in-flight menus and food outlets at the airport.

Kate flew as a guest of tigerair

Exit rows offer that extra leg room.