About Tiger Airways Australia (TT)

Tiger Airways Australia (TT) — also called simply Tigerair — is a budget Australian airline and wholly-owned subsidiary of Virgin Australia Airways, with three main operational bases in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. An exclusively domestic carrier, Tigerair Australia operates roughly 500 flights to 12 destinations throughout all six states, plus flights to the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. The airline is known for offering some of the lowest fares in the industry by allowing passengers to avoid unnecessary fees and charges, while offering low-cost extras.

  Popular Destinations

Statistically speaking, all 12 of Tigerair’s cheap flights to regional destinations are popular with Australians and visitors alike; however, all flight paths lead back to the primary hub of Melbourne Airport (MEL) in some way, shape, or form. From Melbourne, the top destinations include Perth (PER), Sydney (SYD), Coffs Harbour (CFS), Whitsundays Coast, (PPP), Darwin (DRW), Gold Coast (OOL), and Hobart (HBA).

  Choosing your car

For great deals and a seamless travel experience, it makes sense to team up a Tigerair Australia flight with a car rental from Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, or Thrifty. When you have access to the most reliable brand names in car hire, book through our service to get the maximum savings on a wide range of vehicle. Big groups and families will make a beeline for 7-12 seater minivans. Smaller travel groups choose from minicars, compact and economy sedans. Select from intermediate, standard, and fullsize 4-door sedans. Premium and luxury vehicles are available, along with a wide range of midsize and standard SUVs.

  Tips for Tiger Airways Australia Passengers Renting Cars


In Australia, you must be 21 to rent a car, and drivers under 25 cannot avail of premium and luxury sedans or SUVs. Meanwhile, drivers over 75 are recommended to have a medical certificate.


Also particular to Australia, debit cards used to secure a car hire will be subject to an additional surcharge (transaction fee, generally 1-2% of the daily rate).


Loss Damage Waiver/Collision Damage Waiver (LDW/CDW) are usually included in all airline car rentals, and Excess Reduction (ER) can be purchased at the time of rental, which covers amounts above and beyond the standard CDW. However, your credit card travel insurance usually covers the excess waiver, meaning you can save more by declining the ER. Check with your card issuer about excess amounts.


These days, it’s pretty rare to see a car rental that isn’t equipped with GPS. Some companies will offer online GPS as a freebie, but otherwise, you’ll have to pay to use it. In some cases, it may be cheaper to use a mobile device for navigation, but beware of international roaming charges.


It recommended that you secure your airline car rental with a credit card that has a substantial amount of available credit. Deposits (aka “holds”) on your card can be higher than expected.


Bringing your own child booster seat is another money-saving move, except when the fee to use your own seat is higher than the cost of renting one from your provider.