(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- In the ongoing fare war between Australia's budget airlines, it would seem that travelers are the current victors.
Tigerair, a short-haul carrier owner by Virgin Australia, dropped roughly 500 fares to the rock-bottom price of $9 per flight on select routes this weekend in a bid to lure passengers away from competitors like Jetstar.
"Introducing Saturday flight fever, every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. aest," tweeted the airline's social media feed on May 23. "Today there's 500 seats for $9* (T&Cs apply)"
A subsequent tweet posted a video of Tigerair flight crew breaking out disco dance moves to celebrate their "grooviest sale ever."
The fire sale lasted for four hours and kicks off what will be a weekly series of similar incentives, according to a spokesperson quoted on news.com.au, which first reported the story.
In the United States, low-budget carrier Spirit Airlines offers an ongoing "$9 Fare Club" membership, charging fliers $59.95 for "exclusive access to discounted fares and vacation packages."
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