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Travel in the South Pacific is still highly regulated and very little competition between major airlines exists in this region.  Fares to Australia, New Zealand and other South Pacific destinations from most regions remains relatively high.  We have discovered some strategies to reduce the cost of air travel and they are discussed below

  • Internet Sale Fares Several major travel sites have negotiated special fares to the South Pacific.

  • Low fare Airlines: use our low fare airline locator to see which discount airlines service your destination

  • Consolidators Several consolidators offer some bargains to South Pacific destinations.

  • Airport Web Sites: Many times the airport you are traveling to will provide valuable money saving advise.

  • Seasonal Fares Save by knowing when the fares go up, leaving a day earlier could save a great deal.

  • Back to Back Ticketing  discover how to buy two tickets for less than one and see even more of the South Pacific.

  • Children and Senior Fares Which airlines offer discounts and how much.

  • Student Fares: Several companies offer programs for students, teachers and some youths.

  • Auction Sites Several auctions sites have begun selling tickets offering tremendous savings

  • Air Courier Tickets are briefly discussed both the pros and the cons of this travel.

  • Packaged Deals  sometimes offer better prices than the airline ticket alone.

  • Air Passes This region offers many air pass programs with great values being extended.

  • Circle Pacific Fares: a unique fare offering travel to many cities in the region for one low price.

  • Around the World Fares The dream of many may cost far less than you imagined.

  • Last Minute Bookings strategies for finding the lowest fare when you must depart quickly.

  • Travel Agents still offer a valuable service and if you are not satisfied talk to one, many time they can help.

South Pacific Low-Fare Airlines

A few discount airlines have begun service in this region and several have expanded route networks in the past couple of years. Many of these airlines offer fares so low they are not noted in standard internet search engines. To search destination and which discount airlines have service please use Lowfare Airline Locator.

In addition to the new discount airlines the south pacific is a region serviced by many airlines offering offering substantial savings by using Air Pass Programs.

Internet Sale Fares

More than a dozen major booking engines are listed to the left of this paragraph. Each travel site will open in a new window for a quick comparison of who offers the best deal.all.

Opodo, seems to enjoy a special relationship with several South Pacific airlines and offers special web fares. This is an area where Back to Back ticketing options works very well. For more information on the web search engine companies see the Travel search page.

Many major airlines offer promotional fares at their websites; and they rarely share these fares with the search engines listed above. The airlines sell  tickets directly to the public; called by a variety of names, the unpublished fares are many times the lowest airfares available.  Three web sites with consistently low fares are Qantas, Air New Zealand, and Air Tahiti Nui.

Unsure which airline services your destination please use our timetable search page which also provides direct links to all the airlines. You may also display a list of each countries airlines by highlighting the country name in the drop down menu of this sites airline search page. You will be able to view each airlines web site, route network and the promotional fares currently offered from all the airlines.

Airport Web Sites

World Airport Locator Tool: Airports offer advise to travelers that can save a great deal of money.  Many have begun offering discount airline sections and most will provide information as to which airline service a particular city.  Sometimes a lesser known airport in a city may be serviced by smaller discount airlines unknown to most airports.  The link at the top of this section will investigate all the airports of a particular city or country.



Travel agencies sometimes known as "bucket shops" or "consolidators" frequently buy tickets in volume from airlines they have a relationship with. These tickets are sold at a significant discount and can save the consumer a great deal of money over normal fares. A few companies have begun selling tickets over the internet and many times the fares they offer are even lower than some Fare Sales.

Economy Travel is our favorite company for discount airline tickets to the South Pacific but three other companies to consider are Cheap Tickets,  Discountfares, and One Travels White Label offerings.

Seasonal Fares


International travel to the South Pacific while never a bargain certain times of the year are less expensive than others. Summer travel prices can rise substantially.  Down under the Summer starts on different dates and it is a good policy to compare prices between the end of one month to the beginning of the next to see if leaving a few days earlier or later will result in a discount. Check fares rules list at Travelocity for better understanding of when lower fares exist.

Back to Back Ticketing

Back to Back ticketing is a system in which buy two tickets to your destination costing less than one ticket alone.  To demonstrate how this may work: Recently a fare search revealed the least expensive fare between New York and Sydney to be $1,600 but purchasing two tickets resulted in a $300 savings. In this case a $400 fare was available to London from New York and a $900 fare between London an Sydney.

Many times add on fares are available to  destinations with the purchase of an international ticket. These fares are discussed in greater detail at the South Pacific Air Pass  link.

Be careful to allow plenty of time for connections and if possible use the same airline for both portions of journey.  In most cases if you miss a connecting flight you will be held responsible for the missed connection and this could be a substantial penalty.  If the same airline caused the delay and is the reason you to missed the connection, they may assume responsibility. It is probably best however to plan a nights stay at the intermediate point of the journey.

Children and Senior Fares

Most airlines servicing the South Pacific offer discounts ranging from 25% to 33% for children between the ages of 2 and 11. 

Seniors generally receive a ten percent discount on the base fare but this fare may offer no savings or actually cost more than some sale fares.  Please use toll free telephone link for airline toll free numbers from North America.

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Student Fares


Many independent consolidators cater to youth, students and even some allow fares to be purchased by teachers. STA Travel is a pioneer and the leading provider of these fares. The fares while somewhat competitive in off seasons can offer substantial savings for travel in Summer and other peak travel times.  Travelocity has a section dedicated to these fares and ISE Cards also has some great offerings in the Student flight section of the web page.


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Auction Sites is a great site and many times offer airline and packaged deals for travel to a few African destinations. This site has offered some tremendous savings on Safari Packages as well as South African Airline tickets, and should be investigated by anyone seriously interested in less expensive travel to Africa.  

Priceline has long engineered extensive consumer savings, but you must first be aware of what  price to offer.  If you have tried all the methods above and are still not satisfied with the lowest price you received, you may submit a bid to Priceline.

You could try a bid as low as twenty-five percent below the lowest price you are aware of, but seldom are these bids accepted.  We have seen bids ten percent below the lowest price accepted, and it is worth a try. A great site for trying to determine what your bid should be is Bidding for travel, where information about recently accepted bids is available

E bay has expanded its travel section recently and sometimes offers outstanding values although we have not seen many offers for travel to Africa.

The above sites are auction sites and your bid is binding, you will be required to pay the charges once the bid is accepted.  Make certain you know how much the airline tickets are worth before you bid at the above sites.  Remember your bid is not an inquiry like the other sites mentioned above.  Your bid  is a binding contract to purchase the tickets!


Air Courier Tickets


These flights are extremely restricted but if you can actually meet all the requirements,  they are some of the least expensive tickets available.  You will be expected to give up most of your luggage space in return for this low cost ticket.  Usually you will have to join an organization that will provide you with availability information. Please make yourself aware of all the restrictions before purchasing a ticket this way. A search of the words air courier will display many organizations that offer this fare.  Many people have reported problems with this type of travel and a thorough investigation of the company should be conducted.


Packaged Deals


Many times packaged deals, a combination of hotel, car rental and airfare are less expensive than the airfare alone. Surprisingly some Safari packages are  less expensive than just the airfare. InfoHub  supplies a variety of bargain packages and more appear in the Travel Deals section of this web site.

Many of us shy away from packaged vacations because we feel the tours are heavily restricted. Most of the tours do not limit the length of the stay to just the number of nights proposed by the package.  In most cases you may be able to stay longer for no additional costs. Many times the restrictions on air travel for packaged tours are less than discount airfares.


Air Passes


Air passes are prevalent in this region and offer spectacular money saving opportunities. One air passes even includes travel from the U.S. with forty five days of unlimited travel in the Pacific for a bargain price. We have dedicate an entire page to the fares: please use the South Pacific Air Pass link for more details.



Circle Pacific Fares

Around the World tickets are priced at very low rates in this region and for residents of South America but which country to begin travel can make a significant impact on the price. The fares require travel across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Traveling in Business or First class, these tickets many times offer great values to everyone.  Many different "Around the World" fares exist and are discussed in great detail at the link listed above. These fares offer a wonderful opport

Around the World Fares

Around the World fares are priced at very low rates in this region and for residents of the South Pacific this is a great way to save a considerable amount of money.  The fares unlike the Circle Pacific in the previous section, generally require travel across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Traveling in Business or First class, these tickets many times offer great values to everyone.  Many different "Around the World" fares exist and are discussed in great detail at the link listed above. These fares offer a wonderful opportunity for those who wish to visit an extensive array of destinations.

Travel Agents


Talk to a travel agent, many of them are well informed and may have special knowledge of some consolidator fares not listed here. Unfortunately the airlines have cut commissions on airfares to such modest levels that most travel agents no longer wish to book agendas for air travel only. Most travel agents may not even be able to find a fare as low as the one you have been quoted. 


If you tell the agent, you have already performed an exhaustive Internet search; they may not be very interested in helping. Almost certainly additional fees will be added to any ticket price.


Last Minute Bookings

The fares from Hotwire offer outstanding value and should be considered if you must commence travel within a few days.  Usually this site will not allow bookings within three days for international travel. Smarter Living  posts the internet travel deals offered by the major U.S. and a few international airlines each week and some outstanding values can be found to many Asian destinations.  Most of these fares require travel be started within a two week time period.

If you have encountered an emergency and need to travel quickly please use Emergency Travel link.



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