I'm tentatively planning a trip to Peru (and maybe Bolivia e.a.) for sometime next year. Now, looking at a map, I can't help but notice that when I'm in Peru, I'm halfway to New Zealand, which I've been wanting to revisit ever since I left.
Unfortunately, I seem to not be having much luck figuring out how to get from Peru to New Zealand, as flight prices shoot up to ridiculous heights and online tools give me totally ridiculous itineraries (via the USA e.a.)
Is there some hub 'nearby' in South America that most online flight planner tools don't know about? Surely there must be at least one airline flying around that makes that connection?
I'm also starting to look at just turning this into a RTW ticket (although most RTW providers I've found seem to have the same problem with no good connections there; plus it seems a shame to me to get a RTW ticket and then stick to a minimum amount of destinations over a minimal amount of time (2-3 months), but that's just psychological), and I did find a single (UK-based) operator ( roundtheworldflights.com - does anyone have any experience with them?) which had an example itinerary containing a Santiago - Auckland connection with a very appealing Easter Island side trip. Anyone know which airline does that so I could directly compare prices?? (Ev: you went to Easter Island, right? From where / how / with whom...?)
(Posting this in RTW since I figure you'll be the people most familiar with puzzling out strange routes.)
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 20, 2007, at 3:59 AM by Sander ]
Yep, I flew with Lan whom I believe at the only airline to fly to Easter Island. Because I was just buying flights as I went, I booked an online return fare with lan.com for about $US500. It is possible to get one for slightly cheaper than that if you are lucky but 500 is almost as low as they go. The journey from Santiago is approx 5 hours.
I met people on the island who had included it as a stop on their One-World RTW fares, so that was pretty good value, considering the cost of the ticket on its own.
It might be possible to fly Santiago-Auckland with a stop on Easter Island without having an actual RTW fare, but I'm not sure about this.
I know that to fly from Santiago - Auckland will set you back about US$1000-1300 and then when you add the fare to Easter Island on top of that, it just seems like better value to me to get yourself a RTW ticket.
Hope that helps a bit.
I would just say also that, for me, the cost of going to Easter Island was 100% worth it.
Thanks! On that website I'm seeing Easter Island flights as low as 300-something dollars for the rough date I'm eyeballing, but yeah, that flight to Auckland is insanely expensive. Guess I'll be doing more research into the RTW tickets.
Including Easter Island on your RTW ticket is close to impossible (not totally just extremely difficult without breaking rules) and is also very pricey. To also fit New Zealand in it is even harder. This would require you to fly Lima-Santiago-Easter Island-Papeete-Auckland (which if you bought individual tickets would probably work out more expensive than a RTW ticket). To do the above bit on a RTW itinerary it needs to be on the mileage based One World RTW fare. The continent based one will not allow you use of the airlines that do the flights that you'd require to get from Easter Island-Papeete-Auckland. All flights to Easter Island from south America leave from Santiago on Lan Chile.
You could possibly do an itinerary that would get to Easter Island and also New Zealand on the continent based one, but it would mean flying from Europe-South America-North America-Australia/Pacific region-Asia-Europe so is a pretty complex itinerary which would also require huge amounts of back tracking.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 21, 2007, at 6:45 PM by aharrold45 ]
I cannot really help with Easter Island but my girlfriend and I have just booked a two stop one way ticket LON-BUENOS AIRES/SANTIAGO-AUCKLAND-MELBOURNE for £833 including tax (about £230) leaving in March. I think it would be around a 100 pounds cheaper leaving in April. It is mileage based so not sure if you could arrange a stop between South America and NZ instead of going on to Oz like us?
We booked through Global Village who were very helpful and this seems to be the cheapest way to get South America into a 'RTW' - we are hoping to pick up a cheap single from Oz to London. Most RTWs including South America seem to be at least £1400 and have the usual 12 month time restrictions.
Try a one world pass. I just did Las Angeles to Santiago via Lima to Easter Island (open Jaw with miles in Business) return from Quito to Miami to Las Angeles. Then I used a visit South America airpass for my return from Easter Island to Santiago then Santiago to Lima then to iquitos then back to Lima then to Cusco then to Quito. It was about $1100 pp in coach. Lan told me there was no availiability and their airpass was only good for six months. I then went to american booked everything which is valid for a year. They told me that there was no availiability to Easter island but I had found seats availiable on expertflyer.com and told them. They put me on hold, got a supervisor and woosh, no prob. Your best bet is flying through Papeete and back to the states through a nothhern South America route. Good luck. Planning this took a year off my life