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Flight help! Oz - Tahiti - Easter Island - Chile

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1. Posted by Sigmundo (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hello!

How do you book the Australia - Tahiti - Easter Island - Chile flight tickets?
I've been looking into this, but can only find it possible on bootsnall.com/tripplanner. But the price is between 1500 - 2000 $.

Is there a cheaper way?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 7y

The only airline which flies PPT-IPT-SCL is LAN, and they're charging ~$1200 for that leg. Add on AKL-PPT or SYD-PPT, and you get that kind of price, yeah. I don't know what the rest of your travel plans are, but the only way I know of to make those flights more doable is to get a OneWorld Round The World ticket, and include the flights as part of it.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-May-2009, at 13:58 by Sander ]

3. Posted by Sigmundo (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Thanks!

Which airlines do I need to be checking out for the SYD - PPT flight? The ones I'm finding that has the route, are quite expensive.

Right now the airtrek TripPlanner looks best

4. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

If you book all your flights thru member airlines of the OneWorld alliance, then - as Sander suggested - you're likely to get a better deal. Member airlines are:

American Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Finnair
Iberia
Japan Airlines
LAN
Malev (Hungary)
QANTAS
Royal Jordanian

Apparently you can fly QANTAS from Sydney via Auckland to Papeete.

5. Posted by Sigmundo (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Ok, but this only applies if you book a OneWorld Round The World ticket, right? Can you book only four flights thorugh OneWorld?

I'm gonna use AirAsia from London and fly roundabout southeast Asia. And plan on using lowfare airlines to get around the world...

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Quoting Sigmundo

Thanks!

Which airlines do I need to be checking out for the SYD - PPT flight? The ones I'm finding that has the route, are quite expensive.

Right now the airtrek TripPlanner looks best

According to the Papeete Airport wiki page only Air Tahiti Nui (Sydney and Auckland) and Air New Zealand (Auckland) fly to and from Papeete. You might try and find out if it is cheaper to fly to Cook Islands first and than to papeete with Air Tahiti. Probably not, but you might check!

Michael.

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 7y

Quoting Sigmundo

Ok, but this only applies if you book a OneWorld Round The World ticket, right? Can you book only four flights thorugh OneWorld?

There's circle pacific tickets next to the round the world tickets, but they're priced similarly to round the world tickets, and it's unlikely they'd be a better deal.
If you really want to fly this specific route (rather than going to South America via North America, or taking a direct flight from Auckland to Santiago de Chile or Buenos Aires), then the way I'd look at this is to take $1500 as a given, and then see if it's cheaper to do all the rest of your flights independently (through AirAsia and others), or to include them as part of that Round the World ticket.

The cost of the RTW ticket varies a lot based on where you buy it (it seems to be particularly expensive in the USA, and particularly cheap in the UK) and how many continents/miles you include in your itinerary, but say it's $2500 for the RTW ticket. Given that, can you get your AirAsia hop to SE Asia plus onward travel to Australia, plus flight from South America back to London for less than $1000? If so, go for that and just eat the cost of these expensive flights. If not, go for the RTW ticket, and imagine every dollar you're spending less as being savings on the Auckland-Tahiti-Easter Island-Santiago route.

8. Posted by Sigmundo (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

There is something so unique and fascinating about the easter island, that I really dont see myself flying over the pacific without stopping there.
It's probably gonna hurt my budget. But beeing a Norwegian and all, I kinda have to show Thor Heyerdahl this respect... Thats a good explanation for making it happen, anyway... ;)

Thanks for the replies, I really appriciate them.