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Pacific islands are open to international tourism

Most countries in the Pacific Islands region (Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia) are open to general tourism. The governments resumed the issuance of tourist visas, and airlines reopened their international routes to such popular destinations as Bora Bora, Hawaii, Tahiti, FijiNew Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Samoa.

Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, and Vanuatu have lifted all travel restrictions for arrivals. There is no mandatory quarantine or health testing for all visitors – regardless of their vaccination status. French Polynesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Solomon Islands, and Tonga may still require proof of vaccination and/or a negative Covid test result to be presented on arrival.

However, the regulations may change at short notice, depending on the situation – always check the official websites before booking a flight to Pacific Islands.

Arriving in Pacific Islands

  • If you are flying to Pacific Islands from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportPago Pago PPG (Tafuna in American Samoa), Raratonga RAR (Avarua in Cook Islands), Dili DIL (East Timor), Faa'a PPT (Papeete in French Polynesia), Guam GUM (Hagatna in Guam), Tontouta NOU (Paita in New Caledonia), Norfolk Island NLK, Palau ROR (Koror in Palau), Fua'amotu TBU (Nuku'alofa in Tonga), Funafuti FUN (in Tuvalu), and Bauerfield VLI (Port Vila in Vanuatu).

    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Pacific Islands. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.
  • Once in Pacific Islands, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Aircalin, Air Calédonie, Air Kiribati, Air Rarotonga, Air Vanuatu, Air Marshall Islands, Blue Micronesia Airlines, and Solomon Airlines. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation), and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Pacific Islands can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of Aircalin, Air Chathams, French bee, Jetstar Airways, Jin Air, Jeju Air, Palau Express Airlines, Southern Airways Express, and T'Way Air. If you have a layover in Pacific Islands and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money. However, the “no-frills” carrier may not provide free checked baggage allowance, complimentary food, in-flight entertainment systems, and fast customer support. You may not even get to choose your seats, unless you pay extra.

Airports of Pacific Islands

Best airports to fly into Pacific Islands: Pago Pago, Raratonga, Guam, Papeete, Paita, Niue, Norfolk Island, Palau, Saipan, Fua'amotu, Funafuti, and Port Vila
Pacific Islands has dozens of local and international airports – each island country usually has just one main international airport: Pago Pago PPG in American Samoa, Papeete PPT on Tahiti in French Polynesia; Raratonga RAR in the Cook Islands, Tontouta NOU in New Caledonia, Bauerfield VLI in Port Vila in Vanuatu, and Tongatapu TBU on the main island in Tonga.
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Airlines flying to Pacific IslandsAircalin, Air Canada, Air Caraibes, Air Chathams, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Air New Zealand, Air Raratonga, Air Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Vanuatu, Asiana Airlines, Asia Pacific Airlines, China Airlines, Coulson Aviation, Delta Air Lines, Fiji Airways, French Bee, Frontier Airlines, Jetstar Airways, Jin Air, Jeju Air, KLM, Korean Air, Norse Atlantic Airlines, Palau Express Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Southern Airways Express, T'Way Air, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic
Airlines of Pacific IslandsFiji Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Aircalin, Air Vanuatu, Polynesian Airlines, Solomon Airlines, Pacific Blue, Air Nauru, Air Rarotonga, Air Tahiti, Air Calédonie, Samoa Airways
Main airports in Pacific IslandsPago Pago International Airport (PPG) — Tafuna, American Samoa
Cocos Islands Airport (CCK) — Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Rarotonga International Airport (RAR) — Avarua, Cook Islands
Mataveri International Airport (IPC) — Hanga Roa, Easter Island
Nicolau Lobato International Airport / Dili Airport — Dili, East Timor
Pohnpei International Airport (PNI) — Pohnpei island, Federated States of Micronesia
Nadi International Airport (NAN) — Viti Levu, Fiji
Faa'a International Airport (PPT) — Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
A.B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM) — Hagatna, Guam
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)Honolulu
Bonriki International Airport (TRW) — South Tarawa, Kiribati
Amata Kabua International Airport (MAJ) — Rairok island, Marshall Islands
Nauru International Airport (INU) — Yaren, Nauru
Tontouta International Airport (NOU) — Paita, New Caledonia
Niue International Airport (IUE) — Alofi, Niue
Norfolk Island Airport (NLK) — Norfolk Island
Saipan International Airport (SPN) — Saipan island, Northern Mariana Islands
Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (ROR) — Koror, Palau
Faleolo International Airport (APW) — Apia, Samoa
Honiara International Airport (HIR) — Honiara, Solomon Islands
Fuaʻamotu International Airport (TBU) — Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Funafuti International Airport (FUN) — Funafuti, Tuvalu
Bauerfield International Airport (VLI) — Port Vila, Vanuatu
Hihifo Airport (WLS) — Mata-Utu, Wallis and Futuna Islands
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €1100 – €1600 (from Europe)
✈ $650 – $1100 (from USA)
Flight hacks 40% — 80% off regular fare
Airline discountsDiscounted airline tickets to Pacific Islands (student/family/seniors/military)

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Traveling to Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia

The Pacific Islands can be divided into three main groups based on physical geography and cultural significance:

  • Micronesia (“small-islands”). Located north of Papua New Guinea. It includes Federated States of Micronesia (the Caroline Islands), Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau.
  • Melanesia (“black-islands”). Anchored north of Australia, and bordering Indonesia to the east, this region includes Fiji, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
  • Polynesia (“many-islands”): This large triangular area of the east-central Pacific Ocean includes American Samoa, Cook Islands, Easter Island, French Polynesia, Hawaiian Islands, Line Islands, New Zealand, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna.

Hawaii, Fiji, French Polynesia, and Easter Island are the most well-connected Pacific Islands and act as hubs when flying from Asia (especially Korea, Taiwan, and Japan), Australasia and the USA. The poorly connected island countries like Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, or Tuvalu are best visited via these main hubs.

Pacific islands flights: countries
The Pacific islands region splits into Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia

Please note that the whole region is expensive to get around. Once you get there, costs can quickly add up to well above that in your home country, especially if you require comforts and imported products (on islands everything comes by plane or by ship).

South Pacific time travel (the international date line)

The international date line (IDL) is an imaginary line on the Earth’s surface that stretches from the North Pole to the South Pole, running through the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It roughly follows a 180-degree longitude and defines the border between one day and the next.

Pacific islands: international date line
International date line crossing the Pacific Ocean

IDL is not a straight line, though. It zig-zags back and forth across the Pacific Ocean, so it is not always at the same longitude. Starting from the north, it passes west of the Hawaiian Islands and east of the Marshall Islands. As it moves further south, it reaches the Pacific island nation of Kiribati and makes a major deviation east to encompass the Kiribati and Line Islands. Then it passes between Samoa and American Samoa, keeping the former west and the latter east of the IDL. It then stays parallel to the meridian, keeping to the east of the line so that Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand are all west of the IDL.

When you cross the ID westward, you gain a day, and if you are traveling eastward, you lose a day. It may seem like you are moving forward or backward in time, but obviously, you’re just adjusting to a different time zone.

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Flights to Pacific Islands from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Pacific Islands. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Pacific Islands, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. There are direct flights from the US to some popular destinations in Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melansia: to Tahiti in French Polynesia, to Raratonga in Cook Islands, to Pago Pago in American Samoa, to Majuro in Marshall Islands, to Kiritimati in Kiribati, to Nadi in Fiji, and to Apia in Samoa. Currently, Canada has only non-stop flights to Nadi.
  • Pacific Islands is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Pacific Islands with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Pacific Islands from the US and Canada are: American Airlines, Air France, French bee, Delta Air Lines, Air Tahiti Nui, Fiji Airways, Qantas, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

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Earn and redeem Qantas Points on Fiji Airways flights

Both Fiji Airways and Qantas have a robust network out of Australia and New Zealand to the Pacific islands, providing direct flights to Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

It’s good to know that Fiji Airways is a Qantas partner – it means that the members of Qantas Frequent Flyer Program can earn Qantas Points and even Status Credits on Fiji Airways codeshare flights (look for the ‘QF’ flight number rather than ‘FJ’).

The Qantas Points can also be redeemed on Fiji Airways flights. The number of points needed to book a Fiji Airways flight is the same as to book a Qantas flight of the same route length – for example, to book a Fiji Airways flight from Brisbane or Sydney to Nadi, you’ll need 18,000 Qantas Points for the Economy Class or 41,500 Qantas Points for the Business Class.

To earn or redeem your Qantas Points on Fiji Airways flights, visit the Qantas website, and include your frequent flyer number during the booking.

Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for Qantas, Air New Zealand, American Airlines, and others.

When it comes to Twitter, there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add “@airline_handle”, for example: @AirTahitiNui” if contacting Air Tahiti Nui). The social media team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

The cheapest time to fly to Pacific Islands

The cheapest time to fly to Pacific Islands is during the low (off-peak) tourist season – between November and April. It is also the wet season when the weather is humid and sticky. The wettest months typically start in October (for Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti, and Solomon Islands), and in November the rainy season spreads to Fiji, Vanuatu, and Tonga. The period from December to April not only brings heavy rains to the islands but also the cyclone season.

The wet weather keeps most tourists from visiting the Pacific Islands – because prices are dictated by supply and demand, November to April is the best time to find some great deals on airline tickets and accommodation.

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Flights to Pacific Islands from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Pacific Islands — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. The offer of direct flights from Europe to the Pacific islands (Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia) is limited to non-stop flights from Paris to Tahiti in French Polynesia by Air France. You'll need at least one stopover if flying from other European cities.
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Pacific Islands include Air Caraibes, Air France, French bee, Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Pacific Islands from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.
  • These major European airports are excellent departure points for trips to Pacific Islands: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt FRA and Munich MUC in Germany, Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France, Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands, Madrid MAD and Barcelona BCN in Spain, Rome FCO and Milano MXP in Italy, Brussels BRU in Belgium, Copenhagen OSL in Denmark, Oslo OSL in Norway, Stockholm ARN in Sweden, Zurich ZRH in Switzerland, Lisbon LIS in Portugal, Vienna VIE in Austria, Warsaw WAW in Poland, Prague PRG in the Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

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Check different departure airports

Consider neighboring cities when choosing the departure airport – especially look for larger cities with airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines.

For example, if you live in West Europe, check prices for flights departing from Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, or Vienna. In 9 out of 10 cases, the cheapest flight to Pacific Islands will depart from one of these hubs, and it may be €500 less or more than your first choice. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to this hub, but low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for €50 – €100.

Use a similar tactic if you depart from the US or another region. It’s one of the best ways to save hundreds on trips.

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By entering more than one departure city in the flight search engine (at the top of this page), you can quickly find the airport with the cheapest flights to your destination

Last-minute flights to Pacific Islands. The real cost of convenience.

Last-minute flights are often touted as a great way to save money, but the reality is far from it. Booking last-minute flights to Pacific Islands almost always never works out.

Based on years of research, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. To make the most money, they will sell their cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of these travelers who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

Occasionally, airlines can offer last-minute deals to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates tend to sell out quickly.

Planning ahead is key to securing a good deal on your flight. Last-minute flight deals are hard to come by, so as soon as you have a tentative travel timeline, book your flight. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to save money. If you are looking for a good deal, the best time to book your flight to Pacific Islands is 2-8 months before the takeoff.

Domestic flights from Pacific Islands

Most domestic routes in are operated by local carriers. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Samoa, Cook Islands, Guam, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu from Pago Pago, Raratonga, Guam, Papeete, Paita, Niue, Norfolk Island, Palau, Saipan, Fua'amotu, Funafuti, and Port Vila, you’ll likely fly with one of these domestic airlines: Aircalin, Air Calédonie, Air Kiribati, Air Rarotonga, Air Vanuatu, Air Marshall Islands, Blue Micronesia Airlines, and Solomon Airlines.

This is often the best transportation method, providing speed, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. Local airlines often offer multiple daily flights to key destinations, providing flexibility in scheduling and competitive pricing. They also serve smaller regional airports, enabling access to a wider range of Pacific Islands destinations.

Flights to Pacific Islands from Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand offer robust flight networks to key APAC locations, Pacific Islands included. While domestic carriers like Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand provide solid options, several major international airlines also serve these routes. These include ANA, Cathay Pacific, EmiratesGaruda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways — expanding your choices for travel between Australasia and Asia.

    There are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Pacific Islands. You’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.
    Every year thousands of Australians and New Zealanders visit the islands of Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia - this is reflected in a wide choice of direct flights to countries in the Pacific Ocean. You can fly non-stop from Australia or from New Zealand to Raratonga in the Cook Islands, Tahiti in French Polynesia, Nukuʻalofa in Tonga, Alofi in Niue, Port Villa in Vanuatu, Honiara in Solomon Islands, and Noumea in New Caledonia. Among the airlines that operate those flights are Air New Zealand, Jetstar Airways, Qantas, United Airlines, Virgin Australia, Aircalin, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Vanuatu, and Solomon Airlines.
  • Airlines have different pricing strategies for different routes. A flight to Pacific Islands could be significantly cheaper from Sydney than from Melbourne, depending on airline partnerships, demand, and even time of year. Compare fares from different international airports in Australia: Sydney SYD, Brisbane BNE, Melbourne MEL, Perth PER, Adelaide ADL, Cairns CNS, Gold Coast OOL, Canberra CBR, Darwin DRW, Hobart HBA, Alice Springs ASP, and in New Zealand: Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, Christchurch CHC, Queenstown ZQN, Dunedin DUD, and Hamilton HLZ.
  • If you’re looking to save, consider flying from Australia or New Zealand to a primary Asian hub, then catch a connecting flight to Pacific Islands with a regional budget airline such as Aircalin, Air Chathams, French bee, Jetstar Airways, Jin Air, Jeju Air, Palau Express Airlines, Southern Airways Express, and T'Way Air.

    For the initial leg of your trip, full-service airlines such as Qantas or Virgin Atlantic offer premium comfort and exceptional service, albeit at a premium price. However, many Asian airlines, including budget carriers, operate out of Australia and frequently feature sales and promotions. For instance, AirAsia runs deals to Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore; Cebu Pacific to Manila; Scoot to Singapore; VietJet Air to Ho Chi Minh City; Jetstar to Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo; Bamboo Airways to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing; Batik Air to Jakarta and Singapore.

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Booking group flights to Pacific Islands

Flights are cheaper when purchased in bulk rather than as individual tickets. Booking group flights to Pacific Islands can be a cost-effective option for a school trip, family reunion, or corporate group traveling to a conference.

To qualify for the special group rate, the group must usually have at least 10 passengers. Discounts depend on the airline, group size, and travel dates, and typically range from 5% to 20% off the regular airfare.

Airlines and flight search websites typically limit automatic group bookings to 10 passengers. This limit reflects the complexity of managing larger groups, which require personalized service and more time to coordinate. To get the price quote for your group, you’ll need to contact the airline or a travel agent directly.

Most airlines have a group booking form or phone number (see examples at Emirates and Qantas). Fill out the form, and the airline will come back to you with the proposed group rate. If your group is large and a scheduled flight cannot accommodate everyone, the airline may offer you a charter flight.

Additionally, there are various perks that your group may be eligible for:

  • free seats (complimentary tickets for every 10 or 20 passengers that book together)
  • free checked baggage allowance
  • dedicated group check-in counter at the airport
  • cabin crew who speak your group’s language
  • flexible booking terms (that allow changes without fees)

Booking group flights to Pacific Islands is similar to booking individual flights. The main difference is that you’ll need to provide personal information for all passengers, and the airline may request additional details, such as meal preferences or accommodations for disabled travelers. A deposit – typically 10-50% of the total cost – may be required to secure the booking. However, some airlines offer deferred payment options where you can secure a reservation with a booking fee and pay the balance later.

If you’re open to different airlines or want more personalized service, a travel agent may be a better choice. Travel agents may have access to discounted group rates to Pacific Islands and can help with logistics and scheduling.

“Hot seats” on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service – seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight to Pacific Islands, those “hot seats” are worth considering – expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Booking hot seats (preffered seats with extra legroom) on plane
Choosing a hot seat during the flight booking process is usually worth it. For a reasonable price, you will get more room to stretch your legs, as well as a wider seat pitch.
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Flights to Pacific Islands from Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and other major hubs in Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Pacific Islands look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Pacific Islands will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Pacific Islands and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.
  • Most major Asian airports have convenient and frequent flights to Pacific Islands — including Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.

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Lost luggage prevention: Essential tips

Every year, airlines handle millions of bags and a small percentage never make it to their final destinations. Avoid lost luggage nightmares on your trip to Pacific Islands by removing old tags from previous flights on your suitcases – they can confuse baggage handlers and conveyor belt scanners. It’s also a good idea to label your luggage with your name, address, and phone number (both inside and outside the case) and attach a GPS-tracker device like Apple AirTag or Samsung SmartTag.

For peace of mind, consider purchasing travel insurance to cover the full value of your luggage, as airline liability usually doesn’t reflect the actual value of the baggage content.

“Book Flights Now, Pay Later” — is it worth it?

Booking a flight and paying for it later has recently become a popular trend in the travel industry, with many airlines offering delayed payment plans. They will allow you to make flight reservation to Pacific Islands now and then pay the bill in installments. But should you take advantage?

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans are essentially short-term personal loans. By partnering with financial companies such as Affirm, Afterpay, PayPal Credit, Fly Now Pay Later, and Uplift, airlines can offer their loan services on the checkout page. When you book the flight with the BNPL option, the company pays the airline, and you repay the loan in installments over a set period (usually up to 24 months), with a set interest rate.

BNPL providers have varying terms and fees. Some may offer interest-free loans but have fees for late payments and require forced autoplay on your bank account, while others may have high annual percentage rates (up to 30-40% APR). There may also be transaction fees, down payment requirements, and many companies even run a credit check on the traveler.

Fly now pay later - delayed payments for flight reservations
Fly Now Pay Later works with numerous popular travel brands to provide delayed payment options

Among the airlines that offer a “fly now, pay later” option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Southwest, and Virgin Atlantic.

Is BNPL financing worth it? If paid off on time, interest-free delayed payment on your flight ticket to Pacific Islands can be a great way to free up your cash flow. However, there may be safer alternatives available – such as taking advantage of an introductory 0% interest offer on a credit card or using flight price “freezing” services like Hopper.

Proof of onward travel – a simple hack

Travelers who go on long trips often don’t have a set itinerary and fly on one-way tickets. The problem? For many APAC countries, proof of onward travel is a legal requirement. If you arrive at the airport without an onward ticket (from Pacific Islands to another country), you’ll either be forced to buy one online or forbidden from boarding the plane altogether.

The cheapest solution? Renting an onward ticket! Use the websites such as OneWayFly or OnwardTicket to get a flight reservation for a limited amount of time (usually 2 to 14 days). They work by actually booking you on a real flight out of Pacific Islands and giving you a confirmable flight reservation with a PNR (Passenger Name Record) under your name. After the time limit, your spot on the flight is automatically canceled. Such “temporary tickets” tend to cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

Confirmed flight ticket reservation
Proof of onward travel: confirmed flight ticket reservation (source: OnwardTicket)