First, you must decide where in the South Pacific you are going. Then you must decide how you are going to get there. Most people will have to transit through some of these areas:
- Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
- Honolulu (HNL)
- Fiji (NAN)
- Auckland (AKL)
- Guam (GUM)
- Nandi (BNE)
- Noumea (NOU)
- Pago Pago (PPG)
- Papeete (PPT)
- Sydney (SYD)
The least expensive way to get to the South Pacific is a special promotional fare from one of the major airlines. The most popular one is from Air New Zealand called Superpass, which is half the economy cost. Stopovers are allowed and a person has up to one year to finish his or her trip. There are also mileage tickets, onward tickets, student tickets, senior tickets, and other trends. You are encouraged to do some research before purchasing a large ticket.
When planning your trip, always allow for a 2-hour layover between flights. Anything less and you could miss a connection. When in the islands, allow for a day between flights. When flying, always have a paperback, some toiletries, and a change of underwear in your flight bag….just in case. If you break in your journey for more than 72 hours, always reconfirm your reservations….just in case.
I’ve already addressed packing for the South Pacific, but if you choose to pack more, you should double check the amount of weight of luggage for international flights as they are different than domestic flights. Along with your id tag on the outside of the suitcase, add a copy of your itinerary inside each bag in case one or more of them are lost. Did you know that one of the most common reasons for lost luggage is that people forget to tear off their old destination tags? Thus, make it a proactive habit to remove all destination tags and labels before storing your luggage away.
If your bag is damaged in flight let the airline know right away. I once had the frame of my checked bag damaged during a Delta flight. I went to the Delta baggage customer service desk. The representative asked me to wait. A few minutes later, he came out with a new piece of luggage the same size and color as my damaged one. I moved my items from the damaged luggage to the new one and went on my way. While this may not happen in every experience, the airline will usually reimburse a traveler something for his or her loss.
Cite for September Posts: Stanley, D., South Pacific Handbook.