How to Save Money on a Flight to Fiji
That’s the big question, isn’t it? How can I save money on my flight to Fiji?! Getting to an island archipelago in the isolated South Pacific Ocean is never a cheap task, but there are certain ways you can make sure you’re getting the best price on your Fiji airfares. We’ll show you a few tricks for saving money on a flight to Fiji in the list below!
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1. Use Private Browsing
2. Search on Comparison Websites & See if the Airline Can Beat the Price
Flight comparison websites are a good place to start when searching for the best price on flights to Fiji. Comparison websites give you an idea of the possible routes from your departure airport, the airlines available, as well as displaying the prices. Once you have information, such as the airlines used for which route, we recommend talking directly to the airline to see if they can beat the price of the comparison website. Most of the time, they will be happy to in order to save on commission they would otherwise have to pay to the comparison website.
3. Fly to Fiji in the Low Season
It’s simple: the more demand there is for flights, the higher the prices go. In the low season in Fiji, there are fewer travellers filling up seats so enticing cheap airfares are used to lure travellers in and fill them up! The low season in Fiji is between December and May. Airfares are at their cheapest during these months of the year, with the exception of the last two weeks of December and the first two weeks in January i.e. the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Learn more about travelling to Fiji during the low season in The Best Time to Visit Fiji.
4. Fly to Fiji on a Tuesday or Wednesday
Even the day of the week affects the cost of flights to Fiji. The most expensive days to fly to Fiji are typically Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, while the cheapest days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Check out some other nifty money-saving tips like this in 10 Tips for Travelling Fiji on a Budget.
5. Consider Using Two Different Airlines if Your Flight Requires a Stopover
While, for example, Air New Zealand might offer a flight all the way from Los Angeles to Fiji with a stopover in Auckland, you might actually find a cheaper flight by using another airline once you arrive in Auckland. It’s worth investigating!
6. Fly to Nadi International Airport
Fiji is home to two international airports: Nadi International Airport and Nausori International Airport near the islands’ capital, Suva. However, Nadi International Airport is the main international airport of Fiji, receiving 97% of international arrivals to the islands. Nadi is where you’ll find the greatest selection of arrival flights, therefore, the most competitive prices. So when your airfare comparison website automatically selects “Suva – (SUV)” or “Nausori International Airport”, you know to amend your search to Nadi International Airport. Get more information in What Are the Airports in Fiji?
7. Check the Airfares from All Possible Departure Airports
So you know which airport to arrive in for the cheapest flight, but have you considered the best departure airport? The closest airport to where you live might be an obvious choice, you might find that cheaper flights depart from other nearby airports. With that in mind, be aware that there are direct flights from the following cities so that you can compare: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Auckland, Christchurch, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Seoul. Learn more in Which Airlines Fly Straight to Fiji?
8. Book Connecting Flights Separately
If you’re coming from North America or Europe, for example, it’s likely that you will need to take at least two flights to get to Fiji. While searching “London to Nadi” will bring up flights to book altogether, we recommend comparing the full trip price to booking each flight separately. In this case, it might be “London to Hong Kong” then “Hong Kong to Auckland” then “Auckland to Fiji”. It’s often that you will find cheaper airfares this way. However, you will need to retrieve your check-in luggage at each stopover, if booking this way, so you absolutely need to leave enough time between each flight!
9. Be Aware of Extra Fees
It’s common that when you’re going through the booking process online, you’ll be prompted to choose a seat, select your meal or extra baggage. For long-haul flights, these things will be included, while shorter flights to Fiji, from Australia, the South Pacific Islands and New Zealand, will have an extra fee for each of these services.
10. If You’re a Frequent Flyer, Use Your Points
Many of us might have been raking in the Air Miles/Airpoints/Flybuys for years and not even realised how many points we have! If you’re on any of these schemes, it’s worth seeing if they can be applied to your flight to Fiji.