The Real Deal: Roundtrip direct flight from New York City to Papeete, Tahiti for $1,000 for weekend roundtrip airfare
When: July 7-Dec. 15, 2005
Gateways: New York City (JFK)
Details: Maximum stay is four days
Book By: June 30, 2005
Contact: Air Tahiti, airtahitinui-usa.com
Independence Day will bring New York City and Tahiti closer together this year -- only a nonstop flightaway. Air Tahiti Nui, the leading carrier to French Polynesia, has launched a direct flight from New York City to Papeete, Tahiti, with operations starting this July. The highly desired and much-needed nonstop connection will make travel to the remote Tahitian Islands a lot easier and quicker for busy East Coasters.
The 12-hour direct flight (the return flight from Papeete is 45 minutes longer) will take off three times a week -- Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays -- from JFK in a spacious airbus carrier with a seating capacity for 294 passengers.
In light of the new launch, Air Tahiti Nui already has discount offers for New York flights lined up to go into effect in July. The leading discount special is priced at $1,000 for weekend roundtrip airfare with a maximum stay of four days, good between July.7 and Dec. 15, 2005. In order to qualify for the fare, you must choose Thursday departure from New York and a Sunday departure from Papeete. For other restrictions and booking rules go to Air Tahiti Nui's website. To put this new route and fare into perspective, the next lowest airfare from NYC to Tahiti in July is $1,940 on American.
For a total of $1,369, you can fly to Tahiti from NYC and back and stay there for three nights. Tahiti Vacations is offering a weekend land-only package, starting at $369 and good for travel between Jul. 4 - Oct. 31, for a three-night stay at Le Meridien Tahiti in a lagoon view room. The offer includes all transfers and hotel taxes and you'll receive the special $1,000 roundtrip airfare from New York.
Another special from Air Tahiti Nui starts at $1,609 and includes a roundtrip from New York, a welcome lei, five nights at Moorea at Hotel Kaveka, inter-island travel via air and ferry, three night in Tahiti at Tiare Noa Noa, transfers and baggage handling. You must use a code for the offer, which is valid starting in July. For more information, visit the website.