Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to South Pacific
|May||Best time to beat the crowds (3% less expensive on average)|
|December||Most popular time to fly (13% more expensive on average)|
Average price round-trip
|$409||(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)|
Good deal round-trip
Good deal one-way
Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia and Jetstar have waived their change and cancellation fees on flights to South Pacific. Confirm policies on booking site.
Alaska Airlines, LATAM Airlines and Delta do not allow booking a middle seat on flights to South Pacific.
An average direct flight from Australia to South Pacific takes 2h 58m, covering a distance of 1642 km. The most popular route is Melbourne - Hobart with an average flight time of 1h 15m.
The cheapest ticket to South Pacific from Australia found in the last 72 hours was $35 one-way, and $75 round-trip. The most popular route is from Melbourne to Hobart and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $94.
Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia & Etihad Airways fly the most frequently from Australia to South Pacific.
Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Hobart (13% of total searches to South Pacific). The next most popular destinations are Coolangatta (11%) and Melbourne (10%).Searches for flights to Brisbane (8%), to Sydney (8%) and to Cairns (8%) are also popular.
KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.
Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "A bigger, more comfortable aircraft"
Cons: "Bag drop was a mess in flight was great"
Pros: "Movies good Boarding and luggage retrieval good"
Cons: "Arrived an hour late Was another passengers fault tho but annoying"
Pros: "Crew was amazing"
Cons: "Nothing, great flight"
Cons: "Flight was delayed an hour and boarding was slow due to only using one aircraft door."
Cons: "Lounge is disorganised with bad coffee"
Pros: "Flight attendants were friendly and responsive."
Cons: "1. Better seats than mine flew empty, while I sat wedged in a full row, behind a wailing infant and ahead of a kicking toddler. 2. The meal choice was between a rice bowl and a salad, both served bereft of any sides, bread, or dessert. 3. We were late again, although not so badly as last time."
Pros: "Crew was friendly and helpful"
Cons: "Food wasn’t the best... no water bottles provided... chronically thirsty on that flight."
Pros: "Virgin lounge staff were super friendly and helpful - getting me on an earlier flight and giving me a spare seat next to me!"
Cons: "nothing negative to say"
Cons: "I really appreciate very comfort seat more legs room than other aircraft and crew member very helpful And regarding food it’s just ok, rest is find"
Pros: "Being given the exit row seat"
Cons: "Zero gluten free provided snacks One of the cabin crew were particularly condescending"
Pros: "Yes excellent!"
Cons: "Everything was great"
Pros: "Free wifi"
Cons: "Not much"
Cons: "Présence of entertainment"
Pros: "Quick easy painless and on time"
Cons: "flight cancelled"
Pros: "Good seat, plenty of space for my long legs."
Cons: "Boarding was a little disorganized."
Pros: "Lovely friendly staff"
Cons: "Flight delayed"
Pros: "Melbourne has got self check in and bag drop working well....Sydney, take note and passengers be ready for it. That said the ground crew are there to help, but read the signs and don't get cranky if you hey sent back to do what you're meant to. On board, the cheese and cracker snack pack I got was great, nice to see complimentary snacks and drinks being maintained. Onboatd wifi via the app worked well and was actually able to use inflight entertainment on hand held device online the Sydney to Melbourne leg"
Cons: "It was a full flight but there was too much cabin luggage. Ppl had oversized bags and too much of it. Get stricter with the measurements would be my suggestion."
Pros: "Economy X was excellent value for getting 3 seats between 2, best I've ever slept in economy. Plane was late arriving before departure so boarding was late but we did leave and arrive on time. As I had an upset stomach the crew were nice enough to give me extra crackers and it was no hassle getting me herbal tea."
Cons: "Would be nice to have onboard entertainment included"
Cons: "Row 10 seats were extremely cramped. Seemed worse than usual. Was placed in middle seat and was unable to even read a magazine. Hostess saw how cramped I was and commented that I should purchase a x class fare, Perhaps virgin should ensure they supply adequate basic seating"
Cons: "In flight entertainment screens would not work properly"
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Food VERY basic SErvice just OK"
Cons: "We still in Auckland as without any notification airline staff has cancelled our ticket and we had so much drama at the airport and we couldn’t catch the flight and we had to come back home please explain why this is happened? Contact email- email@example.com"
Pros: "I did not like anything at all"
Cons: "They have problem finding my ticket because they say delta rebooked my ticket and they don’t have the information. I almost missed my flight for that reason. I don’t think I will ever book with Virgin Australia again"
Pros: "Love the inclusion of one checked bag in the ticket price. Like the free snack and hot drink."
Pros: "6 years. I am old and have been cared for very well."
Pros: "Easy checkin online. Easy bag drop at airport. Staff friendly and helpful. Snack enjoyable."
Cons: "Typical seating, far too cramped. Person beside me encroached on my personal space throughout the flight. Thank goodness it was only a 2hr flight between Melbourne & Brisbane."
Cons: "Going Melbourne delayed nearly 1.5hour Back home Brisbane another nearly 1.5hour and gate change a few times Very very bad experience"
Pros: "Quick and efficient loading process"
Pros: "My Mum has mild dementia and was going to Sydney from Maroochydore to visit family. From check in at MCY to arrival back at MCY the staff looked after her very well. She needed assistance boarding and disembarking and they were very helpful and courteous and that's why I choose Virgin over the other airline that flies the same route."
Pros: "Great flight, easy-no delays."
Pros: "arrived on time crew were polite and friendly."
Cons: "when boarding the plane from rear maybe passengers in the front should board first to save the mayhem."
Pros: "Cleanliness, friendliness of stewards, seats."
Cons: "a more substantial breakfast snack would have been nice and then the option to select meal type. I left the supplied cookie as I am vegan."
Pros: "they eventually returned it"
Cons: "they lost my bag"
Cons: "they lost our bag on a direct flight, how can they do that? when we got there they only have an agent who told us to contact virgin airlines in melbourne!!!"
Pros: "The lumbar support in the Virgin seat makes all the difference, plus the info re toilets, either get up now or wait till food service stops, and the instruction to put seat in upright position for eating much appreciated. I also LOVED the unexpected brilliant in-house video of psychology. Dr Andrew Ley(?) Food was great, nothing ridiculous, hot tasty and healthy. I liked there was no over packaging that took up my tray table room. Jetstar is a torture chamber with those seats that cause your back to curl over."
Pros: "-Professional, clean. Staff seemed happy to be there. -Use of both front and rear boarding allows for faster departure."
Cons: "-Need clearer instructions or a crew member to direct passengers to front or back of plane. -In flight entertainment depends on predownload of an app."
Pros: "Wonderful experience from check in, to inflight crew and quickness of receiving bags. Would fly with Virgin Australia anytime."
Pros: "nice aircraft. hosts were promt to address any issue."
Cons: "lack of movie options especially hindi movies"
Pros: "Friendly crew, landed on time"
Cons: "Atrocious food"
Pros: "The staff was extremely friendly!"
Cons: "I wish there was entertainment, but it's understandable that it does not exist on domestic flights."
Cons: "I don’t think it’s acceptable to not give any food on a 6 hour flight. Also to pay for food we need to wait for the cart. I sat hungry for awhile."
Pros: "A cold drink just when I needed it. Thank you"
Pros: "The flight was good, there was enough leg room."
Cons: "My husband and I are seniors, luckily we exercise daily, because we were told to take the stairs down to the airplane and had to walk to the plane in the rain and then walk up the stairs to the plane. When we boarded we actually should have gone through the plane as our seats were closer to the front. The stewardess should have used common sense and directed everyone through the plane, there was absolutely no reason to send people through the rain."
Pros: "Departure lounge isn’t a 5 km hike from the street! Plane seems to have more leg room, onboard snack. Generally an easier package"
Cons: "Can’t think of a single thing!"
Pros: "We know you want to make money. Have a heart and give us some more legroom. It’s cruel how you pack people in. It’s ridiculous. Luckily it’s a short flight, but, man, your greed is causing people pain."
Cons: "See above."
Cons: "Absolutely nothing - well done Jetstar"
Pros: "The check-in was fast and either the plane aboard."
Cons: "Not everybody on plane got service. We have waited on the plane for like 30 minutes for the plane start his way"
Cons: "Average service, too bad they are partnered/owned by Qantas"
Cons: "There're unoccupied rows, but still pack passenger together instead of offering the empty seats to couples."
Cons: "I cannot believe that when I put the table down I could not move & at 80 kg I was by no means the biggest person on that plane!!!!!"
Cons: "Boarding routine Space available"
Cons: "Flight delayed for three hours. We’re told by frequent travelers that this happens all the time with Jetstar."
Cons: "Slugged $60 for having one kg extra than on the flight down. Rep Australia in senior golf event ..given a wine box this was weighed too. What a rip off!"
Pros: "I had 3 seats which was nice."
Cons: "I asked for a blanket - had to pay agreed lady never returned. Everything except the flight was an additional cost. The plane temp was set to freezing - very uncomfortable."
Pros: "I got home. Eventually."
Cons: "Delayed almost 2hrs with no real explanation"
Cons: "Flight delayed over an hour then kept waiting another half hour on runway. Couldn't land straight away in Denpasar and had to circle for another 15mins"
Pros: "Crew was nice. Plane was clean."
Pros: "Easy check in"
Cons: "Crew didn't come around enough with water"
Cons: "Delayed as usual - luggage check again"
Pros: "Perfect landing!"
Pros: "Good choices of flight times"
Cons: "Charge to check even 1 bag. Limited what we could buy."
Pros: "It was generally a pretty good flight. Timing was ok"
Cons: "The seats were a bit cramped."
Pros: "The staff"
Cons: "The landing was super rocky"
Cons: "Crew attitude"
Pros: "Magazine on the plane was good."
Cons: "We had to pay $400 dollars to check 4 bags (2 bags per person). The bags were not overweight or oversized. We were told we had purchased a ticket with no baggage. I am a frequent traveler ( 10 flights in 6 weeks) and have never experienced such charges for baggage. It was not clear at the time of purchase that there were different levels of tickets. The agents at the counter was only interested in maximizing the fees we were charged and not helping us with other options. The plane was late and there was very limited seating in the waiting area, so most people stood for the extra 40 minutes of the delay."
Cons: "Not customer friendly at all. Arrived after traffic delays at 7:26 told bluntly that the gate was shut. people before and after us were told the same and we were rebooked on flight at 2:40. Ask me again later when I’ve actually flown with Jetstar, although I’m not optimistic that it will be a great experience."
Cons: "Everything....no food, no entertainment"
Cons: "Didn’t even receive a cup of water"
Cons: "1 hour delay on take off"
Pros: "Considerate crew on the plane."
Cons: "Took us 3 attempts to send our 23kg luggage through automated stations due to multiple issues. We did not receive a gate number on the departure boards until 5 mins AFTER we were suppose to start boarding according to our boarding pass, so we had to rush through the airport to make the plane on time. Once we reached the gate with only minutes to spare Jetstar brought out a scale and decided it was time to weight the carry on luggage, anything over 7kg then had to be checked, no opportunity to move items into the bags already check that we had already paid for. Any refreshments on the plane had to be purchased seperately, cheap as!! This experience just felt like they were trying to take your money at every turn. Treat the service like a taxi, point A to point B only and KNOW THIER RULES before you show up otherwise the will screw you over."
Pros: "Charge for an extra 2 kgs = AUD50. Pretty average customer service if not slightly shoddy. Reminds me to avoid budget airlines. Cabin crew officious"
Pros: "Friendliness of the staff."
Cons: "Lateness of flight"
Pros: "Great staff"
Cons: "Delayed departure"
Pros: "The cabin staff were friendly"
Cons: "Plane was delayed due to excess baggage weight in hull. The baggage had to be unloaded and then reloaded again, while we sat on the tarmac for an hour."
Cons: "Jetstar is a budget carrier so I do not begrudge the additional costs for food, baggage, etc. I do, however, continue to be disappointed with their poor customer service. The service desk had a long line, 4 service representatives ad only one representative service customers."
Cons: "Awful service, took a booking from Melbourne to Aukland and cancelled 5 hours later. Offered no alternative or option but to leave our trip. Completely destroyed our travels which we saved years to accomplish. Avoid these (JETSTAR) like the plague, unless you want an incompetent airline to wreck your traveling. Words really cannot describe our feelings towards our treatment and lack of any empathy from the airline, who took a booking and then cancelled it in record and and said there is no other flights! Thanks for that - never again."
Cons: "Ended up on a Jetstar flight on a codeshare arrangement with our booked airline Qantas. The journey didn’t start well when our bags would not scan through the self serve checkin as we had not booked direct with Jetstar. We then asked for an aisle seat, but this was refused - the “customer service” assistant advised we should have paid extra to pre-reserve a seat (a no cost option on Qantas). Then when we entered the plane we found that both adjacent aisle seats were in fact vacant. Food was an additional cost item - on an 8 hour flight. Those unlucky enough to ask for a meal late found that there was nothing left for them. Entertainment was also an additional cost item - when paid for the selection was extremely limited, the system slow. The entertainment froze up requiring a reboot. Though not the airline’s fault, the person behind was very fidgety, making it very uncomfortable for anyone sitting in front of him. If the seats were slightly further apart we might not have had that experience either. All in all not the best, given that we had booked with a full price airline and ended up on a budget airline instead."
Pros: "They actually gave us a reason for the delay - plane had not been cleaned the night before."
Cons: "No further updates when revised departure time had past and we were still waiting in line. Delay avoidable and not acceptable for first flight of the morning"
Cons: "I didn't check in my bag, didn't bother to weigh it. They weighed it at boarding and it was too heavy (my bad, I probably should have checked) and had to be checked in. My gripe is that they made me pay $60 even though my ticket included a free piece of luggage. Their argument was that I didn't use that facility at check-in and therefore waived the right to that piece of check baggage."
Pros: "Plane delayed missed connection had to spend night in Melbourne"
Cons: "Kiwi didn't offer the option of paying for checked bags and they charged $100 more than it'd normally cost. Great job!"
Cons: "Lack of legroom."
Pros: "Smooth flight, easy interstate flight with no hassle."
Cons: "Jetstar boarding pass system is very silly. You can't use the email ones on your phone and have to actually print it out. As a suggestion.. maybe have a unified option instead? Charging sms service is ridiculous.. it is 2017!"
Cons: "Plane left an hour late"
Cons: "Check in and payment for baggage was confusing and not well organized."
Cons: "They choose to weigh bags just as we were boarding and as I was 1kg , I had to check in my bag , but apparently it has to go on the next flight. So now I have to wait for 2.5 hers in Sydney for my bag and had to pay $50 for the inconvenience. I would expect this from Tiger not Jetstar"
Cons: "The flight from HCMC to SYdney was 3h delayed (supposed to leave at 10:35 and left just before 2 am. We are required to pay for entertainment and basic drink and snacks."
Cons: "Flight was delayed by over an hour. Then another hour plus on the tarmac. Concerns regarding weather at destination, and not having enough fuel to divert to alternative airport- but how can you attempt to fly without enough fuel for such emergencies? Isn't that routine procedure? Poor customer service, captain stated we may have to land at airport 2+ hours flight away from original destination. All worked out in the end, despite (rather than because of) Jetstar."
Pros: "Staff were friendly and courteous."
Cons: "Everything is an add-on with Jetstar. Not only do you have to pay for all checked bags (and it's more expensive if you pay at the airport instead of at time of booking) but any in-flight meals, blankets, pillows, movies, etc. are for purchase only, and they are not cheap! Couldn't they at least spring for a pillow when you have an overnight flight?! Rather disappointing."
Pros: "Boarding was quick"
Cons: "Shame the staff were not more friendly, I took my rubbish to find a bin and the flight attendant expressed her annoyance and me. Asking her where I can put it. They don't smile and when you asked a question they treated me like I was a nuisance"
Pros: "Very awesome! My first flight, I had a bassinet reserved but had no idea where it was, how to use it, etc. This flight back home, before liftoff, a flight attendant strolled by and let me know about it and how to use it. Overall, extremely pleased with the entire flight and experience."
Pros: "Nice new 787 with good crews."
Cons: "The luggage fee is a bit ridiculous. $50 USD is a substantial cost for a 5 hour trip. In addition to the cost of s beverage. This isn't a 40 minute flight to Dublin from London. Don't earn the moniker of Ryan Air of the Southern Hemisphere."
Cons: "Hardly any staff, we had to load & check in our own bags. The mechanical baggage belt was initially not working so the lines of people waiting grew. There was no-one to explain what we had to do so we only printed our boarding passes, and didnt realise we had to ALSO print baggage labels, so we consequently lost our place in the queue. NOT HAPPY!"
Cons: "I booked my flight through Kayak and they did not help me add luggage to my flight. It was not easy to do and when I got to the counter I had to pay an abnormal fee to get my luggage on. More information about luggage needs to be provided"
Airlines flying to South Pacific have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to South Pacific
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights to South Pacific
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights to South Pacific
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights to South Pacific
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights to South Pacific