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User currently offlineTAP1972 From Portugal, joined Dec 2003, 396 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2389 times:

Hello all

I'm planning to go on honeymoon to French Polynesia, in May.

I saw a 500 euro flight + taxes in the internet, flying with Air New Zeland. It would be LHR-LAX-LHR (B747) LAX-PPT-LAX (B767). From LIS-LHR_LIS I would be using my frequent flyer miles.

The price seems great, flying Air New Zeland also, because of Star Alliance miles. Now, my doubts are in how would you rate the service, in terms of food, flight entertainment (PTV's), crew, etc. for economy class.

Also, if you suggest an alternative airline or route, that would be great. I want to combine price with confort.

Thanks in advance.

Sam



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9638 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2360 times:

NZ economy class (or Pacific Class according to them) on the 747s is probably one of the best of the cheap seats flying the skies. The 34 inch pitch with foot rests is really nice. There are no PTVs now however, but the new cabin reconfigurations will bring those in the coming years. The service offered by the New Zealand staff is really good. Kiwis are a friendly group of people, and it shows in their airline. I would be happy to fly them. The only down side of the 747 service is the lack of PTVs, but if you can do without those, then you will have a good flight. The food is good on NZ and should be in a decent enough quantity even though it can be kind of bland. I haven't flown then in economy in over 10 years, but I have recently enjoyed their wonderful business and first class services. They are a great airline.

The 767s aren't as great. They only have 32 inches of pitch, so it is a bit more crowded. The seats are similar though and still rather comfortable. You will be on a red-eye flight for the LAX-PPT part of your journey, and the flight takes 8 hours, so if you sleep you will be good.

Enjoy PPT though overall the Papeete in itself is pretty lame because it lacks to amazing secluded beaches that everyone thinks of when they think of Tahiti. Going to another island such as Bora Bora or Moorea is far better. Tahiti is expensive, but the isolated islands truly are amazing and secluded. A fare of only 500 is excellent, and you shouldn't expect to see a lot of those.



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User currently offlineTAP1972 From Portugal, joined Dec 2003, 396 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2311 times:

Thanks a million RoseFlyer

Indeed, I'll be going to Moorea and Bora Bora Islands. The inter islands trip will be included in my accommodation package.

What would be the best place (site) to check their Business Class rates?

Regards

Sam


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9638 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2304 times:

NZ discounted business class rates (along with most airlines) are not easy to find on the net. Since the internet travel agencies focus on budget consumers, few have discount business fares. The best way to find one is to go through a travel consolidator. They are really the only ones that I have seen get the lower business and first class fares (up to 50% off). See an experienced travel agent for that advice since you have a route that is not well traveled.

For variety's sake you can look into Air France and Air Tahiti Nui since they both serve CDG via LAX. However their service levels are not as good as Air New Zealand, but you never know about the kind of fares you will get. Just be happy that you could get a 500 Euro fare since that is extremely low already. Enjoy the Society Islands!



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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1872 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2254 times:

I would consider Air Tahiti Nui via CDG. (or AF)
May being off peak, they should have intersting fares, and at least, you would save 2 to 3 days of travel (ppt-akl is over 2500 miles, lhr-akl over 1100, and a CDG-LAX-PPT only around 9700)
For the service, ATN has been awarded by the Skytrax survey in 04 (4th worlwide for flight attendant;best airline Pacific Region )
http://www.airtahitinui-usa.com/company/presscontent.asp?id=40
I you have any question about Polynesia, just send a mail via my profile, and I will recontact you this weekend. I have stayed there for over 15 month
Teva



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User currently offlineZonky From New Zealand, joined Nov 2004, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2252 times:

Air NZ commonly has some deals on the uk portal- including biz rates.

try http://203.167.234.188/uk/airfarespecial/

- You could try this special-

http://203.167.234.188/uk/airfarespecial/1652.htm

And take in Auckland/nZ as well

(LHR-LAX-PPT-AKL-LAX-LHR)

[Edited 2005-01-25 13:55:01]

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9638 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

Teva, I am not sure what you are trying to say. On Air New Zealand you would fly LHR-LAX-PPT. There is no needed stop in New Zealand. ANZ has full rights to transport people on any of the sectors since it has open skies with the US. The time savings of going through CDG versus LHR are very small since the cities aren't very far apart at all. You could argue though that going through LHR is no fun, but that is for another forum.

In general I have only flown on NZ, but know that on TN you only get a 32 inch pitch on the A340, whereas on NZ you get 34 inches to LAX and then 32 inches to PPT, on NZ's economy seat which is pretty comfortable with its leg rest and winged head rests. Both airlines have reputable service, so I would say that they are pretty comparable. All airlines in question here are Skytrax 4 star airlines and NZ placed second in the Australiasia category behind Qantas, and TN finished first in the Pacific sector. Both are good, so you should go for the best fare.



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