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TN releases new packages

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:36

Air Tahiti Nui has released a number of new packages.
The packages, which all include return flights from Auckland to Tahiti with Air Tahiti Nui, accommodation and transfers, start from $1569 for a four night stay in Tahiti.
On sale now until 7 August 2015, the offers include:
• A four night stay at Le Meridien Tahiti in a standard room, with return economy flights and transfers, from $1569 per person twin share.
• A seven night trip featuring five nights at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa in a garden view room with breakfast daily, two nights at Le Meridien Tahiti, return economy flights and transfers throughout, including inter island ferry, from $2365 per person twin share.
• Seven nights including five nights at the St Regis Bora Bora in a superior overwater villa with cooked breakfast daily and one three course dinner for two people, two nights at Le Meridien Tahiti, return economy flights and transfers throughout, including inter island flights, from $6119 per person twin share.
Air Tahiti Nui has also released a special airfare for sale until 7 August 2015, with travellers able to fly from Auckland to Papeete from $929 per person return in economy class and $2229 per person return in business class inclusive of fuel surcharges and taxes.
Travel must be completed by 31 May 2016.

Noumea with SB

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:29

Aircalin has released special shortlife airfares to Noumea: ex Auckland from $589 return; ex Wellington from $707 return and ex Christchurch from $737 return.
On sale until 17 July 2015 and valid for travel until 1 April 2016.

TN sale to LAX

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:28

Air Tahiti Nui is offering Auckland to Los Angeles fares, with a short transit in Tahiti, between 17 January and 31 May 2016 from $1249* return in economy class. A mid-morning arrival in Los Angeles also allows for convenient same day transfers to more than 80 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Departures from Dunedin, Christchurch, Gisborne, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington and Queenstown are also available for a surcharge.
The sale runs until 31 July 2015 and is available on the airline’s three weekly flights to Los Angeles.

More Bahamas flights

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:26

The Islands of The Bahamas are now easier to get to. Delta Air Lines recently announced an increase in its non-stop flights from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport to The Bahamas, with direct flights to Eleuthera and Marsh Harbour, Abaco, and daily flights to Georgetown, Exuma starting in December.

Flight bookings hit by Greek crisis

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:01

Flight bookings to Greece have fallen sharply because of the latest developments in the country’s financial crisis.
New figures from ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analysing 14 million reservation transactions each day, show bookings are down 45% for the same period last year (28 June to 7 July). The first big dip in bookings was recorded on Sunday 28 June - the day of the banks closure announcement - and continued to drop away in the following week.  
Olivier Jager, co-founder and chief executive, ForwardKeys, says, ‘what we are seeing is a dramatic drop in late bookings, particularly from Germany. The French are also staying away but to a lesser extent. This is significant because Greece is a favourite holiday destination for both the Germans and the French, and at this point Greece needs tourism more than ever.
‘Interestingly, the Chinese are still continuing to make bookings because, anecdotally at least, they perceive the cash crisis as only affecting Greeks.’
The fall in German bookings for the period was 49%. Bookings from the United States were down 56%, Britain 51%, Italy 51% and France 23%.