I just booked an award trip to Sydney, flying: Air Canada Business from Toronto YYZ to Los Angeles LAX, then United First Class LAX to Sydney SYD. I have 10 days in the region, then I fly back SYD to Seoul ICN on Asiana Business, and ICN to Montreal YUL via Istanbul IST on Turkish Business. I paid around ~$400 for this ticket, and 190,000 Aeroplan points.
I’ve already been to Sydney, and don’t really want to see it again (although it’s an amazing city). I’m looking for an adventure, so not interested in pricey and boring resort places like Fiji, Bora Bora, or Rarotonga. I’m leaning to Tonga, which is relatively easy to get to using Aeroplan points on Air New Zealand (NZ). Also thinking the South Island of New Zealand. I did the North Island a couple years ago, and really enjoyed it. I would probably fly on NZ to Queenstown via Auckland.
Also thinking of doing a short hop to see Ayer’s rock, but it’s prohibitively expensive, even while using points.
I’ve always wanted to go to the Solomon Islands, which is a PITA to get to. The only award program that gets you there is Qantas, and I don’t have any Qantas points. The most realistic way of getting to Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, is to fly to Brisbane on one of the numerous low cost carries in Australia from Sydney, and then hop on a stupidly expensive flight to Honiara. Virgin Australia also flies to Honiara, but they’re far more expensive than Solomon Airlines.
I would also love to go to Vanuatu, which is a sinking island. This will be one of my last opportunities to visit it. Although NZ flies there, they don’t release any award inventory on their flight from Auckland to Port Vila.
I need your help readers. Any suggestions on exciting South Pacific islands? Cheap ways of getting to the Solomon Islands? How to get award inventory to Vanuatu?
I’m usually pretty good about finding my own way with award inventory etc., but the South Pacific is a whole different ball game.