Raratonga Transfer Desk? (2hr separate ticket - will i make it?)

Old Jun 3, 18, 8:51 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: ORD
Programs: Diamond Hyatt; Platinum DL, AA, SPG; Gold UA
Posts: 192
Raratonga Transfer Desk? (2hr separate ticket - will i make it?)

Looking at saving several hundred dollars on an LAX-AKL ticket by ticketing separately LAX-RAR (AirNZ 772), 2hr layover, then RAR-AKL (back on the same AirNZ772).

Never been to RAR and unfortunately this won't be the trip to stop and see it.

Is there an international transfer desk in RAR (that doesn't require immigration)? I likely won't be able to check in RAR-AKL until arrival, with AirNZ check-in rules stipulating 90-min check in. May have checked bags.... eeek.
mcavin is offline  
Old Jun 3, 18, 8:59 pm
  #2  
Moderator, Hilton Honors
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: hopefully travelling
Programs: up in the air
Posts: 70,862
Originally Posted by mcavin View Post
Looking at saving several hundred dollars on an LAX-AKL ticket by ticketing separately LAX-RAR (AirNZ 772), 2hr layover, then RAR-AKL (back on the same AirNZ772).

Never been to RAR and unfortunately this won't be the trip to stop and see it.

Is there an international transfer desk in RAR (that doesn't require immigration)? I likely won't be able to check in RAR-AKL until arrival, with AirNZ check-in rules stipulating 90-min check in. May have checked bags.... eeek.
It has been a few years since I visited RAR but would be surprised if there is a transfer desk. There wasn't when I flew there. It is a small airport with not many flights.

In any case flying Air NZ they will not allow through check bags across separate tickets so you will need to clear immigration and re-check in.

Immigration is fast if you can beat the queues.
mcavin likes this.
Kiwi Flyer is offline  
Old Jun 7, 18, 9:52 pm
  #3  
Original Member
 
Join Date: May 1998
Location: Portland OR Double Emerald (QF and AA), DL PM/MM, Starwood Plat
Posts: 19,449
Chances are you will get to see RAR as checkin will be closed by the time you get your bags. I was last in RAR a decade ago, and definitely no transfer desk then, unlikely to be added as there isn't much transfer traffic and they are happy to have visitors. Air NZ is pretty hardline about separate tickets, dont expect any favours. Your plan makes sense if you wanted a stopover in RAR, but of course the LAX-RAR-AKL flight isn't daily, but you can fly RAR-AKL-RAR with Jetstar or Virgin as well as NZ.
number_6 is offline  
Old Jun 10, 18, 7:14 pm
  #4  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Programs: Frontier 50K elite, DL estranged 1MMer, Spirit VIP, CO/NW/UA/AA once gold/plat/comped gold now dust.
Posts: 27,588
Yeah, that's a real bummer that you don't get to stay. It's a nice island with a couple of pretty good beaches and good "Island night" options for food/entertainment. It has a lot of the Tahiti experience at half the cost.
RustyC is online now  
Old Jun 22, 18, 11:13 pm
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: ORD
Programs: Diamond Hyatt; Platinum DL, AA, SPG; Gold UA
Posts: 192
Thanks all. I think Iíll make a new plan that allows some time in RAR
mcavin is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: