How to Book a Cheap Flight to Samoa 💸✈️
How to Book a Cheap Flight to Samoa 💸✈️

How to Book a Cheap Flight to Samoa 💸✈️

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How to Get Cheap Airfares for Samoa

For many of us, the airfare is one of the most significant costs of a getaway to Samoa. While seeing the clouds pass by and watching bad movies on the back of the seat in front is charming, we’d rather be spending less on a flight ticket and more on a scuba diving or fishing tour or at least an extra cocktail! In this guide, we’ll show you how to shave off the cents on expensive airfares and teach you how to book a cheap flight to Samoa.

Not sure how to get to Samoa? Maybe you should start with our guide, Getting Here: How to Get to Samoa.

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Flight to Samoa

Across the web, you’ll find tons of nifty tricks and hacks to save money on airfares for just about anywhere in the world. While the advice we give in the sections below is more concrete for saving money on a flight to Samoa, here are some other quick tips that are worth trying:

  1. Use private browsing to stop airfares from increasing as you browse
  2. If your flight involves a stopover, consider using two different airlines
  3. Check the airfares from all of your possible departure cities
  4. Check the price of connecting flights when booked separately compared to within the same booking
  5. Find and compare flights on comparison websites (then see if your airline offers a price-beat guarantee)
  6. Use your frequent flyer points
  7. Be aware of extra fees while you are booking, such as seat selection and meals
  8. Fly on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday
  9. Fly in Samoa’s low season – late-January to March – or in the shoulder season – September to November or March to May
  10. Don’t book your flight at the last minute.

For additional money-saving tips for your trip, check out the 20 Tips to Save Money in Samoa.

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The Cheapest Time of Year to Fly to Samoa

The best months for cheap Samoa airfares: From the Southern Hemisphere, late-January to March. From the Northern Hemisphere, September to November or March to May.

When is the best time to fly to Samoa to save money on the airfare? This depends on where in the world you are coming from.

If you are taking a direct flight to Samoa, from New Zealand or Australia, for example, the cheapest airfares are usually available during Samoa’s wet season skipping the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, so from late-January to March. Learn more about direct flights in Which Airlines Fly Directly to Samoa?

If you’re coming from the Northern Hemisphere, from destinations like the US, Europe or Asia, then airfares are more likely to be influenced by factors from your departure country and stopover country. For example, the tourist high season in New Zealand is between December and February, so your flight to New Zealand to make your stopover may be more expensive at this time of year. In this case, you might want to aim for Samoa’s shoulder seasons for cheaper airfares, such as September to November or March to May.

Learn more about the benefits of travelling in the low and shoulder seasons in the 10 Reasons to Travel in the Low Season in Samoa.

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The Cheapest Day to Fly to Samoa

The best days for cheap Samoa airfares: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Airfares for Samoa fluctuate between the days of the week. The most expensive days to fly to Samoa are typically Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while the cheapest days tend to be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

This coincides with a study by Google Flights using flight metadata for a five-year period that showed flights that depart on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday are on average 12% cheaper to book than over a weekend flight.

In short, look for mid-week flights to find the best deals on airfares for Samoa!

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The Cheapest Time to Book Flights to Samoa

The best time to book short-haul flights to Samoa: No later than a month before departure
The best time to book long-haul flights to Samoa: Between 50 and 179 days before departure.

According to our own research, it’s very rare to get a good last-minute deal for flights to Samoa. Airfares tend to increase the closer to departure you book your flight, especially when booking within a month of your departure date.

For short-haul flights, such as those from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji, airfares tend to stabilise (i.e. not be at their highest) up to around a month before departure.

For long-haul flights, for example, coming from Europe with perhaps a stopover in the US and Hawaii, Google Flight’s study found that prices tended to be lower anywhere between 50 and 179 days before departure with 129 days out being when you can find the best deals.

Speaking of stopovers, the study also found that flights with stopovers averaged 20% cheaper than direct flights.

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The Cheapest Place to Book Flights to Samoa

The best websites for cheap airfares to Samoa: Flight comparison websites and direct via the airline website.

Now that you know what time of year to search for cheap flights to Samoa and what day of the week, you can start finding and comparing flights on flight comparison websites.

Flight comparison websites are a good place to start when searching for cheap flights to Samoa. They give you an idea of the possible routes to take from your departure airport, as well as prices.

Once you have found the desired route with the cheapest airlines used, we recommend going directly to the airline to see if they can beat the price of the comparison website. Airlines are usually happy to beat or match the price in order to save on the commission they would have to pay to the flight comparison website.

Top Tip: Use Private Browsing

Both airline websites and flight comparison websites use cookies to have your browsing information and, in turn, increase airfares the more you search to encourage a “panic purchase”. To avoid rising airfares when you search, set your browser to private browsing.

If you notice prices increasing while using private browsing, open a new private browsing window and start the booking process again.

More About Saving Money and Flights to Samoa

Now that you know some ways to get a cheap flight to Samoa, get more budget tips and advice on flying to Samoa from our guides:

Finally, plan the rest of the ins and outs of a trip to Samoa using The Best Samoa Travel Guide and the 30 Tips for Travelling in Samoa.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Samoa. She knows the islands inside out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Upolu and Savai’i’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also the editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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