Flights to Oceania
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Student flights from the USA to Oceania
Oceania, or the South Pacific, is one of the top destinations on many students’ bucket lists, whether you want to study abroad, take a gap year or just enjoy a vacation. Despite being on the other side of the globe (and the super-long plane flight it takes to get there), it’s a region that’s home to a number of incredible destinations. From Australia to New Zealand to islands like Fiji and French Polynesia (Bora Bora or Tahiti, anyone?), there's plenty to discover.
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What are the main Oceania airport hubs?
The Sydney airport (in Australia) is the busiest airport hub in Oceania and is a primary hub for Qantas Airlines. Melbourne and Auckland are two other main hubs. Many flights throughout the South Pacific will transit through one of these cities first. Nadi, the main airport in Fiji, is also an important airport hub for the South Pacific islands.
If you’re flying through several countries on your way to your final destination, make sure you have the needed transit visas (if any) for the cities you’re flying through.
How to fly from the USA to Oceania
Despite the distance, the US is pretty well-connected with Oceania. You can fly nonstop to some of Oceania’s main airport hubs from several US cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Houston. Good news, too: airlines are continuing to add more nonstop long-haul flights, so expect to see more nonstop flights to the South Pacific from places like Chicago in the future. And even if you can’t get a direct flight, there are plenty of connecting flights to choose from!
Popular airlines for flights to the South Pacific include Air New Zealand, United, Virgin Australia and Qantas.
When is the best time to fly to Oceania?
Since the weather is so varied in this region, there’s not one best time to visit the South Pacific. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that most of Oceania is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons are reversed. This makes places like Australia and New Zealand great places to visit when you need a break from winter weather. Many South Pacific islands, like Fiji, have warm, tropical weather year-round. The best times to visit are typically in October-November or May, outside of the rainy season and peak tourist seasons.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the USA to Oceania?
Prices based on bookings made 90-121 days prior to departure.
Why do American students love visiting the South Pacific?
The South Pacific is an amazing destination for students from the US. Thousands of students study abroad in Oceania every year, with loads more there for vacations. Why? It’s a region full of sun, adventure, relaxation and amazing things to see and do. What more could you want?
South Pacific universities and campuses
There are plenty of options for studying abroad in the South Pacific! Melbourne and Sydney are two of the most popular places to study abroad in Oceania, known for their combination of bustling, hip and international cities and adventurous activities. Two universities that are home to lots of international students are the University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong (near Sydney). Of course, you can always check what programs your school has available as well!
Cities like Wellington and Auckland (in New Zealand) or even off-the-grid places like Suvu, Fiji are also options for studying abroad.
South Pacific lifestyle and culture
Although culture varies throughout the region, you’ll find that many places in the South Pacific have a warm and hospitable culture, with a relaxed lifestyle. In many ways, you’ll probably find it similar to what you’re used to in the US. Down under, people (generally) tend to be more laid-back and use a lot of slang that might be unfamiliar! Also keep in mind that in Australia and New Zealand, you’ll have to drive on the left-hand side of the road (opposite of the US). Otherwise, be ready to go with the flow and if you’re confused about something, ask a local! Most people are quite friendly.
Exploring Oceania on a student budget
Oceania can be a great place to explore on a student budget! While bigger cities can be more expensive, there’s plenty of free and cheap things to do (including exploring some of the region’s incredible scenery) and you can stay in cheap hostels or airbnbs while saving a lot of money. Even some of Oceania’s incredible islands can be really doable on a student budget, such as Samoa, Papua New Guinea and even Fiji. Plus, many areas in the region use the Australian or New Zealand dollar, which gives you a bit of a leg up if you’re exchanging from USD.