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Edmonton to Tahiti | How To Get The Best Deal On Packages


Guides >> Australasia & South Pacific >> French Polynesia >> Vacation Packages from Edmonton to Tahiti

The Ydeals Noise-Free Guide To Getting The Best Deal On Flight & Hotel Packages From Edmonton to Tahiti

Ydeals logo There are thousands of travel sites out there, all wanting you to believe they have unique or special prices on travel packages from Edmonton to Tahiti. They don't.

They use marketing noise to hide the fact that there is really only one source of unique prices on vacation packages to Tahiti.

This guide will remove the noise and show you what that source is, so you can stop wasting so much time when searching for the best deal.

What are the unique sources of prices on flight and hotel packages from Edmonton to Tahiti ?

Unique Source #1 - The Flight & Hotel Combiners

The Flight & Hotel Combiners are sites that simply mash together the latest flight prices from the major airlines with the latest hotel prices in Tahiti to create a package. They tend to be U.S. based brands offering vacation packages departing from Canada.

Many warm destinations have at least two sources of unique holiday package prices, because of packages offered by the Canadian Tour Operators. But there are not currently any tour operators in Canada that offer packages to Tahiti from Edmonton.

Where should I look to get the best deal on a Tahiti holiday package?

This is the noise. The flight price component of the package from the major airlines is identical for every site that offers these types of packages. There may be a slight differences in their source of hotel prices, but for the most part they're all grabbing the latest hotel prices from similar sources, at similar prices.

The result is that the Flight & Hotel Combiners usually all have very identical package prices to each other, and travelers tend to waste a lot of time thinking they are comparing prices from unique sources against each other, when they're not.

Here are the Flight & Hotel Combiners that spend the most on advertising, you have likely heard of at least one of them...

Expedia Travelocity Book It Orbitz Hotwire


When should I book to get the best price to Tahiti from the Flight & Hotel Combiners?

Try to remember that at the end of the day, the vacation packages offered by the Flight & Hotel Combiners are simply made up of two components:

1) The latest flight prices from the major airlines. The major airlines don't tend to offer great last minute prices, so waiting until the last minute can backfire. I find the major airlines tend to usually offer their most decent prices around 8 weeks before departure.

2) The latest hotel prices. It's more common to see hotels offer discounts at the last minute, but then you have to weigh that against the fact that the flight price component from the major airlines can rise as the date nears, meaning the package price could go up.

So as a whole I'd probably consider the flight price component as being the limiting factor, and suggest that I'd be comfortable watching prices from the Flight & Hotel Combiners up to about 8 weeks before departure. But everyone has a different tolerance for risk.

Travel packages from Edmonton to Tahiti will depend a lot on the airfare that is bundled with it. The packages will usually involve a flight to and from Papeete, which is the capital city of Tahiti.

One strategy can be to look for dates that involve cheaper flight prices to Papeete (PPT), and then use those same dates when looking for a package. You may want to read the guide: Edmonton to Tahiti | How To Get The Best Flight Deals.

What about an Edmonton travel agency or independent travel agent?

If it's through a travel agency in Canada, or a Canadian travel agent, they would normally try to sell you a holiday package from one of the Canadian Tour Operators.

But since there are not currently any tour operators in Canada that offer packages to Tahiti from Edmonton, they'd likely just book a package for you that was similar to what is available through the Flight & Hotel Combiner sites. They may or may not charge you a booking fee for their time.

What about booking flight & hotel separately? Is that cheaper or more expensive than a package?

Holiday travellers often want to know if booking a flight and hotel package to Tahiti is better or worse than booking flight and hotel separately.

To beat the package prices generated by the Flight & Hotel Combiner sites, you would need to find a hotel price in Tahiti that is better than the source of hotel prices used by the Flight & Hotel combiner sites when generating their package prices.

Is this possible? Yes. But is it likely? Probably not. Hotel prices for the most part have been squeezed down to the point where all the travel brands and search engines out there have fairly identical hotel prices.

But if you do want to give it a shot, I'd suggest starting with finding the cheapest flight to Tahiti that you can. You may want to read the guide mentioned in the paragraph above to do so.

Remember that for a fair comparison of a pre-packaged deal vs. building your own, you should always keep as many variables the same as possible, including the flight quality (number of stopovers, layover time), the number of nights for your trip, and either the exact same hotel, or one of similar quality. A few quick searches on TripAdvisor can tell you if the accommodations are comparable.

I would also suggest that when searching for accommodations to build your own package, you don't use the same site that contains the packages you're comparing against. The total cost has a very good chance of ending up being extremely similar.

What about holiday packages from Edmonton to Tahiti with direct flights ?

There aren't any airlines currently offering direct flights to Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) from Edmonton. As a result, there aren't any flight and hotel packages that do either.

The fastest flights from Edmonton to Tahiti usually involve 1 stopover in Los Angeles each way, with about a 2-3 hour layover. Look for packages involving these flights if travel time is a concern.

What about all inclusive packages to Tahiti from Edmonton?

Unlike some countries (Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic), where there is an abundance of all inclusive resorts, Tahiti does not really have many true 'all inclusive' resorts where all meals and drinks are included. When using the Flight & Hotel Combiner sites, you could keep an eye out for hotels that offer a room type of 'all inclusive', but there are very few in Tahiti, and they're very expensive.

Is there another city I can depart from that might have cheaper vacation packages to Tahiti ?

Almost all flights to Tahiti from North America route through Los Angeles (LAX). You could try looking for a flight and hotel package from Los Angeles, and then purchase a separate roundtrip flight from Edmonton to Los Angeles. It may work out to be a better deal.


I think I've found a great deal on a vacation package to Tahiti!

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Or if you prefer, you can always give me a shout through the YEG Deals contact form or on Twitter @YEGdeals or through Google Plus. Great deal finds are always appreciated.


Why should I trust this Edmonton guide on Tahitian travel?

Chris Myden Ydeals The info in this guide is based on my observations of the travel industry over the years, including all the thousands of websites out there, and where all the different players get their prices from and how they interact with each other.

The goal is to remove the noise of travel marketing, so vacationers can stop wasting so much valuable time searching the same prices over and over.

But, as social proof of it's accuracy, feel free to join the YEG Deals Facebook Group (click 'Join Group', at the top-right, when you arrive) and publicly disagree with any of it, or make a comment below. Critiques are always welcome!


I think I have some info that could help improve the Tahiti vacation package guide!

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