The cheapest times to fly from RAR to SFO are

  • February 5th to March 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 9th to June 24th (except the week of April 16th)
  • October 8th to November 25th (except the week of October 22nd)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from RAR to SFO is early to mid October. Prices can be as high as $8122 for Thursday flights during early August, or as low as $1172 for Friday flights around early to mid October.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Avarua (RAR) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $1204 to $7790 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid October with an average ticket price of $1459. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $7719. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $6260 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1566 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RAR to SFO flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the RAR to SFO route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

RAR to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RAR to SFO flight is more expensive than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Rarotonga. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.21, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Friday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Thursdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $4597 (59%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Friday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1241. Return trip prices are from the SFO to RAR flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from RAR to SFO can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 9 hour 30 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking RAR to SFO

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from RAR to SFO — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Auckland (RAR > AKL > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1310
  • Average savings: $256 (16.35%)

See RAR to SYD flights

Hack #2: Sydney (RAR > SYD > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1403
  • Average savings: $163 (10.41%)

See RAR to AKL flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from RAR to SFO? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, Delta, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from San Francisco International Airport to Rarotonga International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4736 miles or 7622 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from RAR to SFO?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RAR to SFO flight is about 9 hour 30 minutes.

How many flights go between Avarua and San Francisco, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 5 available flights from RAR to SFO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code RAR
Origination airport name Rarotonga International Airport
City Avarua
Country the Cook Islands
Latitude -21.2
Longitude -159.8

Return Airport

Destination code SFO
Destination airport name San Francisco International Airport
City San Francisco, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.6
Longitude -122.4


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