The cheapest times to fly from DCA to RAR are

  • January 8th to January 28th
  • April 2nd to July 1st
  • August 13th to October 7th (except the weeks of August 27th and September 17th)
  • October 22nd to November 18th

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 DCA to RAR is late May. Prices can be as high as $7671 for Friday flights during mid December, or as low as $1391 for Saturday flights around late May.


When to Fly to Rarotonga

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Avarua (RAR) will usually cost between $1497 to $6862 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late May with an average ticket price of $2957. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $4700. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1742 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $2197 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to RAR flight.

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

DCA to RAR Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to RAR flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.2, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to fly to RAR, and Friday the cheapest day to fly back into DCA. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Rarotonga, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Washington. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $4190 (62%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1814. Return trip prices are from the RAR to DCA 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 DCA to RAR can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 8 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking DCA to RAR

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 DCA to RAR — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1772
  • Average savings: $426 (19.37%)

See DCA to AKL flights

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1843
  • Average savings: $354 (16.11%)

See DCA to SYD flights

Hack #3: Los Angeles, CA (DCA > LAX > RAR)

  • Price for both tickets: $2027
  • Average savings: $171 (7.76%)

See DCA to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Air New Zealand, American, Delta, Singapore Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Rarotonga International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6755 miles or 10871 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to RAR flight is about 13 hour 8 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Avarua?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 4 available flights from DCA to RAR.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DCA
Origination airport name Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
City Washington, DC
Country the United States
Latitude 38.9
Longitude -77

Return Airport

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


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