The cheapest times to fly from PPT to SMF are

  • January 8th to March 25th (except the week of March 12th)
  • April 9th to June 17th
  • early December

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 PPT to SMF is late January. Prices can be as high as $2694 for Friday flights during early to mid August, or as low as $652 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Sacramento

Flying from Papeete (PPT) to Sacramento, CA (SMF) will usually cost between $746 to $1741 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $726. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid August, with an average price of $2694. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1968 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1091 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PPT to SMF flight.

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

PPT to SMF Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PPT to SMF flight is priced close to the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Tahiti. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.16, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Sacramento, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Tahiti. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $263 (18%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $966. Return trip prices are from the SMF to PPT 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 PPT to SMF can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 8 hour 42 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from PPT to SMF while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, CA

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 10.27% less expensive than SMF
  • Nonstop flights available

See PPT to SFO flights

Destination alternative #2: Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa, CA

  • 67 miles (108 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 2.02% less expensive than SMF
  • 1-layover flights available

See PPT to STS flights

Destination alternative #3: Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) in Monterey, CA

  • 146 miles (235 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 2.02% less expensive than SMF
  • 1-layover flights available

See PPT to MRY flights


Flight Hacking PPT to SMF

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 PPT to SMF — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (PPT > LAX > SMF)

  • Price for both tickets: $1050
  • Average savings: $41 (3.76%)

See PPT to flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from PPT to SMF? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Aircalin, Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Qantas, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sacramento International Airport to Tahiti Faa’a Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4288 miles or 6901 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from PPT to SMF?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PPT to SMF flight is about 8 hour 42 minutes.

How many flights go between Papeete and Sacramento, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 6 available flights from PPT to SMF.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codePPT
Origination airport nameTahiti Faa’a Airport
CountryFrench Polynesia

Return Airport

Destination codeSMF
Destination airport nameSacramento International Airport
CitySacramento, CA
Countrythe United States


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