The cheapest times to fly from RAR to SNA are

  • January 29th to April 22nd (except the weeks of February 12th and March 26th)
  • October 15th to January 7th (except the week of December 17th)

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 SNA is late February and early March. Prices can be as high as $5810 for Friday flights during late March, or as low as $1751 for Tuesday flights around late February and early March.


When to Fly to Santa Ana

Flying from Avarua (RAR) to Santa Ana, CA (SNA) will usually cost between $1751 to $5623 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late February and early March with an average ticket price of $1767. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late March, with an average price of $3927. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $2160 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $2071 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RAR to SNA flight.

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

RAR to SNA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RAR to SNA flight is more expensive than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Rarotonga. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.27, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SNA, and Friday the cheapest day to fly back into RAR. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Santa Ana, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Rarotonga. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $2707 (47%) 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 $1934. Return trip prices are from the SNA 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 SNA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 9 hour 25 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 RAR to SNA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 36 miles (58 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 24.34% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See RAR to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 15.74% less expensive than SNA
  • 1-layover flights available

See RAR to SAN flights


Flight Hacking RAR to SNA

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 SNA — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1448
  • Average savings: $623 (30.08%)

See RAR to SYD flights

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1605
  • Average savings: $467 (22.53%)

See RAR to AKL flights

Hack #3: San Francisco, CA (RAR > SFO > SNA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1774
  • Average savings: $297 (14.34%)

See RAR to SFO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from John Wayne-Orange County Airport to Rarotonga International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4689 miles or 7546 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RAR to SNA flight is about 9 hour 25 minutes.

How many flights go between Avarua and Santa Ana, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 3 available flights from RAR to SNA.


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 SNA
Destination airport name John Wayne-Orange County Airport
City Santa Ana, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.7
Longitude -117.9


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