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Fly from three Australian cities to the Cook Islands for under $500 return

Posted: 30 April 2018 10:47 am

Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, come on down!

Suffering from the winter blues? Virgin Australia has heard you and has come up with a solution: cheap seats to the Cook Islands.

Sounds great, right?

Flights are now available to this sunny beach escape from just $499 from either Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane.

What's more, there's a wide range of travel dates to book so you really can pick and choose whichever suits your schedule best. This includes 19 May - 27 June, 20 July - 17 September and 19 October - 8 December.

As always, dates during the school holiday break are excluded, but you can still make the most of public holidays such as the Queen's Birthday on 11 June (NSW and VIC) or 1 October (QLD), Labour Day on 1 October (NSW), Melbourne Cup Day on 6 November (VIC) and Ekka Wednesday on 15 August (Brisbane only).

If you're open to dates, the months from May to October are optimal times to visit due to the clear skies and warm weather with November to March being rainy season.

Bookings are being taken at these prices via Flight Centre here until 9 May unless seats sell out prior.

How good are these fares?

These are some of the cheapest flights to the Cook Islands we've seen in quite a while, with recent stunners hitting the low $500s only.

More often than not you'll find fares start at $299 each way and as there are currently no budget airlines that fly this way, you're looking at a decision between Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand or Qantas all of which are priced dearer than this sale.

As an example, at the moment Air New Zealand has flights from Sydney at $538 return with all other routes starting from $598 return.

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