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Average price round-trip

$1,527 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$580 or less

Good deal one-way

$454 or less

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Top 3 airlines serving from California to the Cook Islands

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

8.4
Air New Zealand
Overall score based on 2,838 reviews
8.6
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.9
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.1
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "the cushion to sleep on"
Cons: "the blanket"

Cons: "The food tasted good and was fresh, however, the presentation was a bit stodgy."

Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "The seat I had booked and was confirrmed was not available, double booked."

Pros: "The crew was lovely"

Pros: "Everything. Air NZ has the best Premium Economy class in the sky."
Cons: "All good."

Pros: "The crew member in my section was amazing, he went out of his way to greet each and everyone of us individually. The flight was comfortable, boarding a breeze and on time!"

Pros: "Can’t remember"
Cons: "Food selection specially for vegetarian"

Pros: "Crew were great!"

Cons: "The boarding was inconvenient. LAX has just been updated. Gerri g a bus out to the tarmac is something I expect in Africa. Can Air NZ move to a different terminal?"

Pros: "Their English, unlike US English, is a little hard to understand."

Pros: "Food was reasonable and staff as amazing as ever."
Cons: "The flight was extremely packed making the experience a bit less comfortable. The transit through LA was chaos, although and explanation was given including an apology."

Pros: "The plane was very comfortable, food was excellent and everything in worked well. Crew was very helpful and got you anything you needed."

Pros: "Premium Economy had plenty of legroom. Food service was comparable to business class."

Pros: "The entertainment was excellent and so was the food."

Cons: "Superb airline"

Cons: "Air NZ serves the special meals first but never offers passengers a drink. By the time the meal and drinks trolleys come round for the rest of passengers, most people have eaten their special meal."

Cons: "Suuuppppeerrrr delayed and I didn’t feel that an empty middle seat to be considered business class on my2nd leg from London to Munich."

Cons: "Crew was so busy that they kept overlooking my husband and I when doing the rounds of everything, We felt like we were singled out to be ignored, even though we paid for Premium Economy. Our flight was delayed for more than an hour. Food was barely ok even though we had been on Air NZ Premium economy 4 times now, was sorely disappointed with the food provided."

Pros: "The crew was super courteous and nice."
Cons: "Nice newer aircraft and the crew goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable."

Pros: "I LOVED my flight to LA PERFECT The flight from LA to Auckland was not as good, seating fine, LOVED THE CHECK IN LOVED THE PHONE SERVICE when i called to increase my weight of luggage..."
Cons: "I could not hear the entertainment because engine too loud I did not experience this on my flight to LA , I found the crew were not as pleasant as the crew to LA, could be that they were tired, if i had to rate NZ Airline from my trip to LA.... I would be shouting my pleasrure and did while in LA coming back truly was a different experience however going was so good... I will gladly fly again"

Pros: "The option to gate check strollers for easy access with a toddler"
Cons: "The stroller wasn't delivered to the gate by Air New Zealand"

Pros: "I never doubt Air NZ , overall Ok ."
Cons: "this flight bit noisy, and felt dirty toilet ..anyway,,, I Like Air NZ .Hope good next time"

Pros: "Food"
Cons: "it was very cold"

Pros: "same as above"
Cons: "same as above. Along with attmpeting to get boarding passes in LAX staff could not do in IAD was unpleasant as lady kept asking for boarding passes then said she needs a print of the intineray"

Pros: "Cree"
Cons: "Cold flight Food average at best Overall nothing flash and nothing bad solid average"

Cons: "No air vents"

Pros: "Crew were friendly"
Cons: "Vegetarian options were all very similar. Over a 32 hour flight time I was provided with beans for breakfast/lunch and dinner. I would have preferrred more variety. Also being seated between two others was quiet uncomfortable for a long journey flight."

Pros: "nil"
Cons: "nil"

Pros: "Excellent gluten free meal offered! I appreciate the extra effort with providing a gf bun and muffin with most meals!"

Pros: "I paid $100 to "upgrade" to what was called premium, but I did not get a premium seat, and discerned no benefit. Wtf is this?"
Cons: "paid $100 to "upgrade" to what was called premium, but I did not get a premium seat, and discerned no benefit. Wtf is this?"

Pros: "Food service"

Pros: "Boarding best I've ever done"
Cons: "Food was airplane food why can't they do better"

Pros: "Technology viewing screens"
Cons: "Connecting flights from Charles Dr Gaulle airport to Heathrow airport"

Cons: "Just a bit cramped"

Pros: "everythign aboht the trip was great"

Cons: "Very small seat"

Pros: "It was simply fantastic - all of it!"

Pros: "REally liked the plane, crew, and accommodations."
Cons: "Our flight from Rarotonga was 2.5 hours late, causing us to leave Rarotonga at 2:40 AM ! The flight and crew were wonderful, but we were exhausted as sleep time was cut short because of the lateness of the flight."

Cons: "Economy was too squished. Hard to eat with people next to you."

Pros: "Everyone on the plane acted like they were doing you a favor by flying with them more than likely we won't use them again ... kinda of like Frontier airline"

Pros: "Everything good"
Cons: "coming back to work"

Cons: "Food was horrible"

Cons: "Seats were more cramped than usual"

Pros: "Amazing staff"
Cons: "Lost my bag"

Pros: "General ambience on board."
Cons: "Change of Gate between baggage check time and boarding. Had to work that out for ones self."

Pros: "Great crew, great entertainment"
Cons: "Wasn't a fan of the dinner but no big deal"

Pros: "After finding it in the airport everything went extremely well. Able to find the flights and get to the gates with plenty of time. I did not have access to my email, but did see all the notices and appreciate that. Will travel with email access in the future."

Pros: "Everything!"

Pros: "Le confort des sièges, la propreté de l'avion, la gentillesse du personnel à bord."

Pros: "Entertainment and food and drinks. The recline in the chair allowed for sleeping."
Cons: "I wish there was more seat room especially when the seat in front reclines."

Pros: "Free checked Bags"
Cons: "If we could have a free select seat after booking."

Cons: "I changes flights to leave out of Sydney instead. I ended up paying 304.00 in change fee even thought i booked flight using 80,000 miles reward travel still was charged to change the flight"

Pros: "Nothing!"
Cons: "I was booked on flight QF 74 from San Francisco, connecting in Sydney (3 hour connection) to Queenstown, New Zealand. When I went to check in I was told that I needed a transit visa for Australia because of my Indian Passport. When I booked the flight back in September, it was not a requirement to have a transit Visa. I was told by the Qantas supervisor that this was a new requirement as of October for Indian and Chinese passport holders even with brief connections. 9 people were in a similar situation the day before and denied boarding. I understand that things change, but I am very disappointed in the service provided to me. Of course, they could not help me get an evisa for Australia, but they were not even willing to help me search for it rebook a Qantas flight connecting in a different city/country. They did not even connect me with online reservations directly to quickly do something to be able to continue on my journey. They only gave me a phone number to call and sent me away. I tried the number and was on hold for almost an hour. Luckily, my friends were on a different flight on Air New Zealand that had seats leaving in 2 hours, and I almost missed that waiting to talk to someone from Qantas. I booked a ticket with Air New Zealand (by talking to their checkin agent, who was able to connect me directly with a reservations agent via a direct line, which was something I was hoping Qantas would help me with at a bare minimum) and I was able to purchase a ticket for that Air NZ flight and continue on. I’m VERY disappointed in the way that I was treated and not provided with assistance in a timely manner. I would have almost missed that flight and have to miss out on pre-arranged travel plans losing out on an additional $2000 in tour / accommodation bookings."

Pros: "The boarding process was easy, less hassle no extra security with lot of hassle"
Cons: "The seat amenities were below average. 14 hr flight with no power outlets - was surprising"

Pros: "Nice amenities, very efficient"

Cons: "This is my 2nd International Flight and Qantas outrated the other airline 100x’s over. Thank you"

Pros: "We were treated very rudely."
Cons: "We were treated very rudely. We should’ve taken another airline"

Pros: "Amazing food and entertainment."
Cons: "I’ve been on more comfortable plane seats."

Pros: "Great seats on the 787 dreamliner"

Cons: "Best flight ever all time"

Pros: "I had to change flights to LA."

Pros: "Snacks and the drinks are good. Boarding are pretty smooth."
Cons: "Dinner and breakfast are not too good. We waited for long period of time for the luggages."

Pros: "Free entertainment when it actually worked."

Pros: "Fantastic service and overall experience on my first flight on a 787 Dreamliner. Flying QF50 with Qantas from SFO to Melbourne. Slept 8 hours. Will fly down from Sydney to leave via Melbourne in the future, such a good plane."

Cons: "Took forever to disembark from plane"

Pros: "canin pressure and comfort level was excellent"
Cons: "screens from other seats are bright"

Cons: "Couldn't get on the flight, thanks to the airline counter person."

Pros: "Seat was more comfortable than I had expected."

Pros: "Entertainment - lots of movies"

Cons: "We did not get on our flight because we weren’t notified of the time change. Extremely dissatisfied with customer service and the overall airline."

Cons: "We missed our flight due to Justfly and Quantas not informing us about our schedule change. Did not get on our flight"

Pros: "Sat in a business class seat in the upper deck and has a window seat so the “storage compartments” near the window are huge and I love having all my carryon items so available to me at all tunes. Also like the storage of inflight items on top of the compartmants during the flight."
Cons: "The upper deck 747 windows are a weird angle so looking out means you crane your neck."

Cons: "Service in the cabin was very bad all the staff look lost they had no idea what the wher doing like first day on the job with no training"

Pros: "Great, attentive staff. Good selection for entertainment."
Cons: "Food was great but service to middle row is awkward for a family of 4 when half get their food and the other half waits."

Pros: "One of the representatives was genuinely helpful. She made a better effort than others to help me find another flight replacement."
Cons: "Most representative/consultants were not helpful. I was given inconsistent information by different representatives."

Pros: "Flight attendants were very nice and helpful!"

Pros: "As my partner and I got on board, flight attendants greeted us with a smile. Upon deplaning, each flight attendant we passed by said "thank you" for flying Qantas to Sydney"
Cons: "My partner and I wish we could check-in on the App instead of checking in for flight on the web site via laptop"

Pros: "Good food on the plane; friendly staff."
Cons: "Horrible accomodations; I've never been in a flight this tight before. It was miserable the whole way. Even Southwest is roomier. I should have taken an American carrier. Space is the number one priority on a flight across the Pacific, and Qantas really doesn't understand that. I've taken Delta, American, and United across both ponds. Stick with them! After all, I can make my own food."

Pros: "Appreciate the leg room. I had a kit from business which included earplugs. Very grateful for them as there was a screaming baby nearby. Last time I could PE it was a different kit and had no buds. Staff were very friendly and excellent service all round."
Cons: "Food is not so good in Premium. Really notice the difference after flying Business, but I also heard Q recently changed provider. Pasta was bland, overcooked, uninspiring. Muesli tasted very sugary, like it was made with brown sugar. Not as healthy as the biz class meals."

Pros: "Cleanliness and comfort of plane, professionalism and courtesy of staff. Quiet, dark cabin allowed for restful trip."

Pros: "Our flight with qantas was fantastic. Staff are so friendly and helpful. Food was excellent. Premium economy makes a difference on a 15 he flight."

Pros: "everything"
Cons: "when my bag got lost"

Pros: "on time friendly team comfy seats"
Cons: "Coach food is typically not good, but I've had a few coach experiences that were impressive. GOOD is a good rating for their good for coach."

Pros: "Qantas rarely disappoint! I have been flying with them for almost 35 years and I don't recall a bad flight"
Cons: "Nothing comes to mind"

Pros: "I was surprised by the amount of food included in the fare. I was not expecting two full meals. I also appreciated all the movie choices. Thanks for making a 14 hour flight bearable."

Pros: "Plane, when I boarded, at least in Coach, smelled like vendors hot-dog water. Took an hour and a half to be offered a drink of anything other than a bottle water. By the end of the flight, trash in the aisles, lavatories were nasty."
Cons: "See above"

Pros: "On time. Smooth ride. Shorter than expected. Great service."
Cons: "Headset broken on entertainment system. Ancient hardware. Food. Meh."

Pros: "Great food and service, enjoyable flight home. Cabin was clean and seats as good as airlines are."
Cons: "What horrible uniforms...... they are shockers."

Pros: "Nothing because this flight never happened."

Pros: "Everyone and everything"

Pros: "I liked the fact that there was a water refilling station so I could get water when I needed/wanted it. The people were friendly and there were lots of times when the lights remained off so that people could sleep. There weren't a lot of interruptions during the flight so people could rest or do what they wanted! I also like that Quantas is associated with American so I got a ton of miles!"
Cons: "My seat wouldn't stay upright so any movement made it go back, which was fine for resting but when eating or sitting up, I kept falling back. Luckily the person behind me was understanding."

Pros: "The staff was great, the individual screens and entertainment options were great. Boarding and service was excellent. Included meal and meal options."
Cons: "Not a lot of leg room. My husband and I are both 6ft / 1.8m and on such a long flight, 13hrs it got uncomfortable"

Cons: "Flight was delayed 2 hr 30 min because of catering issues. Because of that only one hot meal for 14 hr flight. Diabetic food was the worst I ever had. My prepaid seat for extra $35 AUD wasn't available. The seat was uncomfortable and the pillow was huge - I had to put it on a floor. I am surprised why Qantas is rated #9 among best airlines for 2016. I will try to avoid Qantas in the gorier."

Cons: "We had requested a wheelchair for my mum on her flight from SFO to Perth. But on arrival in Sydney, she was not offered a wheelchair. We had checked with a quanta staff while getting our boarding pass about the wheelchair and she said they will be providing her with it. So disappionted. How will I be able to trust quantas again while booking tickets for aged/sick people?"

Cons: "I made the same flight last year on a newer plane. This time I missed having water bottles available at all times."

Pros: "Such an arduous and indirect flight route and entertainment screen was non viable but always good to fly with Qantas!"

Pros: "Friendly service, reasonable food"

Pros: "I got a great deal on this flight, I will look to KAYAK For all my travel needs."

Pros: "All"
Cons: "I did not at all like the fact that the Qantas supplied headphones did not come with an adaptor to convert my pwn noise cancelling earphones to stereo sound."

Cons: "PA system was painfully too loud."

Pros: "We were on time"
Cons: "The annoying person next to me"

Pros: "the warm baked goods when we landed"
Cons: "not so much leg space"

Pros: "Comfortable"

Pros: "The staff & attendants were friendly & professional. The new United terminal is a very pleasant experience"

Cons: "Delay"

Cons: "That you had to pay to watch anything"

Cons: "See above"

Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Overbooked and could not accommodate 3 guests who had tickets. Seems a bit crazy to think they are still over booking flights after recent incidents."
Cons: "Not to overbook and cause anxiety."

Pros: "We had a comfortable, on time, and uneventful trip in the "friendly skies" of United. Can't ask for more."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Audio did not work well on demand, food costs money"

Pros: "Punctual departure.."
Cons: "I'm 6.1 and the seat space is to small..couldn't get comfortable"

Cons: "No one can help me , not too happy about it"

Pros: "N"

Cons: "Still don't get the online seating. Got good seats without selecting in advance even though they overly encourage you to pay for a premium seat or indicate the only seats remaining are the worst possible on the plane. Really don't like this internal policy."

Cons: "No food on the fligh"

Pros: "See above"
Cons: "See above"

Pros: "Lots of beverages offered. Boarding was fine"
Cons: "Lack of food choices and cramped seating"

Cons: "Tv was broken"

Pros: "My phone worked well for the movie"
Cons: "My husbands phone did not work for the movies"

Cons: "It was an hour late."

Pros: "It was not overbooked and had plenty of space"
Cons: "Wifi and food prices were a little too expensive"

Pros: "Ahead of schedule arriving at IAD"

Cons: "Was told i could bring essentially nothing and then had an entire row to myself and there was TONS of overhead storage available. Just really nickel and diming these days."

Cons: "The delay"

Pros: "Boarding was quick and efficient."
Cons: "It seemed that there was a lack of preparedness before taking off from each stop."

Pros: "Close gate our connection."
Cons: "More trouble and delay on take off."

Pros: "Food. Directtv"
Cons: "Boarding process was not great"

Pros: "this was my first time flying alone and everything went smoothly"

Cons: "Limited time at destination. Now spending most of it at airport waiting for my bag to arrive."

Pros: "The experience of flying business class is day versus night. The seats are extremely comfortable, the service is excellent, and one feels pampered and relaxed."

Pros: "Convenient booking and great prices"

Pros: "I left wallet on plane. And I didn't realize until After I left aurport While it has not been found yet, United reps really did everything to find. I Thank them for the effort"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Cons: "We brought wine since we are going on a cruise and had it wrapped safely. Long story short they didn't like that it wasn't used with bubble wrap and charged us 30.00 to wrap the bottles. Nowhere in their site does it say how it needs to be transported."

Pros: "Being up in the sky so cool."
Cons: "Na"

Pros: "Pretty much on time"

Pros: "Boarding went well. We were not seated by each other as we had requested, my mom is 88!!! Thankfully other passengers were accommodating."
Cons: "Fact that we were not seated together after we had called United to make sure that we were."

Cons: "Not any vegetarian food choice"

Pros: "Plane interior was fine."
Cons: "Delayed 2-1/2 hrs at gate due to mechanical problem. Mechanical problem fixed in 30 minutes, balance of delay due to paperwork. Communication from cockpit was terrible. On arrival, agent had trouble opening door and was panicked and rude."

Cons: "Wish they had radio stations / music alongwith the free tv shows. wud have liked to listen to music and doze off. Then again i assume most passengers bring their own music."

Cons: "Same as above same as above"

Cons: "Late departure"

Cons: "Gate got moved 3 times- staff didn't make an effort to inform people. Landed in La and customs was awful- no organization. Someone passed out hit the floor it was 25 minutes before a stretcher arrived. Entire staff did not know how to handle it"

Pros: "Comfort and great staff; smooth landing as well"
Cons: "N/A"

Cons: "Round my credit card"

Pros: "Staff was nice and chairs were comfortable"

Pros: "The food."

Pros: "Plane was on time"
Cons: "Plane was crowded and seats were small and crammed"

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