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New air routes open up magical doors for travelers. Airlines do it to fill consumer demand and make travel to popular places easier and more cost effective for themselves and globetrotters or business people. Air Tahiti Nui (tel. 877/824-4846; www.airtahitinui-usa.com) opens up the newest air route this Monday, July 4th with non-stop service to the South Pacific from New York City. This marks the first time travelers can fly to Tahiti without going through the West Coast. The beautiful part about this deal besides the approximate $1000 special weekend price tag is the flight time. It'll take only 12 hours to get there making Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora more accessible for honeymooners or even long weekenders.

"With feeder markets from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia and Boston, New York is the gateway for the entire Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., and by eliminating the need for an overnight or connection in Los Angeles, our nonstop service will put Tahiti and the South Pacific within reach of same-day travel beyond its traditional West Coast markets," said Nelson Levy, Chief Operating Officer of Air Tahiti Nui. "This is an important development not only for us but for U.S. travelers in search of practical alternatives to the traditional Caribbean and Hawaiian holidays."

It'll also decrease costs of vacation packages from Air Tahiti Nui and other travel providers. First, Air Tahiti Nui is offering a special four-day weekend special flight package. If you reserve by June 30, 2005, you can get a $1,000 round-trip fare out of New York to Papeete with a Thursday departure and a Sunday return with travel good from July 7 to December 15, 2005. Air Tahiti Nui was voted "Best Airline-Pacific" by travel pollsters Skytrax for the third year in a row. The round-trip flights out of New York leave from JFK Airport's newly constructed Terminal 4, an architectural gem recently added to a very tired looking and inefficient airport. Train service to New York City is offered direct from the new terminal. Another important aspect to Air Tahiti Nui new routes to the South Pacific is the continuing flight services on the airline to Australia and New Zealand. Check the airline's Websites for future special to those areas.

For vacation packages utilizing the new air routes, Air Tahiti Nui has a seven-day six-night package that includes airfare, accommodations and all transfers. The trip splits time between to Tahiti and Bora Bora. Travel is good from July 4, 2005 till October 31, 2005. (Pre-Halloween in Tahiti anyone?) Cost of the trip comes to around $2,495 per person plus tax based double occupancy travel. Hotels include the newly opened Radisson Plaza Resort in Tahiti and then five nights in a garden bungalow room at the very deluxe Bora Bora Resort and Spa. You get a "lei" upon your arrival as well. Click here to see details on this special. In celebration and conjunction with this new route, other deals to the Tahitian Islands are available for lower costs through -the airline, including a seven-day/six-night trip with airfare from $1,829. Hotel taxes and service charges are included in the price of these trips. Departure fees and air security taxes are not.

Some suggested hot spots in Bora Bora for you travelers looking for inside tips, try dinner in the town of Vaitape at Bloody Mary's where you point at the food you want to eat, check your email at the L'Appetisserie, an Internet café and coffee shop (www.boraboraisland.com/cyber), and definitely take a Waverunner tour of the Bora Bora coastline.

Pleasant Holidays has (tel. 800/742-9244; www.pleasantholidays.com) has several trips to Tahiti at low prices from the West Coast. Out of Los Angeles, a six-night trip to Moorea with airfare, hotel and transfers is base-priced from $1,278. Hotels for this trip include the Club Bali Hai Moorea. Travel for this trip is good from November 1 to December 12, 2005.

In Moorea, be sure to glance at the views from the Belvedere Lookout. If you're interested in jewels and gems, The Black Pearl Gem Co. has some outstanding values and a "lifetime" upgrade guarantee.

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