Wide Open: Air Tahiti Nui Business Class Awards

Filed Under: Air Tahiti Nui, Awards

Tahiti can be one of the toughest destinations in the world to get to using points. That’s because there are limited airlines flying there, including from the US mainland. You have Air France and Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles, and then you have French Bee and United from San Francisco.

Air Tahiti Nui 787-9

Generally speaking Air France, Air Tahiti Nui, and United, are all stingy with making award seats available (while there’s no widely useful way to redeem miles on French Bee). For example, it’s not unusual to see Air Tahiti Nui only have a pair of business class awards on a dozen days per year at any given point. Well, right now is an exception.

At the moment Air Tahiti Nui has a good amount of business class award seats between Los Angeles and Tahiti. I’d say about half of dates have two business class award seats on a flight, which is more space than I recall seeing in a very long time.

Air Tahiti Nui 787-9 business class

If you want to book, the best option is to redeem American AAdvantage miles, at the cost of 80,000 miles one-way in business class. While that’s hardly cheap, it’s not like there are any other great options for getting to Tahiti.

You can book the award directly at aa.com. See here for the best credit cards for earning American miles.

On the plus side, Air Tahiti Nui has brand new 787-9s, featuring fully flat business class seats. While the product isn’t cutting edge, ultimately you fly to Tahiti for the destination, and not for the airline. You can read the review of a Los Angeles to Tahiti 787-9 business class flight here, as I took this trip about a year ago.

Air Tahiti Nui 787-9 business class

Once in Tahiti you can fly to Bora Bora (which you need to book separate tickets for), and can then redeem points at either the Conrad Bora Bora or St. Regis Bora Bora (personally I prefer the former).

Conrad Bora Bora

Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this great Air Tahiti Nui award space?

(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)

  1. I wish! Planning a trip in April on specific dates and no availability for me. At least I got award nights at the St. Regis Bora Bora. 5th night free! (Now I need the Conrad would open up space!)

  2. Hi Lucky — If I can make an observation please — the article is a bit disjointed in one place. You start with observing the lack of award space on two alliances and then you show the American AAdvantage booking page without a segue. Please consider adding a sentence or two there to make the transition more seamless to the reader. Thank you.

  3. Yes! I’ve been eyeing this for awhile, and was excited to see so much availability open up yesterday. Now just crossing my fingers and waiting for my specific date to be bookable in a few weeks.

  4. These are the dates I needed. Thanks Lucky. I read your site everyday. And worldtraveler303 good luck with the rooms bud. Planning my sister in laws honeymoon for those dates too but can’t find anything … yet!

  5. @Greg are you serious dude? “Seamless for the reader…” what a joke.
    He’s giving us valuable, time-sensitive info and you criticize paragraph transitions? Your thought process is “a bit disjointed.”

    As always, thank you Lucky! Can’t imagine reading some of these worthless comments.

  6. For those coming from Australia, qantas codeshare with them. Can fly via Sydney or Melbourne via Auckland. Can’t do points booking online but you can call and qantas will skip the fee.

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