If you’ve ever wanted to visit French Polynesia, this is a great time to do so in terms of award availability.
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Air Tahiti Nui awards to & from Seattle wide open
Tahiti is a gorgeous destination, though getting there on miles & points can be challenging. Fortunately at the moment we’re seeing a lot more award availability than usual.
Air Tahiti Nui has just launched a new 2x weekly flight between Seattle (SEA) and Papeete (PPT), and award seats are readily available in business class. Many flights have at least two business class award seats, while lots of flights even have four business class award seats.
There’s the most availability through February 2023, though there’s at least some business class award availability as of now in all months after that as well, through the end of the schedule.
Air Tahiti Nui operates Boeing 787-9s, and you can find my Air Tahiti Nui business class review. While it’s not a cutting edge product, the airline offers a pleasant experience, and a nice soft product.
If you don’t want to make Tahiti your final destination, you can use this award availability to connect to New Zealand, as Air Tahiti Nui flies to Auckland as well.
Redeem Alaska or American miles on Air Tahiti Nui
Your two best bets for booking these seats are through Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and American Airlines AAdvantage:
- Alaska Mileage Plan charges 60,000 miles for Air Tahiti Nui one-way business class from the United States to Tahiti, or 80,000 miles for Air Tahiti Nui one-way business class from the United States to New Zealand (and you can have a stopover in Tahiti enroute)
- American AAdvantage charges 80,000 miles for Air Tahiti Nui one-way business class, regardless of whether you travel to Tahiti or New Zealand; however, if you want a stopover of more than 24 hours in Tahiti, you’ll have to book that as two separate awards
These awards can be ticketed directly on the Alaska or American websites. Both airlines also have award calendars, allowing you to see availability for a month at a time. Both airlines offer free award redeposits, so you can lock in an award now, and then cancel later if your plans change.
At the moment Air Tahiti Nui has a significant amount of business class award availability on its Seattle to Tahiti route, including for four or more passengers. This is a fantastic opportunity to plan a getaway to French Polynesia, and you can even connect to New Zealand from there. This is a great use of Alaska Mileage Plan and American AAdvantage miles.
Anyone plan on booking an Air Tahiti Nui business class award?
(Tip of the hat to AwardWallet)