Air Tahiti Nui currently has amazing business class nonstop award availability between Los Angeles and Tahiti! Normally it’s tough to find 2 seats on any date, but currently it’s wide open!
They fly 787s on the route with 2-2-2 lie-flat seats.
This is available to partner airlines, so you can book this for 80K American miles each way with no fuel surcharges or you can also book this with Delta miles, though they charge about 100K miles each way and they add on about $84 in fuel surcharges each way.
You can book with AA miles online, though you’ll have to call Delta to book with Delta miles.
Use a card like Sapphire Preferred to earn 2 points or Ink Preferred or Sapphire Reserve to earn 3 Chase points per dollar spent and get free trip cancellation/interruption insurance, travel accident insurance, luggage insurance, trip and luggage delay protection, and more!
Sample nonstop availability from Los Angeles to Papeete when searching for 2 passengers is below. You can also connect from other cities. Use American’s advanced mileage search via this link on a desktop browser to get to this screen:
From Papeete you can take a ferry or short flight to the beautiful island of Moorea, to the stunning resorts of Bora Bora, or to the many other islands of French Polynesia.
There are evening and morning arrival times into Papeete, but the best availability is on the evening arrival time. If you do that you will have to overnight in Papeete as there are no later flights to connect to other islands in French Polynesia. You can stay at the nearby Intercontinental Tahiti near the airport with points.
Bora Bora and the Maldives are both famous for luxury resorts with incredible overwater bungalows. I’ve been to the W Maldives and the S. Regis Maldives, but I’ve yet to go to Bora Bora. That’s been partially due to how easy it is to find amazing business and first class awards to the Maldives, point deals that I’ve taken advantage of, and the ideal Maldives weather taking place during winter in the US.
French Polynesia doesn’t have options like Emirates and Etihad shower class, so business class on Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, and United are the primary options and they’re typically stingy with award space.
The weather in French Polynesia in the winter is quite rainy, peak season is from May through October during the dry season.
IHG has 2 properties in Bora Bora, Marriott has 2 properties, and Hilton has 1 hotel there. If you can find award availability at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa you can book right into an overwater villa.
IHG has hotels in Papeete and Moorea and Hilton has a Moorea property as well.
Papeete even has a Jewish community and an Orthodox shul, though unfortunately it’s not within walking distance of the Intercontinental Tahiti. There’s little information about it online, so I’d love to hear about it if you’ve been there.
Have you been to French Polynesia? Do you have plans to go in the future?
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