Air France business class availability between Los Angeles and Tahiti is a unicorn in normal times. But these are not normal times. They currently have an incredible amount of business class nonstop award availability! Normally it’s nearly impossible to find seats on any date, but currently it’s wide open!
Air France flies 777-200ERs with 1-2-1 direct aisle access lie-flat seats on this route.
You can book with this:
- Air France Flying Blue: 64K miles each way, plus $223.69 westbound or $285.44 eastbound
- Mileage transfers available from AMEX (1K:1K instantly), Barclays (1.4K:1K), Capital One (2K:1.5K instantly), Chase (1K:1K instantly), Citi (1:1 instantly), Marriott (60K:25K)
- Awards for travel through 12/31/21 are fully refundable, otherwise they may cost $55 to refund or they may continue to be refundable for free.
- Delta: 100K miles each way, plus $5.60 westbound or $52.66 eastbound
- Mileage transfers available from AMEX (1K:1K instantly) or Marriott (60K:25K)
- Awards and taxes are fully refundable.
I’ve rounded up award space availability on dates that have at least 2 business class award seats. Note that most June dates are only bookable with Air France/Flying Blue miles.
There is business saver award space from Los Angeles to Papeete on:
November 10, 14, 17, 24, 28
December 1, 5, 8, 12
January 12, 19, 26
February 2, 16, 23, 27
March 2, 6, 21, 24, 27
May 1, 8, 11, 15, 22, 25, 29, 31
June 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
There is business saver award space from Papeete to Los Angeles on:
November 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
December 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23
January 6, 13, 20, 27, 28
February 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
March 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 13, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 12, 16, 23, 30
June 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29
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.
Due to the early flight time from Papeete to Los Angeles, you will likely have to overnight in Papeete. 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 versus ideal weather in Bora Bora taking place during summer in the US.
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. You can currently earn 150,000 points with the Chase IHG Premier card.
Hilton also has a property on Moorea, which some say is one of the prettiest islands on the planet. Hilton is also opening a resort in Tahiti on 1/1/22.
Papeete even has a Jewish community and an Orthodox shul. The shul is 2.3 miles from the soon to open Hilton Resort and 5.4 miles from the Intercontinental Tahiti. There’s little information about the shul and community online, so I’d love to hear about it if you’ve been there.
You can book a Bora Bora Pass or Bora-Tuamotu Pass to island hop at rates that aren’t much more (or may even be cheaper) than a flight from Papeete to Bora Bora.
Have you been to French Polynesia? Do you have plans to go in the future?