Deal alert: Up to 45% off United awards to Tahiti, round-trips from 38.5k miles

Jan 8, 2020

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While Delta issues SkyMiles Deals weekly and American Airlines has its ongoing Economy Web Specials, United doesn’t release award sales very often. But when it does, it makes up for the lack of quantity with some quality deals.

In the past, we’ve seen 40% off deals to ski and sun destinations and 50% off deals to Europe. And now United has released just as impressive of a flash sale: up to 45% off flights to Tahiti for Premier members, with a 35% discount for general members.

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to head to this island hideaway, now’s your chance! Even better, these are full economy fares, which means choice of seat and bags are included. Eat your way through your choice of famed food trucks or snag a ferry to luscious Moorea to visit the fabulous Intercontinental Resort and Spa located along the beachfront. Or, if you’d rather listen than read, check out TPG’s first-ever Miles Away podcast which featured all things French Polynesia.

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Here’s a quick run down of this deal:

Airline: United
Routes: U.S./Canada to Papeete, Tahiti (PPT)
Cost: 38,500+ miles plus taxes and fees
Travel Dates: Jan. 14 to March 8, 2020
Pay Taxes and Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare),  Citi Premier® CardChase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline), Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel), United Explorer Business Card (2x on United purchases), or United Explorer Card (2x on United purchases)

The information for the Citi Prestige has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Here are examples of available flights:

San Francisco (SFO) to Papeete for 38,500 miles round-trip:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete for 41,000 miles round-trip:

Newark (EWR) to Papeete for 38,500 miles round-trip:

Before booking, check the cash fares for the flight to make sure you’re getting a good deal. United is facing quite a bit of competition from San Francisco to Papeete. You can currently book nonstop United cash fares for as little as $629 round-trip.

Hotels and tips for French Polynesia

If you’re wondering where to stay when in French Polynesia, TPG’s got you covered with numerous hotel reviews:

InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea - overwater bungalow on land
The InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea. (Photo by Darren Murph/The Points Guy.)

Featured photo courtesy of the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa.

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