Solid Award Availability to Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui’s Brand New Dreamliner

Feb 15, 2019

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If you’re looking to head to Tahiti on points and miles, you’re in luck. There’s some surprisingly good award availability in business class on Air Tahiti Nui’s brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

While the B/E Aerospace Diamond business class seats don’t provide the most privacy, the 2-2-2 arrangement is perfect for couples traveling together. And now you can travel together with a special someone to Papeete, Tahiti, in business class on numerous dates.

Since October 2018, American Airlines has made it possible to search and book Air Tahiti Nui award availability right on AA’s website. There are no tricks involved. Just start your award search right on the homepage.

Booking with AAdvantage miles isn’t the cheapest. Economy awards are going to cost 40,000 miles each way and business class awards are going to cost 80,000 miles each way. So, you’ll need 320,000 AAdvantage miles to book two passengers round-trip. That said, AA will let you book from anywhere in the US through Los Angeles to catch the Air Tahiti Nui flight to Tahiti.

Here are the dates that I’m currently seeing business class award availability for two passengers from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti:

  • March 10, 16
  • April 15, 16, 21
  • May 7, 11, 14
  • June 2, 4, 9, 21
  • October 22, 24, 26-27, 29-31
  • November 1-3, 5-10, 12-17, 21-22, 24-25, 28, 30
  • December 1, 5, 7-8, 10, 12-18
  • January 4, 11-12

And to be sure that this wasn’t phantom award availability, we priced out a few dates to find that the all-in round-trip price for two passengers would be 320,000 miles plus just $113 in taxes/fees:

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)

For tips about how to maximize your time on the ground, read about How to Take a Cheap Ferry From Tahiti to Moorea and Eating Your Way Through Tahiti’s Famed Food Trucks. Or, if you’d rather listen than read, check out TPG‘s first-ever Miles Away podcast which featured all things French Polynesia.

H/T: FlyerTalk

Featured photo by Zach Honig/TPG.

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