How to use miles for flights on Air Tahiti

Posted on March 3, 2016 by in AAdvantage


Going to Tahiti is on many bucket lists. It’s not really far from the US West Coast – just about 9 hours of flying time.

Now we have covered before how to get to Tahiti using miles on Air France, Air Tahiti Nui and Hawaiian Airlines. Several different programs allow a redemption with Economy class redemptions starting at 75,000 miles RT on AAdvantage (before March 22nd).

Award space on Air Tahiti Nui tends to be great in Economy and decent in Business Class. Air France and Hawaiian make it harder to find seats and Hawaiian only has one flight a week! Apparently GOL has attractive rates (40,000 RT) to get to Tahiti using Air France but I have yet to find a single seat in their award search (you can’t really call GOL and book anything over the phone).

However once you get to Tahiti you likely want to make your way to the islands specifically Bora Bora. Unfortunately Air Tahiti can’t be booked using miles (the domestic airline is different than Air Tahiti Nui).

But here is how use miles for flights on Air Tahiti (domestic).

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1) Citi ThankYou Points

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The Citi ThankYou Points Travel Rewards interface shows Air Tahiti flights right away. You can book Round Trips, One-Ways and Multi Island Trips. The flight tends to be $30-$50 more expensive than the same itinerary on the Air Tahiti website.

Thank You points are worth 1.3 cents when used for flight so a $400 RT will need about 30,000 points.

2) US Bank Flexperks

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US Bank Flexperks can be used to book Air Tahiti (domestic) flights as well. The best value is when booking a ticket for 20,000 Flexperks points (that is the sign up bonus) which gives up to $400 in ticket value.

The Flexperks interface is very limited and never showed the Air Tahiti flights.

However Flexperks has travel agents who can be reached through by the number on the back of your card and asking to be connected. The security verification is lengthy but the good news Flexperks travel agents can see almost any flight you can pull up with ITA Matrix!

Fares are usually the same as what you see in ITA Matrix but sometimes they tend to be $20 higher.

A round trip from Papeete (PPT) to Bora Bora (BOB) priced out at $360 for my sample dates which can be had for 20,000 Flexperks points and $25 booking fee (in cash).

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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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