Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Saving Money and Flying to Tahiti (or Bora Bora!)

An interesting article came through my news feed today regarding the truly aspirational destination of Bora Bora.  Air Tahiti Nui, which codeshares with American Airlines (and also has reciprocal ties to Delta Airlines) will be selling discounted tickets to Papeete, Tahiti from various major U.S. cities.  The rates being publicized under the "18 Cities, One Price" promotion start around $1,400.  Through the press release, these $1,400 rates from cities like Boston and New York to Tahiti are set at the same rate as the Los Angeles-Tahiti route, saving passengers over $600 per ticket.

Bora Bora: Where Most Screensavers and Desktop Backgrounds are Created
Bora Bora (via Papeete) remains one the premier destinations on the globe and also one of the hardest award tickets to find.  The only ways to redeem miles from the United States are through Air France and Air Tahiti Nui, and award tickets are scarce at best, especially in business class (First Class service isn't even bookable with miles).  With a sale like this, it might be best to save the miles for another occasion and book directly.

The best news of the press release is the free stopover in either Los Angeles or Papeete (if traveling onto one of the smaller islands) that can be built into your itinerary.  You can really add a lot of value and extend your vacation through a stopover in either city.

Not A Bad Vacation Destination
Sales to exotic locales like Tahiti happen rarely, so if you are looking for a great vacation, this might be the time to pounce.  Safe travels, everyone!  Until tomorrow.

Air Tahiti Nui Unveils "18 Cities, One Price" Offer to Tahiti

-Charm City Traveler

Hat tip on all the the photos in this post to Free Stock Photos


  1. I can certainly vouch for the Tahiti/Bora Bora vacation. My wife and I went on our honeymoon, and while expensive, it is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. If you can save a few hundred to get there, that's money you can put into an upgraded overwater villa or some excursions. Can't recommend this more highly!

  2. Did you know hat there is an option using two award tickets with BA Avios and Virgin America miles (both AMEX transfer partners) to get to Tahiti for as little as 37,000 AMEX membership rewards points? AMEX ran frequent bonuses for both transfers.

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