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In this post I’ll share a review of the Ritz Carlton LAX and the 777 Delta Business Elite flight from LAX back home. This post is part of a larger trip report from our two week “Year of the B” trip to French Polynesia. For our 1 night stay at the Ritz Carlton LAX we paid a competitive rate. I was a Marriott Platinum member during our stay. For our Delta flights we used 150k Delta miles each to fly on Delta and Air France in business class. See this post for a demonstration on how I used Delta miles for two business class award tickets to French Polynesia.
French Polynesia Trip Report:
- ATL > LAX in DL Business Class and an over night at the Andaz West Hollywood
- LAX > PPT in Air France Business Class and ferry to Moorea
- Hilton Moorea Hotel Review
- Moorea Activities
- InterContinental Bora Bora
- Villa Mahana Restaurant Bora Bora
- Le Meridien Tahiti
- Ritz Carlton LAX and LAX > ATL in DL Business Class
Departure From Tahiti
We woke up early after a great stay at the Le Meridien Tahiti and headed to the airport. Our departing flight was leaving at 8 AM so the night before we arranged for a car to be waiting bright and early. The check in process was easy and we were on our way to the lounge. We had a great view of the AF 777 that would take us back to LAX.
First Class Section In Lounge
Great View Of Catalina Island On Approach To LAX
The Ritz Carlton Marina Del Ray is 5 miles from the airport and about a 10 minute drive by taxi. Check in at the Ritz Carlton was easy. Sometimes its amazing how much DYKWIA (Don’t You Know Who I Am) you see when traveling. We were in the middle of check in and a guy with his trophy walked right up and almost pushed us aside to speak with the front desk lady. She was great to complete our check in before helping him with his “emergency” request for dinner reservations.
We were on a medium level floor and given a nice view of the marina. A plate of cookies was delivered as a welcome amenity.
Delta 777 Flight
We deliberately booked our tickets on the Delta 777 so we could experience the lie flat Business Elite seats, like I did to LAX in November. By taking this flight we got to ride in Delta’s best plane and business seat.
We spent some time in the Delta Sky Club before boarding to seat 3 C and 3 D. The Delta On Demand entertainment options are great, we had our pick of movies or television to watch for the 4 hour flight.
Lie Flat Seats
Pre Departure Beverage – Delta Style
The trip to French Polynesia was one of our most memorable trips. Not because of the great island’s we visited, over water bungalows, fantastic sunset views, but because Mr & Mrs Weekly Flyer got to spend 2 uninterrupted weeks together.
It is an expensive trip. To cut down on expenses do a little research on the best options for award redemption. If you are short on hotel points you can always take advantage of promotions like the Chase Sapphire Preferred®, Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Bold. These points could be transferred into Priority Club points at a 1:1 ratio giving 5 nights (40k x 5 = 200k points). Alternatively you could transfer the Chase Ultimate Rewards to Amtrak then over to Hilton Honors at a 1:2 ratio.
I’d highly recommend a trip to French Polynesia at least once in your life if you can make the journey.
Need Some Extra Points & Miles For A French Polynesian Award Vacation?
– Sign up for the Delta Gold Skymiles from American Express for 30,000 bonus Skymiles after you spend $500 in three months. Then supplement your existing Delta miles for an award to French Polynesia on Air France. This card comes with a $0 annual fee the first year then a $95 fee after the first year. Check your first bag for free on every Delta flight. Receive Zone 2 priority boarding on Delta flights
– Sign up for the SPG Personal American Express card and the SPG Business American Express card for extra SPG points each. Then you can transfer the points into Delta Skymiles or another airline to help with an award ticket to French Polynesia on Air France.