One of our best dream award vacations was to French Polynesia. We were fortunate enough to use Delta SkyMiles to fly on Air France in business class. By using airline miles we took a trip to French Polynesia we would not otherwise have been able to afford. We experienced our first ever over water bungalows at the Hilton Moorea and InterContinental Bora Bora as well as some fun activities on Bora Bora.
We decided it would be a good idea to compare redemption options between Air France Flying Blue and Delta SkyMiles since they are both in SkyTeam. View from the Wing recently pointed to a post by Loyalty Lobby which shares a way to earn 50k Air France Flying Blue miles through 3 day Avis car rentals. So if you thought Air France Flying Blue miles were out of your reach, they may have just got a bit closer.
Business Class Award Cost To French Polynesia Using Flying Blue Miles
An award ticket to French Polynesia on Air France using Flying Blue miles will cost you 120,000 miles at the low award level. This award will cost $572.40 in taxes in fees if you only fly the Los Angeles to Papeete segments. This route is often very difficult to find availability in Business Class on Air France. Thankfully, you can use a combination of partners as well.
Earlier this year I demonstrated how we booked two business class tickets on Air France using Delta SkyMiles by remaining flexible with our routing.
Business Class Award Cost To French Polynesia Using Delta SkyMiles
An award ticket to French Polynesia using Delta SkyMiles will cost you 150,000 SkyMiles at the low award level. This award will cost $53 in taxes in fees if you only fly the Los Angeles to Papeete segments.
I recently booked a business class ticket to French Polynesia for a friend using Delta SkyMiles for only 150,000 SkyMiles. The ticket was booked on Delta’s partner airline Air Tahiti. The business class award had a higher fee than the $53 normally charged for the Air France flight from LAX to PPT. This is because Delta is reported to charge a YQ-fuel surcharge for Air Tahiti flights in the amount of $356 USD. Currently, the work around to avoid this fee is to find an Air France codeshare with Air Tahiti and book that ticket using miles. This will allow your ticket to be viewed as an Air France coded flight to Delta, thus avoiding the extra YQ fee. But for this work around to work the stars have to be aligned with both availability and an Air France coded flight, which was not the case in this booking.
In addition, Delta did not show a low award availability to LAX from the east coast. If we didn’t find low availability, Delta would have priced the ticket higher by 80,000 SkyMiles. So we got creative with partners to save 80,000 SkyMiles but incurred a higher fee.
There are trade-offs to booking a business class award ticket to French Polynesia with Air France Flying Blue or Delta SkyMiles. A SkyMiles award ticket requires 150k miles, but incurs a lower fee while a Flying Blue award ticket requires only 120k miles with a higher fee.