Delta’s 90,000 Mile French Polynesia Business Class Award (From New Zealand)

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American Airlines AAdvantage Miles and Delta SkyMiles have some of the best options to get to Tahiti, the international gateway to French Polynesia and islands like Bora Bora and Moorea. But the biggest challenge is often finding availability between Tahiti and the United States. What some know about the award space to Tahiti, and is generally widely available for award redemptions, may help you get to Tahiti at a low level award to experience paradise in style.

I’ve reviewed the Air France to Tahiti from Los Angeles (and back) using 150,000 Delta SkyMiles for a Business Class ticket. I’ve even shared how one can redeem on that same flight for only 90,000 miles in one program, or how you can redeem only 60,000 miles to Tahiti in First Class from Hawaii.

But all those flights (except the Hawaiian one because of the seat type) are extremely difficult to find availability.

Good Availability To Tahiti From Auckland, New Zealand

One route that often has plenty of days with 2 Business Class seat awards available, is the Auckland to Tahiti flight operated by Air Tahiti Nui.

Air Tahiti Nui is a partner of Delta and American Airlines. So that means members can redeem their program miles for flights operated by Air Tahiti.


A quick check of Air Tahiti Nui availability for next December and I was able to quickly locate dates that worked for a trip.

I first checked for the award space using Expert Flyer’s award search option. The search showed 2 Business Class seats on several days.




If you are ready to book you can then call Delta Airlines or American Airlines to piece together an award. It may take a few Delta agents to figure out how to issue the award with Air Tahiti as not all of them regularly issue the award. For better luck, try asking the agent to perform what is called a long sell to get the tickets booked.

A round trip award ticket at the low level in Business Class will cost 90,000 miles and $260.10 in taxes and fees.


That’s a lot of Delta SkyMiles, but what else are you going to use SkyMiles for, an 80,000 domestic transcontinental First Class ticket?

Not to mention, you actually get to travel back in time on the outbound flight since it leaves Auckland at 4 PM in the afternoon and arrives into Tahiti at 10 PM the night before. Have you ever traveled back in time and on what route?

Bottom Line

Granted, this award isn’t amazing for US based flyers since they’ll have to get to / from New Zealand or Australia. But it is a good day when you can book an airline award to French Polynesia in Business Class over New Years.

Plus, adding a stop over and / or open jaw beyond New Zealand can add value to the gimmicks.

There are several lesser known options to get to Tahiti using points and miles. If at first you don’t succeed, try a different day or even a different route.

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  1. So it is really almost 200K to get there, you should add in the route to AKL, your title is misleading.

  2. Hi Mike – It is not misleading. I didn’t mention the award starts from the U.S. in the title. That must be what you had assumed. From the U.S. it would be more than the 90,000 to get to Tahiti since you’d have to get to Auckland, which I clearly mentioned in the post.

    Hi Romsdeals – I haven’t heard of anyone able to book an award ticket to French Polynesia using Korean Air (although many have tried and let me know), maybe their fax machine is broken 🙂

  3. Yes you are, its like posting Business class to Europe for 25K when you are flying from England.

  4. agree with Mike. I’m sure there are cheaper ways to get everywhere in the world from nearby locations, but I clicked on this link from my RSS feed thinking it was from the US.

  5. Critics everywhere. I like the article. It has useful info and useful links. I’m not sitting here crying because I think I wasted 5 minutes of my life reading it. Such expectations. I guarantee he’ll give you your money back that you paid for the subscription.

  6. Sorry but I have to agree the title is misleading. Unless you’re an Australia/NZ-based blog and/or audience. 90K is a lot when one has to expend the same or more to get to the starting point of said 90K mile ticket. Seems at best marginally useful info to only a few people.

  7. I don’t think it’s resentment. It’s just saying that the headline is misleading. You wrote it thinking one way, but to the average reader it implies something entirely different. My initial reaction was “Wow!” but I didn’t catch the watch-out until the “Bottom Line” part.

  8. Didn’t even realize my title was so “misleading” since it was more of a sharing experience post. Updated the title regardless so people don’t “accidentally” click on my blog post.

  9. It’s not that hard to get from US to AKL to backtrack…and if you get a good agent you might be able to let them book you on that.

  10. If some people could just only READ! What does it say after the 3rd paragraph?

    Good Availability To Tahiti From Auckland, New Zealand

    Case closed!

  11. Is this availability found also on AA website or do you have to use Expert Flyer to see it then call Delta or American ?

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