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First, the only Star Alliance service to Tahiti is Auckland - Papeete. That means from the US you first have to fly to Auckland, and the AKL-PPT flight isn't even daily (IIRC it's 3x weekly). Air New Zealand used to fly LAX-PPT, sadly no longer.
CO miles are great, IMHO more desirable than any other US program, but not great for getting to PPT.
Second, you probably already know this but you don't actually want to spend time on the beaches of Tahiti. You'll want to get out to the other islands as quickly as possible
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Originally Posted by galaxygrrl
I've been trying to figure this out, but I'm a bit stuck. Anyone have any tricks or tips.
The beach is calling.
From the U.S., three airlines serve Papeete, Tahiti (PPT).
Air Tahiti Nui and Air France fly nonstop to/from LAX while Hawaiian flies nonstop to/from HNL.
Air France is a member of SkyTeam so you should be able to use DL Skymiles if you have them.
Air Tahiti Nui also allows one to redeem DL Skymiles as well as AA AAdvantage miles for travel to/from PPT.
It appears at the present time you may not be able to use OnePass miles for travel to Tahiti. Air New Zealand, a Star Alliance carrier, served Papeete at one point but I think they now codeshare with Air Tahiti Nui for all service to/from Tahiti.
With the partnership with Hawaiian Air, can we redeem miles with them?
I know that earning on HA flights can only happen for inter-island, not to other destinations. I am almost certain the same is true for redemption based on this line on the award chart:
SaverPass rewards may be redeemed for flights operated by Continental, Continental Micronesia, Continental Express, Continental Connection, Copa Airlines (including flights operated by Aero República), Star Alliance member carriers, plus Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, and Continental
Codeshares operated by Amtrak, Cape Air and SNCF French Rail. Add-on options are also available with Hawaiian Airlines and Island Air.
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Sorry....was actually being more sarcastic than mad. Just frustrating trying to plan honeymoon and all since I thought I had it all worked out. When I checked earlier, the NZ flights were actually codeshared Air Tahiti Nui. I'll see if I can turn in some miles for those flights. I'll update if I can.