Itinerary advice - 10 nights in French Polynesia

Old Jul 10, 19, 5:25 pm
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Itinerary advice - 10 nights in French Polynesia

I'm currently booking my fiancee and I's honeymoon to French Polynesia in May. Because I snagged business saver awards for our return red-eye, our dates are pretty much set in stone, arriving May 16 and departing May 26. (Currently booked economy saver outbound, but hoping some business saver space will open over the next 10 months.) With that said, we have some flexibility with our itinerary once we arrive, so I'm hoping for some advice on what to do with our five open nights!

Here's what we're looking at:

Saturday, May 16: Arrive PPT in evening, stay at IC Tahiti
Sunday, May 17: ?
Monday, May 18: ?
Tuesday, May 19: ?
Wednesday, May 20: ?
Thursday, May 21: ?
Friday, May 22 & Saturday, May 23: IC Bora Bora Thalasso (splurging for the Brando Suite on an Ambassador BOGO weekend cert!)
Sunday, May 24 & Monday, May 25: IC Bora Bora Thalasso (possibly using points if anything's available come January, but otherwise using Chase UR points for pool suite)

*Bold dates are set in stone

Thinking about enrolling my fiancee for an Ambassador membership to take advantage of the BOGO weekend cert the first two nights, but this would require us to use it at the IC Tahiti. We would reserve a room level below the OWB to take advantage of the guaranteed upgrade, so I'm hoping two nights there wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. It's not Bora Bora, but it can't be that bad, can it?

Then with four additional nights, I'm trying to decide between the IC Moorea and the IC Le Moana. Would like to use points for this, and with the IHG Premier CC, the fourth night would be free, so I'd like to stay at one property. Seems like there should be much better availability in Moorea.

Am I crazy to book 10 nights in French Polynesia and only stay four nights in Bora Bora, though?

We could also opt to only stay the first night in Tahiti, leaving us five nights to use at Moorea and/or Le Moana. But if we're redeeming points, it still makes sense to stay at one property for four consecutive nights as long as there's award availability.

Any and all advice is appreciated!
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