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Air Tahiti Nui is adding a second destination for flights in the U.S. and launching a partnership with Alaska Airlines. This will provide extra flights between Tahiti in the U.S., plus connections to domestic flights.
Additionally, Alaska Airlines MileagePlan members will benefit by earning (and eventually redeeming) miles on Air Tahiti Nui. However, these new additions are being phased in over the next few months. Here's what this new partnership means for you.
Air Tahiti Nui Adds Seattle Flights
Prior to adding flights to Seattle, Air Tahiti Nui had only one destination in the U.S. The airline operates daily flights to Los Angeles (LAX). From there, the airline operates a fifth-freedom flight to Paris (CDG).
Starting October 4, 2022, Air Tahiti Nui will operate two weekly flights from Papeete (PPT) to Seattle (SEA):
- TN52: PPT to SEA – departing at 10:00 p.m. and arriving at 10:25 a.m. (the next morning)
- Departures on Tuesdays and Saturdays
- 9:25 flight time
- TN51: SEA to PPT – departing at 12:40 p.m. and arriving at 7:30 p.m. (the same day)
- Departures on Wednesdays and Sundays
- 9:30 flight time
The flights are operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The Air Tahiti Nui website provides the following pictures of travel cabins:
This new route is a big deal for the airline, as it's just the fourth destination that the airline will operate from Papeete (PPT). Along with Los Angeles (LAX), Air Tahiti Nui operates nonstop flights from Papeete to Tokyo (NRT) and Auckland (AKL).
Air Tahiti Nui and Alaska Airlines Partnership
In a press statement, Alaska Airlines announced a new partnership with Air Tahiti Nui. Given that Alaska's two main hubs are Los Angeles and Seattle, it makes sense that Air Tahiti Nui will fly to these two destinations. The partnership enables passengers to make a connecting flight with Alaska Airlines as part of one ticket.
|Cabin||Fare class||Base miles||Bonus miles||Total miles earned|
|Poerava Business||C, J||100%||50%||150%|
|Poerava Business||D, Z||100%||25%||125%|
|Moana Premium Economy||W||100%||15%||115%|
|Moana Premium Economy||E, A, P||100%||5%||105%|
|Moana Economy||Y, M, K, H||100%||0%||100%|
|Moana Economy||T, L, N||75%||0%||75%|
|Moana Economy||B, Q, G, V||50%||0%||50%|
As of now, it's not possible to redeem Alaska Airlines miles for flights on Air Tahiti Nui. Award charts should come within the next few months. Given that some of Alaska Airlines' recent partner award chart additions leave a lot to be desired, we'll have to wait and see what the award pricing is on these before deciding if they're worth using your miles.
Other Option for Air Tahiti Nui Award Flights
If you don't want to wait until Alaska Airlines publishes an award chart for Air Tahiti Nui (or if it comes out and is bad), you can redeem American Airlines AAdvantage miles for flights on Air Tahiti Nui. You'll pay the following for a one-way award (MileSAAver pricing) from the Continental U.S. to the South Pacific:
- Economy: 40,000 miles
- Premium Economy: 65,000 miles
- Business Class: 80,000 miles
For cheaper rates, use AAdvantage miles to fly Air Tahiti Nui between Papeete and Tokyo:
- Economy: 30,000 miles
- Premium Economy: 35,000 miles
- Business Class: 40,000 miles
AAdvantage awards on the flight between Papeete and Auckland are even cheaper:
- Economy: 15,000 miles
- Premium Economy: 25,000 miles
- Business Class: 30,000 miles
Air Tahiti is adding its second destination in the U.S. and launching a partnership with Alaska Airlines. It's probably not a coincidence that these announcements come together, since Air Tahiti Nui will now fly to Alaska's main hub in Seattle. This is in addition to existing, daily Air Tahiti Nui flights to another Alaska Airlines hub at Los Angeles.
Mileage earning rates for Alaska's frequent flyers are available starting in just a couple days. Award charts for redemptions on Air Tahiti Nui flights using your Alaska miles should be available in the coming months.
Are you excited about this new partnership? What are your thoughts?
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