I have my big Italy trip coming up in April 2015, but I’m already looking ahead to book another unforgettable vacation. With American Airlines AAdvantage miles it’s a good idea to start looking as far ahead as possible since all the good award seats go fast. You don’t want to be stuck flying an airline like British Airways and pay high fuel surcharge fees. Therefore, I’m looking to fly to Bora Bora with my AAdvantage miles since I have 125,000+ sitting in my account right now. The only problem, there are absolutely no award seats from MSP to BOB 🙁
After doing some research I discovered that you can’t use your AAdvantage miles to fly directly into Bora Bora. In fact, you can’t use miles with any airline since the only airline that flies into the island is Air Tahiti. They’re not partnered with any airline to accept frequent flyer miles, and they don’t have a miles program of their own.
So how is it that I’ve seen others fly to Bora Bora using airline miles?
You can actually use your AAdvantage miles to fly to Tahiti, which is a neighboring island to Bora Bora. The airport code you’ll want to use is PPT (which stands for Pape’ete). This is the Fa’a’ā International Airport and you’ll want to search for award tickets early if you’re looking for a specific month. Not too many airlines go to PPT, so award seats will be limited.
Once you land in Tahiti, you’ll have to fly on Air Tahiti which is the sole airline that flies to Bora Bora. Depending on which time of the year you fly, you’ll have to pay roughly $350 – $500 per person out of pocket. If you’re looking to book your airline ticket 100% on miles, then you’ll have to charge your Air Tahiti flight to a credit card such as the Barclaycard Arrival or the Capital One Venture card. Both allow you to erase travel charges starting at 2,500 miles.
How many miles are required?
I did a quick search and was able to bring up Coach and Business/First MileSAAver seats. Coach required 37,500 miles one way (75,000 miles round-trip), while Business/First required 62,500 miles one way (125,000 miles round-trip).
To be honest, for this long of a flight I’m probably going to use all 125,000 miles to fly Business/First. My motto has been to fly Coach for domestic flights and fly Business/First for international flights. I’m not sure what time of year we’ll go, but I’ll probably starting looking at tickets this Fall for Fall, 2015.
So it is possible to get to Bora Bora on miles! You just have to get creative and look at flying into nearby airports. Please let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever been to Bora Bora. I’d love to hear if it truly is paradise!