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Air Tahiti Nui Will Fly to Seattle + Partner with Alaska Airlines

Air Tahiti Nui recently announced two exciting developments: a new route to Seattle and a partnership with Alaska Airlines.

Seattle is easily accessible to many Canadians, with direct flights from major airports in Western Canada, as well as from Toronto and Montreal. Thus, these new announcements could provide more convenient access for Canadians en route to a dream vacation in Tahiti in the near future.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has been expanding its partnerships greatly in the recent past, and it’s great to see another partner airline added, easing access to a remote, highly sought after vacation destination.

Let’s have a look at the details.

Air Tahiti Nui Will Fly to Seattle

Beginning on October 4, 2022, Air Tahiti Nui will begin twice-weekly service between Papeete and Seattle. The flight will last around nine and a half hours in either direction, and is set to operate on the following schedule:

  • TN52 Papeete (PPT) to Seattle (SEA), departing 10pm and arriving 10:25am the next day
  • TN51 Seattle (SEA) to Papeete (PPT), departing 12:40pm and arriving 7:30pm 

Flights will depart Papeete on Tuesday and Saturday, and flights will depart Seattle on Wednesday and Sunday.

The route will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft with 30 lie-flat business class seats, 32 premium economy seats, and 232 economy seats. The business class cabin is in a 2-2-2 formation spread across five rows.

Aside from Seattle, Air Tahiti Nui’s only other North American destination is Los Angeles, which is serviced daily. 

This part of the world can be difficult to get to, so it’s great to see another option that’s very easily accessed by Canadians. At various points throughout the year, there are direct flights from Seattle to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal with Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, or WestJet. 

And to make it even better, the route is now bookable using points. Before we dive into those deals, let’s have a look at the other recent announcement: a new partnership between Air Tahiti Nui and Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui Announce Partnership

As of April 1, 2022, Air Tahiti Nui and Alaska Airlines will enter a formal partnership. This means it will be possible to earn and redeem Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for travel on Air Tahiti Nui, and vice versa with Air Tahiti Nui’s Club Tiare frequent flyer loyalty program.

With hubs in Seattle and Los Angeles, the partnership also adds easy access to Alaska Airlines’s route network for passengers originating in Tahiti. 

St. Regis, Bora Bora

Bora Bora, which is located in Tahiti, is a destination on the top of many bucket lists. The announcement of this partnership also means that it will eventually be possible to redeem Alaska miles for travel on Air Tahiti Nui. 

While it’s not yet possible to do so, Alaska Airlines announced that Mileage Plan redemptions with Air Tahiti Nui will be available later on this spring. Given that Alaska’s other recently-added partners haven’t had the most compelling redemption costs, it remains to be seen what an Air Tahiti Nui business class redemption will cost.

Book Air Tahiti Nui with American Airlines AAdvantage

Until Alaska Airlines reveals its award chart for flights with Air Tahiti Nui, we are left to other devices to book with the airline.

Currently, the best available option is to book with American Airlines AAdvantage miles. A one-way flight in business class costs 80,000 AAdvantage miles.

For Canadians, AAdvantage miles aren’t the easiest to come by. Aside from dabbling in US credit cards, AAdvantage is a transfer partner from RBC Avion at a sub-optimal ratio of 10:7. It’s also possible to convert from Marriott Bonvoy to AAdvantage at the optimal ratio of 60,000:25,000.

Air Tahiti Nui flights haven’t been loaded into American Airlines’s website search engine yet. However, it’s possible to search for the award space on ExpertFlyer and then call AAdvantage to book. 

There is ample award space on the newly-launched flights to and from Seattle:

If Tahiti has been on your bucket list, and if you have access to AAdvantage miles, now might be the time to secure an award seat before the space gets snapped up.

Conclusion

Air Tahiti Nui announced a new direct flight between Papeete and Seattle, set to begin on October 4, 2022. The route is the airline’s second North American destination, which is quite easily accessible by Canadians. 

Furthermore, Alaska Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui announced a partnership that is set to take effect as of April 1, 2022. As of this date, it’ll be possible to earn miles reciprocally when flying on revenue tickets with either airline.

Later on this spring, Alaska Airlines anticipates having Air Tahiti Nui as an Alaska Mileage Plan redemption partner. The redemption rates are not yet known, so in the meantime, it’s best to book Air Tahiti Nui flights with American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

Having just returned from an aspirational stay in the Maldives myself, I would absolutely love to add Tahiti to my travel plans in the coming years, and I’m excited by the possibilities that these new announcements bring.

Do you plan on taking this route? Have you flown with Air Tahiti Nui before? Feel free to comment about your experience or travel plans below.

2 Comments
  1. Laryngospasm

    Excited! Excited! FP is one of my favourite places in the world with Fakarava topping it as all time favourite. Air Tahiti Nui (not to be confused with Air Tahiti which does the inter island routes) is very good. I’ve flown premium Econ, and Economy and it’s a solid offering from LAX. In Sept trying the French Bee Premium seats for SFO to Papeete but would rather do a Seattle Papeete. Now looking into converting my Avios. FP is an expensive place to go to but it’s also easy to find smaller, affordable pensiones.

  2. Dani

    Oh WOW! Great news….I am half way to Papeete…in my dreams. Will be booking this trip in near future. I love French Polynesia….last time, we flew economy on Air Tahiti Nui (very tight economy class for 9 hours, 10 years ago), stayed at a Gilligan’s Island basic beach front hut on Huahine (we like authentic/simple paired with luxury), followed by Intercontinental Overwater Bungalow and paid for the entire trip. Next time will be in business and entirely on points thx to POT. Love you blog and look forward to reading updates on the weekends.

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