Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now redeem their points for flights to Papeete with Air Tahiti Nui! The new partnership allows members to redeem Qantas points on Qantas-marketed services operated by Air Tahiti Nui on the Auckland-Papeete and Los Angeles-Papeete routes.
If you’re planning a holiday in Tahiti, this means you can now redeem Qantas points to fly to Papeete via Auckland. You’ll fly Qantas (or another partner airline, such as LATAM Airlines) to Auckland. From there, you can fly Air Tahiti Nui direct from Auckland to Papeete. The Auckland-Papeete flights are well-timed to connect to Qantas’ trans-Tasman services.
The new partnership also opens another way to reach the United States using Qantas points. It is already possible to book reward seats to the USA on Qantas, American Airlines and Fiji Airways. But award availability to the United States is typically limited – especially in Business class. Air Tahiti now offers an alternative method of flying to the United States via Auckland and Papeete.
Air Tahiti Nui flies from Auckland to Papeete 3x weekly and Los Angeles-Papeete 10x weekly.
A reward flight from Auckland to Papeete costs 22,500 Qantas points for Economy or 50,000 points for Business class, one-way. You’ll also need to pay around $76 worth of taxes and Qantas carrier charges, which make up $47 of this amount. But if you’re connecting from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne you’ll pay just 5,500 more points – 28,000 Qantas points in total – to fly all the way from Australia to Tahiti in Economy. East coast Australia to Tahiti in Business will cost you 60,000 Qantas points one-way.
A one-way flight from Los Angeles to Papeete will cost 28,000 Qantas points in Economy or 60,000 Qantas points for Business class. Payable on top of this amount is a slightly less palatable $264 in taxes & fees – of which $232 are carrier charges.
Air Tahiti Nui award availability is somewhat limited. But Economy and Business reward seats are available on a range of different dates. If you’re flexible enough with travel dates, you should be able to find suitable reward seats.
You can book Air Tahiti Nui flights using Qantas points on the Qantas website. But you’ll need to call Qantas for award bookings originating in Papeete as these cannot be made online. Flights can be booked up to 353 days in advance.
Qantas has a long-standing codeshare agreement with Air Tahiti Nui. But this is the first time Qantas Frequent Flyers have been able to redeem points for flights operated by Air Tahiti Nui. The partnership also offers Qantas Club, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members Air Tahiti Business Lounge access in Papeete, when booked on a Qantas-marketed Air Tahiti Nui flight.
Qantas points cannot be earned or redeemed on the Tahitian airline’s Papeete-Tokyo or Los Angeles-Paris services.
If you’re considering a trip to Tahiti, don’t forget that you can also get there from anywhere in Australia for just 12,500 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles!
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