Award Discount: Just 30,000 American Airlines Miles to Tahiti

The American Airlines Uruguay site has a promo in Spanishonly 30,000 miles to redeem an Air Tahiti Nui roundtrip between New York-JFK and Papeete (Tahiti). The usual price is 75,000 miles.

This is only valid in coach, and for travel complete by May 31 (U.S. summer is high season there…).

Unfortunately, nobody at American seems to know about this! So it remains to be seen whether it’s bookable. But it’s clearly being advertised by American. The terms and conditions do not restrict redemption to members from any particular country. I do not see the offer anywhere in English.

If only the offer was for business or first class I’d be pursuing it pretty hard. Air Tahiti Nui’s hard product (seats) are pretty last generation, but the soft product (meals, service, emenity kits) are really outstanding in the premium classes. I did a wonderful trip in Air Tahiti Nui First Class (Los Angeles – Papeete and then Papeete – Auckland) a couple of years ago, back when availability in first and business was much easier to come by than it is today.

Their New York flights are notorious for light booking, and there’s been speculation ever since the service started that it wouldn’t last. Clearly they must be making coach seats available to American at a discount for this to go out.

Here’s a Flyertalk discussion of the offer.

Update: this appears to be working now, based on successful reports on Flyertalk. A really outstanding use of miles for those who can stand 6200 miles each way in coach. Of course, Tahiti is far from an inexpensive destination once you get there! And you really don’t want to stay on Tahiti proper, most prefer Bora Bora (very expensive) though Moorea can be done less expensively.

Update 2: The promo is now available online in English.

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