Bragging rights: 2 award seats to Tahiti!

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  1. Jetpuffed
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    I just landed a major award coup!
    2 business class seats on Air Tahiti Nui; LAX-PPT, 1/21/13 and 2/2/13.
    125,000 AAdvantage miles/per ticket.
    Also able to tie in the domestic legs on AA in First.
    :):):):)
    jo
     
  2. DestinationDavid
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    Enjoy :)
     
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  3. MyTravels
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    Congrats!!
     
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  4. Lufthansa Flyer
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    have a BLAST!
     
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  5. perryplatypus

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    That's awesome
     
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  6. Pete
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    Availability is usually pretty good at that time of year. Have fun. Which resort/island?
     
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    Have a great trip!

    TN's business is a pretty antiquated seat, but it's a lot better than coach!
     
  8. CharlesG

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    Sounds terrific! Enjoy! :)
     
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    Sweet! Have a great time. :)
     
  10. Sweet Willie
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    is it hard to get economy award tickets on Air Tahiti Nui?
    (using AA miles)
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  11. RestlessLocationSyndrome
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    Nice grab but 2 weeks in Tahiti is quite a bit longer than I would want. Did you happen to find any 1 week trips while you were searching?
     
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    Great Coup!! Enjoy!!
     
  13. Jetpuffed
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    This booking is for a repeat of last month's Paul Gauguin 'Society Island' cruise, only we are extending it by adding the Tuamoto Islands in Jan 2013. I agree that Tahiti is not the destination, but it is a necessary stop to get to the other islands. We chose to embark the Paul Gauguin because of the variety of islands it visits. Staying on one or two island resorts is too boring and food is too expensive, so we'd likely starve. The Paul Gauguin is a 5* boat with only 300 passengers. I am no stranger to international F travel, and was pleased with the TN J flight. The service and food were excellent. I am only 5'1" and had no trouble sleeping on the recliner seats and the cabin temperature was comfortable. The only intolerable aspect was the entertainment system. Poor screens and looped movies. I can put up with it, though, when the seats are free. :)
     
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    Sounds like all you need is an iPad fully loaded with movies, and you'll be all set.

    I've heard great things about that ship. I'm not really a cruiser myself, but it's one I would consider.
     
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    i am trying to get same or NAN for November for son's honeymoon-any tips?
     
  16. Jetpuffed
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    It was luck, pure and simple! I had no expectations that the seats would be available, as the business class cabin was full on both the outgoing and return flights in February, and most weekdays have only one flight. I was even lazy and called AA cold without doing my usual searches on award sites. I screamed at the poor agent when he said the flights were available. We have always been cruise-averse, but feel the Paul Gauguin is the best way to see French Polynesia. (Obviously, since we are returning for a longer itinerary next year.) It is a small luxury vessel and there were many honeymooners onboard. I'd recommend the 2 night precruise stay at the Intercontinental Tahiti in an overwater bungalow, then embark the Paul Gauguin for the 7 night Society Island cruise. Check out their website. Their packages include pre or post cruise stays, airfare, all transfers and dayrooms. I'd much prefer visiting various islands than being stuck on one resort! Good luck to you and your son.
     
  17. Pete
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    Generally is good availability if you have a bit of flexibility on travel days. Harder to get seats in high season (July, August, December). And IME, economy on ATN LAX-PPT is fine.
     
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    I did economy on ATN LAX-CDG, and it was better than the AA flights I've taken trans-atlantic in coach.
     
  19. Pete
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    Agreed. Good food, free booze (IIRC), personal video/entertainment, very pleasant TAs. And the anticipation of getting to French Polynesia. All good. :cool:
     
  20. phuucnguyen

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    check with EF and find 1 or 2 J seat almost every day of Jan the other day
    Anyways, congrats
     
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    So if you see award space in EF, is it always available with AA points?
     
  22. Pete
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    Yes.
     
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    That's great to hear - thanks! I've got to start watching.

    Does ATN ever release more space down the road like a big US carrier, or is it only allocated once, when the flight first comes available?
     
  24. Sweet Willie
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    Being in the US, I have ZERO interest in traveling to PPT in July & Aug, so no worries there. Sure J or F would be nice but I'm going to be laying around at a resort, so I don't really care being in the back of the bus on the way there/back. Thanks for your response !!
    (bolding mine) It looks like the rainy season is Dec-March, does this concern you or is the rainy season not really that wet on the islands?
     
  25. Pete
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    I have been to FP twice, both times in March. One trip there was little or no rain (just an occasional typical, tropical shower); the second trip was around the time of a typhoon (?) and it rained for 24-36 hours almost solid, like nothing I had ever seen before (and the locals also were surprised by the deluge). The chance of a few rain showers is a fair trade-off for avoiding a bunch of French tourists. ;)
     
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