Thursday, 17 January 2013


So, I've gotten to LA and stayed my two nights. Time to move on. I'm looking to get to Bora Bora a small idyllic island in the Tahiti region of the South Pacific. From LA, there are a couple of options.

Air France flies direct to Papeete on Tahiti. I have plenty of American Express MR points that can be transferred to Air France's frequent flyer program, Flying Blue. Alternatively I can go via Honolulu. Flying to Honolulu using American Airlines (which is bookable using Avios on the BA website), and then going from Honolulu to Papeete using Hawaiian airlines. HA is a partner with Virgin Atlantic (VS) and I have a lot of VS miles from some tesco promotions last year. I've decided on the latter as it breaks the journey up better.



Cost if booked Business flights today for dates in OCT 2013: £1520 including £3.20 in taxes
Cost to me: 75K Avios plus £3.20 in taxes.

Business class in an aa 757

I've no interest in staying in HNL, already been there quite a few times. I would however stay a night at the airport and fly on the next day.  If timings were generous you could get the next flight the same day, but as it's with a different carrier, you would be in trouble if you missed the connection.

Airport hotels are surprisingly thin on the ground in HNL, but the city is only 6 miles away. I'll book a reward night using points at the holiday inn beachcomber.

Holiday Inn cost of room if paying cash:-£125
Cost to me: 25K priority club reward points

Flight the following day would be Hawaiin Airlines: I'll need to get back to HNL when I'm finished in paradise, so I'll be booking a return flight, using Virgin Atlantic miles.


Cost in Cash for economy flight: £1100
Cost to me: 110K VS miles plus £200 in taxes approx

Yes, I'm slumming it in economy, I just think the number of miles required to do these flights in business class is too much for what you get.

Next part will describe my stay in Bora Bora, and where we go from there.

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