Some readers scored $1000 business class roundtrips from New York to Easter Island several years ago. And back when British Airways allowed unlimited stopovers on awards Easter Island was a popular destination. However it’s one not as many frequent flyers make it to today.
Great Business Class Award Availability Between Easter Island and Tahiti
Here’s an interesting opportunity. South American mega-carrier LATAM flies to Easter Island. Easter Island is a Chilean territory, so LATAM Chile operates from Santiago.
Once a week on Mondays, though that Boeing 787 continues on from Easter Isand to Tahiti and returns to Easter Island on Tuesday. And award availability on that flight is really good. (HT: OhDoctor)
Searching availability four weeks in a row I find that there are at least 7 (or more) business class award seats on every single flight:
One-way discounted business class runs about $1800 on the route.
British Airways charges 37,500 miles. There are no carrier-imposed surcharges. American charges 30,000 miles for business class, Papeete – Easter Island.
While Easter Island is in the same South Pacific zone as Tahiti, you cannot fly from the U.S. to Easter Island on a single American AAdvantage award. A year ago American started requiring two awards to get to Easter Island (US – Tahiti and Tahiti – Easter Island must be separate awards so you might as well stop over in French Polynesia.)
Get To Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui
Now that American Airlines allows premium economy award redemption on Air Tahiti Nui (such as Los Angeles – Papeete, Tahiti) getting to French Polynesia with miles is much easier.
Act Soon To Use AAdvantage Miles to Easter Island, Or Wait Until LATAM Partners With Delta
LATAM is expected to leave the oneworld alliance October 1. You’ll be able to use American AAdvantage (or British Airways) miles for travel after that, but only if you book before that. Don’t expect to be able to make changes to awards once LATAM leaves oneworld, however.
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LATAM will become a Delta SkyMiles partner of course, and it should be possible to redeem Delta miles for this flight in the future.
Putting The Whole Trip Together
If you’re thinking about the ‘interesting things’ you can do with miles, putting together a trip to French Polynesia and Easter Island has to be up there. You’re not going to want to spend six nights on Easter Island, so you’ll want to look for award space off Easter Ialand to Santiago (or to start in Santiago and do French Polynesia second).