Air Tahiti Nui Will Partner With Alaska Airlines, Fly To Seattle

Air Tahiti Nui is launching non-stop Papeete – Seattle service and a new partnership with Alaska Airlines. This is in addition to its partnership with American AAdvantage.

Seattle service launches October 4:

    Papeete – Seattle, 10:00 p.m. – 10:25 a.m.+1 Tues/Sat
    Seattle – Papeete, 12:40 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Wed/Sun

Mileage Plan members will earn miles with Air Tahiti Nui on paid tickets starting April 1. Alaska warns though that miles can take up to 6-8 weeks to post.

Redemption is expected to be available “later this spring” and no award chart has been published yet. Paid Air Tahiti Nui flights will not earn elite qualifying miles in the Mileage Plan program.

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  1. Was super-excited to see the Alaska partnership and was like yes, I can now fly Air Tahiti Nui instead of United to French Polynesia till I read, “Paid Air Tahiti Nui flights will not earn elite qualifying miles in the Mileage Plan program.” The partnership makes no sense then. What a bummer.

  2. Similar to AA previously with ATN. This year AA did introduce codeshares though on the LAX-PPT route, which should earn LPs.

  3. I wonder if the redemption rate is going to be as awful as the rates coming for other new partners.

  4. And will the partnership also permit (at a reasonable rate) award tickets on Air Tahiti’s CDG-LAX flight?!

  5. @Marriott Marty – yes “starting at” 30k coach / 45k premium economy / 60k business each way per the published award chart

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