Last week, Delta thrilled paradise seekers and overwater villa lovers with a surprise announcement that it would launch nonstop flights to Tahiti this winter. This week, we found the cheapest way to get you there.
We unearthed an unpublished Delta SkyMiles flash sale on this brand new route to French Polynesia for as low as just 50,000 SkyMiles … roundtrip! And it's not just the nonstop flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete (PPT) that's cheap: You can fly from airports across the country for 50,000 miles, 54,000 SkyMiles, or 72,000 SkyMiles and back. So much for Delta SkyMiles being worthless, right?
Thrifty Traveler Premium members got first dibs on this deal, as always. But there are still plenty of dates available for a trip to Tahiti from early January through mid-March if you want to put your SkyMiles towards a bucket list trip this winter.
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Starting at 50,000 SkyMiles and back from California's Bay Area, this is an absolute steal for a brand new route to one of the world's most sought-after destinations. Consider this: American Airlines would charge at least 80,000 AAdvantage miles for roundtrip to Tahiti. Using United miles, you can generally expect to use 100,000 miles or more.
So yeah, a trip to Tahiti and back for 50,000 or so SkyMiles is a deal – especially when Delta itself charges 100,000-plus SkyMiles for these same flights on other dates.
Best of all, these are Delta main cabin economy award fares – no stingy basic economy awards here. That not only means you get free seat assignment as well as a free checked bag. If you're not 100% certain about a trip to Tahiti this winter, you could book these fares for cheap now … then cancel and get all your SkyMiles (plus taxes and fees) right back for free!
You won't find lie-flat business class seats for a bargain on these long flights into the Pacific Ocean – and the Boeing 767-300 that Delta flies on this route doesn't have the best Delta One seats. But it could easily be worth forking over another 8,000 to 10,000 SkyMiles for some extra legroom in Delta Comfort Plus.
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French Polynesia is wide open to vaccinated travelers today with no additional testing requirements to enter – or to get home, either! Tahiti itself is dreamy, but it's also just a stone's throw from other amazing islands like Moorea, Rangiroa, and Bora Bora.
Even at 72,000 SkyMiles to get to Tahiti from the likes of Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) or Atlanta (ATL) is a bargain, considering it'd cost $1,300 or more to book those tickets with cash. One quick connection in Los Angeles and you're on your way to beautiful solitude.
Need SkyMiles to book this deal? If you've got some American Express Membership Rewards points from cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express or the American Express® Gold Card, you're in luck: Delta is an Amex transfer partner, which means you can instantly transfer 148,000 points to your Delta account to get all the miles you need.
Thrifty Tip: Make sure to use Delta’s “Price Calendar” feature when searching for award rates to find the best deals.
Availability into Tahiti
- Best availability from early January to mid-March 2023
- To book these fares, visit Delta.com and search using “Shop with Miles”
- Delta only operates these flights to and from Tahiti on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Albuquerque (ABQ) – 70k
Atlanta (ATL) – 72k
Boise (BOI) – 70k
Denver (DEN) – 70k
Detroit (DTW) – 77k
Las Vegas (LAS) – 70k
Los Angeles (LAX) – 54k*
Minneapolis (MSP) – 72k
Oakland (OAK) – 50k
Phoenix (PHX) – 70k
Portland (PDX) – 70k
Reno (RNO) – 70k
Sacramento (SMF) – 70k
San Diego (SAN) – 70k
San Jose (SJC) – 50k
San Francisco (SFO) – 50k
Salt Lake City (SLC) – 58k
Seattle (SEA) – 72k
Spokane (GEG) – 70k
Tucson (TUS) – 70k
Don't live at one of these airports? Consider booking a separate positioning flight to take advantage of these ultra-low rates!
How To Book this Deal
Here’s a quick walkthrough on how to book.
First, head to Delta’s website and do a normal search from one of these airports. Be sure to click “Shop with Miles.”
Second, choose “Price Calendar” to maximize the dates viewable. You should easily be able to find availability from early January through mid-March of next year, though availability will vary depending on what departure city you're searching. Keep in mind that Delta only operates these flights to Tahiti on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays – you'll see some substantially higher pricing on other days … or no availability at all.
But as you can see, finding a roundtrip from San Francisco (SFO) to Tahiti and back for just 50,000 SkyMiles isn't difficult at all next January. And the same goes for many other cities on the list above at some slightly higher rates.
Deals to use your SkyMiles don't get much better than this. A flight to paradise and back starting at just 50,000 SkyMiles? You can't beat that.
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