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Title: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: levi on June 17, 2008, 01:39:59 AM
My dream vacation!  has anybody ever been there?
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: Dan on June 17, 2008, 04:05:28 AM
No, but I'm saving up Starpoints to get to that property that's on my SPG Gold card!
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: levi on June 17, 2008, 09:09:59 AM
No, but I'm saving up Starpoints to get to that property that's on my SPG Gold card!
I am also saving up starpoints to get to that property, its on my SPG Platinum card ;D
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on June 17, 2008, 05:05:41 PM
How did you get the platinum?! do you have 25 stays?
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: levi on June 17, 2008, 05:10:31 PM
Yes, I have 25 stays
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: E on June 17, 2008, 06:24:18 PM
how much are the rooms there they say that there are spacial conditions
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: levi on June 17, 2008, 06:37:58 PM
There are 3 different starwood properties the rooms range from $600 to $3000 a night or 30,000 to 60,000 points per night
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: Eli on June 17, 2008, 10:47:13 PM
Levi, just give me 24 hours notice before you go to Bora Bora. You know you need someone to come with you.
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on June 18, 2008, 02:33:37 AM
The real expensive rooms are the OW (over water) rooms and they start at about $1000 (depending on season).

They are not really worth the extra money unless you've got lot to spare... The French Polynesia is not the only place to get them, the Maldives also has OW rooms...
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: levi on June 18, 2008, 04:53:12 PM
Levi, just give me 24 hours notice before you go to Bora Bora. You know you need someone to come with you.
Eli I must give you credit when I asked you about going to Europe this summer you said yes within a minute but as far as Bora Boro thats more of a Honeymoon type of place otherwise I would have been there already
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: Eli on June 24, 2008, 04:48:01 PM
Eli I must give you credit when I asked you about going to Europe this summer you said yes within a minute but as far as Bora Boro thats more of a Honeymoon type of place otherwise I would have been there already

Who said I don't want to go to a honeymoon place with you? Doesn't someone need to check it out before we go with our wives?
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: levi on June 24, 2008, 05:03:14 PM
Who said I don't want to go to a honeymoon place with you? Doesn't someone need to check it out before we go with our wives?
I guess your right when are we going?
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: Eli on June 24, 2008, 08:27:24 PM
We're landing from Europe Thursday night midnight. You wanna fly out Friday morning and go for Shabbos?
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: levi on June 24, 2008, 11:33:30 PM
I'm all in, the only problem is that the first flight out Friday morning leaves at 7 and you land on shabbos so maybe we should wait a week and fly out on a Thursday morning
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: Eli on June 26, 2008, 04:23:24 PM
I'll find us a Heter ;)
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: ash on June 26, 2008, 05:12:37 PM
if you take me with you i can help you try  to find one?
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: Smirk on June 26, 2008, 05:52:31 PM
Levi, just give me 24 hours notice before you go to Bora Bora. You know you need someone to come with you.
ill take 12 hour notice
Title: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: larson on April 17, 2009, 12:53:49 PM
Just wondering if anybody has had any experience out there as far as which spg hotel to go with (st regis or westin) and if upgrades with plat status is likely.

Most importantly, I would like to find out what is the best option as far as getting there on points, which airline to use and how to route the trip.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on June 17, 2010, 01:32:41 PM
Has anyone been to Bora Bora?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 17, 2010, 02:28:05 PM
Has anyone been to Bora Bora?
I would've gone by now, but it's an extremely expensive 45 minute flight to get from PPT to BOB.  Only 1 carrier flies and they don't take miles!

There used to be SPG on Moorea, which is a short boat ride from PPT, but it became a Hilton, and I don't think you can reserve an overwater bungalow with Hilton points.

The St. Regis in Bora Bora is supposed to be fantastic and a great way to blow through tons and tons of Starpoints.  "Couples Retreat" was filmed entirely on the property if you want a nice tour of it.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 18, 2010, 01:26:34 AM
I would've gone by now, but it's an extremely expensive 45 minute flight to get from PPT to BOB.  Only 1 carrier flies and they don't take miles!

There used to be SPG on Moorea, which is a short boat ride from PPT, but it became a Hilton, and I don't think you can reserve an overwater bungalow with Hilton points.

The St. Regis in Bora Bora is supposed to be fantastic and a great way to blow through tons and tons of Starpoints.  "Couples Retreat" was filmed entirely on the property if you want a nice tour of it.

I don't know if Bora Bora would be on the top of my list at the moment. It's completely overpriced and all of the French influence would really drive me crazy. Try the Maldives first
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 18, 2010, 01:36:18 AM
I don't know if Bora Bora would be on the top of my list at the moment. It's completely overpriced and all of the French influence would really drive me crazy. Try the Maldives first
Have you been to Bora Bora?

From what I've read, the general consensus is that Bora Bora is an incomparably nicer island than the Maldives (highest elevation: 7ft.) or any other island for that matter.

And I can deal with French influence much better than Muslim influence.  In fact residents of the Maldives are forced to adhere to Islam and laws are based on sharia.

This is from an FT'er:
Quote from: FT
"It's not even close
Bora Bora is better by miles - indeed best by miles.

The St Regis and Le Meridien hotels are similar structurally to the W Maldives, but without the kitsch "hip" crap.

But Bora Bora the island just massacres the Maldives. It is physically far more beautiful - craggy mountains and deep bays as well as beautiful beaches, whereas the Maldives are flat and unattractive apart from the ocean.

Then there is the culture. Bora Bora is a gracious Polynesian paradise, with the music, the grass skirted dancers at dinner etc. And it's wealthy - the staff are all French citizens and protected by a high minimum wage. In contrast, the Maldives is effectively an offshore part of the Indian subcontinent."
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 18, 2010, 04:27:53 AM
Have you been to Bora Bora?

From what I've read, the general consensus is that Bora Bora is an incomparably nicer island than the Maldives (highest elevation: 7ft.) or any other island for that matter.

And I can deal with French influence much better than Muslim influence.  In fact residents of the Maldives are forced to adhere to Islam and laws are based on sharia.

This is from an FT'er:

I have not been to Bora Bora (yet). If anyone is willing to watch my daughter for a week, I'm willing to "take one for the team".

I no longer trust the guys on FT for their opinions on these sort of things, though Bora Bora does look beautiful in the pictures.

As per the Muslim influence in the Maldives, you will have no interaction with them at all because you will be on your own Island where most of the employees are foreigners.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 18, 2010, 10:17:49 AM
I have not been to Bora Bora (yet). If anyone is willing to watch my daughter for a week, I'm willing to "take one for the team".
;D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: leibima on June 20, 2010, 01:26:25 PM
I have never been to Bora Bora, but Ihave been to Papeete (the main island) and to Moorea. I went with my wife on our honeymoon in August 2006.
We flew from NY with a stop in Tahiti, then onto New Zealand where we spent one week. It was winter in New Zealand and cold (in the 40's and colder in some places). We drove around and I can tell being there twice already it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, especially the South Island.

On the way back to NY we stopped in Tahiti and stayed for a week. Spent a few days and Shabbos in Papeete, decent hotel. On Sunday we took a boat to Moorea, about a half hour away. What an island. A lot of the locals say that Moorea is just as nice as Bora Bora (some say even nicer) but a lot quieter since there are not as many tourists. We stayed in the Moorea Pearl Resort, very nice place, pretty pricey.

The ideal way to vacation is to stay in the over water bungalows - extremely expensive. I need to warn anyone that plans a vacation there, there are very few beaches and they are tiny. The beach in front of our hotel was maybe ten feet an not very wide. But the amazing thing is the water. Take ten steps into the water from our hotel and there is a drop where it becomes very deep and there is just a wall of coral, with amazing colorful fish swimming right up to you. I can't describe the feeling, you could just take snorkeling gear and be in the water for hours watching this stuff.

If anyone is interested in hearing more or need some tips, respond to this post. I would love to hear from someone else that went there.


Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 20, 2010, 01:59:28 PM
I have never been to Bora Bora, but Ihave been to Papeete (the main island) and to Moorea. I went with my wife on our honeymoon in August 2006.
We flew from NY with a stop in Tahiti, then onto New Zealand where we spent one week. It was winter in New Zealand and cold (in the 40's and colder in some places). We drove around and I can tell being there twice already it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, especially the South Island.

On the way back to NY we stopped in Tahiti and stayed for a week. Spent a few days and Shabbos in Papeete, decent hotel. On Sunday we took a boat to Moorea, about a half hour away. What an island. A lot of the locals say that Moorea is just as nice as Bora Bora (some say even nicer) but a lot quieter since there are not as many tourists. We stayed in the Moorea Pearl Resort, very nice place, pretty pricey.

The ideal way to vacation is to stay in the over water bungalows - extremely expensive. I need to warn anyone that plans a vacation there, there are very few beaches and they are tiny. The beach in front of our hotel was maybe ten feet an not very wide. But the amazing thing is the water. Take ten steps into the water from our hotel and there is a drop where it becomes very deep and there is just a wall of coral, with amazing colorful fish swimming right up to you. I can't describe the feeling, you could just take snorkeling gear and be in the water for hours watching this stuff.

If anyone is interested in hearing more or need some tips, respond to this post. I would love to hear from someone else that went there.



Awesome!
Did you have an overwater bungalow there?
I wish SPG still had a presence in Moorea...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: leibima on June 20, 2010, 03:55:43 PM
I did not have an overwater bungalow, but it was amazing without it.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 12, 2011, 11:51:32 PM
I just noticed that Hilton has lowered their properties in Moorea and Bora Bora from category 7 to category 5!!!

This means just 35K/night for 1-3 night stays, 29,750/night for 4 night stays, 28K/night for 5 night stays, and 26,250/night for 6+ night stays!

Considering I just loaded up on HH points at .49cpp that makes stays there as low as $128.
$128 for Bora Bora?!?!?!?!  Sign me up!

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 12, 2011, 11:54:43 PM
I want in how did u get hh so cheap

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: E on July 12, 2011, 11:56:22 PM
how about some cheap airfare... well here you go http://www.airtahitinui-usa.com/tzoo11/
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2011, 12:01:16 AM
I want in how did u get hh so cheap


Daily Getaways, bought like 1MM anticipating the WA J'lem, but this is an an incredible value for BB and Moorea!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 13, 2011, 12:07:06 AM
how do u get there using *A
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 13, 2011, 12:07:38 AM
u bought like 1M??????????
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2011, 12:19:47 AM
how do u get there using *A
*A is just on NZ via AKL IIRC.
With AA you have TN from LAX and with DL you have AF and TN from LAX.

All those flights are into PPT.  You need to purchase the 45 minute RT PPT-BOB jump with some $400-$500 cold hard cash.
PPT-MOZ is much cheaper than PPT-BOB, only about $100 RT.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2011, 12:21:24 AM
u bought like 1M??????????
It was a $4,900 investment, but with $900/night BB rooms going for $128 with points it seems worthwhile.
And who knows, maybe we'll get luck with J'lem pricing as well.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 13, 2011, 12:33:46 AM
I just noticed that Hilton has lowered their properties in Moorea and Bora Bora from category 7 to category 5!!!

This means just 35K/night for 1-3 night stays, 29,750/night for 4 night stays, 28K/night for 5 night stays, and 26,250/night for 6+ night stays!

Considering I just loaded up on HH points at .49cpp that makes stays there as low as $128.
$128 for Bora Bora?!?!?!?!  Sign me up!
pardon the ignorance i just searched a 6 night stay and it came out to be 35k night
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2011, 12:35:08 AM
pardon the ignorance i just searched a 6 night stay and it came out to be 35k night
You need to call to book the discounted VIP elite awards.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: azhoopsfan on July 13, 2011, 01:15:28 AM
Dan would you take your son to such a place?  I've thought about it but it seems like a couples place or a place you could bring older kids.

Btw, do you know of any other changes in Hilton categories?

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Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on July 13, 2011, 03:58:03 AM
Considering I just loaded up on HH points at .49cpp that makes stays there as low as $128.
$128 for Bora Bora?!?!?!?!  Sign me up!

Looking for a babysitter (in BOB)? I call dibs... :D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 13, 2011, 04:27:25 AM
But without paying, you do run the risk of not getting upgraded to an OWB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2011, 09:20:07 AM
Looking for a babysitter (in BOB)? I call dibs... :D
At $128/night for an extra room plus the flight miles for a bbsitter I'm tempted :D.

But without paying, you do run the risk of not getting upgraded to an OWB.
Apparently OWB upgrades are pretty cheap (under $100/night) at either place.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 13, 2011, 09:34:12 AM
At $128/night for an extra room plus the flight miles for a bbsitter I'm tempted :D.
Apparently OWB upgrades are pretty cheap (under $100/night) at either place.
From what I read, Bora Bora seemed to be several hundred.
Although, it probably depends on season...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2011, 09:42:03 AM
From what I read, Bora Bora seemed to be several hundred.
Although, it probably depends on season...
I may have misread, but it can depend on occupancy and your status apparently.

Here's the BBN property:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5254/5463219903_a21d8b52b2_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on July 13, 2011, 10:11:37 AM
Daily Getaways, bought like 1MM anticipating the WA J'lem, but this is an an incredible value for BB and Moorea!

How exactly did you do this?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on July 13, 2011, 03:43:49 PM
Dan, I am sure the new WA will be a Cat 7 at 60K per night for peak season (I'm sure summer and succos is peak) so even at .5 its still $300 a night, way too much for you to be spending!! :). The value at Bora Bora is much better.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: yare on July 13, 2011, 06:12:44 PM
All those flights are into PPT.  You need to purchase the 45 minute RT PPT-BOB jump with some $400-$500 cold hard cash.
that's where your two cap one venture cards come in...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on July 13, 2011, 06:14:46 PM
that's where your two cap one venture cards come in...

If he still has those points, knowing Dan he's spent them already:

They used to be worth a penny each, then they devalued to the tiered redemption.  Now it looks like they're back to a penny each.  I wouldn't hang onto the 112k miles for too long...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2011, 06:25:00 PM
If he still has those points, knowing Dan he's spent them already:

Looong gone.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on July 13, 2011, 06:26:56 PM
Looong gone.

I told you so. I take it you didn't redeem for $900 Hyatt certs before they devalued those, right?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2011, 06:28:32 PM
I told you so. I take it you didn't redeem for $900 Hyatt certs before they devalued those, right?
Nope, already have a huge stockpile of non-expiring Hyatt certs from Costco that I bought for ~.76 on the dollar.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on July 13, 2011, 06:31:45 PM
Nope, already have a huge stockpile of non-expiring Hyatt certs from Costco that I bought for ~.76 on the dollar.

The $900 certs had expiry dates, but they were better than .76 on the dollar, more like .55 on the dollar.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2011, 06:39:01 PM
The $900 certs had expiry dates, but they were better than .76 on the dollar, more like .55 on the dollar.
They were .57 and then became .72, but the real killer for me was the relatively short expiration date and the denomination amounts.

My typical Hyatt stay is $50-$100, so the $50 Costco certs work out well.. With Cap1 they were $500/$200/$200 and no change is given.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on July 13, 2011, 06:41:06 PM
My typical Hyatt stay is $50-$100, so the $50 Costco certs work out well..

Sounds like ultra-cheap (especially with the Costco certs) FFN and an cheap/easy way to earn/requalify for status...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2011, 06:53:43 PM
Sounds like ultra-cheap (especially with the Costco certs) FFN and an cheap/easy way to earn/requalify for status...
Yup, that's why I stocked up.  Still hoping for a fall FFN or else I doubt I'll requal for Diamond next year.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 13, 2011, 09:10:12 PM
*A is just on NZ via AKL IIRC.
With AA you have TN from LAX and with DL you have AF and TN from LAX.

All those flights are into PPT.  You need to purchase the 45 minute RT PPT-BOB jump with some $400-$500 cold hard cash.
PPT-MOZ is much cheaper than PPT-BOB, only about $100 RT.
question of aa and delta have partnerships with Tn why cant u get mileage tickets from ppt-bob
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2011, 11:51:43 PM
question of aa and delta have partnerships with Tn why cant u get mileage tickets from ppt-bob
TN doesn't fly PPT-BOB
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 14, 2011, 12:01:30 AM
Is tn air tahiti? And if not who does
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on July 14, 2011, 12:03:01 AM
Is tn air tahiti? And if not who does

TN is Air Tahiti Nui, VT (http://www.airtahiti.aero) flies there
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 14, 2011, 08:50:35 AM
Ah I see where I got confused
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 14, 2011, 09:45:58 AM
looking for opinions is bora bora rly that much nicer then moorea. its alot easier(cheaper) to get from ppt to moorea then bora bora
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 14, 2011, 10:28:12 AM
From what I've read BB is supposed to be otherworldly.
I hope to have a TR one day though comparing the two...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 14, 2011, 10:31:12 AM
im rly tempted to go in august i have the miles for flights with aa and i can get enough hhonors points but then as another 1k on top f that for the airfare from ppt to bora bora. im a poor student lol
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: bosoxfan on July 14, 2011, 11:40:05 AM
im rly tempted to go in august i have the miles for flights with aa and i can get enough hhonors points but then as another 1k on top f that for the airfare from ppt to bora bora. im a poor student lol
sell some points/miles
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aycee on July 14, 2011, 03:42:46 PM
bought like 1MM anticipating the WA J'lem

I'm anticipating the WA J'lem as well but worried that it'll be an unreasonable amount of points
AFAIK the Grand Wailea Resort is the most expensive WA as far as points go 70K offpeak and 80K peak. Most WAs are 50K OPK and 60K PK. But it seems that WAs somehow decide on their own how many points to accept for free nights as well as when peak and offpeak season are.
That said, I'm assuming the WA J'lem will be 10000000000000000 per night :(
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 14, 2011, 03:47:35 PM
I'm anticipating the WA J'lem as well but worried that it'll be an unreasonable amount of points
AFAIK the Grand Wailea Resort is the most expensive WA as far as points go 70K offpeak and 80K peak. Most WAs are 50K OPK and 60K PK. But it seems that WAs somehow decide on their own how many points to accept for free nights as well as when peak and offpeak season are.
That said, I'm assuming the WA J'lem will be 10000000000000000 per night :(
Plus there are discounts on all HH hotels for multi-night stays with VIP awards.
Points are based on rates charged, so we'll see what happens.
Has anyone heard an ETA for the opening?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 14, 2011, 04:45:03 PM
With the introduction of "Points & Money", "Premium Room Rewards" and "Room Upgrade Rewards", HHonors is definitely something to start looking at.
They haven't quite rolled out these options across the board so its still yet to see just how valuable it will be.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 19, 2011, 01:53:29 PM
Most importantly, I would like to find out what is the best option as far as getting there on points, which airline to use and how to route the trip.

+1

Anyone? Points from NY to Bora Bora?

Looking to go on a honeymoon... Considering Maldives/Tahiti/Bora Bora -- any other suggestions for something tropical?

I have never been to Bora Bora, but Ihave been to Papeete (the main island) and to Moorea. I went with my wife on our honeymoon in August 2006.
...
On the way back to NY we stopped in Tahiti and stayed for a week. Spent a few days and Shabbos in Papeete, decent hotel. On Sunday we took a boat to Moorea, about a half hour away. What an island. A lot of the locals say that Moorea is just as nice as Bora Bora (some say even nicer) but a lot quieter since there are not as many tourists. We stayed in the Moorea Pearl Resort, very nice place, pretty pricey.

The ideal way to vacation is to stay in the over water bungalows - extremely expensive. I need to warn anyone that plans a vacation there, there are very few beaches and they are tiny. The beach in front of our hotel was maybe ten feet an not very wide. But the amazing thing is the water. Take ten steps into the water from our hotel and there is a drop where it becomes very deep and there is just a wall of coral, with amazing colorful fish swimming right up to you. I can't describe the feeling, you could just take snorkeling gear and be in the water for hours watching this stuff.

If anyone is interested in hearing more or need some tips, respond to this post. I would love to hear from someone else that went there.

So you weren't disappointed with Moorea? Why did you stay in Papette and not Moorea? What did you do for food?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 19, 2011, 02:25:39 PM
Fiji, Solomon Islands, Langkawi, Seychelles, Nosy Iranja to name a few.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 19, 2011, 02:35:19 PM
Fiji, Solomon Islands, Langkawi, Seychelles, Nosy Iranja to name a few.

Have any personal experience with any of them?

How would you rank them?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 19, 2011, 03:43:47 PM
Have any personal experience with any of them?

How would you rank them?
No, but on my list. It really depends where you stay. If its a special occasion splurge on the Four Seasons or similar.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 19, 2011, 06:28:33 PM
I want to go for a honeymoon.

My factors are: 1) i'd like the place to be nice, 2) i'd like to use miles to get there.

Any recs based on the above?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 08, 2012, 04:23:14 AM
Anyone want to take the whole family to French Polynesia?

                   
 AF 674 LAX 03/15/12  11:05 PM   PPT 03/16/12  4:20 AM   772 56% / 35m    Business - Classic Awards & Upgrades    O    9
 
 
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 08, 2012, 06:50:22 AM
I just noticed that Hilton has lowered their properties in Moorea and Bora Bora from category 7 to category 5!!!

This means just 35K/night for 1-3 night stays, 29,750/night for 4 night stays, 28K/night for 5 night stays, and 26,250/night for 6+ night stays!

Considering I just loaded up on HH points at .49cpp that makes stays there as low as $128.
$128 for Bora Bora?!?!?!?!  Sign me up!


Looks like it's cat 7 now.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 08, 2012, 09:59:36 AM
Anyone want to take the whole family to French Polynesia?

                   
 AF 674 LAX 03/15/12  11:05 PM   PPT 03/16/12  4:20 AM   772 56% / 35m    Business - Classic Awards & Upgrades    O    9

Been scouting out the LAX-PPT route because you wanna go? eh? :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 08, 2012, 10:11:45 AM
Been scouting out the LAX-PPT route because you wanna go? eh? :)
Yup :)

But probably won't go too soon...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 08, 2012, 10:19:29 AM
Anyone want to take the whole family to French Polynesia?

                   
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and swim back? :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 08, 2012, 10:26:58 AM
Thought I'd point out that Korean (Chase UR transfer partner) partners with AF and only charges 90k RT USA-Tahiti in business class. (http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb438/Aussiebochur/2012-01-08072128.jpg)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 08, 2012, 10:32:31 AM
Thought I'd point out that Korean (Chase UR transfer partner) partners with AF and only charges 90k RT USA-Tahiti in business class.

Personally, I wouldn't waste my UR on a Korean redemption. I'd prefer to use AMEX MR to DL while hopefully snagging of the oft-used promos.

(Korean awards can be booked using DL can't they?)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 08, 2012, 10:38:40 AM
Personally, I wouldn't waste my UR on a Korean redemption. I'd prefer to use AMEX MR to DL while hopefully snagging of the oft-used promos.

(Korean awards can be booked using DL can't they?)
What would you waste your UR on?

Yes, Korean is a Skyteam member.

Even with a 50% bonus,Korean is cheaper then DL.
And I'd waste my 150k on V Australia to downunder in biz  cos 90k UR ain't getting me there :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 08, 2012, 10:45:33 AM
What would you waste you're UR on?

Yes, Korean is a Skyteam member.

Even with a 50% bonus,Korean is cheaper then DL.
And I'd waste my 150k on V Australia to downunder cos 90k UR ain't getting me there :P

<embarrassing>

Not sure why, but I mistakenly thought I can use 90K DL to redeem KE Business Award. Yeah, DL is 150K RT even at their low business award. Moving on.

Personally, I like to use AMEX MR for airline travel and UR for hotel (Hyatt) travel.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 08, 2012, 10:46:18 AM
Whats the story with Korean YQ?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 08, 2012, 10:52:29 AM
Whats the story with Korean YQ?

None AFAIK.
Damaxer?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 08, 2012, 10:53:54 AM
None AFAIK.
Damaxer?

They charge it on their own metal (I paid about $175 each for TLV-ICN-MNL in F). Not sure about partners
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 08, 2012, 12:07:10 PM
Apparently its not too easy to book KE partner awards, or at least this one.

For some reason, when the KE reps search for availability, even if its there (can be seen on AF.com) it comes back with no availability.
So still looking for someone that booked this for more info...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 08, 2012, 12:41:37 PM
Apparently its not too easy to book KE partner awards, or at least this one.

For some reason, when the KE reps search for availability, even if its there (can be seen on AF.com) it comes back with no availability.
So still looking for someone that booked this for more info...


You'll pron have better luck on FT :)

Next time u call, see if AF F awards are possible too.
Title: Re: Bora Bora
Post by: twentie4hrs on January 08, 2012, 12:47:18 PM
I'll find us a Heter ;)

ask @JollyJ for one:)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on January 08, 2012, 01:07:57 PM
ask @JollyJ for one:)


Just to be clear, do you realize that you quoted a post from 3½ years ago?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: selm on August 12, 2012, 07:55:05 AM
bora bora is the most amazing vacation in the world, you must stay in the overwater bungalows! i highly recommend it. i went for my honeymoom but unfortunately booked through a travel agent :) if you can book with points, its def worth saving for!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 12, 2012, 09:48:18 AM
Ya that's called an ad, not a trip report.

Full details and pics please!!!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: daganster on August 12, 2012, 05:08:04 PM
bora bora is the most amazing vacation in the world, you must stay in the overwater bungalows! i highly recommend it. i went for my honeymoom but unfortunately booked through a travel agent :) if you can book with points, its def worth saving for!!!!!!!
Was the water rough or calm? I recently traveled to the Maldives and the only thing that disappointed me was the rough water.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 12, 2012, 05:23:18 PM
Was the water rough or calm? I recently traveled to the Maldives and the only thing that disappointed me was the rough water.
I'd imagine in both places that it depends on the time of year.
When did you go to MLE?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: daganster on August 12, 2012, 05:27:03 PM
July 11th - 17th. I wrote a TR here http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=15937.120
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 12, 2012, 05:34:21 PM
AFAIK that's low season for MLE but for
BOB that would be high season then.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 12, 2012, 06:02:14 PM
Correct.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on August 20, 2012, 04:06:54 PM
I am going to Bora Bora this week. Anybody have any good tips?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2012, 04:25:36 PM
I am going to Bora Bora this week. Anybody have any good tips?
Wow, awesome!
I don't think any DDF'er has ever been.

How much did you pay for tickets and the hotel?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 20, 2012, 04:43:09 PM
How much did you pay for tickets and the hotel?

+1, and which airline and hotel?

Did you use points? How long are you going for?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on August 20, 2012, 04:44:24 PM
I am going to Bora Bora this week. Anybody have any good tips?

Sorry, no experiences here :P

Pics and a trip report please.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2012, 04:52:22 PM
Pics and a trip report please.
+1000
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on August 21, 2012, 10:45:53 AM
I bought two tickets for 75k miles each from JFK to PPT.
I am staying at the la meridian with starwood points.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 21, 2012, 10:46:51 AM
I bought two tickets for 75k miles each from JFK to PPT.
I am staying at the la meridian with starwood points.
On what airline? In what class?
How much were tickets from PPT-BOB?
How many Starwood points was the hotel?
How much more would the S. Regis have been?

We want details :D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 21, 2012, 11:06:15 AM
On what airline? In what class?
How much were tickets from PPT-BOB?
How many Starwood points was the hotel?
How much more would the S. Regis have been?

We want details :D
Me thinks AA/TN in coach.

Hope I'm wrong, but from my experience, using SPG points in BOB is never a great value...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 21, 2012, 11:31:49 AM
Hope I'm wrong, but from my experience, using SPG points in BOB is never a great value...
That's my assumption as well.  Probably can sell the points and pay for the S. Regis and still have change.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 21, 2012, 11:37:24 AM
That's my assumption as well.  Probably can sell the points and pay for the S. Regis and still have change.
Yup. SPG50, SPG355N and similar often give good deals.

On the other hand, some people don't sell their points so if you have enough of them, why not.

And while youre going to BOB, it may be well worth looking at other hotels besides the chains.

Though many have a hard time wrapping their head around spending $800-$1000+/night.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on August 21, 2012, 01:30:00 PM
I bought two tickets for 75k miles each from JFK to PPT.

Details? Which miles? Which metal? Routing? Class(es)? etc.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: daganster on August 21, 2012, 08:26:59 PM
Did you get an OWB?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on August 22, 2012, 12:23:01 PM
I used 75k miles AA from JFK to PPT, this is in coach. I booked two tickets for me and my wife.
I used the SPG50 to book an OTW bungalow at the La Meridan, luckily the prices were very decent.
 
Title: Re: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 22, 2012, 12:24:58 PM
I used 75k miles AA from JFK to PPT, this is in coach. I booked two tickets for me and my wife.
I used the SPG50 to book an OTW bungalow at the La Meridan, luckily the prices were very decent.
How long you going for?
How much were tickets ppt-bob?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2012, 12:33:55 PM
I used 75k miles AA from JFK to PPT, this is in coach. I booked two tickets for me and my wife.
I used the SPG50 to book an OTW bungalow at the La Meridan, luckily the prices were very decent.
 
Very exciting!

How much was the SPG50 rate? How much more was the rate at the S. Regis?
Was the SPG50 cheaper than the SPG AMEX 5 for 4 rate with $100 resort credit?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 22, 2012, 12:43:10 PM
Wow, I just googled Bora Bora for my first time and it's officially added to my bucket list.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on August 22, 2012, 12:45:00 PM
Yes the SPG50 was way cheaper then any other offer around.
The only big expense was the flight from ppt to bob which was $400 each. There is no way around that :(
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on August 22, 2012, 12:51:22 PM
I am only an SPG gold member, would anyone know how I can wave the internet fees in the hotel?
 In Bora Bora it's $40 dolor's a day  :-\
Title: Re: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 22, 2012, 12:57:48 PM
I am only an SPG gold member, would anyone know how I can wave the internet fees in the hotel?
 In Bora Bora it's $40 dolor's a day  :-\
Yeah, don't use it and enjoy Bora bora
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on August 22, 2012, 12:59:19 PM
Yeah, don't use it and enjoy Bora bora
+ 1

I am only an SPG gold member, would anyone know how I can wave the internet fees in the hotel?
 In Bora Bora it's $40 dolor's a day  :-\
I believe that as a Gold you can choose free internet as an amenity. This is a benefit that began this past March. See here: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/account/member_benefits/gold_preferred.html
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2012, 01:28:35 PM
I am only an SPG gold member, would anyone know how I can wave the internet fees in the hotel?
 In Bora Bora it's $40 dolor's a day  :-\
Have a Plat book the rate and add you as a guest and then you'll get free internet, suite upgrades, and more.  PM me if you want.
Title: Re: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 22, 2012, 01:30:21 PM
Have a Plat book the rate and add you as a guest and then you'll get free internet, suite upgrades, and more.  PM me if you want.
In bob? you're coming right after? That's plausible?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on August 22, 2012, 01:35:31 PM
Have a Plat book the rate and add you as a guest and then you'll get free internet, suite upgrades, and more.  PM me if you want.

I already booked it. Will it still matter?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2012, 01:48:08 PM
In bob? you're coming right after? That's plausible?
Interesting question...would have to research how checkin there works.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 22, 2012, 01:51:52 PM
Interesting question...would have to research how checkin there works.

Wouldn't be able to pull it off in MLE. I'd bet its almost impossible in BOB as well (and definitely impossible if there are island transfers like in MLE).
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on August 22, 2012, 04:05:40 PM
Wouldn't be able to pull it off in MLE. I'd bet its almost impossible in BOB as well (and definitely impossible if there are island transfers like in MLE).
In the past, I've checked in others on my Plat account and explicitly called the hotel in advance to let them know that I was adding a name of another guest for whom I was booking the room. In all the cases, they had no issue with this. in one case, the rep thought it was very gracious of me to be treating out a friend/colleague in the way.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 22, 2012, 04:09:11 PM
I'd imagine that's against the T&Cs of the program, but from your experience, it seems those T&Cs are not explicitly enforced.

In any case, I was responding to the whole "oh, the registered primary guest got delayed and will be coming later" tactic.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: daganster on August 22, 2012, 04:26:34 PM
I used 75k miles AA from JFK to PPT, this is in coach. I booked two tickets for me and my wife.
I used the SPG50 to book an OTW bungalow at the La Meridan, luckily the prices were very decent.
 
Did you mind sharing  how much you paid for the hotel? Btw how did you search for availability to PPT?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on August 22, 2012, 05:48:17 PM
I called AA everyday for millage flights. It was very hard to get.
 
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 22, 2012, 05:52:26 PM
I called AA everyday for millage flights. It was very hard to get.

Next time, save the effort of calling and just use aa.com.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2012, 06:02:20 PM
Next time, save the effort of calling and just use aa.com.
-1.
I use KVS for TN.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 22, 2012, 06:20:05 PM
-1.
I use KVS for TN.

1) I doubt he has (or wants to pay for) KVS, considering he was calling every day.

2) I just searched aa.com for NYC-PPT and had no problem finding availability. Was easy.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2012, 06:39:01 PM
1) I doubt he has (or wants to pay for) KVS, considering he was calling every day.

2) I just searched aa.com for NYC-PPT and had no problem finding availability. Was easy.
1. I know he doesn't, I'm saying what I do.
2. Really?  Go ahead and give me one day I can fly there as a frum jew. 
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 22, 2012, 07:08:07 PM
I used 75k miles AA from JFK to PPT, this is in coach. I booked two tickets for me and my wife.
I used the SPG50 to book an OTW bungalow at the La Meridan, luckily the prices were very decent.
 
Awesome!
Glad that's what you did.
Though its not what you said,
I bought two tickets for 75k miles each from JFK to PPT.
I am staying at the la meridian with starwood points.

@Dan, contact Aussiebochur Concierge if you need help with a trip to BOB ;)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 22, 2012, 07:14:12 PM
2. Really?  Go ahead and give me one day I can fly there as a frum jew. 

Ah, I just looked quickly and saw green. They're all over shabbas, I guess?

Even if that's the way currently, it seems OP was able to find dates that worked (unless he's not a frum jew).
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2012, 07:39:49 PM
Well ya thats my point. TN ain't on aa so its either KVS or PUTPAC.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 22, 2012, 08:19:38 PM
Well ya thats my point. TN ain't on aa so its either KVS or PUTPAC.
EF is great.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2012, 08:34:57 PM
EF is great.
Or that, I just don't have the need to subscribe to both.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 22, 2012, 09:01:24 PM
Or that, I just don't have the need to subscribe to both.
Alerts can be priceless...

But for searching regularly KVS is the way to go IMO.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2012, 09:02:56 PM
Alerts can be priceless...

But for searching regularly KVS is the way to go IMO.
I guess.  When I need something I just check it twice a day.  Just moved from CX J to F on JFK-YVR that way. Gotta burn that BA account to the ground ;)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 22, 2012, 09:38:51 PM
2. Really?  Go ahead and give me one day I can fly there as a frum jew. 
Just a quick search pulled up for 2,
19 Jun 2013 AA         3735    CLE   10:30     ORD   10:50     Business Class
19 Jun 2013 AA         1247    ORD   11:25     LAX   13:50     Business Class
19 Jun 2013 TN         17        LAX   16:00     PPT   21:30      Business Class

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2012, 10:02:23 PM
Just a quick search pulled up for 2,
19 Jun 2013 AA         3735    CLE   10:30     ORD   10:50     Business Class
19 Jun 2013 AA         1247    ORD   11:25     LAX   13:50     Business Class
19 Jun 2013 TN         17        LAX   16:00     PPT   21:30      Business Class

2) I just searched aa.com for NYC-PPT and had no problem finding availability. Was easy.

Was referring to finding that on aa.com ;)

But that is a nice find :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 22, 2012, 10:04:17 PM
Was referring to finding that on aa.com ;)

But that is a nice find :)
Gotcha.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2012, 10:11:30 PM
Wow, I never realized how bad TN7 and TN17 are for connections to BOB.  That sure makes for a long trip with a forced overnight :P

TN101 an AF 76 are much more ideally timed.

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 22, 2012, 10:12:35 PM
But oftentimes beggars can't be choosers :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on August 22, 2012, 10:49:34 PM
Gotta burn that BA account to the ground ;)
If you need help burning it to the ground, I'm available to come along to babysit :-)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: daganster on August 22, 2012, 11:13:27 PM
I called AA everyday for millage flights. It was very hard to get.
 
I was just curious to know how you searched for PPT it must be a pain to call AA so many time. Anyhow enjoy your trip and keep us posted.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on August 22, 2012, 11:16:57 PM
If you need help burning it to the ground, I'm available to come along to babysit :-)
haha what abt ur wife lol
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on August 22, 2012, 11:17:25 PM
Gotta burn that BA account to the ground ;)
wish amex would have a transfer bonus
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 23, 2012, 12:13:08 AM
Not a bad itin for 250K+$160 for 2 pax in business:
HT: aussie
(http://www.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/aa11.png)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 23, 2012, 12:14:14 AM
On hold or booked? :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on August 23, 2012, 12:15:51 AM
On hold or booked? :P
Ticketed :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 23, 2012, 12:25:06 AM
Ticketed :P

You or him?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on August 23, 2012, 02:39:40 AM
You or him?

Scroll up and read (from this post (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=178.msg288955#msg288955)), pretty obvious it's Dan.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 23, 2012, 10:24:30 AM
If so, is this a trip @dan you really plan on taking? ;)

#green
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 23, 2012, 10:49:29 AM
If so, is this a trip @dan you really plan on taking? ;)

#green
Probably a 5% chance, but it's fun to look at.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on August 23, 2012, 10:51:00 AM
Probably a 5% chance, but it's fun to look at.
lol
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 23, 2012, 11:25:35 AM
So you got status on AA too so that you have free redeposit?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 23, 2012, 11:31:24 AM
So you got status on AA too so that you have free redeposit?
I can't imagine a major airline that he wouldn't have status on.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on August 23, 2012, 11:32:50 AM
So you got status on AA too so that you have free redeposit?
i believe he has lifetime gold or plat from cc miles
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 23, 2012, 11:35:29 AM
... Where was I for the good 'ol days...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on August 23, 2012, 11:38:57 AM
... Where was I for the good 'ol days...
I feel the same way
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 23, 2012, 04:55:18 PM
since when does aa plat give free redeposit?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 23, 2012, 05:22:31 PM
since when does aa plat give free redeposit?

Good point :P

Only AA EXP gets free redeposit.


...Dan? ;)
Title: Re: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 23, 2012, 08:00:37 PM
Good point :P

Only AA EXP gets free redeposit.


...Dan? ;)
Banking on a future platinum card, or maybe he was 1K on united and status matched
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 23, 2012, 09:52:44 PM
Decent guesses, though I doubt he'd voluntarily waste the plat credit when he thinks he has only a 5% chance of going.
Title: Tahiti/Moorea - Kosher Food, Shul, etc? What do they allow you to bring in?
Post by: yoshapman on February 22, 2013, 01:26:01 PM
Thinking about Moorea and Tahiti next Winter, but I can't find any recent information online about Kosher food, Shuls, bringing food into the country, etc. I see there is/was a shul in Tahiti, but I can't find any website for it. Anyone have any recent info that can help, or has anyone gone there recently and can share their experience. Thanks.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 22, 2013, 02:16:43 PM
AFAIK, there is no shul or kosher food in PPT/BOB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 22, 2013, 02:24:46 PM
AFAIK, there is no shul or kosher food in PPT/BOB.

There's a shul (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/tahiti.html), which has a minyan on Shabbos, and even meshulachim from E"Y (http://www.jewishjournal.com/travel/article/tahitian_jews_make_do_on_their_island_paradise_20080104/)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on February 22, 2013, 02:29:28 PM
There's a shul (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/tahiti.html), which has a minyan on Shabbos, and even meshulachim from E"Y (http://www.jewishjournal.com/travel/article/tahitian_jews_make_do_on_their_island_paradise_20080104/)

Do they provide kosher food or meals on Shabbos? Also, does anyone know if there are issues bringing kosher food into Tahiti?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 22, 2013, 02:32:15 PM
Do they provide kosher food or meals on Shabbos? Also, does anyone know if there are issues bringing kosher food into Tahiti?
Read the articles in the link
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 22, 2013, 02:36:27 PM
There's a shul (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/tahiti.html), which has a minyan on Shabbos, and even meshulachim from E"Y (http://www.jewishjournal.com/travel/article/tahitian_jews_make_do_on_their_island_paradise_20080104/)

Niiiice! I be corrected--pleasantly so.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 22, 2013, 02:46:31 PM
So intersting that there is a small kehilla there. Never would of guessed. Wonder if the meshulachim keep 2 days Shabbos there :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on February 23, 2013, 11:45:14 AM
I was in the Shul there. I only found out after Shabbos, so was there for a minyan maariv.
They do not offer food there or anything, but they were really warm and even drove me to the airport.
They told me that one of the people there are planning on opening a Kosher hotel, I am not sure if his plans are coming through. 
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 23, 2013, 08:44:05 PM
You were on Tahiti for shabbos and didn't even know about the shul?
Why?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on February 24, 2013, 02:42:29 PM
You were on Tahiti for shabbos and didn't even know about the shul?
Why?

Yes, did not do enough research.
As well, I wanted to stay at the meridian which has over water bungalows in Tahiti and that is a very far walk from the Shul.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2013, 03:26:27 PM
But why Tahiti over Moorea or Bora Bora?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on February 24, 2013, 06:01:53 PM
But why Tahiti over Moorea or Bora Bora?

I landed Friday morning, wanted to stay Shabbos really close by. Looking back maybe I should have gone to Moorea, but I had a really nice time in Thaiti.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 12, 2013, 03:48:31 PM
I have 2 (extremely hard to find) TN J award tickets LAX-PPT that it seems I'm probably going to release unfortunately :'(

Dates are 06/09-06/17. Both flights are red-eyes.  I'm guessing the seats will go back to award inventory when cancelled and it's 125K AA per seat.

I also have the Hilton BOB booked 06/10-06/17 for 7 nights at 37.5K per night (currently 95K).

Want to go on the trip of a lifetime? Hit me up to work out the details.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 12, 2013, 06:30:44 PM
I have 2 (extremely hard to find) TN J award tickets LAX-PPT that it seems I'm probably going to release unfortunately :'(

Dates are 06/09-06/17. Both flights are red-eyes.  I'm guessing the seats will go back to award inventory when cancelled and it's 125K AA per seat.

I also have the Hilton BOB booked 06/10-06/17 for 7 nights at 37.5K per night (currently 95K).

Want to go on the trip of a lifetime? Hit me up to work out the details.
OWB? Would your diamond status help for that?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 12, 2013, 08:41:01 PM
I have 2 (extremely hard to find) TN J award tickets LAX-PPT that it seems I'm probably going to release unfortunately :'(

Dates are 06/09-06/17. Both flights are red-eyes.  I'm guessing the seats will go back to award inventory when cancelled and it's 125K AA per seat.

I also have the Hilton BOB booked 06/10-06/17 for 7 nights at 37.5K per night (currently 95K).

Want to go on the trip of a lifetime? Hit me up to work out the details.
Wow that must be tough! At least you were just in the Maldives life's not that bad  :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 12, 2013, 09:51:33 PM
I have 2 (extremely hard to find) TN J award tickets LAX-PPT that it seems I'm probably going to release unfortunately :'(

Dates are 06/09-06/17. Both flights are red-eyes.  I'm guessing the seats will go back to award inventory when cancelled and it's 125K AA per seat.

I also have the Hilton BOB booked 06/10-06/17 for 7 nights at 37.5K per night (currently 95K).

Want to go on the trip of a lifetime? Hit me up to work out the details.

Hmmm... I wonder if I can take off...  ;D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: marko on May 12, 2013, 11:22:08 PM
I wish I could go then. I was actually curious about Dan. Because Bora is my next vacation whenever I have the time for it. What is the best way getting tickets from LA. Is American miles the only way to go? I heard that you can use Delta also?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: marko on May 12, 2013, 11:53:04 PM
Never mind. I read up on it.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 13, 2013, 12:11:50 AM
OWB? Would your diamond status help for that?
This is becoming very hard to find a friend with 125K AA. Oh the hardships of being single, if I had a +1 I'd just blow 250K :))

Any ddf'ers want to split this?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 13, 2013, 12:14:06 AM
This is becoming very hard to find a friend with 125K AA. Oh the hardships of being single, if I had a +1 I'd just blow 250K :))

Any ddf'ers want to split this?
125k AA is the easy part.

Timing/schedule is where it gets tuff.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 13, 2013, 12:16:24 AM
125k AA is the easy part.

Timing/schedule is where it gets tuff.
Advantages of being single :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 13, 2013, 12:18:28 AM
Advantages of being single :P
Agree, but it seems now the disadvantage is kicking in :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 13, 2013, 12:27:49 AM
Advantages of being single :P
Come on Bora Bora is a better place to go when married!!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on May 13, 2013, 12:28:44 AM
This is becoming very hard to find a friend with 125K AA. Oh the hardships of being single, if I had a +1 I'd just blow 250K :))

Any ddf'ers want to split this?
I'm not sure how conducive BOB is to bar prep...Otherwise, I'm free then.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on May 13, 2013, 12:33:18 AM
Come on Bora Bora is a better place to go when married!!

 I was never in BOB or MLE but from what I hear it is very boring to go single.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 13, 2013, 12:34:21 AM
Come on Bora Bora is a better place to go when married!!
Never said otherwise, I agree with you. But timing is easier single and being that I am currently not married, and I don't see that changing in the next 27 days, I will look into my options now.

I'm not sure how conducive BOB is to bar prep...Otherwise, I'm free then.
Very conducive! Helps clear the head :) Imagine how much better you can study when you return. Is the Mrs. ok with it? Why don't you take the flights yourself?

I was never in BOB or MLE but from what I hear it is very boring to go single.
Been to MLE single. T'was EPIC! Really once in a lifetime amazing experience. Well that is until I go to BOB ;)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on May 13, 2013, 12:43:07 AM
Been to MLE single. T'was EPIC! Really once in a lifetime amazing experience. Well that is until I go to BOB ;)

 You stayed in MLE in  an  OWB single? like at the Hyatt resort? maybe Ill reconsider?! LOL
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 13, 2013, 12:46:07 AM
@jj

Convince Mrs. AJK and I'm in :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 13, 2013, 12:55:50 AM
You stayed in MLE in  an  OWB single? like at the Hyatt resort? maybe Ill reconsider?! LOL
At the W. I did it with a friend. Obviously it is much more memorable with a spouse, and a lot tougher to lay out the cash/points for yourself. But it really was amazing. Snorkeling, sitting under a full sky of stars, the water were all enjoyable and I'll never forget how amazing it was. I had a good opportunity and took it. Similar to the opportunity I have now with BOB...

@jj

Convince Mrs. AJK and I'm in :)
Nu, what's her handle I can PM? :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on May 13, 2013, 01:02:21 AM
At the W. I did it with a friend. Obviously it is much more memorable with a spouse, and a lot tougher to lay out the cash/points for yourself. But it really was amazing. Snorkeling, sitting under a full sky of stars, the water were all enjoyable and I'll never forget how amazing it was. I had a good opportunity and took it. Similar to the opportunity I have now with BOB...

What did you fly with to MLE?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 13, 2013, 01:03:48 AM
What did you fly with to MLE?
UA and SIN just economy.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 19, 2013, 05:08:03 PM
I am trying to convince someone to join me in Bora Bora for 1 week. What activities are there to do? Obviously snorkeling and laying on the beach. Anyone know what is offered free by Hilton or how I can reach them to ask? I also can't figure out how I'd get around the island or do people just stay in their resorts?

ETA- Just found this "Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards & hobby cat (guided tour) are complimentary"
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 19, 2013, 05:17:27 PM
I am trying to convince someone to join me in Bora Bora for 1 week. What activities are there to do? Obviously snorkeling and laying on the beach. Anyone know what is offered free by Hilton or how I can reach them to ask? I also can't figure out how I'd get around the island or do people just stay in their resorts?

ETA- Just found this "Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards & hobby cat (guided tour) are complimentary"

Can that somebody be me?  Very little convincing needed! A friend just went and after seeing the pics I'm just about ready to hop in a plane. How are you flying ?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 19, 2013, 05:34:55 PM
Can that somebody be me?  Very little convincing needed! A friend just went and after seeing the pics I'm just about ready to hop in a plane. How are you flying ?
It'd be this deal. I believe you can book from your location and we'd meet up in LA... Split the room and activities, I figure pay $100 the first three nights for OWB and hope they leave us there (staying on a Diamond account) if we get moved to a regular room I figure it out then.
I have 2 (extremely hard to find) TN J award tickets LAX-PPT that it seems I'm probably going to release unfortunately :'(

Dates are 06/09-06/17. Both flights are red-eyes.  I'm guessing the seats will go back to award inventory when cancelled and it's 125K AA per seat.

I also have the Hilton BOB booked 06/10-06/17 for 7 nights at 37.5K per night (currently 95K).

Want to go on the trip of a lifetime? Hit me up to work out the details.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 19, 2013, 08:47:36 PM
It'd be this deal. I believe you can book from your location and we'd meet up in LA... Split the room and activities, I figure pay $100 the first three nights for OWB and hope they leave us there (staying on a Diamond account) if we get moved to a regular room I figure it out then.

Can't believe you have no takers.  Bora Bora looks amazing.
No one should need any convincing.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 19, 2013, 08:49:17 PM
Can't believe you have no takers.  Bora Bora looks amazing.
No one should need any convincing.
Well my most promising option just fell through today so looks like no bora bora for now.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2013, 08:51:53 PM
Well my most promising option just fell through today so looks like no bora bora for now.
wanna talk to my wife? if you get her to let me come, I'm game
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 19, 2013, 08:53:25 PM
wanna talk to my wife? if you get her to let me come, I'm game


Maybe we should start a petition for you ? But it's only fair that she take A week off also then...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 19, 2013, 08:55:24 PM
wanna talk to my wife? if you get her to let me come, I'm game
I'm pretty sure your the fourth person in this thread to make that offer with me.

I'd rather convince your wife to go with you and you guys have a once in a lifetime trip for 1/3 of what the hotel rate is now...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2013, 08:57:11 PM
I'm pretty sure your the fourth person in this thread to make that offer with me.

I'd rather convince your wife to go with you and you guys have a once in a lifetime trip for 1/3 of what the hotel rate is now...
you'll watch the kids?
but in all seriousness, neither of us can get away that week
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: daganster on June 03, 2013, 10:41:51 PM
I have 2 (extremely hard to find) TN J award tickets LAX-PPT that it seems I'm probably going to release unfortunately :'(

Dates are 06/09-06/17. Both flights are red-eyes.  I'm guessing the seats will go back to award inventory when cancelled and it's 125K AA per seat.

I also have the Hilton BOB booked 06/10-06/17 for 7 nights at 37.5K per night (currently 95K).

Want to go on the trip of a lifetime? Hit me up to work out the details.
Dan, did anyone hit you up on the offer? Have you already released those seats?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 03, 2013, 11:03:16 PM
I have not released the seats but I did cancel the Hilton :'(
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: daganster on June 03, 2013, 11:07:06 PM
I have not released the seats but I did cancel the Hilton :'(
I guess you had 14 days to cancel, feel the pain. I was contemplating taking you up on the offer, but now I need to a hotel as well.....
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 03, 2013, 11:08:04 PM
I have not released the seats but I did cancel the Hilton :'(
Did you get any offers.

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 03, 2013, 11:13:00 PM
I guess you had 14 days to cancel, feel the pain.
Yup.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 04, 2013, 05:20:49 PM
Does it make sense to try and stock up on Hilton points if i plan on a trip here? Any other hotel which would be better?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: daganster on June 05, 2013, 09:12:17 PM
Does it make sense to try and stock up on Hilton points if i plan on a trip here? Any other hotel which would be better?
By time you're ready to go they may require more points or/and leave the hilton  >:(. How far out are you planning your trip?
SPG has 2 properties there, but they are category 7.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 05, 2013, 09:17:36 PM
By time you're ready to go they may require more points or/and leave the hilton  >:(. How far out are you planning your trip?
SPG has 2 properties there, but they are category 7.
Probably a year out.  I will work on getting SPG points as well to have myself covered.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 05, 2013, 09:18:12 PM
Would it be crazy to take a child <1 here?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: daganster on June 05, 2013, 09:37:11 PM
Would it be crazy to take a child <1 here?
From my experience of the Maldives, yes.
Any DDF babysitters :)?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 05, 2013, 09:44:04 PM
From my experience of the Maldives, yes.
Any DDF babysitters :)?
Is an OWB involved in the payment method?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 05, 2013, 09:49:56 PM
From my experience of the Maldives, yes.
Any DDF babysitters :)?
Was it because of the travel or once you got there you did not have what to do with the child?
If we plan on just hanging around in the OWB and walking around, would that be more doable?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 05, 2013, 09:51:52 PM
Was it because of the travel or once you got there you did not have what to do with the child?
If we plan on just hanging around in the OWB and walking around, would that be more doable?
Silly to go all that way and never go swimming/snorkeling/scuba etc.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 05, 2013, 10:03:03 PM
Silly to go all that way and never go swimming/snorkeling/scuba etc.
One at a time :)

May just have to up my effort and bring along a sitter.

One day into my idea of going here, i have gotten approved for two Hawaiian cards (140K HH), Citi AA (50K) and need to reallocate CL to get a SP Visa and UMP approved which i can sell and put towards the flights from PPT to BOB. I think i am off to a good decent start.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 08, 2013, 10:18:35 PM
Getting the points is the easy part. Availability is the hard part.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Antonio on June 18, 2013, 06:50:44 AM
First I would like to thank you all in enhance for the help. My wife and I are preparing a plan to go somewhere for about a week and I was looking into Tahiti it looks wonderful but I have not study many excellent stuff about it.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jez on February 22, 2014, 11:29:17 PM
Does anyone know if you can bring "processed" meat, e.g. cold cuts and schnitzel, to French Polynesia? Thanks!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 20, 2014, 01:40:54 PM
Have 2 tickets on hold for April from LAX to PPT. Leaving Sunday and coming back Thursday night with Air Tahiti. Any good options with points nowadays? Have 100K SPG points and a lot more UR points.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 20, 2014, 01:51:08 PM
The good old days...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 20, 2014, 02:03:11 PM
The good old days...
Bummer! Just got the Le Meridien OWB for 274 USD and 30K SPG points for 2 nights. Have you heard anything good about it?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 20, 2014, 02:04:43 PM
It's OK.
Look into the Intercontinental Thalasso.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 20, 2014, 02:48:13 PM
Or pray that it's on the PointsBreaks when it's released tomorrow.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 20, 2014, 02:59:41 PM
Or pray that it's on the PointsBreaks when it's released tomorrow.
That would work out nicely.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 20, 2014, 03:01:20 PM
Or pray that it's on the PointsBreaks when it's released tomorrow.
Never going to happen.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 20, 2014, 03:04:48 PM
The InterContinental Le Moana Resort  is on Jetsetter if you are interested.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 20, 2014, 03:49:01 PM
The InterContinental Le Moana Resort  is on Jetsetter if you are interested.
Thanks shame it is sold out for my dates.

My tentative schedule is to arrive Sunday evening late, overnight in PPT, take the flight Monday morning to BOB and have till Wednesday night when I need to fly back to PPT for an early Thursday flight back to LAX. Kind of quick but certainly cheaper this way and I don't run into Shabbos dateline issues this way.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 20, 2014, 10:00:43 PM
Is it hard to get seats in J from LAX to PPT using AA miles? I am torn about going as I have the seats in J on hold from LAX to PPT and back but nothing from NYC/PHL to LAX in either direction.

Trying to decide if I should go a different time which is why I was wondering if getting the seats with good dates is something I should jump on. As it happens I have a fully planned trip to St Martin for the same week, however with all my extra AA miles earned lately I am thinking BOB!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: MLM on March 20, 2014, 11:46:46 PM
Is it hard to get seats in J from LAX to PPT using AA miles? I am torn about going as I have the seats in J on hold from LAX to PPT and back but nothing from NYC/PHL to LAX in either direction.

Trying to decide if I should go a different time which is why I was wondering if getting the seats with good dates is something I should jump on. As it happens I have a fully planned trip to St Martin for the same week, however with all my extra AA miles earned lately I am thinking BOB!

Go to BOB! The NYC-lax flights will open up!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 20, 2014, 11:49:34 PM
Go to BOB! The NYC-lax flights will open up!
Fair enough  :) I have the seats on hold for a day before so I don't have to pay a change fee when it does open. Can I assume there is a better chance of it opening from JFK then from PHL?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: avadah on May 03, 2014, 04:31:20 PM
What are the best miles to use to get to BOB from JFK?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 04, 2014, 01:42:20 AM
AA/DL
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mendoul on May 04, 2014, 04:01:36 AM
AA/DL

How many miles is it?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: avadah on May 04, 2014, 08:13:39 AM
AA doesn't fly to BOB
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 04, 2014, 08:22:31 AM
AA doesn't fly to BOB
But their miles do.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 04, 2014, 09:23:52 AM
But their miles do.
Could be he meant they only go as far as PPT.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mendoul on May 04, 2014, 12:01:41 PM
How many miles from NY to bora bora?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: avadah on May 04, 2014, 03:06:51 PM
Only has flights on fri & Shabbos and only to PPT.
How many miles from NY to bora bora?
62.5 aanytime
37.5 saaver
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on May 04, 2014, 08:00:16 PM
But their miles do.
Can you actually get all the way there? Or do you still need to take a paid flight?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 04, 2014, 08:52:42 PM
No airline miles will get you past PPT.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shimino1 on May 04, 2014, 09:23:24 PM
After reading the whole thread it seems like were still waiting for the first ddf'r to actually go to bora bora
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: SOS on May 04, 2014, 09:30:36 PM
Are you volunteering?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 04, 2014, 10:20:09 PM
DDF'ers have gone and come.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shimino1 on May 05, 2014, 02:29:06 AM
DDF'ers have gone and come.
Trip report?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: pizzahut on May 05, 2014, 05:20:51 AM
After reading the whole thread it seems like were still waiting for the first ddf'r to actually go to bora bora
too many speculators...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on May 06, 2014, 06:25:25 PM
Has anyone gone in January? I know the weather can be is spotty, but if thats the only time to go, is it worth it?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 07, 2014, 09:46:13 AM
DDF'ers have gone and come.
+1

I am ticketed for October with the internal flight paid for and all.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 07, 2014, 09:52:35 AM
Where you staying?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 07, 2014, 03:39:02 PM
Where you staying?
LM OWB
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: theeari on July 14, 2014, 05:33:22 PM
Anyone here ever research flying Air France to PPT? I want to fly from NYC (on Delta to LAX and AF from LAX to PPT) am trying to figure out the best mileage option. I thought transferring Chase to Korean would be best at 60/90 r/t but, after calling, it appears that option is only from LAX-PPT, not from NYC. The Korean agent said I would have to book the NYC-LAX by itself. This is weird b/c their chart says "USA-Tahiti by Air France : Economy 60,000/Business 90,000 miles".
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on September 01, 2014, 12:34:07 PM
After reading the whole thread it seems like were still waiting for the first ddf'r to actually go to bora bora

You obliviously did not read the whole thread I was there in summer of 2012 was the most amazing thing I have done in my life!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 01, 2014, 12:38:15 PM
TR with pics por favor.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on September 01, 2014, 12:41:18 PM
FYI, J seats with TN are very easy to get in advance. 2-4 seats on many flights.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 01, 2014, 01:57:13 PM
FYI, J seats with TN are very easy to get in advance. 2-4 seats on many flights.
What alliance is it in?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 01, 2014, 02:00:19 PM
What alliance is it in?
None. Partners with AA and DL.
Either way you can't get to BOB on miles, just to PPT.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 01, 2014, 10:33:17 PM
None. Partners with AA and DL.
Either way you can't get to BOB on miles, just to PPT.
So why is jaywhy saying it's easier to get J seats in advance?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on September 02, 2014, 09:43:47 PM
So why is jaywhy saying it's easier to get J seats in advance?
Because it is. I'm talking PPT.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 02, 2014, 10:07:45 PM
Because it is. I'm talking PPT.
So you're saying that using AA or DL to book TN flying to PPT has a lot of J availability?

How far is PPT to the resorts area?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 02, 2014, 10:10:08 PM
Note that there's no lie flat J to PPT.
PPT-BOB is a $500 flight.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 02, 2014, 10:19:07 PM
Note that there's no lie flat J to PPT.
PPT-BOB is a $500 flight.
Ohhh PPT isn't just another airport in the area?

Now I see why more people here don't go there. Not so easy to get to.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 02, 2014, 11:47:23 PM
MLE is 50% farther (from NYC), yet somehow we make it work.

It's not about distance, though. It's about number of FF options to get there, and there's a whole bunch to MLE (on great products), while only TN and AF are possible to BOB (both of whose products stink).


Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 02, 2014, 11:49:34 PM
MLE is 50% farther (from NYC), yet somehow we make it work.

It's not about distance, though, it's about number of options to get there, and there's a whole bunch to MLE, and only TN and AF to BOB, both of whose products stink.
NZ, but good luck finding NZ J.
They actually used to fly LAX-PPT.  Very sad when it went away.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 03, 2014, 12:04:47 AM
EY Residence is probably an easier award to snag than NZ J :P

I was just saying the top two in terms of frequency and accessibility.

But, if we're including NZ J, we may as well be more complete:

HA from HNL, and
LA from IPC.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 12:07:05 AM
EY Residence is probably an easier award to snag than NZ J :P
Wasn't always this way, used to reliably open.  Sad state of affairs there.

HA from HNL
Shabbos only :(
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 03, 2014, 12:16:57 AM
Shabbos only :(

PPT-HNL leaves 11:30 PM, which is doable provided you stay in PPT for shabbas.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 12:20:47 AM
provided you stay in PPT for shabbas.
I'll do that right after I spend shabbos on Male Island.

To which AJK will respond that technically he's correct. To which I'll respond that practically it's silly. Now we can skip all that.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 12:22:49 AM
Better question is what's with shabbos in French Polynesia?
Any chabad guys ask the shayla yet?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 03, 2014, 12:25:30 AM
I'll do that right after I spend shabbos on Male Island.

You don't think there's a difference between spending shabbas on MLE, a muslim country, and PPT, a french country?

To which AJK will respond that technically he's correct. To which I'll respond that practically it's silly. Now we can skip all that.

Kind of like, practically, NZ J ex-LAX is silly. Hey, wait a minute...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 12:31:47 AM
You don't think there's a difference between spending shabbas on MLE, a muslim country, and PPT, a french country?
I don't mean the religious aspect.
I mean when you're within spitting range of the most beautiful islands on earth, you don't stay in their armpit for any longer than a connection.


Kind of like, practically, NZ J ex-LAX is silly. Hey, wait a minute...
Take SQ/CX to AKL and fly back via PPT?

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 03, 2014, 12:38:19 AM
I don't mean the religious aspect.
I mean when you're within spitting range of the most beautiful islands on earth, you don't stay in their armpit for any longer than a connection.

No, you do shabbas in Moorea, which is also beautiful, and is only a 30 min boat ride to PPT, or even better a few minutes flight. Plenty of time if shabbas ends 6:30 PM.

Take SQ/CX to AKL and fly back via PPT?

Or you can fly via PVG:

(http://i.gyazo.com/a87e66c5c1fb1a02e9e62da8a2608b45.png)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 12:42:18 AM
No, you do shabbas in Moorea, which is also beautiful, and is only a 30 min boat ride to PPT, or even better a few minutes flight. Plenty of time if shabbas ends 6:30 PM.
Quick glance shows no flights or ferries from MOZ-PPT after dusk.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 04, 2014, 08:25:37 AM
http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/french-polynesia/bora-bora/1096/the-st-regis-bora-bora-resort?nm=splash&ca=asia&cl=3&rid=6

And they have the gall to charge $32 for wi-fi. As if 1.1k per night couldn't cover that...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: avadah on September 04, 2014, 05:51:01 PM
Dunno why more people don't go to Bora Bora over the Maldives. It sounds like the PPT-BOB flight costs the same amount as the seaplanes from MLE to the hotel. Plus it's closer.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 05:54:50 PM
Hotels are more expensive, very few private pool options, flights are harder to get, no first class or even lie-flat business class, no *A flights from the US, dateline/shabbos issues, it's rainy during winter in the US, et al.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 04, 2014, 05:55:28 PM
Dunno why more people don't go to Bora Bora over the Maldives. It sounds like the PPT-BOB flight costs the same amount as the seaplanes from MLE to the hotel. Plus it's closer.
fewer mile options, fewer nice stopover options that you'd have when going to MLE
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: avadah on September 04, 2014, 06:03:05 PM
Hotels are more expensive,
$ or points?
very few private pool options
From reading the Maldives thread it seems fine with out it.
Hotels are more expensive, very few private pool options, flights are harder to get, no first class or even lie-flat business class, no *A flights from the US, dateline/shabbos issues, it's rainy during winter in the US, et al.
Didn't know that.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on September 04, 2014, 06:04:27 PM
its simple.. less award options.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 04, 2014, 06:23:29 PM
http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/french-polynesia/bora-bora/1096/the-st-regis-bora-bora-resort?nm=splash&ca=asia&cl=3&rid=6

And they have the gall to charge $32 for wi-fi. As if 1.1k per night couldn't cover that...

Don't SPG Golds get free wifi?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 04, 2014, 06:29:19 PM
Not on ota bookings
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on September 04, 2014, 06:30:58 PM
Not on ota bookings
I've gotten it multiple times on OTA bookings.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 04, 2014, 06:32:25 PM
So have I.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 04, 2014, 11:00:21 PM
I've gotten it multiple times on OTA bookings.
It may work, but it's not officially a benefit.
Have you been able to get other elite benefits, such as breakfast for Plat?

FYI, there's a way to hack this by adding the stay into your account. A blogger wrote s/t a few years back. I never tried it though.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on September 04, 2014, 11:36:04 PM
Better question is what's with shabbos in French Polynesia?
Any chabad guys ask the shayla yet?
Tahiti has a 200 yo Orthodox shul
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 05, 2014, 03:07:05 PM
Tahiti has a 200 yo Orthodox shul
Active?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on September 06, 2014, 10:28:09 PM
Active?
Yep

http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=8745
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 07, 2014, 02:03:06 AM
http://travelisfree.com/2014/09/06/finishing-my-bucket-list-to-bora-bora-or-not-to-bora-bora/

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 07, 2014, 01:32:08 PM
Yep

http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=8745
Incredible.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 07, 2014, 01:45:45 PM
I'll bet they don't keep 2 days shabbos ;)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on September 15, 2014, 04:47:45 PM
Could someone (with the requisite knowledge) volunteer to do a wiki on the possible routings (and award rates) from US to PPT, similar to the one in the Maldives threat: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=15937.0

thx
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 15, 2014, 04:49:51 PM
Only flights from the US mainland are TN and AF from LAX.
TN is partners with AA and DL.
AF is partners with DL.

HA has a flight from HNL on shabbos only though the return is motzei shabbos but would probably require you to be on PPT island for shabbos.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 16, 2014, 05:45:33 AM
Only flights from the US mainland are TN and AF from LAX.
TN is partners with AA and DL.
AF is partners with DL.

HA has a flight from HNL on shabbos only though the return is motzei shabbos but would probably require you to be on PPT island for shabbos.
How about from Asia?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 16, 2014, 03:15:30 PM
I have myself booked for 3 nights in the Le Meridien OWB for 274 dollar and IIRC 15K point per night. Is it easy to book the IC instead buying the points as pointed on DDMS? Is it tied into availability etc.?

It would be a better deal of course at just 287 USD per night although I don't know which hotel has a better OWB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 16, 2014, 03:20:30 PM
How about from Asia?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fa%27a%27ā_International_Airport#Airlines_and_destinations
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on September 16, 2014, 03:45:39 PM
Only flights from the US mainland are TN and AF from LAX.
TN is partners with AA and DL.
AF is partners with DL.

HA has a flight from HNL on shabbos only though the return is motzei shabbos but would probably require you to be on PPT island for shabbos.
How many miles? how are their premium cabins?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2014, 03:54:00 PM
GIYF.

Both are meh, i.e. angle flat.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on September 16, 2014, 03:54:53 PM
GIYF.

Both are meh, i.e. angle flat.
No F?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2014, 03:57:22 PM
Not for 18 months.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 16, 2014, 03:57:28 PM
How many miles? how are their premium cabins?
You're not going to decide to go to Bora Bora based on the quality of the premium cabin, are you?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2014, 04:00:17 PM
 :-[
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 16, 2014, 04:21:16 PM
GIYF.

Both are meh, i.e. angle flat.

According to a review from MMS AF is much better almost lie flat. While the other is only a recliner type.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2014, 04:25:53 PM
If by "other" you mean TN, then you're incorrect. The planes were retrofitted beginning in April of 2013 to be angled flat.

Why they'd bother retrofitting the plane in this era with angled instead of lie-flat is anyone's guess. Probably felt they didn't need to, as they're the only daily operator of US-PPT flights.

And never again quote MMS as a source for anything... except maybe arrows. Shame on you.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 16, 2014, 04:31:11 PM
If by "other" you mean TN, then you're incorrect. The planes were retrofitted beginning in April of 2013 to be angled flat.

Why they'd bother retrofitting the plane in this era with angled instead of lie-flat is anyone's guess. Probably felt they didn't need to, as they're the only daily operator of US-PPT flights.

And never again quote MMS as a source for anything... except maybe arrows. Shame on you.

Thanks, happy to hear. Lol about MMS :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on September 16, 2014, 09:22:19 PM
You're not going to decide to go to Bora Bora based on the quality of the premium cabin, are you?
It can help decide between Maldives and BOB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2014, 09:51:11 PM
It can help decide between Maldives and BOB.

Ding Ding Ding.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on September 17, 2014, 09:30:58 AM
Ding Ding Ding.
But Maldives a second time before BOB once?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: MichaelA on September 17, 2014, 11:13:06 AM
I stayed at the Park Hyatt Hadahaa in Maldives on the overwater bungalows with my wife for 5 days, (using hyatt 2 free nights offer and 20k pts per night) we also added ~300$ for the upgrade to overwater bungalow per night.  i must say it was an absolutely incredible experience. After inquiring about kashrut possibilities they gave us the option of ordering from a menu they obtain from australian chabad caterers, the food was ok.  We ended up going fishing and catching tunas so we just double wrapped and prepared it-
Anyways, i have to say the experience was great, but i doubt i would go back to the maldives.
 
It was a pain in the rear...
To get to the island we had to land in Male, then take another plane to Koodooo in which that flight had to make 2 stops before our final Koodooo destination. (meanwhile the majority of the plane were in burqa's)

Then we took a golf cart to the marina, and then a 30 minute boat ride at 1am (not the safest feeling in the world speeding through the ocean with nothing in site in pitch black night)

Also, as Dan mentioned earlier the muslim influence made it rather uncomfortable, especially at the male airport and the several rides till we got to the hotel.   The ocean and beaches were amazing, amazing amazing.

Next on my list is Bora Bora, i think it would be more enjoyable-
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on September 17, 2014, 11:16:37 AM
I stayed at the Park Hyatt Hadahaa in Maldives on the overwater bungalows with my wife for 5 days, (using hyatt 2 free nights offer and 20k pts per night) we also added ~300$ for the upgrade to overwater bungalow per night.  i must say it was an absolutely incredible experience. After inquiring about kashrut possibilities they gave us the option of ordering from a menu they obtain from australian chabad caterers, the food was ok.  We ended up going fishing and catching tunas so we just double wrapped and prepared it-
Anyways, i have to say the experience was great, but i doubt i would go back to the maldives.
 
It was a pain in the rear...
To get to the island we had to land in Male, then take another plane to Koodooo in which that flight had to make 2 stops before our final Koodooo destination. (meanwhile the majority of the plane were in burqa's)

Then we took a golf cart to the marina, and then a 30 minute boat ride at 1am (not the safest feeling in the world speeding through the ocean with nothing in site in pitch black night)

Also, as Dan mentioned earlier the muslim influence made it rather uncomfortable, especially at the male airport and the several rides till we got to the hotel.   The ocean and beaches were amazing, amazing amazing.

Next on my list is Bora Bora, i think it would be more enjoyable-
tough life you live
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: MichaelA on September 17, 2014, 11:30:58 AM
(http://s17.postimg.org/kivqkzu4v/photo.jpg)
Tell me about it....
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on September 17, 2014, 11:38:02 AM


We ended up going fishing and catching tunas
You caught a tuna?? Are you an avid fisher? How big
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: theeari on September 17, 2014, 11:38:27 AM
Anyone done research into which hotels have plunge pools on their OWB? It looks like St Regis does but not any other points options like Intercontinental or Le meridian. Am I wrong?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 17, 2014, 12:04:04 PM
You caught a tuna?? Are you an avid fisher? How big

Catching a tuna in MLE is like catching a cab in NYC.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on September 17, 2014, 12:05:40 PM
Catching a tuna in MLE is like catching a cab in NYC.
tuna are huge
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 17, 2014, 12:06:20 PM
:-[
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on September 17, 2014, 12:07:05 PM
:-[
?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: MichaelA on September 17, 2014, 12:08:09 PM
You caught a tuna?? Are you an avid fisher? How big

Not really. Its one of the adventures they offer. We basically trolled along the ocean with a few lines out for about an 2 hrs, and luckily, we caught two :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on September 17, 2014, 12:08:50 PM
Not really. Its one of the adventures they offer. We basically trolled along the ocean with a few lines out for about an 2 hrs, and luckily, we caught two :)
Pics? size?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 17, 2014, 12:09:28 PM
?

Not sure what you're try no to say...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: MichaelA on September 17, 2014, 12:15:51 PM
Pics? size?

(http://s15.postimg.org/6fkmvi2or/73d22b70e10b2c71af4bc708eeb022ad.jpg)
(http://s30.postimg.org/7lz3qgjip/4e2a996bc71bf67616a93e44da45bc9e.jpg)
Here ya go.. (http://s30.postimg.org/r2ny7cn2p/photo.jpg)

So one was a Tuna, and the other was..... (can't remember the name) but a cousin of the tuna LOL.  ;D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on September 17, 2014, 12:25:47 PM
(http://s15.postimg.org/6fkmvi2or/73d22b70e10b2c71af4bc708eeb022ad.jpg)
(http://s30.postimg.org/7lz3qgjip/4e2a996bc71bf67616a93e44da45bc9e.jpg)
Here ya go.. (http://s30.postimg.org/r2ny7cn2p/photo.jpg)

So one was a Tuna, and the other was..... (can't remember the name) but a cousin of the tuna LOL.  ;D
Any chance you know if thats a skipjack tuna?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: MichaelA on September 17, 2014, 12:27:15 PM
Any chance you know if thats a skipjack tuna?
Yes, indeed it was
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on September 17, 2014, 12:29:55 PM
Yes, indeed it was
(pats himself on the back )
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 17, 2014, 03:15:39 PM
Going there in January, taking the ultra-long route through SCL/IPC

Anyone ever bring in kosher food into PPT? What is customs like there (and in Chile for that matter)?

The shul looks pretty cool, anyone ever been to it?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 17, 2014, 03:16:35 PM
Going there in January, taking the ultra-long route through SCL/IPC

Awesome. Spending any time in IPC?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: daganster on September 17, 2014, 08:12:40 PM
Going there in January, taking the ultra-long route through SCL/IPC

Anyone ever bring in kosher food into PPT? What is customs like there (and in Chile for that matter)?

The shul looks pretty cool, anyone ever been to it?
How did you book your ticket/hotel?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 17, 2014, 08:28:55 PM
Awesome. Spending any time in IPC?

Yep, roughly a day on each end. Safe to assume I won't find any IPC trip reports or threads on this flight, or what to do about kosher? (I haven't researched yet, but I'm assuming I'll have more trouble getting meat by Lima and Santiago customs than I will IPC or PPT)

How did you book your ticket/hotel?

For all the flack we give US Airways agents about their geography skills, fortunately they are aware (or at least believed me when I told them) that IPC is geographically part of South America, unlike the airline they are merging with  8)

So used AA miles to get to Northern South America on the cheap, then 30K round trip intra-S.A. business class award to IPC**, then a separate Avios awad IPC-PPT round trip. Total 90K miles (only intra-S.A. flights are in Business). Haven't figured out hotels yet aside from 2 nights at each IC in BOB


**Yes, you are reading that right. I will be doing over 10K miles of flying in flat beds for 30K Dividend Miles. Yes, I will greatly miss the US Airways award chart when it goes away  :'(
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 17, 2014, 08:42:42 PM
So what's exact routing and mileage costs?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 17, 2014, 08:55:45 PM
Yep, roughly a day on each end. Safe to assume I won't find any IPC trip reports or threads on this flight, or what to do about kosher? (I haven't researched yet, but I'm assuming I'll have more trouble getting meat by Lima and Santiago customs than I will IPC or PPT)

For all the flack we give US Airways agents about their geography skills, fortunately they are aware (or at least believed me when I told them) that IPC is geographically part of South America, unlike the airline they are merging with  8)

So used AA miles to get to Northern South America on the cheap, then 30K round trip intra-S.A. business class award to IPC**, then a separate Avios awad IPC-PPT round trip. Total 90K miles (only intra-S.A. flights are in Business). Haven't figured out hotels yet aside from 2 nights at each IC in BOB


**Yes, you are reading that right. I will be doing over 10K miles of flying in flat beds for 30K Dividend Miles. Yes, I will greatly miss the US Airways award chart when it goes away  :'(


Might find some info on it here - http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=5649.0. Very interesting routing you did there.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 17, 2014, 09:42:59 PM
So what's exact routing and mileage costs?

1) JFK-->BOG - 17.5K AA miles
2) BOG-->IPC-->GYE (via SCL in both directions) - 30K Dividend Miles for J (coach was only 5K less, so a no-brainer)
3) IPC-->PPT-->IPC - 25K Avios
4) GYE-->JFK - 17.5K AA miles

I could've done the boring 75K in coach to get to PPT the "normal" way, but I figured it would be worth it for an extra 15K to be in flat beds for half the trip and see some awesome places along the way ;)


Might find some info on it here - http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=5649.0. Very interesting routing you did there.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 17, 2014, 09:49:39 PM
One thing i will ask, and I'd be shocked if anyone here can help me but thought I'd toss it out there...

There is apparently a cargo/ferry of some sort that goes between PPT and the other islands (including BOB) several times a week and carries passengers. It's an overnight trip, but if it saves $500 x 2 in costs, I'd probably be ok with it

Problem is, other than reading some hearsay on it, I can't find any legitimate information in English about this.

This is on LonelyPlanet:
Quote
The cargo ship Vaeanu (41 25 35) makes three trips a week between Pape'ete and Bora Bora (via Huahine, Ra'iatea and Taha'a), leaving Pape'ete on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5pm; it leaves Bora Bora on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

That's all the info they have. No contact info, no website, no costs, no capacity. And Google is not being much help

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 17, 2014, 09:56:24 PM
That's all the info they have. No contact info, no website, no costs, no capacity. And Google is not being much help

Call up one of the good hotels there, they are always great source for tourist information. Did this on many past trips when not too much info was available.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 17, 2014, 10:48:09 PM
1) JFK-->BOG - 17.5K AA miles
2) BOG-->IPC-->GYE (via SCL in both directions) - 30K Dividend Miles for J (coach was only 5K less, so a no-brainer)
3) IPC-->PPT-->IPC - 25K Avios
4) GYE-->JFK - 17.5K AA miles

I could've done the boring 75K in coach to get to PPT the "normal" way, but I figured it would be worth it for an extra 15K to be in flat beds for half the trip and see some awesome places along the way ;)

Thanks!
Love it. Great use of different currencies and maximizing their reward charts.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on September 17, 2014, 10:55:04 PM
1) JFK-->BOG - 17.5K AA miles
2) BOG-->IPC-->GYE (via SCL in both directions) - 30K Dividend Miles for J (coach was only 5K less, so a no-brainer)
3) IPC-->PPT-->IPC - 25K Avios
4) GYE-->JFK - 17.5K AA miles

I could've done the boring 75K in coach to get to PPT the "normal" way, but I figured it would be worth it for an extra 15K to be in flat beds for half the trip and see some awesome places along the way ;)

Thanks!

What are you doing for hotels\OWB in BOB?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 17, 2014, 10:59:12 PM
Love it. Great use of different currencies and maximizing their reward charts.
Agreed that is pretty creative. And it makes IPC not so in middle of nowhere which is nice.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 17, 2014, 11:00:15 PM
Call up one of the good hotels there, they are always great source for tourist information. Did this on many past trips when not too much info was available.
+1 do that all the time. TripAdvisor is great too.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 17, 2014, 11:47:33 PM
What are you doing for hotels\OWB in BOB?

The only thing that is firm so far is 2 nights at IC Thalasso (where it books into an OWB) since availability is uber-scarce. The rest of the itinerary i'm less concerned about - it will be some mix of the different IC's and Hilton's around PPT/MOZ/BOB, but i haven't researched those yet.


Agreed that is pretty creative. And it makes IPC not so in middle of nowhere which is nice.

The whole thing that puts it together is the US intra-S.A. cost. Considering how much buzz the BOS<-->DUB for 50K Avios in J gets, it's amazing that nobody talks about this which is a far better deal. The former is 6,000 miles of travel in an angled flat seat for 50K Avios. The latter can be upwards of 10K miles flying in flat beds for 30K Dividend miles, and you have a ton more flexibility (since you're not constrained to only 1 city pair where this works). And US will let you open jaw the trip so you can do something like 60K AA + 30K US can get you from anywhere in North America to IPC with 2 stopovers anywhere in Northern South America in flat beds the whole way.

How about 90K miles for NYC to IPC with stopovers in Cuzco and Galapagos in J? Now that is maximizing award charts


Call up one of the good hotels there, they are always great source for tourist information. Did this on many past trips when not too much info was available.

Good idea, I shot an email to the IC, but I doubt this will work. I don't suspect they'll no anything about this. For starters, I doubt the IC or LM have many travelers who arive to their hotel via cargo freighter. But also because this isn't just something "off the beaten path". This is well off the unbeaten ones as well
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 17, 2014, 11:52:22 PM
The only thing that is firm so far is 2 nights at IC Thalasso (where it books into an OWB) since availability is uber-scarce. The rest of the itinerary i'm less concerned about - it will be some mix of the different IC's and Hilton's around PPT/MOZ/BOB, but i haven't researched those yet.
How did you get the IC Thalasso? Was that using points? Assuming your talking about the BOB one? I tried booking that with points but had a hard time.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on September 17, 2014, 11:52:34 PM
The only thing that is firm so far is 2 nights at IC Thalasso (where it books into an OWB) since availability is uber-scarce. The rest of the itinerary i'm less concerned about - it will be some mix of the different IC's and Hilton's around PPT/MOZ/BOB, but i haven't researched those yet.

How many points per night for the OWB BOB? the OWB  is the biggest obstacle folks have when heading to BOB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 17, 2014, 11:56:29 PM
How did you get the IC Thalasso? Was that using points? Assuming your talking about the BOB one? I tried booking that with points but had a hard time.

You can't book it with free night certs from IHG?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 17, 2014, 11:57:22 PM
How did you get the IC Thalasso? Was that using points? Assuming your talking about the BOB one? I tried booking that with points but had a hard time.

How many points per night for the OWB BOB? the OWB  is the biggest obstacle folks have when heading to BOB.

You are correct that it's hard to book rooms at the IC Thalasso - that's why it's the only thing I've already reserved. As soon as I saw openings, I snatched it up.

It's 50K points a night, and it's confirmed into an OWB since all but like 2 or 3 rooms on the property are OWBs

You need to do a calendar search of availability on IHG.com to find dates that are open. It's not easy, but if you do it far enough in advance or go during non-peak times, you should be able to find something
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 18, 2014, 12:00:10 AM
You can't book it with free night certs from IHG?

You can, it's just hard because there's very few rooms at that hotel which are considered "standard rooms" for award inventory purposes, and because of the obvious appeal of being confirmed into OWBs, what little inventory there is usually gets snatched up fast.

I will get the 2 free nights from the latest Big Win promo, but i wasn't waiting around till that happened to lock in the IC
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 18, 2014, 12:48:17 PM
You can, it's just hard because there's very few rooms at that hotel which are considered "standard rooms" for award inventory purposes, and because of the obvious appeal of being confirmed into OWBs, what little inventory there is usually gets snatched up fast.

I will get the 2 free nights from the latest Big Win promo, but i wasn't waiting around till that happened to lock in the IC
I was told that only about 5 rooms in that hotel can be for awards at any time so you are on target.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on September 18, 2014, 02:14:44 PM
When is BOB off peak season?

How bad is the weather in BOB during off peak?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 18, 2014, 02:15:11 PM
When is BOB off peak season?

How bad is the weather in BOB during off peak?

GIYF.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 18, 2014, 02:19:01 PM
1) JFK-->BOG - 17.5K AA miles
2) BOG-->IPC-->GYE (via SCL in both directions) - 30K Dividend Miles for J (coach was only 5K less, so a no-brainer)
3) IPC-->PPT-->IPC - 25K Avios
4) GYE-->JFK - 17.5K AA miles

I could've done the boring 75K in coach to get to PPT the "normal" way, but I figured it would be worth it for an extra 15K to be in flat beds for half the trip and see some awesome places along the way ;)

Thanks!

Had a hard time visualizing, but this helped:

(http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=c:green,+jfk-bog,+gye-jfk,+c:red,+bog-scl-ipc-scl-gye,+c:blue,+ipc-ppt-ipc,&MS=wls&MR=540&MX=540x540&PM=*)

Green = AA miles
Red = US miles
Blue = BA Avios
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on September 18, 2014, 02:23:19 PM
Had a hard time visualizing, but this helped:

(http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=c:green,+jfk-bog,+gye-jfk,+c:red,+bog-scl-ipc-scl-gye,+c:blue,+ipc-ppt-ipc,&MS=wls&MR=540&MX=540x540&PM=*)

Green = AA miles
Red = US miles
Blue = BA Avios

LOVE IT, just added this to my bucket list ;D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 18, 2014, 03:00:23 PM
If you guys are impressed with that, imagine what it would've looked like if AA didn't eliminate the free stopovers at international gateway city

"Hi, I'd like to book a flight from Guayaquil to Kauai"  8)


LOVE IT, just added this to my bucket list ;D

Here's a tip that will help you from personal experience - if you're searching on BA.com and you're not getting any availability, don't automatically assume it doesn't exist. Do a dummy booking on LAN's website and see if it prices out to the lowest mileage level (the equivalent of saver for AA) - I can't promise it will be available to OW airlines, but it has been frequent enough that it's probably worth spending 5 minutes to PUTPAC AA and double-check. Especially so with the more obscure destinations like IPC, PPT, GPS etc.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: avadah on September 18, 2014, 03:31:44 PM
One thing i will ask, and I'd be shocked if anyone here can help me but thought I'd toss it out there...

There is apparently a cargo/ferry of some sort that goes between PPT and the other islands (including BOB) several times a week and carries passengers. It's an overnight trip, but if it saves $500 x 2 in costs, I'd probably be ok with it

Problem is, other than reading some hearsay on it, I can't find any legitimate information in English about this.

This is on LonelyPlanet:
That's all the info they have. No contact info, no website, no costs, no capacity. And Google is not being much help
The ferry was discussed on Travelisfree.com. Email him. He replies. As opposed to....ahem...cough cough.  ;)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 18, 2014, 03:33:48 PM
That's all the info they have. No contact info, no website, no costs, no capacity. And Google is not being much help
When I looked into the ferry years ago I don't think it was particularly cheap.

As opposed to....ahem...cough cough.  ;)
Sorry for figuring that making a forum and answering 35,000 times on a forum where others can benefit is a better use of my time than individually answering those people where noone else can benefit :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: avadah on September 18, 2014, 03:41:44 PM
Sorry for figuring that making a forum and answering 35,000 times on a forum where others can benefit is a better use of my time than individually answering those people where noone else can benefit :P
It's ok. Just don't do it again.  :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on September 18, 2014, 04:58:48 PM
@ML1219,

 My main conecern would be getting the OWB,s @ BOB
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 18, 2014, 05:13:10 PM
The only thing that is firm so far is 2 nights at IC Thalasso (where it books into an OWB) since availability is uber-scarce. The rest of the itinerary i'm less concerned about - it will be some mix of the different IC's and Hilton's around PPT/MOZ/BOB, but i haven't researched those yet.

@ML1219,

 My main conecern would be getting the OWB,s @ BOB

Seems like he is getting one.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 18, 2014, 11:02:12 PM
@ML1219,

 My main conecern would be getting the OWB,s @ BOB

If you can find award availability at the IC Thalasso, you will be confirmed into an OWB

If you're willing to spend an ungodly amount of SPG points, you can probably secure one at the LM and St. Regis as well

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 19, 2014, 01:05:51 AM
If you're willing to spend an ungodly amount of SPG points, you can probably secure one at the LM and St. Regis as well

Anyone else thinking of couples retreat now? Was a great way for that hotel to get all that popularity.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: avadah on September 19, 2014, 02:00:37 AM
If you can find award availability at the IC Thalasso, you will be confirmed into an OWB
They won't try to first book you into one  of those 5 standard rooms?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on September 19, 2014, 09:04:08 AM
If you guys are impressed with that, imagine what it would've looked like if AA didn't eliminate the free stopovers at international gateway city

"Hi, I'd like to book a flight from Guayaquil to Kauai"  8)


Here's a tip that will help you from personal experience - if you're searching on BA.com and you're not getting any availability, don't automatically assume it doesn't exist. Do a dummy booking on LAN's website and see if it prices out to the lowest mileage level (the equivalent of saver for AA) - I can't promise it will be available to OW airlines, but it has been frequent enough that it's probably worth spending 5 minutes to PUTPAC AA and double-check. Especially so with the more obscure destinations like IPC, PPT, GPS etc.
I love your routing. Good job working the charts.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 19, 2014, 10:41:33 AM
They won't try to first book you into one  of those 5 standard rooms?

The 5 "standard" rooms are OWBs. I assure you of that. I think Dan even had a post a year or 2 ago about it
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 19, 2014, 10:42:42 AM
I love your routing. Good job working the charts.

Thanks! If I enjoy BOB enough, maybe next time I'll route there through NRT or AKL  ;D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 29, 2014, 01:45:40 PM
Going there in January, taking the ultra-long route through SCL/IPC

From beginning of FEB they will be operating the 787 on that route, will you be returning on it?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on September 29, 2014, 11:58:31 PM
From beginning of FEB they will be operating the 787 on that route, will you be returning on it?

WOW sounds even better with the 787 option. I also checked BOB IHG Thalasso for 50K IHG OWB calendar and if your pretty flexible they got some good availability for the IHG OWB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on September 30, 2014, 12:08:10 AM
From beginning of FEB they will be operating the 787 on that route, will you be returning on it?

Dang too bad I missed it, but I believe I will still be on the 767. But for a a 5-6 hour flight, it's not the biggest deal in the world
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 30, 2014, 03:32:41 PM
Dang too bad I missed it, but I believe I will still be on the 767. But for a a 5-6 hour flight, it's not the biggest deal in the world

Most of their 767s have been redone, and are pretty nice and lie-flat.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 30, 2014, 10:58:42 PM
I also checked BOB IHG Thalasso for 50K IHG OWB calendar and if your pretty flexible they got some good availability for the IHG OWB.

Not sure which BOB IHG Thalasso you checked, but the availability is anything but "good."

Not a single three-day award stay throughout the next year, and only a couple two-day stays scattered.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on October 01, 2014, 10:47:52 PM
Not sure which BOB IHG Thalasso you checked, but the availability is anything but "good."

Not a single three-day award stay throughout the next year, and only a couple two-day stays scattered.

Odd, when I checked (granted this was several months ago), availability was respectable during off peak periods. By no means did you have your pick of the litter, but you could make it work with moderate flexibility
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 02, 2014, 11:56:45 PM
Not sure which BOB IHG Thalasso you checked, but the availability is anything but "good."

Not a single three-day award stay throughout the next year, and only a couple two-day stays scattered.
+1!!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on October 03, 2014, 12:03:35 AM
Not sure which BOB IHG Thalasso you checked, but the availability is anything but "good."

Not a single three-day award stay throughout the next year, and only a couple two-day stays scattered.

It depends on when you check, I've seen some "closer" to arrival dates some OWB have 3 night for 50K, it seems like it keeps on changing, kinda like securing F on premium flights, closer to departure date sometimes more F opens.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on October 20, 2014, 02:30:35 PM
Any hotels offer private pools?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on October 20, 2014, 07:41:34 PM
Any hotels offer private pools?
Bump
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 20, 2014, 07:42:50 PM
Bump

Most of the OWB's have private plunge pools, see 4s for example.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 08:03:39 PM
Most of the OWB's have private plunge pools
-1
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on October 20, 2014, 08:13:38 PM
Is it possible to upgrade the LM to the villa with a pool when booking a standard bungalow using SPGs?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 20, 2014, 08:19:38 PM
I'm confused; you're considering BOB, but not MLE?

--Hard products to BOB are terrible
--Availability is more difficult
--Trip time is virtually the same as MLE
--Still have the "issue" of an infant in an OWB
--Fewer loyalty hotels
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on October 20, 2014, 08:30:56 PM
I'm confused; you're considering BOB, but not MLE?

--Hard products to BOB are terrible
--Availability is more difficult
--Trip time is virtually the same as MLE
--Still have the "issue" of an infant in an OWB
--Fewer loyalty hotels
I might have an option of the leaving the infant behind. I am just looking at all options before making my final decision. I have not had an easy time finding availability to and from MLE without being there for shabbos whereas with BOB I can be in CA for shabbos. 
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Adam101 on November 25, 2014, 07:15:41 PM
I have never looked at Tahiti's master thread but I just found this online. For tickets booked before April one child (under 15) can ride for free from LAX to PPT.

http://www.frugaltravelguy.com/2014/11/limited-time-offer-children-travel-free-la-to-tahiti.html
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 25, 2014, 07:18:08 PM
That would require:
1. Actually bringing kids to an OWB.
2. Actually paying $$$$ for a ticket.
3. Actually flying coach on a long-haul.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Adam101 on November 25, 2014, 07:27:07 PM
That would require:
1. Actually bringing kids to an OWB.
2. Actually paying $$$$ for a ticket.
3. Actually flying coach on a long-haul.
You would only have to pay taxes for the kids and that's not a lot. and its only 8 hours away
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 25, 2014, 07:28:09 PM
Kids in an OWB sounds more like a nightmare than a vacation.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Adam101 on November 25, 2014, 07:34:35 PM
Kids in an OWB sounds more like a nightmare than a vacation.
Srry bit wats owb?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 25, 2014, 07:35:47 PM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=10531.0
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 04, 2014, 08:23:46 PM
I have an OWB award nights at the InterContinental Thalasso 12/12-12/16 that I'm about to cancel (200K IHG)

Anyone want it before I do that?

There is TN award space to book via AA or DL.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 04, 2014, 09:16:34 PM
I have an OWB award nights at the InterContinental Thalasso 12/12-12/16 that I'm about to cancel (200K IHG)

Anyone want it before I do that?

There is TN award space to book via AA or DL.
Why you cancelling your trip?? It's a sign from G-d that you have to go after the ganav left your reservation intact.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 04, 2014, 09:18:51 PM
Why you cancelling your trip?? It's a sign from G-d that you have to go after the ganav left your reservation intact.
Lol. Booked it a year ago in hopes the little would would have weaned herself by now.
Didn't happen.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 04, 2014, 09:25:43 PM
Lol. Booked it a year ago in hopes the little would would have weaned herself by now.
Didn't happen.
Ah, that's too bad. One day... :)
Was booking the OWB as expensive and hard to find availability as it was in MLE?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 04, 2014, 09:37:20 PM
50k IHG/night.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 04, 2014, 10:21:40 PM
50k IHG/night.
No $300/night to reserve it? That's not bad.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 04, 2014, 11:21:45 PM
Cancel it yet?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 04, 2014, 11:24:13 PM
Not yet, will soon.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 04, 2014, 11:25:00 PM
Let me just check with the boss first :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 05, 2014, 01:19:44 AM
Let me just check with the boss first :)

Lol we could always rely on you :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on December 05, 2014, 08:01:01 AM
Let me just check with the boss first :)
how they hell can u even think of taking more vacation!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 05, 2014, 08:04:54 AM
Still unclaimed.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 05, 2014, 08:07:46 AM
Still unclaimed.
Is this a trade or you're actually giving away the nights?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 05, 2014, 08:09:23 AM
I'll cancel the nights at a coordinated time and you'll book them.

Unless you don't have IHG in which case we can still work something out.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 05, 2014, 10:33:49 AM
I'll cancel the nights at a coordinated time and you'll book them.

Unless you don't have IHG in which case we can still work something out.
Gotcha, sorry it's not going to work out for me. Hopefully someone can benefit.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 05, 2014, 10:38:18 AM
I'll cancel the nights at a coordinated time and you'll book them.

Unless you don't have IHG in which case we can still work something out.
Is it really that difficult to get IHG 50K point per night availability for the owb?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 05, 2014, 10:39:43 AM
Is it really that difficult to get IHG 50K point per night availability for the owb?

For 4 consecutive nights in a row.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 05, 2014, 10:41:17 AM
For 4 consecutive nights in a row.
It's 50K IHG, plus cash? If yes how much? Just wondering for future planning
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on December 05, 2014, 10:48:49 AM
It's 50K IHG, plus cash? If yes how much? Just wondering for future planning
bora bora is too relaxing for you
doesnt fit in line with your other "vacations"
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 05, 2014, 10:54:28 AM
bora bora is too relaxing for you
doesnt fit in line with your other "vacations"
I never went on vacation before .

After all the adventure, now it's time for real vacation.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 05, 2014, 11:16:17 AM
Cancelled, rooms went back into award inventory if anyone wants them.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 05, 2014, 11:16:40 AM
It's 50K IHG, plus cash? If yes how much? Just wondering for future planning
No cash.

Is it really that difficult to get IHG 50K point per night availability for the owb?
Yes. Practically impossible to get consecutive nights.

Surprised we don't have any spontaneous DDF'ers here.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 05, 2014, 11:21:42 AM
Surprised we don't have any spontaneous DDF'ers here.
AJK did say he was looking into it ;)

It's not a spontaneous trip to MIA. It's a really long trip. You have to have the flight miles and the IHG, the ability for 2 people to take off work/school with just 10 days notice. A lot to go into this that even a spontaneous person might not be able to handle.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 05, 2014, 11:24:22 AM
AJ is in NZ, so that ship has sailed.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 05, 2014, 11:24:33 AM
No cash.
Yes. Practically impossible to get consecutive nights.

Surprised we don't have any spontaneous DDF'ers here.
How did you get the nights? Did the thief do it for you and not have a chance to use them?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 05, 2014, 11:43:47 AM
AJK did say he was looking into it ;)

It's not a spontaneous trip to MIA. It's a really long trip. You have to have the flight miles and the IHG, the ability for 2 people to take off work/school with just 10 days notice. A lot to go into this that even a spontaneous person might not be able to handle.
+1 Would be much easier for a single person to pull it off, but Borabora is for couples.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 06, 2014, 03:54:32 AM
AJ is in NZ, so that ship has sailed.

I'd be back by then, but alas, I can't take advantage right now.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on December 06, 2014, 08:13:15 PM
appears to still be available...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 06, 2014, 10:46:44 PM
The forecast shows rain for the week, it's summer in BB, wet season.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 06, 2014, 10:47:59 PM
Forecast is as reliable as... Sprint cell service.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 06, 2014, 10:48:12 PM
Does anyone know if IHG only releases award nights within a month or 2 ahead? I don't see any availability past January 15 for the year
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 06, 2014, 10:51:02 PM
Forecast is as reliable as... Sprint cell service.
All the blogs I read write that the summer months, which is our winter is wet season and Winter is dry season and usually has day after day of sunshine and blue skies
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 06, 2014, 10:54:31 PM
That's neither here nor there... the fact is that the forecast is unreliable, no matter the season.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 07, 2014, 12:37:12 AM
That's neither here nor there... the fact is that the forecast is unreliable, no matter the season.
+1
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Drago on December 07, 2014, 06:30:49 AM
Cancelled, rooms went back into award inventory if anyone wants them.
Was looking forward to the TR.
Gonna book for a year out again?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 07, 2014, 10:54:38 AM
If i have IHG free nights or 50K points,  Besides air fare and round trip from PPT-BB which comes out to $412 per person is there any other charges I need to consider?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: avadah on December 20, 2014, 05:35:23 PM
http://travelisfree.com/2014/12/18/how-to-get-award-nights-for-the-intercontinental-bora-bora-thalasso/
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 20, 2014, 06:21:40 PM
Nothing earth shattering there that I see.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: avadah on December 21, 2014, 02:31:52 AM
Nothing earth shattering there that I see.
You're right. Just thought it might help some people.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2014, 09:31:06 AM
Have 01/09-01/15 at the IC Thalasso up for grabs, anyone want?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: avadah on December 21, 2014, 10:51:29 AM
Have 01/09-01/15 at the IC Thalasso up for grabs, anyone want?
You're clearly demonstrating the book the 2 week out approach.  ;)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 21, 2014, 10:54:19 AM
Have 01/09-01/15 at the IC Thalasso up for grabs, anyone want?

Very possible.


What awards available to get there?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2014, 11:00:21 AM
You're clearly demonstrating the book the 2 week out approach.  ;)
The cancellation deadline is 1 week prior, don't see why a 2 week approach makes any sense.

In fact the only approach that makes any sense for any awards is checking several times daily.

Very possible.


What awards available to get there?
AA, DL, FB, etc.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 21, 2014, 11:05:09 AM
The cancellation deadline is 1 week prior, don't see why a 2 week approach makes any sense.

In fact the only approach that makes any sense for any awards is checking several times daily.
AA, DL, FB, etc.

Hmm?.. Tempting..

Searching for AA now. Having some issues
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2014, 11:07:06 AM
Hmm?.. Tempting..

Searching for AA now. Having some issues
PUTPAC or use KVS mobile companion for TN space from LAX-PPT.
AF also flies to PPT.  Better availability CDG-LAX-PPT than LAX-PPT due to married segment logic...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 21, 2014, 11:07:44 AM
BOB by yourself?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 21, 2014, 11:14:02 AM
PUTPAC or use KVS mobile companion for TN space from LAX-PPT.
AF also flies to PPT.  Better availability CDG-LAX-PPT than LAX-PPT due to married segment logic...

Will search soon. Can I only take until Monday (Can you cancel the other days).

BOB by yourself?

Are you saying I'm crazy or should skip it?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 21, 2014, 11:15:21 AM
This isn't a place I'd recommend going solo.

This is a place to save to go on a honeymoon with your partner.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2014, 11:16:00 AM
Will search soon. Can I only take until Monday (Can you cancel the other days).
Once I cancel the nights will go into award inventory.
Take what you want.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 21, 2014, 11:17:46 AM

This isn't a place I'd recommend going solo.

This is a place to save to go on a honeymoon with your partner.
Im doing that for the Maldives.

Once I cancel the nights will go into award inventory.
Take what you want.

Kk. will let you know in a few hours.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 21, 2014, 11:26:00 AM
Im doing that for the Maldives.

And?

MLE and BOB are the same type of destinations.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 21, 2014, 11:32:31 AM

And?

MLE and BOB are the same type of destinations.

I know. Was just playing round with the idea.

But in the end I prob wont take it since i am planning a trip for the weekend before.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: palm tights on December 21, 2014, 01:57:33 PM
Have 01/09-01/15 at the IC Thalasso up for grabs, anyone want?
Whats that? Explain pls
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 21, 2014, 02:00:41 PM
Whats that? Explain pls
Google it
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 21, 2014, 02:01:49 PM
Whats that? Explain pls

Whats so hard to understand?

He has award nights for the IC Thalasso for those dates, they are usually hard to get. If anyone wants them he will cancel them and you can book them ASAP from your account.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 24, 2014, 12:44:34 AM
Have 01/09-01/15 at the IC Thalasso up for grabs, anyone want?
Going twice...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 24, 2014, 03:02:45 AM
I was gung ho about doing the into the nights thing so I could get 4 nights there. I checked availability, and there's nothing for the whole year! So I didn't end up doing it. Had I known earlier...  :-\
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on December 29, 2014, 10:18:23 AM
I keep searching for award availability to lax-ppt, I searched a year out and there is not availability on a Sunday or Monday, how do you get those days?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 29, 2014, 10:30:38 AM
QF Flies to PPT from Lax. Anyway to get onto that flight with awards?

Can I take that flight to Auckland and stop off in PPT with Awards?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2014, 10:34:12 AM
Have 01/09-01/15 at the IC Thalasso up for grabs, anyone want?
Cancelled. Should be bookable.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 29, 2014, 10:41:07 AM
QF Flies to PPT from Lax.

-1
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 29, 2014, 10:46:02 AM
-1
QF 3818?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 29, 2014, 10:47:11 AM
Cancelled. Should be bookable.
How did you get that? Did you reserve 1-2 rooms at a time and kept checking till you were able to get 6 nights in a row?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 29, 2014, 10:47:27 AM
QF 3818?

Codeshare for TN.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 29, 2014, 10:51:32 AM
Codeshare for TN.
Ooh, I get it. What a shame
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 29, 2014, 11:01:58 AM
Is there any way leave NY or LAX after a Shabbos and be in BOB by a Sunday night, or the total flight time will definitely not have you there until Monday?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shimino1 on December 29, 2014, 11:58:41 AM
I tried the trick of "holding" a reward at IC BOB by booking a refundable room for cash and then releasing it in order to book it on points. It didint work!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 29, 2014, 05:05:09 PM
Is there any way leave NY or LAX after a Shabbos and be in BOB by a Sunday night, or the total flight time will definitely not have you there until Monday?
bump
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2014, 01:30:12 PM
Hilton Bora Bora Nui drops from 10 to 9 eff 01/14/15.
95K down to 80K
or 76K down to 64K on 5 night stays
or 75K down to 65K on 4 night AXON stays.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on December 30, 2014, 01:50:14 PM
Hilton Bora Bora Nui drops from 10 to 9 eff 01/14/15.
95K down to 80K
or 76K down to 64K on 5 night stays
or 75K down to 65K on 4 night AXON stays.
I don't think that gets you a OWB though.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2014, 01:53:06 PM
I don't think they charge a lot for the upgrade. CMIIW.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mordyl19 on January 04, 2015, 12:28:32 PM
I just spoke to SPG Gold Rep about booking BB July 2015 and they said for both the St. Regis and Le meridian are 149K per night for 4 nights OWB? That sounds like a lot even for a Cat 7. Am I off or is that the going rate for booking OWB with SPG points? Better points to use for BB?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 04, 2015, 12:30:52 PM
High-end SPG is a rip-off.

Probably the most ridiculous thing about the program.

High ADRs compel the 30K price tag. But the rates are high at least partially because it's a "special" property, yet because it's a "special" property, they double the award cost to 60K+. So you pay once for the ADR, and then you pay again for what causes the ADR  :o ::)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mordyl19 on January 04, 2015, 12:34:55 PM
High-end SPG is a rip-off.

Ok scratch SPG. Is Hyatt a good program for an OWB?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 04, 2015, 12:35:54 PM
No Hyatt's in BOB.

Check out Intercontinental and Hilton.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mordyl19 on January 04, 2015, 12:42:04 PM
No Hyatt's in BOB.

Check out Intercontinental and Hilton.
Thanks, and I am also looking at Maldives for Park Hyatt but from what I read in the thread it seems BB is the way to go.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 04, 2015, 12:45:30 PM
Not sure I'd necessarily agree.

Much easier to get an OWB + pool in MLE and the business and first products that fly to MLE are nicer.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mordyl19 on January 04, 2015, 12:50:01 PM
Not sure I'd necessarily agree.

Much easier to get an OWB + pool in MLE and the business and first products that fly to MLE are nicer.
Thanks for the tips. I will continue searching and see what the best reservations will be.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on January 04, 2015, 01:03:06 PM
Not sure I'd necessarily agree.

Much easier to get an OWB + pool in MLE and the business and first products that fly to MLE are nicer.
When is your BOB trip scheduled for?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 04, 2015, 01:06:03 PM
Not for awhile yet :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on January 23, 2015, 11:55:01 AM
Has anyone here been to the Four Seasons resort?  Looks better than the IC BOB
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 23, 2015, 11:57:33 AM
Has anyone here been to the Four Seasons resort?  Looks better than the IC BOB

It is. The associate down the hall from me has been.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on January 23, 2015, 11:58:31 AM
It is. The associate down the hall from me has been.
It's more expensive than the IC, any way to get it for less? With CC or free nights?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 23, 2015, 11:59:43 AM
It's more expensive than the IC, any way to get it for less? With CC or free nights?

He paid $$$
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 23, 2015, 01:52:11 PM
He paid $$$

That must have felt awesome.... did he tell you how much?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 23, 2015, 01:54:05 PM
That must have felt awesome.... did he tell you how much?

Too much ;)

But he can afford it. He just purchased revenue KE J tickets for four to ICN and then onto DAN DAD where he'll stay at the Nam Hai (http://www.ghmhotels.com/en/nam-hai/), perhaps one of the world's most highly ranked resorts.

Total just for that is about $20K.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 23, 2015, 01:59:32 PM
how many AA miles can get you from JFK to PPT in economy and back? no wiki here
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 23, 2015, 02:03:25 PM
how many AA miles can get you from JFK to PPT in economy and back? no wiki here

Feel free to do a bit of legwork and make one ;)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 23, 2015, 02:06:47 PM
Danville, Virginia?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 23, 2015, 02:11:19 PM
That hotel looks unreal
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 23, 2015, 02:18:49 PM
DAD, not DAN. My bad.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 23, 2015, 02:26:26 PM
Too much ;)

But he can afford it. He just purchased revenue KE J tickets for four to ICN and then onto DAN DAD where he'll stay at the Nam Hai (http://www.ghmhotels.com/en/nam-hai/), perhaps one of the world's most highly ranked resorts.

Total just for that is about $20K.

Did you tell him what you pay (or not)?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 23, 2015, 02:27:16 PM
Did you tell him what you pay (or not)?
for some people $20k doesnt make a dent
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 23, 2015, 02:27:31 PM
Did you tell him what you pay (or not)?

He knows. And he hates talking about it.

(Not unsurprising ;))

for some people $20k doesnt make a dent

Even people like that would prefer the $20k stay in their own pockets, if possible.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: solls108 on January 29, 2015, 09:50:22 PM
Is there a TR on bora bora?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 29, 2015, 11:03:36 PM
Is there a TR on bora bora?

Not officially but unofficially there is ML11219 to answer ur questions.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: solls108 on January 29, 2015, 11:04:37 PM
Not officially but unofficially there is ML11219 to answer ur questions.
Need an official one
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 14, 2015, 07:37:42 PM
Anyone want the IC Thalasso from 03/01-03/06?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on February 14, 2015, 07:42:02 PM
Anyone want the IC Thalasso from 03/01-03/06?
Yes! But need flights getting there. Flights are $2000+ PP in Y, nothing available with points
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on February 14, 2015, 07:42:22 PM
High-end SPG is a rip-off.
And you have a GOOD memory.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 14, 2015, 11:00:57 PM
Anyone want the IC Thalasso from 03/01-03/06?
Seriously? You've pulled off finding availability for 5 days in each of Dec, Jan, and March?? :)
Curious to know, though, 3/1 is a Sunday. Is there anyway to leave home after a Shabbos and actually get there by Sunday night?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on February 14, 2015, 11:04:11 PM
Seriously? You've pulled off finding availability for 5 days in each of Dec, Jan, and March?? :)
Curious to know, though, 3/1 is a Sunday. Is there anyway to leave home after a Shabbos and actually get there by Sunday night?
+1... Clearly Dan has a trick... It's not just checking every day
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on February 14, 2015, 11:31:02 PM


Curious to know, though, 3/1 is a Sunday. Is there anyway to leave home after a Shabbos and actually get there by Sunday night?

Impossible to get to BOB, unless you rent a speed boat at PPT (not even sure if that's possible), though it is possible to reach PPT by 9pm if you take the 4.30pm flight out of LAX
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 14, 2015, 11:32:22 PM

Impossible to get to BOB, unless you rent a speed boat at PPT (not even sure if that's possible), though it is possible to reach PPT by 9pm if you take the 4.30pm flight out of LAX
So Dan's just snagging any nights he can find?  :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on February 14, 2015, 11:34:38 PM
Seriously? You've pulled off finding availability for 5 days in each of Dec, Jan, and March?? :)
Curious to know, though, 3/1 is a Sunday. Is there anyway to leave home after a Shabbos and actually get there by Sunday night?
I Guess if he wants to check in at 8AM he'll need to check in the night before,  or perhaps he'd be coming in from somewhere else, maybe AUK or something, or perhaps spending shabbat in PPT.....
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 14, 2015, 11:34:47 PM
Or he's planning on staying in PPT for shabbos?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on February 14, 2015, 11:37:04 PM
@Dan is probably munching on Popcorn while we speculate how and why he snagged 3/1....

My question is, was he really going to spend Purim in BOB?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 14, 2015, 11:39:45 PM
@Dan is probably munching on Popcorn while we speculate how and why he snagged 3/1....

My question is, was he really going to spend Purim in BOB?
lol too fun. Good points all around.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 15, 2015, 08:36:52 AM
PPT has a shul.
And I've spent Purim on a pacific island before...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 15, 2015, 08:50:35 AM
Is there a Shabbos/dateline issue in PPT?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 15, 2015, 08:57:47 AM
Same as there would be in HNL
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 15, 2015, 09:15:06 AM
Same as there would be in HNL
Boohoo
(Although I thought that area of the world had a Sunday issue, not Friday.)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 15, 2015, 09:17:31 AM
No, that would be Japan and NZ.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 15, 2015, 09:26:00 AM
No, that would be Japan and NZ.
Ah, getting my surroundings on a map now and it makes sense.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 15, 2015, 09:36:55 AM
PPT has a shul.
And I've spent Purim on a pacific island before...
That's an expensive flight to megillah no?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: morgs on February 15, 2015, 10:34:20 AM
Same as there would be in HNL
Does that mean 2 days of purim-Im in!!! ;D ;D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on March 17, 2015, 11:52:46 PM
Is there anything kosher in BOB?

I have BOB scheduled for June, I need to start planning the food
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 18, 2015, 09:54:48 AM
Is there anything kosher in BOB?

I have BOB scheduled for June, I need to start planning the food

They have a Dougie's there
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on March 18, 2015, 09:59:53 AM
They have a Dougie's there
I'm aware about that, I'm referring to American products with OU vs French.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 18, 2015, 10:04:10 AM
I'm aware about that, I'm referring to American products with OU vs French.

Very little according to what I've heard

My friends who have gone have all brought or shipped ahead
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on March 18, 2015, 10:04:45 AM
Very little according to what I've heard

My friends who have gone have all brought or shipped ahead
Who ships ahead, pomegranate?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 18, 2015, 10:08:53 AM
Who ships ahead, pomegranate?

Pomegranate ships anywhere.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on March 18, 2015, 10:12:47 AM
Pomegranate ships anywhere.
How in the world do they ship frozen meals to Bora Bora? The fastest way to get there would be at least 24 hours by plane, how would that work?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on March 18, 2015, 10:18:33 AM
How in the world do they ship frozen meals to Bora Bora? The fastest way to get there would be at least 24 hours by plane, how would that work?
Throw away cooler? Or a well insulated box.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 18, 2015, 10:21:20 AM
Dry ice.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 18, 2015, 10:22:32 AM
My shipment to Hawaii was in transit for over 24 hours and arrived frozen solid. Was in an insulated box and full of ice packs.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 18, 2015, 10:31:02 AM
Pomegranate ships anywhere.

They only ship domestically btw

How in the world do they ship frozen meals to Bora Bora? The fastest way to get there would be at least 24 hours by plane, how would that work?

I've had Hermoles ship to places that are even further out. If its an insulated box w dry ice it can last up to 72 hours
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on March 18, 2015, 10:31:24 AM
My shipment to Hawaii was in transit for over 24 hours and arrived frozen solid. Was in an insulated box and full of ice packs.
Is it supposed to arrive after you arrive or is it supposed to be shipped to the hotel before you arrive and the hotel would keep in the freezer?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on March 18, 2015, 10:32:26 AM
So I guess I need to go with Hermolis
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 18, 2015, 10:38:10 AM
Is it supposed to arrive after you arrive or is it supposed to be shipped to the hotel before you arrive and the hotel would keep in the freezer?

They shipped out it while I was there already.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 18, 2015, 10:40:43 AM
Is it supposed to arrive after you arrive or is it supposed to be shipped to the hotel before you arrive and the hotel would keep in the freezer?

I'd do it that it arrives a couple of days before because there are always delays

Hermoles is in London so thats really far from BOB. Better off trying POM
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 18, 2015, 01:56:49 PM
How much does POM charge for shipping?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on March 18, 2015, 02:05:36 PM
How much does POM charge for shipping?
Insanely a lot. I was going to buy once, and shipping was more than a weeks worth of food.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 08, 2015, 07:35:46 PM
Will @Dan free up some award nights for me at the InterContinental Bora bora in June?




If anyone has any tips how to free up award space, I'd really appreciate it. PM'S accepted
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: htg123 on April 08, 2015, 09:51:19 PM
sorry for the noob question, are ihg aniversary nights subject to the same availability as points redemption?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 08, 2015, 10:23:19 PM
sorry for the noob question, are ihg aniversary nights subject to the same availability as points redemption?
Yes. Unless you're Dan.  :P ;D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 13, 2015, 07:59:00 PM
Bummer! Just got the Le Meridien OWB for 274 USD and 30K SPG points for 2 nights. Have you heard anything good about it?
How did you do that?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 13, 2015, 08:13:07 PM
Bummer! Just got the Le Meridien OWB for 274 USD and 30K SPG points for 2 nights. Have you heard anything good about it?
Did you even end up going?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 17, 2015, 12:58:09 PM
Not one award day at IC Thalasso for the next year...

(http://i.gyazo.com/2b8621130b8b1a3b01a862a535de193a.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/379f875bfc0fef9412227eff6a7edd5d.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/1f6f985cf6464d39bdb326a840cc0f54.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/d49bd8c154154701849937073eddf513.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/e3a518ea4104eca95d12227dc86f17f0.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/a8fb14a72ea1bd08fab5f1ddc0613b75.png)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 17, 2015, 12:59:50 PM
I lied; two nights just popped up, one of which is tomorrow:

(http://i.gyazo.com/7232a10e0cd0e46cadd9ac8d742e0939.png)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on April 17, 2015, 01:01:59 PM
I lied; two nights just popped up, one of which is tomorrow:

(http://i.gyazo.com/7232a10e0cd0e46cadd9ac8d742e0939.png)

Thanks to the IHG Chase card which has been lately heavily promoted by bloggers.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 17, 2015, 01:06:48 PM
I lied; two nights just popped up, one of which is tomorrow:

(http://i.gyazo.com/7232a10e0cd0e46cadd9ac8d742e0939.png)
Sheesh. I have 3 nights reserved for $1200 each

At the
1. St. Regis
2. Le Merridan
3. Intercontinental

Which one should I go with?

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on April 19, 2015, 10:39:21 AM
Sheesh. I have 3 nights reserved for $1200 each

At the
1. St. Regis
2. Le Merridan
3. Intercontinental

Which one should I go with?



No question. St. Regis.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 19, 2015, 10:39:41 AM
No question. St. Regis.
Is that from experience?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on April 19, 2015, 10:47:30 AM
Is that from experience?

No, but everything I've ever read has said the Four Seasons and St. Regis are 1A and 1B and everything else a notch below
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 20, 2015, 04:21:22 PM
Bummer! Just got the Le Meridien OWB for 274 USD and 30K SPG points for 2 nights. Have you heard anything good about it?
Bump. Did you end up going?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 20, 2015, 05:15:04 PM
Bump. Did you end up going?

Not sure if he checks this thread. He didn't go in the end.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 20, 2015, 05:15:45 PM
Not sure if he checks this thread. He didn't go in the end.
When are you scheduled to go?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 20, 2015, 06:05:08 PM
When are you scheduled to go?

Later this year.

Frankly, though, after all the research, I think I'd rather just return to MLE, for my money/points.

Conrad MLE is probably the single best redemption in the Hilton portfolio, and being HH DIA, I'd have a decent shot at an upgrade to OWB with plunge pool. And, even if I didn't, their beach villas look phenomenal to the point where I almost wouldn't even care if I got the upgrade.

Whereas, the points options in BOB look... underwhelming, even if you are able to win the lotto and find an OWB at IC Thalasso, the room looks... old.

Sure, there is the Hilton BOB, and the LM BOB (both of which only have plunge pools at the tippty top end, read: presidential villas), the topography is better, but combined with the routing options, I think MLE takes the nod.

Most of the above can be discarded if one is prepared to drop $1500/night at St. Regis or Four Seasons.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 20, 2015, 06:30:48 PM
Later this year.

Frankly, though, after all the research, I think I'd rather just return to MLE, for my money/points.

Conrad MLE is probably the single best redemption in the Hilton portfolio, and being HH DIA, I'd have a decent shot at an upgrade to OWB with plunge pool. And, even if I didn't, their beach villas look phenomenal to the point where I almost wouldn't even care if I got the upgrade.

Whereas, the points options in BOB look... underwhelming, even if you are able to win the lotto and find an OWB at IC Thalasso, the room looks... old.

Sure, there is the Hilton BOB, and the LM BOB (both of which only have plunge pools at the tippty top end, read: presidential villas), the topography is better, but combined with the routing options, I think MLE takes the nod.

Most of the above can be discarded if one is prepared to drop $1500/night at St. Regis or Four Seasons.
Guess I'll be the only one to experience both. I'm heading to BOB in June and working out MLE for February.

I care more for the real hard product, which is the location.

I start my preference with the Hardest to get to places, most dangerous, Most beautiful ETC...... first, than work my way down.

If I'd need to hike there, so be it


Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 20, 2015, 06:35:58 PM
Guess I'll be the only one to experience both. I'm heading to BOB in June and working out MLE for February.

I care more for the real hard product, which is the location.

I start my preference with the Hardest to get to places, most dangerous, Most beautiful ETC...... first, than work my way down.

If I'd need to hike there, so be it

Routing options were but a fraction of my post.

...unless of course you consider accommodations AND routing options to not be "real" hard product.

To me, a trip comprises plane + hotel + destination.  For me, a trip must have at least 2/3.

If it's all about destination for you, then it doesn't matter if you, as you say hiked, and slept in a tent, but for me it takes more.

Besides, I didn't cancel my BOB trip :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 20, 2015, 06:38:14 PM
Most of the above can be discarded if one is prepared to drop $1500/night at St. Regis or Four Seasons.
Still no pool.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 20, 2015, 06:41:49 PM
Still no pool.

Some rooms (http://www.stregisborabora.com/premieroverwatervilla) do (http://www.fourseasons.com/borabora/accommodations/).

Besides, the reputed service at those places may even make up for it apparently.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 20, 2015, 06:44:57 PM
Some rooms (http://www.stregisborabora.com/premieroverwatervilla) do (http://www.fourseasons.com/borabora/accommodations/).

Besides, the reputed service at those places may even make up for it apparently.
That ain't $1,500, that's $2,500+
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on April 25, 2015, 10:28:57 PM
Anyone know what the deal is w  customs and bringing in food?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 25, 2015, 11:14:18 PM
Anyone know what the deal is w  customs and bringing in food?
You are allowed to bring in food, including meat.

https://tahiti.visahq.com/customs/
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on April 26, 2015, 12:36:57 AM
Later this year.

Frankly, though, after all the research, I think I'd rather just return to MLE, for my money/points.

Conrad MLE is probably the single best redemption in the Hilton portfolio, and being HH DIA, I'd have a decent shot at an upgrade to OWB with plunge pool. And, even if I didn't, their beach villas look phenomenal to the point where I almost wouldn't even care if I got the upgrade.

Whereas, the points options in BOB look... underwhelming, even if you are able to win the lotto and find an OWB at IC Thalasso, the room looks... old.

Sure, there is the Hilton BOB, and the LM BOB (both of which only have plunge pools at the tippty top end, read: presidential villas), the topography is better, but combined with the routing options, I think MLE takes the nod.

Most of the above can be discarded if one is prepared to drop $1500/night at St. Regis or Four Seasons.
Is this a positive guess or you saw such reports?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 26, 2015, 12:37:38 AM
Seen it.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 26, 2015, 02:50:55 PM
Not sure if he checks this thread. He didn't go in the end.
I don't check it much but now that you are thinking of going I decided to stop by  :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 26, 2015, 03:26:20 PM
I think I'll stick with the Le Meridian, I got a good rate ( relative) for the best room, the premier Mt Otemanu View, that would save me over $1200 for 2 nights VS the St. Regis standard.

Hope I'm doing the right thing
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on April 26, 2015, 03:48:29 PM
I think I'll stick with the Le Meridian, I got a good rate ( relative) for the best room, the premier Mt Otemanu View, that would save me over $1200 for 2 nights VS the St. Regis standard.

Hope I'm doing the right thing

How many night are u going for?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 26, 2015, 03:49:51 PM
How many night are u going for?
2 owb at le meridian, 2 non OWB
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on April 29, 2015, 09:16:10 AM
You are allowed to bring in food, including meat.

https://tahiti.visahq.com/customs/

Doesn't show u can bring meat AFAIK

Just doesn't show u can
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 29, 2015, 09:18:22 AM
Doesn't show u can bring meat AFAIK

Just doesn't show u can
Well, if it's not prohibited or restricted, then why can't you bring?

It doesn't say that you can bring underwear either.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on April 29, 2015, 09:42:31 AM
Well, if it's not prohibited or restricted, then why can't you bring?

It doesn't say that you can bring underwear either.

True, but just saying to verify it in advance so you don't have issues

When are you headed out there?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on April 29, 2015, 09:46:57 AM
True, but just saying to verify it in advance so you don't have issues

When are you headed out there?
Plausible deniability?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 29, 2015, 09:53:26 AM
True, but just saying to verify it in advance so you don't have issues

When are you headed out there?
Mid June
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 29, 2015, 03:26:30 PM
How does IC Thalasso work? Every day they release availability for the day that is 365 days ahead? Is there a set time of day they do that?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 29, 2015, 03:47:59 PM
How does IC Thalasso work? Every day they release availability for the day that is 365 days ahead? Is there a set time of day they do that?
Usually within a couple of days ahead
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 29, 2015, 03:53:14 PM
Usually within a couple of days ahead
But right now, for example, you don't see space on 4/29/16 or 4/30/16 so at what point did those dates get released and snatched up? Midnight you think?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 29, 2015, 03:54:20 PM
But right now, for example, you don't see space on 4/29/16 or 4/30/16 so at what point did those dates get released and snatched up? Midnight you think?
Who said they were ever available? I guess they look ahead within the next couple of weeks and see how full it is and accordingly release availability for awards
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 29, 2015, 03:55:49 PM
Who said they were ever available? I guess they look ahead within the next couple of weeks and see how full it is and accordingly release availability for awards
Oh, I thought they release X amount of rooms for every day. So no way to predict? What IS Dan's secret??
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on April 29, 2015, 03:56:26 PM
Oh, I thought they release X amount of rooms for every day. So no way to predict? What IS Dan's secret??
UPS method
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 29, 2015, 04:00:07 PM
Oh, I thought they release X amount of rooms for every day. So no way to predict? What IS Dan's secret??

Whatever it is,  no way it will be posted here. Maybe go to Tokyo and ask him ☺
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on May 04, 2015, 01:32:05 AM
FYI, The lounge that Air Tahiti Nui uses at LAX is the same as El Al so its loaded with lots of kosher snacks and they usually have kosher wraps and sandwiches in the back that you can get by asking for
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 02, 2015, 09:02:22 AM
7+ seats in Business open on DFW-PPT-DFW

http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2015/06/02/who-can-explain-this-flight-but-its-wide-open-for-business-class-awards-to-tahiti/
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on June 04, 2015, 09:45:14 AM
Last call, I have a couple of days left to cancel my Le Meridien booking without penalty , does anyone have experience between the le Meridian and the IHG interncontinental thalasso? The Intercontinental would cost me a total of 900 dollars more, but seems to have a notch better rating, help me decide. This is a YOLO decision
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 04, 2015, 09:49:37 AM
"YOLO" is a term that, right or wrong, grants carte blanche and justifies any and all decisions.

YOLO would dictate staying at 4S.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on June 04, 2015, 09:54:00 AM
"YOLO" is a term that, right or wrong, grants carte blanche and justifies any and all decisions.

YOLO would dictate staying at 4S.
4S is way out of reach, c'mon, what would you recommend.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 04, 2015, 10:00:11 AM
4S is way out of reach, c'mon, what would you recommend.

Personally, I wouldn't shell out for either. They're close enough in reviews that I'd go with the one which had award availability.

I'm currently booked at Hilton and LM in OWB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 04, 2015, 10:01:24 AM
Last call, I have a couple of days left to cancel my Le Meridien booking without penalty , does anyone have experience between the le Meridian and the IHG interncontinental thalasso? The Intercontinental would cost me a total of 900 dollars more, but seems to have a notch better rating, help me decide. This is a YOLO decision


I would def go with the Intercontinental Thalasso. A little birdy who was recently in Bora Bora saw both and said that the latter was a significant upgrade over the former and only a small notch below the SR
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on June 04, 2015, 10:01:53 AM
Personally, I wouldn't shell out for either. They're close enough in reviews that I'd go with the one which had award availability.

I'm currently booked at Hilton and LM in OWB.
Between the Hilton and LM, which one would you prefer
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on June 04, 2015, 10:19:39 AM
I would def go with the Intercontinental Thalasso. A little birdy who was recently in Bora Bora saw both and said that the latter was a significant upgrade over the former and only a small notch below the SR
The question is if the significant upgrade is worth $900 more, and do you know what the significant upgrade is? Is it the property? The OWB's or the service?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 04, 2015, 10:33:49 AM
The question is if the significant upgrade is worth $900 more, and do you know what the significant upgrade is? Is it the property? The OWB's or the service?

From the multitude of reviews I've read, this seems to be a very accurate comparison tool

http://www.tahiti-explorer.com/frames/hotels-index.html

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on June 04, 2015, 12:33:54 PM
The Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island seems to get the most bang for the buck, according to what I'm reading, its located in the best part of the lagoon, and best for snorkeling. Its also better priced,  Should i ditch the le Meridian for this?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 04, 2015, 01:31:24 PM
The Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island seems to get the most bang for the buck, according to what I'm reading, its located in the best part of the lagoon, and best for snorkeling. Its also better priced,  Should i ditch the le Meridian for this?

Def an upgrade over the Le Meridien

Just make sure there wont be a language barrier there
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on June 04, 2015, 01:34:13 PM
Def an upgrade over the Le Meridien

Just make sure there wont be a language barrier there
@AJK do you agree?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 04, 2015, 01:35:50 PM
@AJK do you agree?

I'm a no one here... but I do know damaxer91's little birdie has more experience than I do in BOB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 04, 2015, 02:02:19 PM
@AJK do you agree?

Have u read the FT threads? Trip Adviser worthless because everyone there is doing a once in a lifetime trip
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on June 04, 2015, 02:03:34 PM
Have u read the FT threads? Trip Adviser worthless because everyone there is doing a once in a lifetime trip
No,  never tried FT, will check now.

So again, you recommend the sofitel private island over Le Meridean?

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 04, 2015, 02:25:14 PM
No,  never tried FT, will check now.

So again, you recommend the sofitel private island over Le Meridean?



Can't really say
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 04, 2015, 02:59:38 PM
Have u read the FT threads? Trip Adviser worthless because everyone there is doing a once in a lifetime trip

And FT is different? How many of those posters go to BOB half dozen times?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 04, 2015, 07:04:08 PM
And FT is different? How many of those posters go to BOB half dozen times?

There are a few for sure. Its also a lot easier to weed out the fake reviews.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 21, 2015, 03:26:15 PM
How does IC Thalasso work? Every day they release availability for the day that is 365 days ahead? Is there a set time of day they do that?
But right now, for example, you don't see space on 4/29/16 or 4/30/16 so at what point did those dates get released and snatched up? Midnight you think?
FT seems to indicate that they release every day for 365 days out. Anyone have data points on what time they release it at? Midnight? EST? Bora Bora time?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on June 21, 2015, 03:28:15 PM
FT seems to indicate that they release every day for 365 days out. Anyone have data points on what time they release it at? Midnight? EST? Bora Bora time?
I highly doubt it. I never found availability 365 days out, and I've been checking
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 21, 2015, 03:38:02 PM
FT seems to indicate that they release every day for 365 days out. Anyone have data points on what time they release it at? Midnight? EST? Bora Bora time?
Been reading that thread myself recently. Seems that midnight EST is the key. However, when 10 ppl are trying to book at the same exact moment, the odds of you getting it...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 21, 2015, 08:11:22 PM
I highly doubt it. I never found availability 365 days out, and I've been checking
if you read what YD just said I'm not sure why you're highly doubting it. Have you check ALL day?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 21, 2015, 08:19:17 PM
Been reading that thread myself recently. Seems that midnight EST is the key. However, when 10 ppl are trying to book at the same exact moment, the odds of you getting it...
Perhaps a script can be written...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 30, 2015, 01:35:28 PM
Next weekend Thursday to Sunday is available at the IC Thalasso on Points.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shimino1 on July 03, 2015, 06:28:56 AM
Next weekend Thursday to Sunday is available at the IC Thalasso on Points.
Is that really the place you want to spend Shabbos?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 03, 2015, 10:36:05 AM
Is that really the place you want to spend Shabbos?
Absolutely! Would do so any shabbos
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: kelkus on July 13, 2015, 04:47:51 PM
My wife and I want to travel to Bora Bora and stay at the 4 Seasons in a year from now. Any suggestions on how I can do it all on points? TIA
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 13, 2015, 04:56:40 PM
My wife and I want to travel to Bora Bora and stay at the 4 Seasons in a year from now. Any suggestions on how I can do it all on points? TIA
I don't believe you can get it using points, rather you would need to earn points and sell them, and/or cashback cards.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on July 13, 2015, 05:33:58 PM
I highly doubt it. I never found availability 365 days out, and I've been checking

Well, If you want to hop on a plane right now- there's a spot open 7/16 - 7/17 :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on July 13, 2015, 05:34:56 PM
Well, If you want to hop on a plane right now- there's a spot open 7/16 - 7/17 :)
I'm back already
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: kelkus on July 13, 2015, 06:00:41 PM
what points are best obtained for this case in order to sell them?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on July 13, 2015, 06:26:39 PM
I'm back already
Lol
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 22, 2015, 12:42:14 PM
Has anyone here stayed at the IC Thalasso?
Wondering if I (should i find availability) could use my brothers IHG free chase night for one of my nights or if the hotel will give me a hard time with him not being there. Wondering if its on the same level as the PH MLE where its so small and intimate.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 22, 2015, 12:43:40 PM
Has anyone here stayed at the IC Thalasso?
Wondering if I (should i find availability) could use my brothers IHG free chase night for one of my nights or if the hotel will give me a hard time with him not being there. Wondering if its on the same level as the PH MLE where its so small and intimate.

Lots of online TRs from there. See the bloggers.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 22, 2015, 12:44:24 PM
Lots of online TRs from there. See the bloggers.
i did. Wouldnt answer my specific question though
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on September 10, 2015, 01:57:04 PM
Anyone booking BOB?

http://www.spgresortredemption.com/
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on September 10, 2015, 01:59:31 PM
Anyone booking BOB?

http://www.spgresortredemption.com/
What are the paid rates if a redemption is 90k a night?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on September 10, 2015, 02:17:49 PM
What are the paid rates if a redemption is 90k a night?
Check for yourself.

Prices are seasonal
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 10, 2015, 02:18:45 PM
Anyone booking BOB?

http://www.spgresortredemption.com/

I still think 58K/39K per night is astronomical.

Better bet, I think, is still the LM for 16K+$270 into an OWB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on September 10, 2015, 02:19:48 PM
I can't imagine dropping so many SPG a night like that. For that reason I'm out.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on September 10, 2015, 03:38:40 PM
personally I would drop 58,500 spg Per night for the W MLE for that nice room. Market value is about $1,170 & the room gos for as much as $3k or more.. just my opinion

also makes a difference the occasion, future trips frequency etc. points earning speed..
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 10, 2015, 03:39:53 PM
58.5K isn't getting you an OWB in SRBB or WMLE.
Still need to pay to confirm an upgrade.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on September 10, 2015, 03:42:02 PM
58.5K isn't getting you an OWB in SRBB or WMLE.
Still need to pay to confirm an upgrade.

if you say so then I believe & accept what you say.. as I trust you.. but i'm thinking that when I called SPG for a rate on that crazy huge owb they said its 90k SPG per night.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 10, 2015, 03:43:42 PM
90K is for the base room at the SRBB or WMLE.
Both are crazy rooms, neither are OWB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on September 10, 2015, 03:45:06 PM
90K is for the base room at the SRBB or WMLE.
Both are crazy rooms, neither are OWB.

no sane person (I hope) would pay 90k SPG for a beach hotel when you travel so far
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on September 10, 2015, 03:48:03 PM
no sane person (I hope) would pay 90k SPG for a beach hotel when you travel so far
58k SPG is almost the same as 90k for me. I would just pick a different destination.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on September 10, 2015, 04:07:49 PM
58k SPG is almost the same as 90k for me. I would just pick a different destination.

but according to Dan even 58k doesnt even get you a OWB so it doesnt really even come up as a thought to me..
rather burn some hotel.com credits for my future MLE trip.. anyways.. back to Boro Bora.. :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 02, 2015, 02:47:04 PM
OWB at LM BOB for 16K SPG+$270

or

OWB at SR BOB for 52K MR

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 02, 2015, 02:51:30 PM
How do you get the 2nd option? Booking direct through Amex?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 02, 2015, 02:52:01 PM
How do you get the 2nd option? Booking direct through Amex?

Can sell at ~1.5.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 02, 2015, 02:53:24 PM
Can sell at ~1.5.
Ah, gotcha.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 02, 2015, 03:15:44 PM
Can sell at ~1.5.
SR is supposed to be better than LM, now its your call if you want to pay $760 or go with the cheaper option. YOLO

Just $200 more a night

It all depends what your priorities are.

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 02, 2015, 03:33:37 PM
SR is supposed to be better than LM, now its your call if you want to pay $760 or go with the cheaper option. YOLO

Just $200 more a night

It all depends what your priorities are.

Considering I'd earn 12K SPG points (~$225), bringing the total cost to 47K MR/night, and that I don't have plans to return, I probably will just do SR.

Just one credit card churn :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 02, 2015, 04:01:45 PM
SR
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 04, 2015, 10:03:06 PM
Just as I'm sitting down to book the SR, IHG Thalasso opens for 3 nights.

So I'm going to do 1 night at IHG Le Moana then take the free boat shuttle to their sister property, IHG Thalasso for 3 nights.

Would have loved to do 2 SR + 2 IHG Thalasso, but the only room the SR has available for the first night of our stay is... $10K.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 05, 2015, 05:36:44 PM
Anyone want the IC Thalasso from 01/28-02/03?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 05, 2015, 05:39:13 PM
That's a good get.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on November 05, 2015, 06:06:20 PM
Anyone want the IC Thalasso from 01/28-02/03?
I'd rather know how you consistently pull of availability like that
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on November 08, 2015, 10:43:44 AM
If anybody has nights at the IC thallaso, that they plan on releasing, can you please let me know.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on November 08, 2015, 11:41:07 AM
If anybody has nights at the IC thallaso, that they plan on releasing, can you please let me know.

Anyone want the IC Thalasso from 01/28-02/03?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 11:53:42 AM
Also, finding flights to BOB are in some cases harder than finding nights. You have flights?
Title: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on November 08, 2015, 12:00:48 PM
Dan doesn't reply to PM.
I don't have flights yet, but I figured it makes sense to work with hotel first being that I can cancel for free, but flights I can't.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 12:07:31 PM
IME, the only way you can gaurantee a trip like this comes to fruition is book 330 days in advance.

Snag TN J and then snag IHG.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 08, 2015, 12:09:27 PM
IME, the only way you can gaurantee a trip like this comes to fruition is book 330 days in advance.

Snag TN J and then snag IHG.
Doesn't IHG get released 2 weeks before TN? That's what I came across in my searching.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 12:12:39 PM
Doesn't IHG get released 2 weeks before TN? That's what I came across in my searching.

It does. I should have been clearer. I simply meant booking a year in advance.

Sure one can get lucky, but relying on luck, is...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 08, 2015, 12:16:57 PM
It does. I should have been clearer. I simply meant booking a year in advance.

Sure one can get lucky, but relying on luck, is...
Yep. Not always too easy to plan a year out, unfortunately. Seems like FTers are going here literally every week, while barely any DDFers have made it. I wonder why that is.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on November 08, 2015, 12:18:02 PM
IME, the only way you can gaurantee a trip like this comes to fruition is book 330 days in advance.

Snag TN J and then snag IHG.
Or settle for the other IHG and TN Y

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 08, 2015, 12:23:57 PM
Or settle for the other IHG and TN Y
Isn't the whole point of going here to be able to stay in an OWB? Now if you meant to go to IC Moorea and pay for the upgrade or really to any other of the other hotels and pay for an upgrade, that's a different story. But not "free." :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 12:25:35 PM
Or settle for the other IHG and TN Y

I'd sooner settler for TN Y than the other IHG...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 12:26:53 PM
Isn't the whole point of going here to be able to stay in an OWB? Now if you meant to go to IC Moorea and pay for the upgrade or really to any other of the other hotels and pay for an upgrade, that's a different story. But not "free." :P

The "other" IHG being talked about is also in BOB, the IHG LM, not the one in Moorea.

Either way, one can use SPG C+P to get into an OWB (which is what I was *going to do* before snagging IHG Thalasso).
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 12:27:37 PM
Yep. Not always too easy to plan a year out, unfortunately. Seems like FTers are going here literally every week, while barely any DDFers have made it. I wonder why that is.

I booked mine almost a year out.

I know at least 2 DDF'ers who have gone, and at least 2 more who are confirmed.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 08, 2015, 12:48:49 PM
The "other" IHG being talked about is also in BOB, the IHG LM, not the one in Moorea.

Either way, one can use SPG C+P to get into an OWB (which is what I was *going to do* before snagging IHG Thalasso).
Meant Moana, not Moorea, my mistake.
You've gotten Thalasso since you posted about your choices last week?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 08, 2015, 12:54:19 PM
Or settle for the other IHG and TN Y
Oy
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 12:55:25 PM
Meant Moana, not Moorea, my mistake.
You've gotten Thalasso since you posted about your choices last week?

Right:

Just as I'm sitting down to book the SR, IHG Thalasso opens for 3 nights.

So I'm going to do 1 night at IHG Le Moana then take the free boat shuttle to their sister property, IHG Thalasso for 3 nights.

Would have loved to do 2 SR + 2 IHG Thalasso, but the only room the SR has available for the first night of our stay is... $10K.

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 12:55:56 PM
Just FYI:

Spoke to two supervisors, AF apparently does not offer KSML on LAX-PPT.

 :o
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2015, 12:57:36 PM
Just FYI:

Spoke to two supervisors, AF apparently does not offer KSML on LAX-PPT.

 :o
Odd, but who cares?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 12:59:02 PM
Odd, but who cares?

I *always* order JIC.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2015, 01:00:18 PM
I *always* order JIC.
Well duh, that way you might get something if they forget.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 01:01:20 PM
Just odd they don't offer KSML ex-LAX.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 08, 2015, 01:09:45 PM
Just FYI:

Spoke to two supervisors, AF apparently does not offer KSML on LAX-PPT.

 :o
Since when do you care about KSML?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 08, 2015, 01:10:15 PM
Well duh, that way you might get something if they forget.
+1
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 08, 2015, 01:10:42 PM
Just odd they don't offer KSML ex-LAX.
TN does offer BTW
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 01:11:46 PM
Oiy va voy. Reading comprehension, people:

Just FYI:

Spoke to two supervisors, AF apparently does not offer KSML on LAX-PPT.

 :o

Just odd they don't offer KSML ex-LAX.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 08, 2015, 01:21:04 PM
Right:
Didn't see that. Nice!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on November 08, 2015, 01:27:39 PM


Either way, one can use SPG C+P to get into an OWB (which is what I was *going to do* before snagging IHG Thalasso).
How would the SPG C+P run ?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 01:28:30 PM
How would the SPG C+P run ?

Better bet, I think, is still the LM for 16K+$270 into an OWB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 06:07:04 PM
FYI

Not a single award day through EOS for IHG Thalasso.

(https://i.gyazo.com/a656a70b058299497206e1b2bfb3604d.png)
(https://i.gyazo.com/f207b59600e593a6ed3d23e8770cc93d.png)
(https://i.gyazo.com/4b8d5103b336f32b864691581bd9c55e.png)
(https://i.gyazo.com/78e758ce24b2539127c766708fdd136a.png)
(https://i.gyazo.com/662719ee71a56f1443f290e9bddf4f9d.png)
(https://i.gyazo.com/789361190fb8c1b7f320eb4fd465c27e.png)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 08, 2015, 06:22:57 PM
Noticed it earlier today. I believe this is the 2nd time you've posted screenshots like that. You love it lol
There were sporadic days when I checked a few days ago. Very lucky that some of your days opened up for you.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 06:24:08 PM
Just a very tough get. And it remains that way.

Yes, very lucky.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on November 08, 2015, 07:14:56 PM
Standard room is OWB there?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 08, 2015, 07:19:17 PM
Standard room is OWB there?

Correct.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 09, 2015, 01:49:02 PM
Anyone ever overnight in PPT? Where did you stay?

Top 2 options as I see it are the IHG Tahiti (7 min ride from airport) and the LM Tahiti (16 min from airport).
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on November 09, 2015, 02:09:52 PM
Anyone ever overnight in PPT? Where did you stay?

Top 2 options as I see it are the IHG Tahiti (7 min ride from airport) and the LM Tahiti (16 min from airport).

FYI, The TN flights often open up 48-72 hrs before in J

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 09, 2015, 02:12:28 PM
FYI, The TN flights often open up 48-72 hrs before in J

If that's the case, it's not true for this week, for example:

(https://i.gyazo.com/0aab52f19bab8b3aa8d81bda6cdfb901.png)
(https://i.gyazo.com/3981df0a5f9c8048fc0c42b3353b6309.png)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 09, 2015, 02:14:48 PM
Anyone ever overnight in PPT? Where did you stay?

Top 2 options as I see it are the IHG Tahiti (7 min ride from airport) and the LM Tahiti (16 min from airport).
I did IHG PPT
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 09, 2015, 02:18:21 PM
I did IHG PPT

That's what I'm leaning towards. Happy with the choice?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 09, 2015, 02:18:56 PM
That's what I'm leaning towards. Happy with the choice?
Yes, beautiful property
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on November 09, 2015, 02:28:21 PM
If that's the case, it's not true for this week, for example:


Could be. But in my experience I have seen it happen several times
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on November 17, 2015, 12:35:35 AM
Could be. But in my experience I have seen it happen several times

So if you booked Econ with AA miles, would they let you upgrade to J 24-48 hours before if it opens for the diff in miles or is that only for AA flights?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 17, 2015, 12:42:34 AM
That works.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 17, 2015, 06:05:01 AM
Thalasso - Dec 10,12,13,14 are open right now if anyone can make a quick trip!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on November 21, 2015, 07:41:46 PM
Anyone want the IC Thalasso from 01/28-02/03?


Interested

OWB at LM BOB for 16K SPG+$270

Is there a way to see avail online for this or need to call?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 21, 2015, 08:05:59 PM
Putpac
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on November 21, 2015, 08:28:54 PM
Putpac

Will do.

Are all room there OWB?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 21, 2015, 08:29:44 PM
Don't believe so.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on November 21, 2015, 09:38:34 PM
Don't believe so.

Called and agent claimed only room available for C&P is for 30K + $600 per night (checked as far as July 2016)

Does that mean there are simply no rooms available at 16K + $270, HUCA'd but same answer


Also, does anyone know if Hilton weekend nights from Citi CC would book into the OWB or still need an upgrade?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 21, 2015, 10:30:22 PM
Weird. Guess could be all out of availability. Definitely had that booked.

You're looking at LM BOB?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on November 21, 2015, 10:35:37 PM

You're looking at LM BOB?

Yes

https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1905
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 03:06:27 PM
Wow, forget booking a year in advance, having to not be there for Shabbos makes this trip quite crazy.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on November 24, 2015, 03:37:10 PM
Wow, forget booking a year in advance, having to not be there for Shabbos makes this trip quite crazy.

U can get 4 full days if u leave Sun and come back Thurs night but can't make it back to the east coast for shabbos
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2015, 03:39:01 PM
Shabbas in LAX sounds perfectly fine to me.

Or "channel Chabad" and go for a week :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 03:53:27 PM
U can get 4 full days if u leave Sun and come back Thurs night but can't make it back to the east coast for shabbos
-1 Thursday night is already in the "potentially Shabbos" time.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on November 24, 2015, 03:55:38 PM
-1 Thursday night is already in the "potentially Shabbos" time.

That depends on who your Rav is
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 04:00:33 PM
That depends on who your Rav is
True. For me, in the winter, the trip could only be Sunday night flight from LAX, get to BOB around noon on Monday and leave BOB Wednesday around 5PM. 2 nights, 1.5-2 days. In the summer, there's a Motzai Shabbos LAX-PPT flight, so I could get in another day/night in BOB.

A final option from my research is to catch the Wednesday morning flight PPT-AKL and go from AKL-Australia before Shabbos. Would mean even less time in BOB though...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2015, 04:18:59 PM
True. For me, in the winter, the trip could only be Sunday night flight from LAX, get to BOB around noon on Monday and leave BOB Wednesday around 5PM. 2 nights, 1.5-2 days. In the summer, there's a Motzai Shabbos LAX-PPT flight, so I could get in another day/night in BOB.

A final option from my research is to catch the Wednesday morning flight PPT-AKL and go from AKL-Australia before Shabbos. Would mean even less time in BOB though...

You'd have the same issue with Shabbas. PPT-AKL leaving weds morn, arrives in AKL on Thursday afternoon about 1 PM. The next flight out AKL-MEL/SYD is not until Friday morning at 8ish am.

Not to mention that to get to PPT for an 8am flight would require you leave BOB Tuesday afternoon.

Why can't you take a MS flight in the winter? Or keep "2 days" of shabbas?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 04:20:41 PM
You'd have the same issue. PPT-AKL leaving weds morn, arrives in AKL on Thursday afternoon about 1 PM. The next flight out AKL-MEL/SYD is not until Friday morning at 8ish am.

Why can't you take a MS flight in the winter?
Aha, but once you cross the dateline, Friday is no longer "possibly Shabbos", rather Sunday is. Which means, you can stay in AKL until shkia and I could catch a Friday morning flight to Australia.

Looks like TN only flies at 4:20PM (and not 11 something PM) on Saturdays in the winter.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2015, 04:23:23 PM
Aha, but once you cross the dateline, Friday is no longer "possibly Shabbos", rather Sunday is. Which means, you can stay in AKL until shkia and I could catch a Friday morning flight to Australia.

Looks like TN only flies at 4:20PM (and not 11 something PM) on Saturdays in the winter.

Amended my post above.

But you're right about TN on MS in winter. Was looking at another day.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on November 24, 2015, 04:24:02 PM
You'd have the same issue with Shabbas. PPT-AKL leaving weds morn, arrives in AKL on Thursday afternoon about 1 PM. The next flight out AKL-MEL/SYD is not until Friday morning at 8ish am.

Not to mention that to get to PPT for an 8am flight would require you leave BOB Tuesday afternoon.

Why can't you take a MS flight in the winter? Or keep "2 days" of shabbas?
1. its not easy, and it requires knowing what is asur med'oraysa and what is asur medarabanan. or you could be machmir, but 2 days of shabbos is no fun
2. some may view it better to avoid the safek situation altogether
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2015, 04:25:01 PM
I hear, but relaxing in an OWB in BOB for two days instead of one doesn't sound like much of a sacrifice :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 04:32:51 PM
Amended my post above.

But you're right about TN on MS in winter. Was looking at another day.
Good point, forgot about having to catch a Tuesday flight to PPT. Yeah so AKL connection is out.

1. its not easy, and it requires knowing what is asur med'oraysa and what is asur medarabanan. or you could be machmir, but 2 days of shabbos is no fun
2. some may view it better to avoid the safek situation altogether
Yep, my Rabbi said no to 2 days.

I hear, but relaxing in an OWB in BOB for two days instead of one doesn't sound like much of a sacrifice :P
Lol if only it was that simple. I was told to avoid 2 days for reasons such as what do you do about Tefillin on the non-Shabbos day? Etc. I also personally wouldn't feel comfortable not going to Shul on Shabbos.

Anyway, a 2 night, 1.5-2 day trip isn't completely crazy, right? Some people here have flown for 2 days straight without getting out of an airport.  :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2015, 04:34:07 PM
Frankly, there's no way I'd do a 1.5/2 day trip to BOB. No way, no how.

I'd MUCH sooner do MLE for 6 days.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 24, 2015, 04:38:21 PM
Frankly, there's no way I'd do a 1.5/2 day trip to BOB. No way, no how.

I'd MUCH sooner do MLE for 6 days.
But @Yehuda would never lay out cash, so that means no OWB
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2015, 04:41:41 PM
But @Yehuda would never lay out cash, so that means no OWB

Then, my friend, it appears both MLE and BOB are a bit beyond his grasp at the moment... unless of course he wants to travel 20 hours each way for 1.5/2 days.

Or start doing some serious MS on the Arrival card... but even that takes money.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on November 24, 2015, 04:46:17 PM



Anyway, a 2 night, 1.5-2 day trip isn't completely crazy, right?
it is

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on November 24, 2015, 04:56:23 PM
Frankly, there's no way I'd do a 1.5/2 day trip to BOB. No way, no how.

I'd MUCH sooner do MLE for 6 days.

So BOB>MLE?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 04:59:31 PM
But @Yehuda would never lay out cash, so that means no OWB
;D Was about to say Arrival, but looks like AJ beat me to it.

Then, my friend, it appears both MLE and BOB are a bit beyond his grasp at the moment... unless of course he wants to travel 20 hours each way for 1.5/2 days.

Or start doing some serious MS on the Arrival card... but even that takes money.
There are ways to MS for free...
I've never really looked into MLE. I would have to do my research to see what routes get you there and if I have those miles.

it is
Thanks :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2015, 05:00:17 PM
So BOB>MLE?

TR is halfway done. You'll just have to wait and see. I imagine I should have the first post up in the next few days.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on November 24, 2015, 05:02:47 PM

TR is halfway done. You'll just have to wait and see. I imagine I should have the first post up in the next few days.
You're killin' us.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2015, 05:06:15 PM
;D Was about to say Arrival, but looks like AJ beat me to it.
There are ways to MS for free...

Sure, but none that are highly scalable/aren't in the dark gray area/sustainable.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 05:10:36 PM
Sure, but none that are highly scalable/aren't in the dark gray area/sustainable.
True, although I'm just a big talker bc it's not like I'm even doing them. Nonetheless, some signup bonuses and Citi funding should get enough points for a few nights OWB upgrades.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 24, 2015, 05:22:18 PM
1. its not easy, and it requires knowing what is asur med'oraysa and what is asur medarabanan.

Not too hard. You won't be doing much in the first place. And you could also be machmir and...

but 2 days of shabbos is no fun

I utterly, completely, and categorically disagree. I've done it multiple times and I can't recommend it more.

2. some may view it better to avoid the safek situation altogether

That'll depend on the LOR in question. If your LOR says no than this discussion is moot.

Lol if only it was that simple. I was told to avoid 2 days for reasons such as what do you do about Tefillin on the non-Shabbos day? Etc.

It is that simple - your LOR will be able to answer all of this for you. Once I got my psak that I need to keep two days, I compiled a list of many, many questions and took it into my Rov. Everything had a simple, black and white answer.

To address your tefillin question, he told me to wear it and daven like a regular weekday.

Shabbos candles was a more interesting issue - you can't light them on Friday afternoon, but at the same time you must light them for Shabbos! So he told me to light yartzeit candles on Thursday afternoon, and "Lekovod Shabbos Kodesh" over them. Then on Friday afternoon, my wife should cover her eyes and make the beracha. This way, no matter when Shabbos really was, we'd be covered :D.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 05:25:25 PM
I was specifically told not to keep 2 days bc he won't know whether I should wear Tefillin. Those questions are the reason he said not to do 2 days.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 24, 2015, 05:27:41 PM
I was specifically told not to keep 2 days bc he won't know whether I should wear Tefillin. Those questions are the reason he said not to do 2 days.

Interesting. Seems he's not that familiar with this particular issue, then.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2015, 05:29:44 PM
Zing.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on November 24, 2015, 05:31:01 PM
Isn't tefillin the easiest?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 24, 2015, 05:37:00 PM
Zing.

I'm not trying to belittle (for lack of a better term) his LOR in any way whatsoever. It's just that this is a very thorny subject and not everyone could pasken "yes" without being thoroughly familiar in what is a relatively unknown topic.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2015, 05:45:52 PM
I know, but there was an avenue to create drama, and by gosh, I took it.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 24, 2015, 05:48:19 PM
I know, but there was an avenue to create drama, and by gosh, I took it.

LOL ;D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 06:47:21 PM
Great back and forth.  ;D
No worries, SF.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 24, 2015, 07:01:32 PM
Isn't tefillin the easiest?
Indeed.
And if tefillin was "the" issue, why the problem with flying out Thursday afternoon?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 07:37:00 PM
Indeed.
And if tefillin was "the" issue, why the problem with flying out Thursday afternoon?
I said "those questions were the issue" - i.e. the questions of what to do with weekday mitzvos one needs to do and Shabbos mitzvos one needs to do.

Can't fly past Shkia if it's already Shabbos.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 24, 2015, 08:35:23 PM
I was specifically told not to keep 2 days bc he won't know whether I should wear Tefillin. Those questions are the reason he said not to do 2 days.
Is that the same LOR who does not let you sell miles, or you switched since?  ;)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 09:27:12 PM
Is that the same LOR who does not let you sell miles, or you switched since?  ;)
Different. That was a Shayla I asked 2 years ago from a Rabbi who lives in Israel, and I was close to while in Yeshiva. Now in my community I have a Rav who says no to the dateline.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2015, 09:30:10 PM
Time to move again  ;D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on November 24, 2015, 09:57:14 PM
Time to move again  ;D
LOL
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 24, 2015, 10:14:37 PM
Time to move again  ;D
Hahaha he's actually been great (in terms of giving me answer I want to hear 🙈) with almost everything but the dateline.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 29, 2015, 10:02:24 PM
I imagine I should have the first post up in the next few days.



1 week later and still nothing.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 29, 2015, 10:03:14 PM
I can vouch that AJK has a vivid imagination :D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 29, 2015, 10:03:57 PM
I can vouch that AJK has a vivid imagination :D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 29, 2015, 10:06:14 PM
Anyone want the IC Thalasso from 01/28-02/03?

Cancelled.
Hurry and grab em :D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 30, 2015, 10:53:17 AM


1 week later and still nothing.

What you fail to realize is that I don't work for you.

Between you and my actual employer, he is going to win. Every. Single. Time.

While my intention was to begin posting over the weekend, there arose a competing professional priority, and that professional priority took precedence. (See above.)

It'll go up when it goes up.

I can vouch that AJK has a vivid imagination :D

...like someone asking you to post a TR over this past weekend.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on November 30, 2015, 12:13:27 PM
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/30/3640206eda1046c49167203e4cc2733e.jpg)
TN flight leaving lax at 4:30, arriving at ppt 10:55on dec. 7 has 2 business seats available.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 07, 2015, 11:49:37 AM
next week full availability in IC Thallaso
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 07, 2015, 11:51:21 AM
next week full availability in IC Thallaso

More than just next week. Wow.

Never seen that many days in a row available:

(https://i.gyazo.com/52f1f52e552ac6e714ffc2d52c587b20.png)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 07, 2015, 11:53:06 AM
More than just next week. Wow.

Never seen that many days in a row available:

(https://i.gyazo.com/52f1f52e552ac6e714ffc2d52c587b20.png)
now that i got ur attention, whats the best routing? ;)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 07, 2015, 11:56:14 AM
Only three ways to get there from US:

LAX-PPT on AF
LAX-PPT on TN
LAX-HNL-PPT on HA
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 07, 2015, 12:03:17 PM
Only three ways to get there from US:

LAX-PPT on AF
LAX-PPT on TN
LAX-HNL-PPT on HA
what is TN?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on December 07, 2015, 12:04:54 PM
what is TN?
Air Tahiti Nui
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 07, 2015, 12:16:15 PM
that gets booked on air france?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on December 07, 2015, 12:19:31 PM
that gets booked on air france?
Can book TN via AA
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 07, 2015, 12:20:51 PM
TN can be booked with, among others, AA or DL.

AA obviously cannot book AF.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on December 07, 2015, 12:23:35 PM
More than just next week. Wow.

Never seen that many days in a row available:

(https://i.gyazo.com/52f1f52e552ac6e714ffc2d52c587b20.png)
Let me guess - you're tempted to go back?  :D
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 07, 2015, 12:27:43 PM
Extremely tempting... but December is rainy season.

It's extremely disappointing to travel that far and then get rain.

When it's cloudy outside, it's like someone took the plug out of the wall. All the color disappears.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 07, 2015, 12:37:03 PM
TN can be booked with, among others, AA or DL.

AA obviously cannot book AF.
experfly showing availability on TN but aa says they dont have availability. is this a huca case?

edit: rainy season, not going that far for dissapoinment
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 07, 2015, 12:40:41 PM
experfly showing availability on TN but aa says they dont have availability. is this a huca case?

Should be available to AA if TN shows it.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 07, 2015, 12:42:15 PM
Should be available to AA if TN shows it.
i even gave a flight number but the rep said no avail. but i decided not to go now since rain season.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 07, 2015, 01:41:19 PM
December seems to be the only time of year I can "know" 12 months in advance that we can get away for a week. If I ever go here, I just may have to bank on rain.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 07, 2015, 01:42:10 PM
If you do get rain your entire time (or even most of it), you may as well go to Coney Island Beach.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on December 07, 2015, 01:44:17 PM

If you do get rain your entire time (or even most of it), you may as well go to Coney Island Beach.
At least in Bora Bora you'll have a place to sit, while Coney Island beach on the other hand
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 16, 2015, 10:51:58 AM
I am in the early stages of planning a trip to BOB. Hoping to book LAX-PPT on TN using AA but it doesn't show any availability online. AA shows the flights as revenue flights but not award flights. I just pick a random date in October 2016.

Is this a matter of PUTPAC to book?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 16, 2015, 10:59:01 AM
I am in the early stages of planning a trip to BOB. Hoping to book LAX-PPT on TN using AA but it doesn't show any availability online. AA shows the flights as revenue flights but not award flights. I just pick a random date in October 2016.

Is this a matter of PUTPAC to book?
AA won't show TN award availability. Either PUTPAC or use EF.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on December 23, 2015, 09:14:36 PM
Does the IC Thallasso wait to release their reward rooms until right before the travel date?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 23, 2015, 09:16:04 PM
Does the IC Thallasso wait to release their reward rooms until right before the travel date?
no. its just that within two weeks of travel people cancel their bookings to avoid a fee.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on December 23, 2015, 09:21:12 PM
no. its just that within two weeks of travel people cancel their bookings to avoid a fee.
That's a good reason  :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on January 15, 2016, 01:26:10 AM
Nice chunk from the 21st on
(http://i66.tinypic.com/357hy5e.png)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 15, 2016, 09:03:41 AM
Wow. Nice.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2016, 10:37:57 AM
Still the rainy season, though.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on January 15, 2016, 11:07:00 AM
Still the rainy season, though.
When is the rainy season over
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 15, 2016, 11:09:29 AM
http://bfy.tw/3kJV
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on January 30, 2016, 12:25:35 PM
Le Moana Bora Bora and InterContinental Thalasso going up to 60k
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on February 01, 2016, 08:47:45 PM
http://bfy.tw/3kJV
Just got here this morning, so far a little rain when we landed but forecast is clear and sunny for rest of the week. Hope it stays this way

Thanks for everyone's tips been reading a lot in this thread while planning
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on February 01, 2016, 09:11:13 PM
Just got here this morning, so far a little rain when we landed but forecast is clear and sunny for rest of the week. Hope it stays this way

Thanks for everyone's tips been reading a lot in this thread while planning
Post Pics
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on February 01, 2016, 11:42:40 PM
Post Pics

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160202/98a8135fbc2894ddd5d0c4ed44cb1235.jpg)

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on February 05, 2016, 02:42:32 AM
Just a disclosure, We went to Moorea not bora bora, from the research we did it seems moorea is less busy (less tourists) cheaper overall, and more relaxed. I am sure there will be some who will disagree however I am very happy with our choice and this way we have a reason to come back.

Here are some more pics

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/9ofPfa_XfhEXKlPPmqE_b--fGOJdLKt4taWVe-H0EJIsc0fHC4c_3RjwYV-GaNOp7MlHbNRlM5iEkdA-aeVML1GfVCZ8LtQpFSBWCsxWlRjpqqtuOFwGJcFRFPw5Of_3AcFv-EBtZL7BVYHbWL5S-IrwiX-XR59_2o__yGKYW_gna54XMSHrAFiJrwI6_0i_GWWDPWkYKLPrZV3blaW6d7o87T-iytYQw--zOTVIgVGT-SiuI3rDugXH-tejW8PwQY3hwFm57xSqBOIU1hnhuWvV35NRrIjYf6wyQU895cYCyKIfaZtfEQny2Q83ut-7RbrUMdFPoLlUIG7-9L0eWK5ifrxKJcQtb1AMYz-cuyqloUWhpfIkBuSTf1JCyLCDnjj-uiYTpuonIteNk4et0jsBMFu5qlql6kD1RnVXQkkY6t3qPaPbdE8gWpy5q7E0OiRyd3OUnX4Jr2fCivQ-681Foaofb0SJPwtZsAO1qKfMyu9Jpkb8fKzLPmNToZfVJ8S5h5sY9dl49bj0NulHC0WH-xWIBPvP0n6UDnfYk-HBIRrGXXG3jAAJ7z1sew7VKY2r=w1985-h1488-no)

This one is panoramic, so you can enjoy it best by downloading and zooming


(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/QknAkCeOcWyqwaMgYMKSyZrbo6nmSr1PtgYe0_juRgGzJY9LMiLul8cCdZC-3gRScR9tSc_k8kwGey1JcoZ6JVk9dAk-77lCUAYhdJfJDPFAGlbgugYOOBLnmJmcbFADB3z1LNxEZfDKeziYcJ29iDA-6sVYo1_dl0A7jdw3vD4t53sq1jFO0UDCNUEz8DkaVWLf_HwzNnIIGj4DDQ-W-gH3GdfPa6OEvoEo8DHIxlskj499AwimHiW2oCDP2KUSoKde7UZU2eOwmXoq-gauxPIXd_M8FUTzoMg65UuGr52i0HhCJmhmy09LCpdmpIgDwWOKTIFYf7Ka1cV6gb3KXl8kpOGs5kn9UPh6IAeIU3IzJkZwKCmTxLUISjhtGN6OhxQHjFDW5qEgKAOatiJrcHCsrpjAYVrJruLpejck14F3SlfuxzZqekolJp8gAIRlhawwyfEVkr_sCERrVon3W_wYPCvHbk11d9jidaX731Q80o9jFl7Wn1bNKoATrne0ZuIixHsWnw3Jt2ZFaDiLb8TqMUIaCUjPWiaj2BoOQWbF9l7dMgUJaEp1Q5qHoQ_76qP6=w3200-h644-no)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hudi on February 05, 2016, 12:45:23 PM
A promotion popped up on my SPG app claiming to offer 50% Hawaii and French Polynesia. I looked up the St. Regis Bora Bora for July and it's available for 62,500 XPF ($583) which is cheaper than the Le Meridian. The code is SPG50PRO but doesn't seem to work on the regular SPG search. To access, go to "Special Offers" in your app and click on the "Full view. Half off" promotion.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on February 06, 2016, 07:20:21 PM
How many points does HH charge per night @ BOB starting out? I understand there is some renovating going on @ Hilton BOB going on.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 10, 2016, 05:13:04 AM
How much time do I need for a connection in PPT to Air Tahiti? Looking at a flight that gets in a 4:40 PM and want to try and make a 5:45 VT flight-possible or way too close...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 10, 2016, 05:35:34 AM
How much time do I need for a connection in PPT to Air Tahiti? Looking at a flight that gets in a 4:40 PM and want to try and make a 5:45 VT flight-possible or way too close...

Officially the MCT is 90 min, but I would prob take the risk

[KVS Tool 8.0.0 - Reference: Minimum Connection Time [MCT]: PPT] (http://www.KVSTool.com/)
Code: [Select]
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STANDARD:         PPT                          045 060 090 060 
                                             
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[DD]    Domestic To Domestic      [DEP]   Departure Airport   
[DI]    Domestic To Intl          [ARR]   Arrival Airport     
[ID]    Intl To Domestic          [A/L]   Airline             
[II]    Intl To Intl              [TR]    Terminal             
[EQP W] Wide-Body Aircraft        [EFF]   Effective Date       
[EQP N] Narrow-Body Aircraft      [SUP]   Suppressed/Prohibited
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 10, 2016, 09:11:49 AM
If customs is still "out of order" like it was with us, there's no way you could make the flight unless you're the first one off the plane.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on February 10, 2016, 09:27:57 AM
We landed 6am, were last in the passport lane and got out by 645.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 10, 2016, 09:35:33 AM
If customs is still "out of order" like it was with us, there's no way you could make the flight unless you're the first one off the plane.

Yeah that's what I'm worried about. And VT specifically says they won't really help you out if you don't follow the min connection times, and it's the last flight of the day. Ugg...

We landed 6am, were last in the passport lane and got out by 645.

How long ago was that?

Anyone successfully made it from NZ to PPT without overnighting in PPT? Seems almost impossible without the risk of missing the flight...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on February 10, 2016, 09:37:30 AM
Last week.

PPT airport is officially under renovation, but it didn't seem to affect waiting times.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 10, 2016, 10:16:07 AM
Yeah that's what I'm worried about. And VT specifically says they won't really help you out if you don't follow the min connection times, and it's the last flight of the day. Ugg...



I'd risk it. Assuming you are flying J just make sure you are the first off the plane and if there is a line, figure things out :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 10, 2016, 10:16:42 AM
We landed 6am, were last in the passport lane and got out by 645.
Was more than 45 mins for us. Probably closer to 60. And that's just passport control. Not getting bags, going to VT desk, checking in, going through (light)  security etc.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 10, 2016, 10:16:51 AM
I'd risk it. Assuming you are flying J just make sure you are the first off the plane and if there is a line, figure things out :)

And if the baggae takes a while. Leave it and say you forgot it and they'll send it in the AM
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 10, 2016, 10:19:10 AM
Was more than 45 mins for us. Probably closer to 60. And that's just passport control. Not getting bags, going to VT desk, checking in, going through (light)  security etc.

Maybe there is a "VIP Service" there?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 10, 2016, 10:19:51 AM
I'd risk it. Assuming you are flying J just make sure you are the first off the plane and if there is a line, figure things out :)
I'd probably also risk it, but if the international flight is even 20-30 mins late, he's stuck.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 10, 2016, 10:25:21 AM
Where are you arriving from?

Assuming its AKL the flight lands on-time 100% of the time according to EF
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 10, 2016, 10:42:17 AM
My flight *from* PPT to AKL was delayed by a couple hours due to a delayed LAX PPT flight.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on February 10, 2016, 10:42:31 AM
Was more than 45 mins for us. Probably closer to 60. And that's just passport control. Not getting bags, going to VT desk, checking in, going through (light)  security etc.

We were actually out by the TAXI with our bags by 6:45 (yet still missed our 7:15am ferry to Moorea due to heavy traffic) but obviously it's possible it will take longer

My flight *from* PPT to AKL was delayed by a couple hours due to a delayed LAX PPT flight.

when dealing with LAX one should always account for delays. so far I'm 2 for 2 in last 6 months and hope to avoid that airport in the future as much as possible
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 15, 2016, 08:18:48 AM
Has anyone done BOB via AUS or NZ? I'll probably be coming from NZ after being there for around 8-9 days, concerned about how to bring food to BOB and where to get it from.

Don't think I can bring enough food from SYD for 9 days NZ and a week of BOB, or is there enough kosher food to be found...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 15, 2016, 09:45:40 AM
Can pickup or have shipped from Auckland. They have frozen meals at Grey's Ave Deli.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 15, 2016, 02:55:28 PM
Can pickup or have shipped from Auckland. They have frozen meals at Grey's Ave Deli.

Do they have a decent variety, and are the meals any good?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mitchel89 on February 19, 2016, 02:55:24 PM
Does anyone know why when i call SPG Gold direct they want 30-35k points for a night at the SR, but according to this forum and everywhere else i read online it costs between 50-90k points? is there an extra charge when i try booking or is there something else i am missing here?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 19, 2016, 03:35:46 PM
Does anyone know why when i call SPG Gold direct they want 30-35k points for a night at the SR, but according to this forum and everywhere else i read online it costs between 50-90k points? is there an extra charge when i try booking or is there something else i am missing here?

If you can book a that price, do it ASAP and don't complain!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mitchel89 on February 19, 2016, 04:25:15 PM
If you can book a that price, do it ASAP and don't complain!

ok thanks, i was just wondering if there is something that I'm missing and i will get charged for later on
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 20, 2016, 10:01:15 PM
Does anyone know why when i call SPG Gold direct they want 30-35k points for a night at the SR, but according to this forum and everywhere else i read online it costs between 50-90k points? is there an extra charge when i try booking or is there something else i am missing here?

You sure it's not the Le Meridien?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mitchel89 on February 20, 2016, 10:57:56 PM
You sure it's not the Le Meridien?

yup,
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 20, 2016, 10:58:33 PM
yup,

For what dates?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on March 08, 2016, 04:30:31 PM
Anyone want buy a resort?
http://www.luxury4play.com/luxury-travel/want-to-own-a-gorgeous-5-star-lagoon-resort-near-bora-bora-french-polynesia-20160229/
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 08, 2016, 05:39:43 PM
Anyone want buy a resort?
http://www.luxury4play.com/luxury-travel/want-to-own-a-gorgeous-5-star-lagoon-resort-near-bora-bora-french-polynesia-20160229/

Which hotel is that?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 08, 2016, 06:27:06 PM
Anyone want buy a resort?
http://www.luxury4play.com/luxury-travel/want-to-own-a-gorgeous-5-star-lagoon-resort-near-bora-bora-french-polynesia-20160229/
For $50M it's quite an investment. Though once you buy no need to worry about points availability anymore..
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 10, 2016, 12:00:52 PM
Some dates as low as $750 a night in June

http://www.fourseasons.com/borabora/offers/stay_longer_second_night_free/
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 10, 2016, 12:13:29 PM
Which hotel is that?

Right next to Hilton. Not sure what it is, but the views wont be great:

(https://api.monosnap.com/rpc/file/download?id=EYLXXOZLljPUDnPMmGhnK9UCHwrYms)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 10, 2016, 12:17:18 PM
For $50M it's quite an investment. Though once you buy no need to worry about points availability anymore..

Where'd you see $50m?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 10, 2016, 12:35:43 PM
Where'd you see $50m?

Probably here (http://www.crestimmobilier.com/en/buy?search_id=82696551dd75d73f8aa6119a9b067b33)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 10, 2016, 12:48:41 PM
Where'd you see $50m?
It has the price in CHF which seems to be Swiss money

http://www.crestimmobilier.com/en/objects/detail/945039?admin=3562
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 10, 2016, 12:48:49 PM
.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 10, 2016, 12:49:10 PM
Where'd you see $50m?
It has the price in CHF which seems to be Swiss money

http://www.crestimmobilier.com/en/objects/detail/945039?admin=3562
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 10, 2016, 12:49:10 PM
Where'd you see $50m?
It has the price in CHF which seems to be Swiss money

http://www.crestimmobilier.com/en/objects/detail/945039?admin=3562
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 10, 2016, 12:56:43 PM
It has the price in CHF which seems to be Swiss money

http://www.crestimmobilier.com/en/objects/detail/945039?admin=3562

It's 1.02 to the dollar. For all intensive purposes you can take that amount as is.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on March 10, 2016, 01:17:53 PM
It has the price in CHF which seems to be Swiss money

http://www.crestimmobilier.com/en/objects/detail/945039?admin=3562

.

It has the price in CHF which seems to be Swiss money

http://www.crestimmobilier.com/en/objects/detail/945039?admin=3562

It has the price in CHF which seems to be Swiss money

http://www.crestimmobilier.com/en/objects/detail/945039?admin=3562
We get the point.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 10, 2016, 01:47:00 PM
We get the point.
Lol using Tapatalk is such a pain
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 13, 2016, 04:38:53 PM
Does TN open J space as the flight gets closer or is it pretty much static?

Seems static from what I'm seeing but just checking if anyone has experienced anything more optimistic...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 13, 2016, 04:47:46 PM
Does TN open J space as the flight gets closer or is it pretty much static?
IME space is pretty much static and decreases as seats are sold, no changes when flights gets closer (I do remember reading somewhere the space is not actively managed)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 13, 2016, 04:52:13 PM

IME space is pretty much static and decreases as seats are sold, no changes when flights gets closer (I do remember reading somewhere the space is not actively managed)

Yeah that's what Lucky says- hmmm

Only 1 seat in J PPT-LAX ...so either switch off taking turns sleeping in J...or suffer both in Y

If it was a daytime flight I'd care more about sitting together but overnight I'm tempted to go J/Y split (no AF J either).

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 13, 2016, 05:05:16 PM
Yeah that's what Lucky says- hmmm

Only 1 seat in J PPT-LAX ...so either switch off taking turns sleeping in J...or suffer both in Y

If it was a daytime flight I'd care more about sitting together but overnight I'm tempted to go J/Y split (no AF J either).

Thoughts?
J is better
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 13, 2016, 05:12:45 PM

J is better

Was J totally full for you?

Wondering if the J cabin usually fills with upgrades or if there are a few empty seats (not for coming up from Y, but for a lap infant car seat)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 13, 2016, 05:13:17 PM

J is better

Was J totally full for you?

Wondering if the J cabin usually fills with upgrades or if there are a few empty seats (not for coming up from Y, but for a lap infant car seat)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 13, 2016, 05:19:38 PM
Was J totally full for you?

Wondering if the J cabin usually fills with upgrades or if there are a few empty seats (not for coming up from Y, but for a lap infant car seat)
Not sure couldn't really tell (I flew in Y since no J was avil)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 13, 2016, 05:20:19 PM
Full for me both flights.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 13, 2016, 05:59:08 PM
Full for me both flights.

Was TN J worth it for the flight from PPT-AKL? I'm tempted to take the 2 J seats, but also tempted to stay 2 more days in NZ and just fly Y...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 13, 2016, 06:19:25 PM
J opened on Thurs eve for a Sun eve flight for me. Not sure if it was a cancellation or them opening space

Make sure to have EF alerts set
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 13, 2016, 06:26:51 PM
J opened on Thurs eve for a Sun eve flight for me. Not sure if it was a cancellation or them opening space

Make sure to have EF alerts set
Now that you mentioned EF I remember on the return I say an email from EF that came at 4AM day of flight with J avil but when I checked at 5AM there was nothing
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 13, 2016, 06:42:08 PM
Was TN J worth it for the flight from PPT-AKL? I'm tempted to take the 2 J seats, but also tempted to stay 2 more days in NZ and just fly Y...
If it means 2 more days in NZ, I'd fly Y.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 13, 2016, 07:06:31 PM
If it means 2 more days in NZ, I'd fly Y.

How many days total in BOB? Need at least 3 full days
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 15, 2016, 11:14:31 AM

How many days total in BOB? Need at least 3 full days

Not sure yet but 5-7ish.

All options I won't get in til 9 something pm so I'll have to overnight in Papeete. Leaving the flights leave at 11:45pm so that'll be a pretty good day too
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 15, 2016, 11:25:20 AM
If you're getting 5-7 in BOB, I'd absolutely cut off a day or two to spend that in AKL.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 15, 2016, 01:20:16 PM
If you're getting 5-7 in BOB, I'd absolutely cut off a day or two to spend that in AKL.

+1
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 19, 2016, 04:17:36 PM
Flight BOB-PPT Motzei Shabbos is full - does their availability ever change or static?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 19, 2016, 08:16:25 PM
Flight BOB-PPT Motzei Shabbos is full - does their availability ever change or static?

Ask your hotel to see if they can get the seats locally. When I tried that they somehow had more availability. Also no-brainer to earn points :)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 19, 2016, 08:27:37 PM
Flight BOB-PPT Motzei Shabbos is full - does their availability ever change or static?
You can check EF to see how many seats are for sale. If it's zero, it's not gonna open unless someone cancels.
Ask your hotel to see if they can get the seats locally. When I tried that they somehow had more availability. Also no-brainer to earn points :)
IHG refused us when we asked.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 20, 2016, 08:21:11 AM
Ask your hotel to see if they can get the seats locally. When I tried that they somehow had more availability. Also no-brainer to earn points :)
You can check EF to see how many seats are for sale. If it's zero, it's not gonna open unless someone cancels.

Thanks guys. EF unfortunately says 0 space. Don't know I could make the VT flight anyway now considering how close to shabbat it leaves. I just don't understand the AF flights leaving at 7:35 in the AM-who can make that? It essentially necessitates an overnight in PPT.

Now I'm thinking maybe leaving Sunday afternoon instead to catch the 5:50PM flight back to AKL, then returning from there stopping over in HNL. Otherwise no way I can see to still stay for shabbat in BOB and make it back without returning late in the week.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 20, 2016, 10:22:53 AM
We were required to overnight in PPT for same reason.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 20, 2016, 03:53:45 PM
We were required to overnight in PPT for same reason.

Uch-already coming in from AKL I'll probably have to overnight in PPT-two nights in PPT out of 5 may just kill this leg of the for me...

Where in Papeete did you stay? Recommend it?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 20, 2016, 03:55:11 PM
Uch-already coming in from AKL I'll probably have to overnight in PPT-two nights in PPT out of 5 may just kill this leg of the for me...

Where in Papeete did you stay? Recommend it?
Why not continue from PPT to wherever you going instead of going g back to AKL?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 20, 2016, 03:59:01 PM
Uch-already coming in from AKL I'll probably have to overnight in PPT-two nights in PPT out of 5 may just kill this leg of the for me...

Where in Papeete did you stay? Recommend it?
IHG. Nice hotel.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 20, 2016, 04:00:03 PM
Why not continue from PPT to wherever you going instead of going g back to AKL?

No availability PPT-USA

TN has no availability the entire week
AF only has on Sunday 7:30-can't get in that morning, flight Sat night probably can't make and even if I could would be full-so then I'm coming back Friday to spend shabbat in PPT-gives me like 1-2 nights in bob-not worth it with moving the whole fam
HA-same problem as AF

So only chance I got is PPT-AKL Sunday night or Monday, then late M night / Tu morning 12:15 AKL-HNL, HNL USA

All terrible options
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 20, 2016, 04:12:06 PM
IHG. Nice hotel.

Yeah looked at that-not worth staying just there though is it...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 20, 2016, 04:15:07 PM
You mean stay in PPT and not go to BOB?

May as well stay home.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 20, 2016, 04:29:37 PM
You mean stay in PPT and not go to BOB?

May as well stay home.

Yeah that's where we're headed...sigh
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 20, 2016, 06:19:04 PM
You mean stay in PPT and not go to BOB?

May as well stay home.

What about 3 nights in BOB and just spending Shabbos at IHG PPT-nice enough to consider or rather wait to do BOB another trip?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on March 20, 2016, 06:20:20 PM
What about 3 nights in BOB and just spending Shabbos at IHG PPT-nice enough to consider or rather wait to do BOB another trip?
Nice enough to consider in my opinion
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 20, 2016, 06:21:58 PM
Nice enough to consider in my opinion

Interesting...well that may be an option-alternatively, looking more at Moorea + PPT-people seem to have really like it
Maybe maybe...yeah people like BOB for the OWB but I've done that and honestly with kids would maybe feel more at ease being on land anyway
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 20, 2016, 06:24:17 PM
Interesting...well that may be an option-alternatively, looking more at Moorea + PPT-people seem to have really like it
Maybe maybe...yeah people like BOB for the OWB but I've done that and honestly with kids would maybe feel more at ease being on land anyway
Moorea has OWB too
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 20, 2016, 07:23:48 PM
What about 3 nights in BOB and just spending Shabbos at IHG PPT-nice enough to consider or rather wait to do BOB another trip?

Not a bad second option if that's where you're at.

Though google images of MOZ looks nice, I'd def prefer BOB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 21, 2016, 09:13:01 AM
What about 3 nights in BOB and just spending Shabbos at IHG PPT-nice enough to consider or rather wait to do BOB another trip?

I'd do it
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 21, 2016, 11:49:34 AM
OK so I am almost ready to book my flights to PPT. Just wanted to ask advice before doing so.

I am booking flights in February 2017 for a trip that I want to take in March 2017. I want to book now to lock in the current AA prices and then change the dates to March when the flights become available.

For the flights from LAX to PPT there is a 4:25 PM flight arriving at 10:50 PM and a 10:40 PM flight arriving 5:05 AM. Which flight am I better off taking?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 21, 2016, 12:15:03 PM
Latter. Former requires overnight.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 21, 2016, 01:21:40 PM
OK so I am almost ready to book my flights to PPT. Just wanted to ask advice before doing so.

I am booking flights in February 2017 for a trip that I want to take in March 2017. I want to book now to lock in the current AA prices and then change the dates to March when the flights become available.

For the flights from LAX to PPT there is a 4:25 PM flight arriving at 10:50 PM and a 10:40 PM flight arriving 5:05 AM. Which flight am I better off taking?

No question the night flight. If you take the afternoon flight you will need to overnight in PPT en-route to BOB
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 21, 2016, 06:13:18 PM
Does it make sense that EF shows 7 J seats on TN and AA does not have the availability?

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160321/6cb6acd9841fc80f8fb68ad716f792fd.jpg)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on March 21, 2016, 06:45:43 PM
Does it make sense that EF shows 7 J seats on TN and AA does not have the availability?

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160321/6cb6acd9841fc80f8fb68ad716f792fd.jpg)
Yes
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 21, 2016, 06:56:30 PM
Is there a place to search that will show AA availability on TN?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on March 21, 2016, 07:07:38 PM
Is there a place to search that will show AA availability on TN?
AA doesn't have the same availability that TN has, TN doesn't release all their seats to partners.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 21, 2016, 07:29:25 PM
AA doesn't have the same availability that TN has, TN doesn't release all their seats to partners.

+1

J is not an award bucket.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 21, 2016, 08:30:42 PM
+1

J is not an award bucket.

That is my mistake! Was wondering why there was so much availability once I added that class  ::)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on March 22, 2016, 07:52:21 PM
That is my mistake! Was wondering why there was so much availability once I added that class  ::)
Expert flyer shows business class built in for TN you don't need to select a class letter
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: marko on March 29, 2016, 05:22:19 PM
Okay. I am trying to plan annivesary trip for next Dec/Jan time. I need some help here. How Do I get ticket from LA to PPT? AA doesn't show. Do I need to check Air Tahiti site. Will they show AA availability?

Also- what is best (and cheapest) way to get an overwater bungalow?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 29, 2016, 05:24:19 PM
Check EF for TN avail. AA can see whatever EF shows that TN has made available.

Either C+P at LM BOB or, even better, 60K at IHG Thalasso.

FYI, Dec/Jan is quite literally the height of rainy season.

(http://static.travel.usnews.com/images/destinations/289/precipitation_in_86.jpg)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: marko on April 01, 2016, 02:58:27 PM
I see. LM or IHG points. Whats the best way of getting points there. Does amex transfer to them?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 03, 2016, 12:47:17 AM
No.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on April 27, 2016, 07:49:18 AM
Bunch of guides recommend taking 'plastic sandals' or water shoes as the 'sand is ground up coral' and can easily cause cuts. Anyone have experience with this? Is this a necessity?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 27, 2016, 02:45:47 PM
Didn't have that issue. But I guess depends on hotel.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 02, 2016, 02:08:02 PM
Didn't have that issue. But I guess depends on hotel.

The more I read I think you're right. Moorea seems like it can be an issue, BOB not so much...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 04, 2016, 03:07:05 PM
Any of the IHG hotels have a microwave in the room? Guessing no but just checking...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 04, 2016, 03:16:50 PM
Not in either of the rooms I stayed at, Le Moana or Thalasso.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 04, 2016, 03:18:29 PM
Not in either of the rooms I stayed at, Le Moana or Thalasso.
Would they provide one on request?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 04, 2016, 03:19:46 PM
Can't hurt to ask... all my food was oven, IIRC, so I didn't.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on May 04, 2016, 03:29:58 PM
Would they provide one on request?

Most hotels will. Some charge for it though...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 23, 2016, 01:16:36 AM
Most hotels will. Some charge for it though...

Not the PH Syd....

IHG Moorea has one in their suite :)

FYI Air Tahiti on strike so if you're trying to get to BOB  :-\
https://www.airtahiti.pf/communication-air-tahiti
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 23, 2016, 07:20:29 AM
https://www.airtahitinui.com/us-en/domestic-airlineairport-strike-tahiti


Flights to and from the main tourist destinations, such as Bora Bora, are being maintained all be it on an irregular schedule.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 26, 2016, 04:19:56 AM
https://www.airtahitinui.com/us-en/domestic-airlineairport-strike-tahiti


Flights to and from the main tourist destinations, such as Bora Bora, are being maintained all be it on an irregular schedule.

Yeah what they say and what happens aren't necessarily one and the same. Moorea is full of people now who couldn't get to BOB at the time they were supposed to.

On a separate note were getting into PPT at around 4:30pm and our flight isn't until 11- the hotel suggested we try a restaurant lol- anything to do around PPT after the sun goes down?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 26, 2016, 07:42:14 AM
Check out the local shul?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 26, 2016, 11:57:26 AM
That's what I'd do.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 26, 2016, 12:02:32 PM
That's what I'd do.
+1 probably worth trying to call in advance
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 26, 2016, 06:00:22 PM
Anyone headed to FP anytime soon that needs an electric burner? Have one here were not planning on taking back with us
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on May 26, 2016, 06:09:23 PM
Anyone headed to FP anytime soon that needs an electric burner?
In my dreams.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 26, 2016, 06:16:15 PM
In my dreams.

Isn't that where all our trips start? No better time to start planning like the present :)

But I was kinda talking about in the near future- well last minute trips are always fun...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on July 25, 2016, 02:37:16 PM
I just released 4 nights at the end of Jan at Le Moana if anyone is interested.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on September 09, 2016, 12:59:19 AM
Do the IHG properties ever become available (reward nights)? I search almost on a nightly basis and I don't find anything.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on September 09, 2016, 01:33:28 AM
Do the IHG properties ever become available (reward nights)? I search almost on a nightly basis and I don't find anything.
Last minute usually.   Within 2 weeks of travel because thats when all the free cancellations come pouring in
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on September 09, 2016, 01:40:26 AM
Thanks. And I would guess that's precisely when award flights are not available? :-\
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on September 09, 2016, 12:25:43 PM
Last minute usually.   Within 2 weeks of travel because thats when all the free cancellations come pouring in

If you're flexible this is a good strategy but if you're on a specific timeline I wouldn't count on this. None of the Ihg properties I wanted came available after 6 mo of watching, literally not one night change within two weeks. I don't know if they've changed their releasing of awards in the last few months at these properties in particular.


Also just for everyone else I'd say Moorea isn't worth it-go BOB or go home
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 11, 2016, 10:27:26 AM
Really? Recently I've been reading wonderful things about MOZ.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on September 11, 2016, 12:39:19 PM
Really? Recently I've been reading wonderful things about MOZ.

No better than Hawaii, and without any of comforts. Also the scenery really didn't blow me away there- it was nice, and if you're in the area maybe, but not worth going all the way out to FP just for MOZ.

That being said I don't know that BOB is that much better having not made it there myself, but it sure seems like it.

Also maybe things are different at the Hilton there but the IHG get like a run of the mill resort just looking to shuttle honeymooners in and out with no personalized touch. MLE felt like the exact opposite. Hopefully I'll write a TR soon
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on September 19, 2016, 11:15:57 PM
Really? Recently I've been reading wonderful things about MOZ.
+1 as have I.  Do the people on this forum( besides Israel guy of course) think its worth going to moorea or BOB or bust?
I'm very limited with dates and award availability at bora bora is scarce.
TIA
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 19, 2016, 11:45:28 PM
+1 as have I.  Do the people on this forum( besides Israel guy of course) think its worth going to moorea or BOB or bust?
I'm very limited with dates and award availability at bora bora is scarce.
TIA

I can't imagine traveling all the way to PPT and not going to BOB. I don't care how pretty MOZ purports to be.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on September 20, 2016, 08:40:42 AM
+1 as have I.  Do the people on this forum( besides Israel guy of course) think its worth going to moorea or BOB or bust?
I'm very limited with dates and award availability at bora bora is scarce.
TIA

Not worth the schlep. Moorea is a good as an add-on if you can't get all the nights u want at BOB
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on September 20, 2016, 10:02:47 PM
Don't be fooled!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: nirc on September 28, 2016, 09:37:55 PM
would like to visit in jan for a week by using mileage/points only for tickets.

preferred departure city is CHI.

possible??? reading the other posts in this thread, seems not.

i have AA, united and chase UR points.

thanks for ur help.

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on September 28, 2016, 11:28:43 PM
would like to visit in jan for a week by using mileage/points only for tickets.

preferred departure city is CHI.

possible??? reading the other posts in this thread, seems not.

i have AA, united and chase UR points.

thanks for ur help.



Keep in mind its rainy season
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on October 28, 2016, 12:49:33 AM
If I can only go once (in my lifetime) to BOB and this coming summer I can likely piece together (already started) a stay at the IHG Le moana but definitely not the Thalasso, is it worth it to go this summer or better to try and wait till I can get a stay at the Thalasso being that it seems like the much better option?
TIA for your opinions.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 28, 2016, 12:59:34 AM
If you're going once, do it right. LM is nice, but it doesn't compare to Thalasso. Rooms are nicer, service is better, view is better. See my TR. (Yes, yes, I know, I'm in the middle.)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on November 01, 2016, 12:39:43 PM
If you're going once, do it right. LM is nice, but it doesn't compare to Thalasso. Rooms are nicer, service is better, view is better. See my TR. (Yes, yes, I know, I'm in the middle.)

How does one get award nights at thalasso these days? Even LM is almost fully booked for awards. I have 4 consecutive at LM in June/July which is practically impossible to find now...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on December 21, 2016, 11:20:28 AM
Just an FYI - Le Moana has a ton of award availability in 2017. Books into a beach bungalow.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 23, 2016, 12:43:03 PM
Is a 2 hour connection time enough in the airport, both directions?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 23, 2016, 12:45:56 PM
Should be.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on December 23, 2016, 12:56:26 PM
Is a 2 hour connection time enough in the airport, both directions?
Which airport
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 23, 2016, 03:03:03 PM
Doesn't matter. My answer assumes PPT, which is by far the busiest and two hours should be fine.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 24, 2016, 06:50:35 PM
Of course PPT. and any other flight gives us 4+ hours to kill and want to maximize our time in BOB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 24, 2016, 07:34:49 PM
I did 6:20 AM into PPT and 8:30 AM out of PPT. We made it in plenty of time and we were pretty much last in line for customs.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 27, 2017, 11:39:30 AM
For those complaining that there's no nice way to fly to BOB :)

http://press.fourseasons.com/borabora/hotel-news/2017/private-jet-service/
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on February 11, 2017, 07:51:25 PM
how much extra would you pay to upgrade from Beach vila at Conrad- formerly hilton- BOB to OWB?
Know its been asked, but want to field opinions. Experience is appreciated
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 11, 2017, 09:22:41 PM
how much extra would you pay to upgrade from Beach vila at Conrad- formerly hilton- BOB to OWB?
Know its been asked, but want to field opinions. Experience is appreciated

Depends on if you've done OwB before and how much it's worth it to you- personally I'd pay 150-200 for a night or two of I'd never done it before - but I would let pay for 5-7 nights of it for example.

Also there's not a ton of info on the new Conrad so no one really knows, but expect the benefits to be similar to what they were for the Hilton
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on February 11, 2017, 09:46:38 PM
Depends on if you've done OwB before and how much it's worth it to you- personally I'd pay 150-200 for a night or two of I'd never done it before - but I would let pay for 5-7 nights of it for example.

Also there's not a ton of info on the new Conrad so no one really knows, but expect the benefits to be similar to what they were for the Hilton
I have already been in touch with them. At first they wanted $460 or so. I got them down to $235 with taxes included. Never been in one, and whole thing is 5 nights.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on February 11, 2017, 09:49:07 PM
I have already been in touch with them. At first they wanted $460 or so. I got them down to $235 with taxes included. Never been in one, and whole thing is 5 nights.
I would do it without thinking twice. What are you going all the way to BOB for?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on February 11, 2017, 09:51:36 PM
I would do it without thinking twice. What are you going all the way to BOB for?
I hear that- but I am also going for the snorkeling and relaxing and a 64k a night property. so now the question is for all 5 days? I am thinking the last 3.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on February 11, 2017, 09:56:23 PM
I hear that- but I am also going for the snorkeling and relaxing and a 64k a night property. so now the question is for all 5 days? I am thinking the last 3.
I'm with you. The last 3 should be enough to get the experience. We all hate shelling out green.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 11, 2017, 09:57:49 PM
I'm with you. The last 3 should be enough to get the experience. We all hate shelling out green.
Agree- I think last three would be a good compromise
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 11, 2017, 09:58:59 PM
I hear that- but I am also going for the snorkeling and relaxing and a 64k a night property. so now the question is for all 5 days? I am thinking the last 3.

And I'm jealous you were able to snag award nights- that'll be an amazing stay most likely
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on February 14, 2017, 05:22:33 PM
pleasant turn of events- for both diamond and gold members they offer complimentary upgrades to a standard OWB (I am 99% sure its upon arrival) or 16,300 cfp (~$145)/night total to get a deluxe overwater villa confirmed.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 19, 2017, 11:17:33 PM
pleasant turn of events- for both diamond and gold members they offer complimentary upgrades to a standard OWB (I am 99% sure its upon arrival) or 16,300 cfp (~$145)/night total to get a deluxe overwater villa confirmed.
How'd you confirm this? Email? Do you have the address?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on February 19, 2017, 11:30:16 PM
How'd you confirm this? Email? Do you have the address?
do you have a reservation? And I already paid and cc was charged and have email receipt saying I am in deluxe overwater villa. Another user on ft had the same experience.
I started by emailing the basic reservation desk
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on February 27, 2017, 12:24:39 PM
If I'm landing at 5:20AM in PPT via AF, is the 7AM from PPT to BOB okay or should I do a later one? What happens if I miss it?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 28, 2017, 04:44:26 PM
If I'm landing at 5:20AM in PPT via AF, is the 7AM from PPT to BOB okay or should I do a later one? What happens if I miss it?

U should be fine by plenty. Its a 2 min walk
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on February 28, 2017, 04:48:39 PM
U should be fine by plenty. Its a 2 min walk
Get bags and passport control?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 28, 2017, 04:50:11 PM
I did 6:20 AM into PPT and 8:30 AM out of PPT. We made it in plenty of time and we were pretty much last in line for customs.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 28, 2017, 06:33:13 PM
Get bags and passport control?

I dont think you'll have an issue
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on February 28, 2017, 06:39:31 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 28, 2017, 06:42:21 PM
In addition the Domestic "Terminal" is a large non air-conditioned room that you won't want to spend more time in than you have to
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 28, 2017, 06:46:29 PM
In addition the Domestic "Terminal" is a large non air-conditioned room that you won't want to spend more time in than you have to

Indeed:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/730/22946892743_b20d18f913_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/AXJPKM)DSC05261 (https://flic.kr/p/AXJPKM) by AJK DDF (https://www.flickr.com/photos/131797381@N04/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on February 28, 2017, 09:33:13 PM
In addition the Domestic "Terminal" is a large non air-conditioned room that you won't want to spend more time in than you have to
AFAIR the international terminal is not much better..
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on February 28, 2017, 09:34:55 PM
Recommendations for hotel near the airport in PPT for the night we land?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 28, 2017, 09:40:12 PM
IHG free night at IHG. 
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on March 01, 2017, 11:13:26 AM
That picture reminds me of HNL, couldn't wait to get out of there as quickly as possible.

Thanks
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on April 27, 2017, 01:04:26 AM
Any new thoughts on Air Tahiti?

Anyone have experience with booking local prices and/or baggage costs?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on April 27, 2017, 07:42:05 AM
Any new thoughts on Air Tahiti?

Anyone have experience with booking local prices and/or baggage costs?
I haven't seen quality DP in a while about local prices.  And you can look online for added luggage cost.  It's 2 euros per kg if I'm not mistaken
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on April 27, 2017, 11:20:40 AM
I haven't seen quality DP in a while about local prices.

DP? Destination Planning?

My understanding is that the local flight prices only usually include 10kg, but I think if you're connecting with an international flight you're allowed the regular 23kg/person (if I'm not misunderstanding their rules, but I can't find that exact info explicitly stated).

Yeah the luggage I think is 2.6 Euro/kg rt, just the base allowance is a little murky if I book the cheaper tickets
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on May 01, 2017, 02:35:51 PM
DP? Destination Planning?

My understanding is that the local flight prices only usually include 10kg, but I think if you're connecting with an international flight you're allowed the regular 23kg/person (if I'm not misunderstanding their rules, but I can't find that exact info explicitly stated).

Yeah the luggage I think is 2.6 Euro/kg rt, just the base allowance is a little murky if I book the cheaper tickets
DP= Data point.

There are 2 types of tickets that you can book (after international flight) - Y class = 23kg and Z class = 46kg per person.

Not sure about local rates..
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on May 07, 2017, 12:35:50 PM
Air Tahiti Nui claims they cant allow me to select my J seat until I get to the airport- something about only releasing 75% ahead of time.
Any way around this?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 07, 2017, 02:05:27 PM
Almost sure I assigned mine beforehand (which, of course, doesn't disprove their claim)...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 07, 2017, 04:38:34 PM
Any issues with the milk in Bora Bora? Does it come from France or is it local?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 07, 2017, 06:49:14 PM
Air Tahiti Nui claims they cant allow me to select my J seat until I get to the airport- something about only releasing 75% ahead of time.
Any way around this?
had the same issue. No way around it. Easily got 2 seats next to each other at the airport
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on May 08, 2017, 09:58:53 AM
Any issues with the milk in Bora Bora? Does it come from France or is it local?

Local but u can ask them for Milk from foreign country and they'll let you know what they can source
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: tanzaniancane on May 24, 2017, 01:10:16 PM
If anyone will be in Bora Bora on Jun 20-21, let me know. My travel plans have fallen through and I had booked one night with a Chase Free Night which is now non-refundable. I am happy to gift you that night (add you as a 2nd guest). Let me know before June 13th. Hopefully someone can benefit from this!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 24, 2017, 01:12:51 PM
If anyone will be in Bora Bora on Jun 20-21, let me know. My travel plans have fallen through and I had booked one night with a Chase Free Night which is now non-refundable. I am happy to gift you that night (add you as a 2nd guest). Let me know before June 13th. Hopefully someone can benefit from this!
Tried begging? changing date?
Begging again?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 24, 2017, 01:16:54 PM
If anyone will be in Bora Bora on Jun 20-21, let me know. My travel plans have fallen through and I had booked one night with a Chase Free Night which is now non-refundable. I am happy to gift you that night (add you as a 2nd guest). Let me know before June 13th. Hopefully someone can benefit from this!

Also try calling the hotel directly to see if they can  help
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: tanzaniancane on May 24, 2017, 02:31:56 PM
Tried begging? changing date?
Begging again?

Tried begging 3 times.. No go
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: tanzaniancane on May 24, 2017, 02:32:17 PM
Also try calling the hotel directly to see if they can  help

I haven't tried that - I like that idea! Thanks.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on October 24, 2017, 11:10:57 PM
Looking to go in late Jan, am I risking having horrible weather?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2017, 11:51:24 PM
Looking to go in late Jan, am I risking having horrible weather?
Maybe look into MLE that time of year...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 16, 2017, 09:26:36 AM
UA applies to fly SFO-PPT beginning next year:

http://www.tahiti-infos.com/United-Airlines-reflechit-a-une-ligne-reguliere-San-Francisco-Tahiti_a166472.html#

(Article is in French)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 16, 2017, 10:03:07 AM
Fantastic.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yoko on November 26, 2017, 05:32:33 PM
Maybe look into MLE that time of year...
Whats MLE?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 26, 2017, 05:37:50 PM
Whats MLE?
Maldives
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on December 13, 2017, 10:06:58 AM
Great news but what an awful schedule

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2017/12/13/united-tahiti-flights-2018/?utm_sourcemedium=Twitter
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 13, 2017, 10:09:06 AM
Great news but what an awful schedule

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2017/12/13/united-tahiti-flights-2018/?utm_sourcemedium=Twitter

My sentiments exactly, at least with respect to the outbound. Inbound is good.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 13, 2017, 10:29:33 AM
Wow. Awful arrive time.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 13, 2017, 02:26:07 PM
Bah.
"We will operate nonstop service, three-times weekly with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft between San Francisco and Fa'a'ā International Airport (PPT), beginning on October 30, 2018 through March 28, 2019."

https://hub.united.com/united-tahiti-route-announcement-2516709280.html?utm_source=Direct
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: lost_my_dolphin on January 02, 2018, 01:30:27 PM
IC Thalasso available from today through 1/12. No availability for the rest of the year. last minute trip anyone?? 
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on January 02, 2018, 01:59:09 PM
Bah.
"We will operate nonstop service, three-times weekly with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft between San Francisco and Fa'a'ā International Airport (PPT), beginning on October 30, 2018 through March 28, 2019."

https://hub.united.com/united-tahiti-route-announcement-2516709280.html?utm_source=Direct
Rainy season. Dummies.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: moisheyb on January 03, 2018, 02:37:23 PM
PSA:  very solid award availability at the conrad from today thru the end of March for 80k a night.
Although I don't know what the weather is like this time of year.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on January 03, 2018, 04:30:56 PM
IC Thalasso available from today through 1/12. No availability for the rest of the year. last minute trip anyone??

Thru the 14th now..

I may be spilling some beans so please tell me to delete this if it needs deleting but I honestly don't know what's going on...

When I searched ihg for Bora Bora on a random date in July, I got that page that there is no availability. When I checked Le Moana's availability chart, there was nothing available. When I checked Thalassos chart, there was available through the 14th. When I clicked to check in on a day and check out a day later that was available, it showed both Thalasso and Le Moana available! I clicked through to make sure it wasn't phantom. I was able to get to the last page before a reservation without issue.

Anyone know what's going on here? Le Moana's chart seems to be messed up. Showing no availability when there in fact is availability.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on January 03, 2018, 04:32:36 PM
PSA:  very solid award availability at the conrad from today thru the end of March for 80k a night.
Although I don't know what the weather is like this time of year.
jump on it!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 03, 2018, 09:41:34 PM
Anyway to do BOB (traveling from nyc) bein shabbos L'shabbos? Im dying to do this but cant travel more than that
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on January 04, 2018, 06:12:32 AM
These are beach villas only though
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on January 04, 2018, 06:20:28 AM
Anyway to do BOB (traveling from nyc) bein shabbos L'shabbos? Im dying to do this but cant travel more than that
If you stay for 3 nights, sure.
Is it worth it to travel 24 hrs each way for 3 nights? I wouldn't. There are other places closer on the map. Do this when you can spend time there and really enjoy it. Don't just "do it" to check it off the list. It isn't daf yomi, it's bora bora.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on January 04, 2018, 07:31:44 AM
These are beach villas only though
Gold and above get complimentary upgrades to OWB.
Or you can pay as a gold/plat $130ish a night for a deluxe OWB
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on January 05, 2018, 08:23:36 AM
Gold and above get complimentary upgrades to OWB.
Or you can pay as a gold/plat $130ish a night for a deluxe OWB

Seriously - free upgrade automatically?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on January 05, 2018, 08:47:10 AM
Seriously - free upgrade automatically?
For everyone but you ;)
It's officially at time of check-in, but people have had some success getting it a few days before. This was definitely true in the first few months of the property being open
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Wizmanison on February 21, 2018, 01:03:17 PM
With some time suddenly opening up for me, it got me thinking of a possible BOB trip for like 5 nights for the dates between March 8-19... Was hoping to do the Conrad, as I just rebuilt my Hilton Stash specifically for a BOB trip, but it seems that there is no 80k a night availability.

 Is there a chance of it opening up again? Or is there anywhere else I can/should look for availability this close to the trip date?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 21, 2018, 01:05:45 PM
With some time suddenly opening up for me, it got me thinking of a possible BOB trip for like 5 nights for the dates between March 8-19... Was hoping to do the Conrad, as I just rebuilt my Hilton Stash specifically for a BOB trip, but it seems that there is no 80k a night availability.

 Is there a chance of it opening up again? Or is there anywhere else I can/should look for availability this close to the trip date?
Not open to Conrad MLE?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 21, 2018, 01:18:50 PM
Not open to Conrad MLE?
He just got back from MLE
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Wizmanison on February 21, 2018, 09:25:27 PM
He just got back from MLE

This is true. Besides the point that I want to try BOB, now that I have already done SR MLE, it's way more convenient flying from LAX then going back to MLE again.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on February 21, 2018, 10:18:40 PM
This is true. Besides the point that I want to try BOB, now that I have already done SR MLE, it's way more convenient flying from LAX then going back to MLE again.
You have some TRs due before you can go on another trip
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on February 21, 2018, 11:57:06 PM
Risking it in the rainy season... If you don't get the weather you want in BOB, you might come to think MLE is better
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Wizmanison on February 22, 2018, 03:05:06 AM
Risking it in the rainy season... If you don't get the weather you want in BOB, you might come to think MLE is better

According to google, it seemed as if March is a great time to go...?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on February 22, 2018, 05:58:49 AM
According to google, it seemed as if March is a great time to go...?
May-Sep ideal. March is risky.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 09, 2018, 05:15:36 PM
HA has a flight from HNL on shabbos only though the return is motzei shabbos but would probably require you to be on PPT island for shabbos.

Hawaiian Airlines during the month of October and November 2018 is increasing service to Tahiti, as the airline introducing 2nd weekly rotation on Honolulu – Papeete route. From 02OCT18 to 20NOV18, additional flight will be served on Tuesdays, with A330-200.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 23, 2018, 04:51:28 PM
Air Tahiti Nui going to be replacing the A340 with the 787, toward the end of this year.

Papeete – Los Angeles eff 07NOV18 3 weekly TN102/101 (Day 136 from PPT, Day 257 from LAX)

The other flights are going to be changed to the 787 during 2019.

The 787 will have lie-flat seats in J.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 23, 2018, 05:15:07 PM
Air Tahiti Nui going to be replacing the A340 with the 787, toward the end of this year.

Papeete – Los Angeles eff 07NOV18 3 weekly TN102/101 (Day 136 from PPT, Day 257 from LAX)

The other flights are going to be changed to the 787 during 2019.

The 787 will have lie-flat seats in J.
No direct aisle access for all but still a huge improvement.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 23, 2018, 05:27:37 PM
No direct aisle access for all but still a huge improvement.
You're going to have bigger issues than lack of direct aisle access if you're going to BOB where that will matter.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 23, 2018, 05:41:04 PM
You're going to have bigger issues than lack of direct aisle access if you're going to BOB where that will matter.
I don't get what you're saying.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 23, 2018, 05:45:00 PM
No one flies to BOB alone.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 23, 2018, 05:49:31 PM
No one flies to BOB alone.
Ah, true say. My point was just to add that there's no direct aisle access, not that it's necessarily a big deal.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 23, 2018, 06:40:15 PM
You're going to have bigger issues than lack of direct aisle access if you're going to BOB where that will matter.

:)
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: rapsjr on April 12, 2018, 12:39:14 AM
Just thinking... if there's no availability for OWB with points is it crazy to use 80k UR (CSR) per night for a once in a lifetime trip?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on May 07, 2018, 01:10:17 PM
Would getting the Chase Marriott 100K X4 = 400K get me to the SR BOB for a few nights? just called SPG they want 95K per night for the BOB SR and book 4 nights get the 5th night free.

Or what is a good strategy to get a points property in  BOB? intercontinental is not easy
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 07, 2018, 01:26:18 PM
Would getting the Chase Marriott 100K X4 = 400K get me to the SR BOB for a few nights? just called SPG they want 95K per night for the BOB SR and book 4 nights get the 5th night free.

Or what is a good strategy to get a points property in  BOB? intercontinental is not easy
Ha, you'd barely get 1 night for 400K.

95K SPG = 285K MT
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 07, 2018, 01:27:30 PM
Remain to be seen if the collective will get the opportunity to redeem for SR BOB and like hotels for 60K MT come August.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on May 07, 2018, 02:15:46 PM
Remain to be seen if the collective will get the opportunity to redeem for SR BOB and like hotels for 60K MT come August.
And at that rate, good luck finding nights with availability.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: nirc on May 07, 2018, 05:26:08 PM
Ha, you'd barely get 1 night for 400K.

95K SPG = 285K MT

So what's your suggestions on how to stay at similar properties while at BOB?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 07, 2018, 05:28:23 PM
So what's your suggestions on how to stay at similar properties while at BOB?

Look at Conrad?
Get lucky with IC Thalasso?
Hope to win the lotto and book SR BOB post Aug 1?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on May 07, 2018, 09:26:18 PM
Conrad BOB wants over 500,000 HHP for an OWB per night
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 07, 2018, 09:39:19 PM
Last I checked, they were upgrading DIAs to OWB from regular rooms.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on May 30, 2018, 10:00:59 PM
Anyone know how much delta charges for AF from LAX to PPT?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on May 30, 2018, 10:11:47 PM
Anyone know how much delta charges for AF from LAX to PPT?
what class?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on May 30, 2018, 10:20:06 PM
what class?

Right now only avail in Economy but intrested also in business price in case opens... I called Delta they said over an hour wait time

Also, does anyone know if I arrive in LAX with AA, will they interline my baggage into AF?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 30, 2018, 10:25:21 PM
Right now only avail in Economy but intrested also in business price in case opens... I called Delta they said over an hour wait time

Also, does anyone know if I arrive in LAX with AA, will they interline my baggage into AF?

Should be 110K in economy RT - http://www.awardhacker.com/#f=Los%20Angeles&t=PPT&o=0&c=y&s=0&p=0 or 230K in business RT per this link. Highest mileage cost compared to other airlines for the same flight.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on May 30, 2018, 10:26:11 PM
Right now only avail in Economy but intrested also in business price in case opens... I called Delta they said over an hour wait time

Also, does anyone know if I arrive in LAX with AA, will they interline my baggage into AF?
delta is 55k in y and 115k in J
They will not check your bags through
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on May 30, 2018, 10:39:34 PM
Should be 110K in economy RT - http://www.awardhacker.com/#f=Los%20Angeles&t=PPT&o=0&c=y&s=0&p=0 or 230K in business RT per this link. Highest mileage cost compared to other airlines for the same flight.

Thanks for the link, I rather use flying blue miles (and I don't think the price there is correct for AF miles it's more like 85K RT, not 60k) but not sure how to check if AF will have access to the JFK-LAX leg...
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Wizmanison on July 08, 2018, 09:57:26 PM
Does AA start opening up availability closer to flight time for LAX-PPT for either Y or J?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 08, 2018, 10:12:48 PM
Does AA start opening up availability closer to flight time for LAX-PPT for either Y or J?
AA doesn't fly to PPT.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on July 08, 2018, 10:15:28 PM
AA doesn't fly to PPT.
Means Air Tahiti booked on AA.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Wizmanison on July 08, 2018, 10:16:12 PM
Means Air Tahiti booked on AA.
Sorry! Thought this was obvious.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 08, 2018, 10:46:20 PM
Sorry! Thought this was obvious.

Then the question is flawed, as AA doesn't control TN award availability.

Either way, the answer is no.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Wizmanison on July 08, 2018, 10:54:27 PM
Then the question is flawed, as AA doesn't control TN award availability.

Either way, the answer is no.
I apologize for the flawed question. I assumed that when I mentioned AA that those who have flown or looked into flying to PPT would understand my question. But, I guess not...

Is this from your own experience? Because EF seems to show a lot more availability for the upcoming week. Whereas, as expected, looking out a month there is barely any availability.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 08, 2018, 10:55:53 PM
Who am I to argue with EF? If it shows, then perhaps things have changed. Dunno.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on October 11, 2018, 09:51:51 PM
This thread is in desperate need of a Wiki, I elect @AJK
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2018, 11:30:41 PM
UA SFO-PPT is now year round!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 30, 2018, 11:47:23 PM
Awesome.

Can we assume that means it's doing well?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2018, 11:47:46 PM
Indeed.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 31, 2018, 01:42:16 PM
Seems like there's no Saver J available on most of the calendar. :-\

Saw DDMS. Better available on the new dates. I hadn't gone that far in the future, although it makes sense those new flights would have the space.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 02, 2018, 08:21:24 AM
Hawaiian Airlines during the month of October and November 2018 is increasing service to Tahiti, as the airline introducing 2nd weekly rotation on Honolulu – Papeete route. From 02OCT18 to 20NOV18, additional flight will be served on Tuesdays, with A330-200.

Hawaiian Airlines during Northern summer 2019 season once again schedules 2nd weekly Honolulu – Papeete route, reflected in recent schedule update. From 24JUN19 to 05AUG19, the 2nd weekly flight will operate on Mondays, with A330-200.

HA481 HNL1535 – 2130PPT 332 1
HA481 HNL1540 – 2130PPT 332 6

HA482 PPT2330 – 0520+1HNL 332 16
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: high end hobo on December 23, 2018, 11:47:23 AM
Any thoughts/comments/reviews on the Le meriden BOB? (SR and conrad not available my dates)

Seems based on the pics that the OWBs are more private and you can upgrade to end of the pontoon.

Anyone know if they'll heat up KSMLs?

Thanks
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 23, 2018, 02:42:11 PM
Any thoughts/comments/reviews on the Le meriden BOB? (SR and conrad not available my dates)

Seems based on the pics that the OWBs are more private and you can upgrade to end of the pontoon.

Anyone know if they'll heat up KSMLs?

Thanks
I've stayed there. The scenery is beautiful, possibly the best in Bora Bora. The chef was very accommodating to heat my kosher meals.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 24, 2018, 02:40:12 PM
This thread is in desperate need of a Wiki, I elect @AJK
+1000
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: high end hobo on December 25, 2018, 04:21:31 PM
United is saying no KSML PPT-SFO (in J), true?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 31, 2018, 09:15:42 AM
Any must do's/sees other than doing nothing, swimming, snorkeling and scuba?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Wizmanison on December 31, 2018, 09:57:30 AM
Any must do's/sees other than doing nothing, swimming, snorkeling and scuba?
The swimming with sharks and rays excursion!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 31, 2018, 10:05:56 AM
The swimming with sharks and rays excursion!
That's even better than the own
Man up yehuda
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: CZ60 on December 31, 2018, 03:24:01 PM
Go jetskiing, the different color waters that you encounter on the way are spectacular
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 31, 2018, 10:18:51 PM
The swimming with sharks and rays excursion!
Thank you
That's even better than the own
Man up yehuda
I just don't see it happening.
Go jetskiing, the different color waters that you encounter on the way are spectacular
Thanks, nice idea!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: S123 on January 08, 2019, 12:34:15 PM
Classic guest room by le meridien is owb?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Wizmanison on January 08, 2019, 12:36:15 PM
Classic guest room by le meridien is owb?
I believe the standard award is not OWB but probably a garden villa of sorts.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: S123 on January 08, 2019, 12:38:27 PM
I believe the standard award is not OWB but probably a garden villa of sorts.
thats what I thought but the classic guest room when I click on it says owb so wanted to see if anyone can confirm
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Wizmanison on January 08, 2019, 12:40:11 PM
thats what I thought but the classic guest room when I click on it says owb so wanted to see if anyone can confirm
I would check Flyertalk as don’t think many people have been to the LM. I can ask someone I know who’s there’s currently and get back to you!
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: S123 on January 08, 2019, 12:41:21 PM
I would check Flyertalk as don’t think many people have been to the LM. I can ask someone I know who’s there’s currently and get back to you!
please, thank you
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Wizmanison on January 08, 2019, 12:48:23 PM
please, thank you
It’s not OWB. Easily found on the LM website is the description of the room:

“Recently renovated and located at the beginning of the pontoon, this exquisite bungalow with no direct access to the water offers great views over the main island of Bora Bora and the lagoon.”

It has access to the beach though... from what I hear they are very upgrade friendly if not at full occupancy.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: S123 on January 08, 2019, 12:50:51 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 20, 2019, 01:08:03 PM
Booked the TN mass availability last week (some of which is still around actually).

Since we have done BOB before, am I crazy to consider mixing BOB with other islands (or skipping  it altogether :o)?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2019, 01:21:51 PM
Booked the TN mass availability last week (some of which is still around actually).

Since we have done BOB before, am I crazy to consider mixing BOB with other islands (or skipping  it altogether :o)?
Skip and do other islands IMHO.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 20, 2019, 01:52:20 PM
Booked the TN mass availability last week (some of which is still around actually).

Since we have done BOB before, am I crazy to consider mixing BOB with other islands (or skipping  it altogether :o)?
While researching, seeing ads, etc. I saw bits of other islands and thought they were beautiful too and worth a visit. However, the most important thing to me was the resort, and points resorts are scarce on the other islands. Diving and other water sports aren't very important to me, and I believe BOB has more options for those (unsure if the quality of diving/snorkeling is better in BOB or the same as other islands), so if those are important to you, you may want to stay in BOB.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2019, 04:42:58 PM
points resorts are scarce on the other islands.
Used up all the A+?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 20, 2019, 04:52:18 PM
Used up all the A+?
$28 out of pocket will do that to ya
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 20, 2019, 04:56:36 PM
Used up all the A+?
A+ is cash, I'm not sure why people here think that they're getting their vacation for free when they use the points. You're using money that you could have used for anything, for a vacation. Nothing wrong with that, just realize what it is.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2019, 04:58:32 PM
A+ is cash, I'm not sure why people here think that they're getting their vacation for free when they use the points. You're using money that you could have used for anything, for a vacation. Nothing wrong with that, just realize what it is.
Lol, didn't realize you were such a n00b ;)
You are repeating the same argument that I always made with @yehuda back in the day.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 20, 2019, 04:59:32 PM
Lol, didn't realize you were such a n00b ;)
You are repeating the same argument that I always made with @yehuda back in the day.
Thanks for keeping me humble 😏
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 20, 2019, 05:26:13 PM
However, the most important thing to me was the resort

That'll probably be the same for Mrs. AJK.  I don't require a points hotel, necessarily, but I'll not be allowed to make reservations at the French Polynesian Holiday Inn equivalent, neither.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2019, 05:28:41 PM
That'll probably be the same for Mrs. AJK.  I don't require a points hotel, necessarily, but I'll not be allowed to make reservations at the French Polynesian Holiday Inn equivalent, neither.
I'm sure you can find decent hotels on other islands.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 20, 2019, 06:18:08 PM
That'll probably be the same for Mrs. AJK.  I don't require a points hotel, necessarily, but I'll not be allowed to make reservations at the French Polynesian Holiday Inn equivalent, neither.
I guess that's what you get for spoiling her for years  :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 20, 2019, 08:17:11 PM
A+ is cash, I'm not sure why people here think that they're getting their vacation for free when they use the points. You're using money that you could have used for anything, for a vacation. Nothing wrong with that, just realize what it is.
-.5 While that argument holds water, it still is not an out of pocket expense. In my current financial situation, I probably couldn't just drop $1,000 on a vacation without setting aside money every month. With the A+, as well as my other points/miles, I can afford it without offsetting my budget. Obviously, you can argue that points/miles are included in a budget, but I personally don't work it that way.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 20, 2019, 09:06:27 PM
-.5 While that argument holds water, it still is not an out of pocket expense. In my current financial situation, I probably couldn't just drop $1,000 on a vacation without setting aside money every month. With the A+, as well as my other points/miles, I can afford it without offsetting my budget. Obviously, you can argue that points/miles are included in a budget, but I personally don't work it that way.
I'm not disagreeing with your sentiment, I'm just saying that you could use the cash back just as easily to repair the leak in your roof as you can on a vacation. What you actually choose to use it for is irrelevant, it's a cash back card just like any other, just book a refundable.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on February 20, 2019, 09:24:53 PM
I'm not disagreeing with your sentiment, I'm just saying that you could use the cash back just as easily to repair the leak in your roof as you can on a vacation. What you actually choose to use it for is irrelevant, it's a cash back card just like any other, just book a refundable.
Same can be said for miles.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 20, 2019, 09:26:19 PM
Same can be said for miles.
Only to a certain extent and miles are definitely not cash in the same way.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on February 20, 2019, 09:28:37 PM
Only to a certain extent and miles are definitely not cash in the same way.
It requires a bit more work, yes, but at the end of the day it's all about how you set your mind and what you expect out of your CC spending.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on February 20, 2019, 09:29:19 PM
I'm not disagreeing with your sentiment, I'm just saying that you could use the cash back just as easily to repair the leak in your roof as you can on a vacation. What you actually choose to use it for is irrelevant, it's a cash back card just like any other, just book a refundable.
some people don’t book refundables
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 20, 2019, 10:47:19 PM
Lol, didn't realize you were such a n00b ;)
You are repeating the same argument that I always made with @yehuda back in the day.
My 2 contributions: Illogical math and My Brain on DDF. I'll take it :P
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 20, 2019, 11:54:05 PM
I'm not disagreeing with your sentiment, I'm just saying that you could use the cash back just as easily to repair the leak in your roof as you can on a vacation. What you actually choose to use it for is irrelevant, it's a cash back card just like any other, just book a refundable.
My point isn't what I'm using it for. It may be a cash back card, but it's not part of my paycheck/budget. I hear your point, I think we pretty much agree. My main focus with points and miles, it to not pull cash out of my pocket. Stopping potential extra cash from coming in is ok.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: farmbochur on February 21, 2019, 07:28:16 AM
My point isn't what I'm using it for. It may be a cash back card, but it's not part of my paycheck/budget. I hear your point, I think we pretty much agree. My main focus with points and miles, it to not pull cash out of my pocket. Stopping potential extra cash from coming in is ok.
https://youtu.be/n1b7piSmmME

See 5:30
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 21, 2019, 08:11:48 AM
https://youtu.be/n1b7piSmmME

See 5:30
My point still stands. What they are saying is only true to a certain degree.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: farmbochur on February 21, 2019, 08:18:19 AM
Cash is only partially fungible?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 21, 2019, 11:11:04 AM
Same can be said for miles.
Not even close. At least not until they start caring about refundables.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 21, 2019, 11:20:53 AM
Cash is only partially fungible?
No. I need to make x amount to live, and anything more than that, will go towards luxuries/retirement/investment etc. I can't afford to take money out of what I NEED, for what I WANT, but this isn't money I need, it's out of budget. 11/12 months, it goes to savings/investments, but once a year or so, it goes towards a luxury that I may not have been able to afford otherwise. I completely agree, cash is cash. I had an opportunity to replace my car with a nicer (fully loaded) car, for the same price, or get the same one (newer model) for cheaper. A bad decision (assuming you live paycheck to paycheck) is to get the nicer car. I opted not to, and saved the $, even though my budget allowed it.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on February 21, 2019, 11:23:50 AM
Not even close. At least not until they start caring about refundables.
Your average Joe (not me) can sell his miles pretty easily.

Point is, for a lot of us (with limited spending resources) miles act as a CD to save up towards travel costs we would otherwise be hesitant to cover out of pocket. In doing that, we willingly forgo the opportunity to earn cashback. A+ is the same thing in a different format.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 21, 2019, 11:27:15 AM
Your average Joe (not me) can sell his miles pretty easily.

Point is, for a lot of us (with limited spending resources) miles act as a CD to save up towards travel costs we would otherwise be hesitant to cover out of pocket. In doing that, we willingly forgo the opportunity to earn cashback. A+ is the same thing in a different format.
And your average Joe will get a Dear John letter from Barto and his ilk pretty soon after that. It's silly to compare the 2 situations IMHO.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: farmbochur on February 21, 2019, 11:37:15 AM
No. I need to make x amount to live, and anything more than that, will go towards luxuries/retirement/investment etc. I can't afford to take money out of what I NEED, for what I WANT, but this isn't money I need, it's out of budget. 11/12 months, it goes to savings/investments, but once a year or so, it goes towards a luxury that I may not have been able to afford otherwise. I completely agree, cash is cash. I had an opportunity to replace my car with a nicer (fully loaded) car, for the same price, or get the same one (newer model) for cheaper. A bad decision (assuming you live paycheck to paycheck) is to get the nicer car. I opted not to, and saved the $, even though my budget allowed it.
What you're describing is decreasing marginal utility. Why distinguish between the source of the extra money for luxuries/retirement/investment?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 21, 2019, 12:13:24 PM
What you're describing is decreasing marginal utility. Why distinguish between the source of the extra money for luxuries/retirement/investment?
I'm not! My point is merely that this is extra income, thus making it easier to justify spending on extra stuff. If I win $100 on a scratch off, I'd use it the same way. Any irregular surges in income, are treated the same by me.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 21, 2019, 02:03:35 PM
https://youtu.be/n1b7piSmmME

See 5:30
Wow, I really liked this video. But the sad/scary part is, if I really viewed my miles or A+ as fungible and as money that has just come into my bank account, I wouldn't go on any trips.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on February 22, 2019, 04:20:20 PM
I guess that's what you get for spoiling her for years  :P

you got it all backwards. she married him for the spoiling
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 22, 2019, 04:37:31 PM
you got it all backwards. she married him for the spoiling
Lol, now I know what not to talk about on a date.
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on June 26, 2019, 01:32:07 AM
Is there a minyan in bb?
Title: Re: Bora Bora Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on June 26, 2019, 01:53:49 AM
Is there a minyan in bb?

Is it easier to spend shabbos in bob or ppt?
Can you buy kosher food/ get invited out for meals?