Seattle: New Nonstop Flights to Tahiti, Istanbul

Seattle: New Nonstop Flights to Tahiti, Istanbul

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Seattle is Getting New Nonstop Flights to Tahiti (PPT) on Air Tahiti Nui and to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines, ideal for those seeking sun or another option for business class to Europe. Here are the details on the new flights:

Seattle to Papeete PPT on Air Tahiti Nui

  • Starts October 5, 2022
  • 2X weekly SEA-PPT on Wednesdays, Sundays and PPT-SEA on Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • Departs SEA 12:40, Arrives PPT 19:10 (TN 51)
  • Departs PPT 22:00, Arrives SEA next day 10:25 (TN 52)
  • Operated by 787-9, with 30 flat bed seats in a 2-2-2 configuration

Reserving Air Tahiti Nui Business Class with Miles

While Alaska Airlines partners with Air Tahiti Nui, it's not yet possible to redeem Alaska Mileage Plan miles for Air Tahiti Nui flights; this is supposed to be possible soon. In the meantime, Air Tahiti Nui Business Class can be booked with American AAdvantage miles. It's 80,000 miles per person each way. Fortunately Air Tahiti Nui has its new flat bed business class on its 787-9 aircraft and has phased out old Air Tahiti Nui Business Class, although with the 2-2-2 configuration, these are narrow seats.

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Seattle to Istanbul IST on Turkish Airlines

  • Starts May 27, 2022
  • 4X weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays
  • Departs SEA 17:45, Arrives IST next day 15:25 (TK 204, 11 hours 40 min.)
  • Departs IST 14:05, Arrives SEA 166:15 (TK 203, 12 hours 10 min.)
  • Operated by 787-9, with 30 flat bed business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. For solo travelers, the best seats are 2A/2K, 4A/4K, 6A/6K as these are closest to the window

Reserving Turkish Airlines Business Class with Miles

At time of writing, the new Turkish Airlines flight from Seattle hasn't yet been loaded for award booking into Star Alliance partner sites, but award rates should be similar to what's available for Vancouver YVR to Istanbul IST. Air Canada Aeroplan charges 70K Aeroplan points, while United MileagePlus charges 77K United miles. Aeroplan generally doesn't provide award options to Europe via Istanbul, but United MileagePlus sometimes does, such as this YVR-IST-VIE award for 77,000 miles.

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