February may be the shortest month of the year, but being perhaps the harshest month of winter can make it drag on. Are you, like me, sick of cold, snow, and ice? A tropical vacation probably sounds pretty nice to most of us by this point in February.
Perhaps the warm, turquoise waters of Bora Bora are calling your name. A small island located to the south of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean, Bora Bora is a popular destination for luxury travelers looking for some rest, relaxation, and sunshine.
Ready to book a trip, but aren’t sure you have the budget to fully fund a luxury island getaway? Here’s how you can cut some costs to get to Bora Bora for almost free.
Even just your flight to Bora Bora will seem like a luxury vacation, with stunning views from above. You’ll fly into Tahiti first before taking a short Air Tahiti inter-island flight to Bora Bora itself.
Unfortunately, this inter-island flight can’t be booked with points, and will have to be paid for. If you have a credit card that offers flexible rewards, however, look into whether or not you can use those points for this expense.
Points travel is available, however, from the U.S. to Tahiti, home of French Polynesia’s only international airport. AAdvantage points and Delta SkyMiles can be redeemed for flights from the US on Air Tahiti Nui (it’s important to know this is a different carrier than Air Tahiti), but you might have to call the airline to check for availability. United Airlines offers a seasonal flight to Tahiti from San Francisco, and Air France and Hawaiian Airlines offer points travel to Tahiti as well.
Once you get to Bora Bora, it would be a shame to not check into a famous overwater bungalow for your vacation. Bora Bora is home to some truly stunning properties, and, fortunately, many of them can be booked with points.
IHG, Marriott, and Hilton all have hotel properties on Bora Bora, and any of these luxury hotels will be a great place to call home for your tropical island getaway. Of course, Bora Bora is a luxury destination so booking these hotels will require quite a few points.
Unfortunately for budget travelers, Bora Bora just isn’t (and probably won’t ever be) a budget friendly destination. While it is possible to find some cheaper alternatives to the luxuries Bora Bora is known for, you are probably going to have to work quite a bit harder to find them. If you are looking for a budget friendly tropical vacation, you might want to consider a different destination.
If you’re heading to Bora Bora, it’s going to be a trip of a lifetime and your travel budget will back that up. Since you will probably be spending quite a bit once you arrive, it’s a great idea to use rewards points for as much of the trip as you can. Splurge and go all out – yes, you DO need to book that overwater bungalow. Mid-afternoon massages? Don’t mind if I do! Your trip to Bora Bora will be one you never forget, and you should go with that in mind.
While a trip to Bora Bora will probably never be entirely free, it is possible to cut back on your expenses by booking your international flights and accommodations with points. If you are sick of being cold this winter, it’s not too early to start saving your rewards points (and your dollars) towards a tropical getaway to Bora Bora next February.