The InterContinental Le Moana feels like a more authentic experience, on the main island in bungalow-like rooms.
The InterContinental Thalasso is a luxury overwater villa, on a small private island.
Let me start by reviewing each of them, and then going over the major differences.
I know, I know. The post could be about how I’m just now discovering AwardWallet. But I just started using it, and I think it’s awesome. Might as well write about it in case other skeptics and luddites are out there.
Besides the obvious use of Award Wallet (keeping track of your points balances), there are a number of cool features – like 1 click to log into those accounts.
Here are the reasons you absolutely need to be using Award Wallet… like now.
Before I start, I want you to know that this way of getting to the IC for cheap works for other hotels. I know you can get from the Bora Bora to the Hilton for cheap, like $10 instead of the hotel’s $60+ shuttle. The tip is basically to take a different boat.
In short the hotel required us to pay $60 per person (for three of us) each way. It would’ve cost us $360. Instead, we paid $20 each way for all three of us.
To catch you up on other posts about French Polynesia, see other posts:
Now I’m going to talk about transit to the hotels.
The only thing I personally have seen about Alaska Mileage Plan’s “routing rules” is how many stopovers they allow, and things like that… which, doesn’t really have to do with routing.
Thus, I wanted to do an entire post on just the routing rules for using Alaska Airline miles. While the program might not be as commonly understood as the others, it’s actually pretty simple.
If you’re interested in best uses, please check out my Best Use of Alaska Miles.
Here’s an overview of what we’ll go over:
- 1 Partner Airline + Alaska
- Only routes listed on award chart
- Stopovers are allowed in “hubs”
- It’s all “oneway” – per direction
I’ve been anxious to share our trip with 7 nights in Bora Bora (6 of which were in Overwater Bungalows), 6 nights in Moorea and 1 night in Tahiti, and all the hotels were using free night certificates.
This is the first of posts about how to visit these places- the points hotels, award flights, and visiting these places for super cheap. Including eating, and tips like how we took the free shuttle from Bora Bora airport to Bora Bora.
However, this post is entirely about the hotels we stayed at, and how we got these hotels for free with points.
The first hotel in Bora Bora is over $1,000 a night after tax, and we stayed there 5 nights! Easily $10,000 worth of hotel rooms for our trip, not including the value of our upgrades, and we spent $0 on these hotels.
We stayed at 5 hotels.
- InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso
- InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana
- InterContinental Moorea
- Hilton Moorea
- InterContinental Tahiti