How to Book a Trip to Fiji with Miles

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Fiji is a year-round tropical destination, known for its beaches, diving, and hiking.

Fiji Beach Resort and Spa Managed by Hilton
Fiji Beach Resort and Spa Managed by Hilton

Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific) flies from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu to Fiji. You can book Fiji Airways award space with American Airlines or Alaska Airlines miles.

American Airlines charges:

Alaska Airlines charges:

  • 37,500 miles each way between Hawaii and Fiji in economy
  • 45,000 miles each way between Hawaii and Fiji in Business
  • 40,000 miles each way between the continental United States and Fiji in economy
  • 55,000 miles each way between the continental United States and Fiji in Business

You can book a simple roundtrip to Fiji with miles. Or you can combine your trip to Fiji with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, or anywhere else in Asia for only a few more miles

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The Basics: Searching and Booking Fiji Airways

The Product

Fiji Airways business class on its A330 which flies the 11+ hour flight from Los Angeles and San Francisco features angled lie flat seats.

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The flight from Honolulu is only about 6.5 hours, so it is generally a pretty terrible value for such a high price. It also features recliners in Business Class.

When to Go

Temperature is basically constant, but rainfall varies dramatically in Fiji. I’d avoid January through March to avoid the rainy season.

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Source: http://travel.usnews.com/Fiji/When_To_Visit/

High season is July to September according to multiple sources. The shoulder seasons are the months around that like May, June, October, and November. Since the shoulder season has the same weather, smaller crowds, and lower prices, it seems like the ideal time to go.

Searching Fiji Airways Award Space

You can search for Fiji Airways award space on alaskaair.com. Any Fiji Airways award space that appears on alaskaair.com is bookable with American Airlines or Alaska Airlines miles.

On alaskaair.com, just search Los Angeles to Fiji. Do not start the search from your home airport. We’ll find that award space later. Check “Use miles.”

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On the search results, along the left side, view by “Calendar” to see a month of results at one time. You can also select to see a calendar of economy or Business Class award space right under the “View by” box.

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Here are the economy award calendars for two passengers from Los Angeles to Fiji for the next 11 months. Economy award space for two people (days that say 40k) is non-existent between June 7 and September 3, but it is pretty good in the shoulder seasons.

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If using Alaska miles, you can book right on alaskaair.com. If using American Airlines miles, note the date, cabin, and flight number of the award space you find, then call American Airlines at 800-882-8880. American Airlines will not charge a phone booking fee, since Fiji Airways space cannot be booked on aa.com.

Award space on the return to Los Angeles is similar.

I didn’t find any award space on the San Francisco flight, which isn’t surprising because it is a seasonal route over the peak season.

I didn’t search the Honolulu route because it isn’t such a great deal.

You Don’t Live in Los Angeles

If you don’t live in Los Angeles and are booking with American Airlines miles, before calling in, find MileSAAver award space on aa.com flying American Airlines or Alaska Airlines that connects well with the Fiji Airways space. This will add zero miles to the prices quoted above. See:

If you are using Alaska miles, you can only add Alaska Airlines Saver award space. It also will add zero miles to the price of the award.

Taxes, Fees, Fuel Surcharges

The taxes on a roundtrip to Fiji are $126 per person. Alaska Airlines will also impose a $25 partner award booking fee. There is no way around this fee.

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There are no other fees and no fuel surcharges on these awards.

Advanced: Add Another Destination

Free Stopover on Alaska Awards in Fiji en route to Australia or New Zealand

Alaska charges the same price from the continental United States all the way to Australia or New Zealand on Fiji Airways as it does just to Fiji. And it allows a free stopover on one way awards.

Combine those facts to book some pretty fantastic awards like your home airport to Fiji to Australia or New Zealand for only 40,000 total miles.

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Your options in Australia are Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. Your options in New Zealand are Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington.
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Can you do something similar with American Airlines miles? No, American Airlines awards cannot have any layovers longer than 24 hours.

More information on free stopovers on Alaska Airlines awards.

United Awards to Add Destinations

One of the six under-priced awards on the United award chart is Oceania (where Fiji is) to Japan for 12,500 miles. Another is Oceania to North Asia (Korea and China) for 15,000 miles. All of these awards can route through New Zealand.

That means you can book the following award for 12,500 miles. Get off in New Zealand if that’s the second destination you want. Fly all the way to Tokyo if that’s your preferred destination.

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By the way, if you plan to get off in New Zealand, make sure you don’t have any checked bags.

The backbone of these awards, the direct flight from Fiji to New Zealand on Air New Zealand has had amazing award space for two passengers in the past, but right now I am getting an error message on searches.

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After the United award, hop around in New Zealand, Australia, and Asia as much as you’d like. When you’re ready to return home, you can do that cheaply with American Airlines miles, which charges:

  • 25k or 32.5k miles one way from Japan and Korea to the United States in economy, depending on the season
  • 35k miles one way from the rest of East Asia in economy
  • 37.5k miles one way from Australia or New Zealand in economy

Business and First Class are often modest premiums too, so consider booking Cathay Pacific First Class home for 67,500 miles if you end up in East Asia. (All these prices go up March 22.)

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Bottom Line

There is plenty of award space between Los Angeles and Fiji on Fiji Airways that you can book with American Airlines or Alaska Airlines miles from your home airport to Fiji.

Jazz up your trip by booking an Alaska award to Australia or New Zealand with a free stopover in Fiji. Or book a United award from Fiji onward to add destinations.


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38 COMMENTS

  1. Why not use 55k on Alaska using Alaska miles to go to Fiji in business instead of 62.5k? Also, if I’m not mistaken that same 55k will take you all the way to Australia. So you can have a stop over in Fiji and for no extra continue on to Australia all in Fiji Air business.

  2. Nice post. Is it possible to use Alaska miles from Sydney to Auckland, with a free stopover in Nadi? I’ve used the multi-city search without any luck.

  3. Great post! You have me thinking about changing my plans for my next summer trip. What site are you using to find routes from Nadi to Tokyo? I get error messages when I try on United site. My ideal route is Nadi to either Hong Kong or Beijing in early July. I have tried Auckland to Asia. Routes appear, but nothing under 17,500 at saver level.

    • Find individual flight award space and call up. Find NAN-AKL and AKL-HKG or PEK. Ignore the prices for each individual segment and call up to book.

  4. I am confused. With the May calendar, you say that you are looking for 55k awards for Fiji, however, then with the April calendar, you say that there is more availability, but they show no 55k awards. Wouldn’t that mean that there is no Fiji availability, only Korean?

  5. Thanks for the rain report I was looking at Jan. but I’ll switch to Hawaii I think for 45k united lots of open seats if I can get an open cabin I’ll go.Lots of 30 day deals right now but Jan who knows ? Hilton points work well near HNL ..
    Looking for a new hang out.

    • This January there was a ton of rain in Kailua, Oahu (Hawaii) where I was living. But Waikiki/Honolulu shouldn’t be so bad. You can also go to Kona, Big Island where it hardly rains.

      • I’ve been looking @ rain maps because of the Mts one side rains the other doesn’t .Google shows ocean and city views from hotels both look great and Honolulu claims no need for a car.. Thanks !!!

  6. Good post, thanks. We needed to book award tix to Nadi, Fiji in early March back in mid October. Alas, no availability on Fiji Airways. Next option is Korean Air 97,500 miles BC or 120K FC. Korean Air has most generous holds in industry (months at $0) and also most generous change fees (we needed to change destination from Fiji to Brisbane, after two weeks, cost $0). Thus, two one way FC tix from Atl to Fiji that cost 240K now to Brisbane cost us 240K Korean Air miles (transferred from our UR stash)

    • Book Korean with Alsaka miles. Some of its space appeared in this post and is much cheaper than with Korean miles.

  7. Scott, looked now @ Alaska mileage plan for Korean flights, only BC availability (ATL to BNE on Korean Air) thru end of Sept. Unless am missing something–what shows on Alaska award calendar for BC is even more than Korean Air FC, BC using Alaska miles is 125K Alaska Air miles, tho only $52.20 taxes compared to $306 we paid on Korean Air for FC.

  8. Super Post! Lots of good information, again! Thanks Scott. We just got back from a round the world trip thanks to you!

  9. I looked up the award flight from Fiji to Japan on the United website, but I was quoted for 45,000 miles. (NAN > AKL , AKL > NRT). Am I missing something?

  10. Great post, as always!! Does anyone know if SYD – AKL (Stopover) – SYD – KUL – DEL would be considered a single valid one way routing using AA miles?

  11. i am very interested, but can undo this trip with Skymiles, would love to do Fiji, Australia and newzealand. Please advise or email.

  12. on the alaska website picture u put up u have LAXto Nantucket, MA not Nan, fiji. when I try and input Nan as destination I get nantucket also. how does one search for Nan Fiji?

  13. I tried calling American airlines and booking a flight to fiji using my AAmiles that WAS clearing showing as available on alaskan airlines search for award flights and American said the seats were NOT available.
    It was for both a HNL->NAN and also NAN->LAX

  14. “Any Fiji Airways award space on alaskaair.com is bookable with American Airlines miles”

    when i called in to american they said the seats weren’t available even though they were showing on alaskan. i gave exact information for FIJI 810 and FIJI 823 in Sept/Oct

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