My few days in Bora Bora were suffused in a kind of magic. The days ran together, spent in the waters of the lagoon or the pool, aimlessly staring at Mt. Otemanu. Absolutely no itinerary other than trying to memorize the beautiful scenery around me.
Bora Bora isn’t an inexpensive place to go on vacation! I wasn’t here on some kind of paid stay (full disclosure, we were upgraded). So here’s my 3 best tips on how normal people can make a trip to Bora Bora more affordable so you aren’t stressed about paying for it when you get back:
(1) Credit card points! We used a Chase Sapphire sign on bonus, and other @chase points we had to book not only our flights, but part of our accommodations! To the extent that you’re able to use credit cards responsibly and meet the spend limits the bonuses require, SIGN UP AND GET THE BONUSES! Literally free money. It’s how I pay for almost all my flights!!
(2) Bring your own booze. A cocktail costs about $20-25 in this lil paradise, so if you’d like to sip as the sun goes down, bring it in your suitcase. The ONE time I’ll advocate ever checking your bag is when it pretty much costs the same as a piña colada! 😂
(3) FIND THE BEST HOTEL DEAL. At the time we booked, @intercontinental was having a sale for their rewards club members, so I signed up! Signing up for rewards clubs often means you’re the first one to get an upgrade because they know you’re loyal to their brand. For my American friends, @costco can also be a super discounted way to book trips, esp French Polynesia!
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