There are worse things in life than flying coach. At the moment, I can't think of any of them. I did everything I could to get United, Air New Zealand, and the island nation of French Polynesia to upgrade my ticket from coach to business for the AKL-PPT-AKL legs.
Welcome to Tahiti everyone. Specifically, welcome to the big island of French Polynesia and Le Méridien. Don't bother unpacking your stuff as most of you will only be staying here for one night or two depending on when you arrived to Papeete and when you depart for one of the other islands.
It cost $500/pax to take the Maldives Seaplane from the airport to the Conrad Rangali Island. That's a steep price for a thirty minute flight but it was quite the experience.