There were a lot of different sub-forums I might have posted this in, but in the end I figured it was a newbie question so here it is. I am traveling to the Maldives and the UAE next march. I am staying in the Maldives for four days or so and then in the UAE for another four days or so. I have already booked a one-way SEA-MLE on Etihad to get there and I have a one way from AUH-SEA on Etihad to get back. I only booked AUH-SEA on the way back because AA does not allow stopovers except for international cities (as far as I could tell) and I would really like to fly MLE-DXB non-stop because the friends I am visiting live an hour closer to DXB than AUH and I don't want a layover, I only have so much time and I would rather have an extra half day in Dubai than waiting in an airport (and more importantly, so would my wife). I can book the MLE-DXB flight for about $622 each in coach, but at that price I thought I would ask if anyone had any ideas on how I might get this on points. As best I can tell, the MLE-DXB flight (Emirates 659 departs at 10:00 AM and arrives at 1:10PM) is by FAR the most convenient flight, both in terms of getting to the MLE airport and for arrival in DXB. So, does anyone have any suggestions for booking this flight on points? Lets assume I am willing to sign up for a credit card to get the points I need. I also have Delta, AA, Alaska, and Ultimate Rewards as current options, but AA and Delta would require a connection to get to DXB and Alaska only allows Emirates travel if it originates in the US. Any ideas?