This is across multiple airlines and points sources so figured I would post in general. Myself and Mrs Ma are going back to the Maldives this summer. We went two years ago with CX and SQ using AA and US miles and stayed at an amazing place called Alila Villas Hadahaa. Well fast forward two years and said hotel is now Park Hyatt Maldives and thanks to our big stash of Chase UR/Hyatt points we are going back to the same place. Question is how do we get there. I would be curious to hear your thoughts on which you'd prefer, and maybe even throw in some alternatives? Option 1 (already partially booked) RDU-JFK on AA in coach, JFK-HKG in CX F, 5-6 hour layover, HKG-SIN in CX F, overnight, SIN-MLE in SQ J next morning. Then coming back: MLE-SIN in SQ J, red-eye SIN-HKG in CX F, 5-6 hour layover, HKG-ORD in CX F, ORD-RDU in AA F Cost of option 1 is 270k AA miles plus 120k Amex Membership rewards converted into SQ KrisFlyer (they have plenty availability to their own members but none to *A). We arrive afternoon T+2 after setting off early on T0 I already booked the AA/CX piece but holding out on transferring Amex -> SQ as that cannot be undone Option 2 RDU-JFK on AA in coach, JFK-AUH in EY J (F not available anywhere near the time we want to go), overnight, AUH-MLE in EY J Coming back the same MLE-AUH EY J - overnight - AUH-JFK EY J, JFK-RDU AA Y We'd still arrive T+2 afternoon, but setting off late afternoon T0, so total travel time about half a day less. Coming back we gain about the same in travel time Cost of option 2 is 370k AA miles. (2 x 67.5k plus 2 x 25k x 2 round trip) This is thanks to the AA all partner award system and the fact that EY do not publish fares between the US and MLE. So it ends up being two awards (RDU-AUH and AUH-MLE) The way I see it is cost then is roughly the same, but option 1 puts us in CX F for the long flights. Option 1's last J segment is about as long as the equivalent AUH-MLE sector too and SQ's J on this is pretty nice (same product/better service than AA's international J) compared to EY's more basic regional J. But it is one extra flight, about 3,000 more miles, and all told adds maybe 2/3rds of a day in travel time. Option 3 This one I have not researched availability that well but is theoretically possible. To get around the all partner fare restrictions we could do the transatlantic on BA. So we could theoretically do something like RDU-MIA AA F, MIA-LHR BA F, LHR-AUH EY F, AUH-MLE EY J and back. This would come in the cheapest miles-wise at 360k AA miles, but we'd have to pay a good $1200 in YQ fees Mrs Ma is leaning towards Option 2, and my brain tells me it is better too, but my heart is yearning for the Krug and Caviar of CX F. Option 3 seems poor given the cash cost though mixing BA and EY F on the same itin could be fun What d'yall think?