NYC to Maldives (via Asia or Europe)

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  1. dhammer53
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    My son wants to go to the Maldives (from NYC) on his honeymoon. He says that he can fly there on *alliance via Europe. I say he's got to fly via Asia to keep the mileage redemption rate reasonable. He wants to fly on a saver business award.

    Who's right?

    I recall reading that once you get to the airport in Maldives, it's very expensive to transit between the islands. Is that correct?
     
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    There is no hard and fast *A rule on redemptions; the rules come from the program where the miles are.

    The bigger issue is that the most frequent service (and most likely chance of getting an award) is on SQ so that's going to play into the routing no matter what. But if you were redeeming CO miles I would expect that US-EU-SIN-MLE would be permissible.
     
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    These will be UA miles.
     
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    You could make them into CO miles, though, if that helps the cause.
     
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    I could, but they haven't set the date yet. My son is under the gun with the upcoming revisions due to start.
     
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    The only *A option to MLE is currently on SQ via Singapore. Austrian has a seasonal flight from Vienna but I have never been able to find any seat availability on awards.

    Once you get to Male, most resorts require a seaplane transfer. This can range from 200-500 USD return a person which is pretty significant but is an experience by itself. If cost is an issue, there are some resorts that are accessible via speed boat.

    I'm in the middle of sharing my trip report on my honeymoon to Maldives. Check it out in the trip report section if you want more details. Might be helpful :)
     
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    It depends on where they are staying. A few of the options from among the major chains:
    Sheraton Maldives
    Speedboat from Male Airport. Round trip: $86 USD, children 12 and under: $57 USD; per person, per round trip. Private Boat Hire: to the airport - $150 USD (one way)​

    W Retreat Maldives
    Seaplane round trip cost is USD 363.00 per person (service charge and GST included). Travel is 30 minutes to the hotel. The seaplane operates during daylight hours only. Maximum baggage per person is 25 kg. Excess baggage is USD 5 per kg.​

    Conrad Maldives Ranali Island
    The seaplane transfer is charged at US$434.70(US$ 420 3.5%Tax) per person return. Children aged between 2 and 12 receive a 50% discount. Please note that fuel surcharge will be added to the quoted prices. Distance from resort: 96 km. Flying time: 30 min. Daylight hours only.​

    Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort and Spa
    A third party seaplane company operates a scenic 45-minute seaplane transfer from Male International Airport to the Hilton Maldives / Iru Fushi Resort & Spa. The seaplane transfer is charged at US$475 per person return plus 3.5% T-GST with a 50% discount applying to children under the age of 12.​

    Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
    55 minute domestic flight on “Maldivian” to Kaadhedhoo Domestic Airport located in the North Huvadhoo (Gaafu Alifu) atoll. Upon your arrival to Kaadhedhoo Domestic Airport, another airport representative will assist you with your luggage and escort you to the awaiting speedboat for a 75 minute speedboat transfer to the resort. (Price not listed, but I think we can make some educated assumptions.) The hotel is 400 kms south of Male.​

    Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
    25-minute speedboat transfer from Malé International Airport.​

    Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
    30- to 45-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport.​

    Guests can fly seamlessly between the two Four Seasons Resorts' seaplane platforms or cruise aboard their luxury catamaran, Four Seasons Explorer (room rates start around $1,500/nt). Guests booking the Paradise Twice package (a minimum of three nights at each Resort) will receive complimentary seaplane transfers between the two Resorts.​
     
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    Yikes.
     
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    There's no charge for parking, though. :D
     
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    OT: On Twitter today regarding private submarine rides at Conrad Maldives.
    30 minutes. $280 for one person or $495 for two.

    "Luxury resort offers guests daily submarine tours http://bit.ly/dVielO @Gadling #travel"
     
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    UA miles can do QR via DOH
    (non star = BA via LGW and MH via KUL)

    $990/hr at conrad maldives
    $2500/day for necker nymph (in conjunction with necker island or necker belle)
     
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    As mentioned above, some of the resorts don't require a flight. I stayed at Coco Palm Bodu Hithi, and it was just a 40 minute boat ride. It looks like it's $180 per person these days, so still fairly pricey.
     
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    Club Med is all inclusive and the transfers are included, it is about 40 minutes north of MLE via boat. I stayed there for a night after a boat charter, overall it was nice and not overpriced at all.

    The SQ MLE flight is almost impossible to find seats on in business, but it is only a 4 hour flight and not too bad in Y.
     
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    As noted, the only Star Alliance option in and out of Male is Singapore.

    United allows you to fly 15% over maximum permitted mileage for a given city pair. MPM for JFK-MLE via the Atlantic is 10,606 so 15% over is 12,196. MPM for JFK-MLE via the Pacific is 10,738 so 15% over is 12,348.

    It's not easy to create a valid route with UA miles to MLE since you have to transit Singapore. JFK-NRT-SIN-MLE is 12,182 which is valid.

    CO doesn't use the MPM concept. You'll have an easier time routing via the Atlantic or the Pacific. And of course you can now transfer at will between UA and CO accounts.

    Another option to consider is flying to CMB. It's less than 500 miles from MLE and flights are cheap, you can buy 3-cabin F roundtrip on EK for ~ $350. :)

    Personally I'm planning to do MLE early in 2012, will likely book using AA miles for CX F to HKG, then continue on their CMB flight (which operates via SIN or via BKK depending on day of week).

    You could also do an award to BKK and buy a Bangkok Airways ticket to MLE, it's ~ 1800 miles away. Or an award to KUL and buy a Malaysian ticket or redeem for an extortionate number of DL miles on the Malaysian flights.
     
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    Gary, Your explanation has a variety of interesting options that will be explored. Thanks.
     
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    I am hoping to one day cash in for a first class ticket from LAS to MLE with my UA miles and use Hyatt points for the PH Maldives in one hell of a magnificently glorious high value binge point redemption.
     
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    You can even route back to Dubai for the same price! Looks like a bug in the booking system:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Really? UA miles? LOL! I'm kinda' shocked, Dan! :D

    My wife and I almost did this Maldives thing when we were married.. back in the Stone Age, with Fred & Wilma! ;)
    She really wanted Bali, however, & it was her call, obviously! :)

    FWIW.. as wonderful as this is as a honeymoon destination, it's been kinda' interesting recently:

    "Dozens of people were injured and many were arrested early Sunday as police used tear gas and batons to break up an antigovernment protest in the Maldives"

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/7546078.html
    http://www.news.com.au/world/police-break-up-maldives-protest/story-fn6sb9br-1226048096551

    Yet, of course, on the brighter side.. there are some values to be had:

    Travel deal to the Maldives - Sunday, May 1, 2011

    The deal: The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort is offering the "Spa, Plane and Simple" package.
    Cost: Package rates start at $1,100 per night.
    What's included: Seven nights in a Spa Water Villa with a private spa treatment room and a recently added open-air Jacuzzi on the sun deck; $1,400 in spa credits; complimentary seaplane transfers to the resort; daily breakfast.
    When: Through Oct. 31.
    Information: Call 960-668-0629 or e-mail Moli.Rajeev@conradho tels.com. — Alexis Tarrazi


    ---

    Premium Travel: Maldives holidays, including return business-class airfares flying Singapore Airlines, 7 nights' 5-star accommodation in a deluxe lagoon villa with plunge pool, breakfast, lunch & dinner daily & return private speedboat airport transfers, from $10,399 a person ex Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Sales to May 27 for travel departing before June 30. Phone Premium Travel on 0800 74 74 74 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0800 74 74 74 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email premiumtravelakl@flightcentre.co.nz

    In any case, I expect it will all work out just fine!
    All the best to your son & the future bride! :)
     
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    Doc,

    I won't mention this to my wife. :D
     
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    Maldives sure beats Bali IMHO..
     
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    When we did this last year we used AA miles to go JFK-HKG-SIN (67.5k each in F) and then used 30k US each to go SIN-MLE. US *A chart has the best value SIN-MLE as it puts SIN and MLE uniquely in the same region. However availability on this route has gone down substantially since last year despite adding an extra flight (though not daily)

    From what I recall using SQ KrisFlyer was also decent especially if you book online and get the discount. Amex Membership Rewards can be converted to S. SPG get dinged at 2:1 so not that viable.

    You might get lucky with UA going something like SFO-HKG-SIN then hooking into SQ SIN-MLE

    Gary's suggestion of going to CMB has wings (pun intended) though seems if you use AA miles you'd get dinged on two regions, but maybe with BA miles it would work out nicely. Also means a long and non-stop flight in CX regional product.

    For a short while (think it ends this month?) could try to get availability on EK with United miles.

    I managed to actually get four of us in J on the BA flight from LGW in June but unfortunately due to work commitments I may end up having to cancel and redeposit those. For a while BA were wide open in May/June/July but it seems to have gone back to being very tight

    This is a place that really needs some new flights!
     
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    I am tempted by the Austrian Airlines non-stop flights from Vienna- but even in all revenue classes it seems to be almost always sold out in business.
     
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    This is a timely thread. I've been recently thinking of booking an award to MLE on my way to India. Problem is that the SIN-MLE flights only have one seat available in all of Dec. Does anyone know if SQ opens up more seats after one is taken?
     
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    If I'm not mistaken, an interesting option would be using ANA miles (spg and MR partner).
    While they don't allow mixing non-alliance partners, both Qatar and Malaysian fly to MLE and are ANA partners.

    Additionally, starting Nov 1, Etihad is commencing daily service to Male.
    They too are partners with ANA.
     
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    Update

    The soon to be newlyweds want to travel in March 2012. They want to go to the Maldives and Penang (PEN) from NYC. They'll fly into to one destination, and return from the other. They'll have to open-jaw between the two. His fiancee prefers to end their trip in the Maldives. She knows that's dependant on award availability.

    I have enough UA miles for two 1 way flights in business.
    I have enough AA miles for a return ticket in business.
    I have 100,000 BA miles, and my wife will have the same in a couple of months. ;)

    Eric has enough miles in his USAir account to cover any flights open-jaw.

    He's been researching 1 way fights between Colombo and PEN and or MLE. He's also looking at return flights between Colombo and PEN and or MLE.

    I'm anxious to book this for him, if only to have him stop pestering me with questions. ;)

    Why couldn't they have flown JFK/HKG/BKK. That would have been an easy trip to put together. :D

    Anyone have an good suggestions on the above?

    Thanks.
     

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