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By: Travis Cormier
The Maldives is considered one of the most luxurious island destinations you can visit on earth. Seclusion, luxury and the gorgeous Instagram-worthy scenes attract people from around the world to this island nation.
Getting to the Maldives is no small feat, though. From my hometown of Houston, the Maldives islands are nearly 10,000 miles away. With that in mind, you should anticipate the trip taking at least 24 hours (trust me, it is worth it).
You won’t find any non-stop routes from the U.S. to the Maldives but there are a number of options that connect in Asia and the Middle East
Let’s explore some of the best ways to use miles and points to use to fly to the Maldives.
- Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- Air Canada Aeroplan
- All Nippon Airways Mileage Club
- Japan Airlines
If you’re wanting to travel to the Maldives, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of the best ways to get there. Alaska has different award charts for different partners, so what airline you fly on will impact the amount of points you pay.
Keep in mind, with an Alaska Airlines award ticket you can only fly on Alaska Airlines flights and the one partner airline you have chosen. You cannot mix and match partners. Because of this, you may have to use a positioning flight in addition to your award ticket.
Economy Flights on Emirates
For flyers in an economy, you’ll want to use Alaska Mileage Plan to fly on Emirates. This will cost 42,500 miles each way, or 85,000 miles round-trip per person. Taxes and fees are quite low as well, starting at $25 one-way from the U.S. to the Maldives, and $92 on the return flight.
Emirates flies from a number of US cities. If you can’t find availability from your hometown, try searching from these cities to the Maldives (MLE).
Emirates usually has pretty good award availability for economy class, so you shouldn’t have too big of an issue finding flights.