Emirates has cancelled the dirt cheap Maldives tickets that were available on Wednesday.
The DoT has helped me out several times, including getting reimbursed by American for cancelling our flight to London, getting Southwest to provide advance notice before ending companion pass status for hotel transfers, and for American charging an award redeposit fee after the electronics ban was launched.
If you booked other airfare and hotels you should definitely file a complaint and attach all supporting documentation. Emirates may have to pay for those other accommodations if they cancel tickets, even if there was a price mistake.
Want to go the Maldives with your miles?
Male, Maldives is served by:
-Aeroflot (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Moscow
-Air France (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Paris
-Air India (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Bangalore
-Alitalia (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Rome
-Austrian (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Vienna
-British Airways (a OneWorld/American partner) via London/Gatwick
-Cathay Pacific (a OneWorld/American partner, but not bookable on AA.com) via Hong Kong
-China Eastern (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Shanghai
-China Southern (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Guangzhou
-Edelweiss/Swiss (a Star Alliance/United partner, but not bookable on United.com) via Zurich
-Emirates (an Alaska, JAL, and Korean partner) via Colombo or Dubai
-Etihad (an American partner, but not bookable on AA.com) via Abu Dhabi
-Korean (a SkyTeam/Delta partner) via Colombo and Seoul
-Lufthansa (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Frankfurt
-Singapore (a Star Alliance/United partner, but not bookable on United.com) via Singapore
-Turkish (a Star Alliance/United partner) via Istanbul
-Qatar (a OneWorld/American partner, but not bookable on AA.com) via Doha
-A round-trip flight from the US to Male on Emirates would cost 60K JAL miles in coach, 100K in business, or 155K in first “shower” class round-trip. You can transfer Starpoints to JAL at a 20K:25K ratio. You must call JAL to book this award.
-A one-way flight from the US to Male on Etihad or Qatar would cost 40K AA miles in coach, 70K in business, or 115K in Etihad first “shower” class. You can transfer Starpoints to American at a 20,000:31,250 ratio with the current transfer bonus. You must call AA to book these awards.
-A one-way flight from the US to Male on Cathay Pacific would cost 40K Alaska miles in coach, 62.5K in business, or 70K in first class. You can transfer Starpoints to Alaska at a 20K:25K ratio. You must call Alaska to book this award.
-A one-way flight from the US to Male on any Star Alliance airline would cost 42.5K United miles in coach, 80K in business, or 140K in first class. You can transfer Starpoints to United via Marriott at a 18,667:25,000 ratio.
There are lot of great points hotels in the Maldives.
-25K Chase or Hyatt points is enough for a free night at the Park Hyatt Maldives.
–An overwater villa at the S. Regis Maldives is on sale from 46.8K Starpoints per night on a 5 night stay. It’s probably the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in.
-The Conrad Maldives starts at 69K points per night on a 5 night stay.
-The Sheraton Maldives costs 16K Starpoints per night on a 5 night stay and can be reached from Male by boat for just $136.
Note that you’ll have to pay some $500-$700 for a seaplane to get from Male to most resort islands, though some can be reached with a far less expensive boat ride from Male.
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Short on points?
You can buy up to 30,000 Starpoints per year here. Plus you can buy more than that with multiple members by transferring points for free between members living at the same address.
-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers a 25K point signup bonus.
-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers a 25K point signup bonus.
-If you have the Platinum Card® from American Express or the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN you can call to have your Starwood account upgraded to Gold status.
-The Chase Marriott card offers 87,500 Rewards points (transferable to 29,167 Starpoints) for spending $3,000 and adding an additional user card. After hitting the signup bonus it’s not worth spending on this card. You’ll get 3 Marriott Rewards points per dollar by spending on a Starwood card instead!
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