An overwater villa in the Maldives may seem like heaven, but flights to get there are long and expensive.
I’ve used miles to fly in business and first class on Emirates, Etihad, Korean, and Singapore when I’ve gone to the Maldives, but using miles requires date flexibility.
Round-trip economy flights to the Maldives can range from $1,200-$2,000, while premium economy flights typically range from $2,000-$3,500, and business class costing over $5,000.
But American and Qatar have an excellent wide open $1,285 round-trip premium economy fare from JFK to the Maldives via Doha. The fare is valid for travel on most dates from September through next February and is bookable on AA.com. The premium economy applies for the long-haul segment on American from JFK to Doha. The flight is also eligible for systemwide upgrade use, which can now be earned with just credit card spending as of this month.
There are many points hotel options in the Maldives from Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott. This trick to book an overwater villa at the Conrad Maldives is still alive and well.
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Have you made it to the Maldives?