The Most Aspirational Flight and Hotel Award Redemptions for a Luxury Maldives Vacation


The Most Aspirational Flight and Hotel Award Redemptions for a Luxury Maldives VacationRedeeming Miles For Flights

Even though the Maldives may seem like it’s in the “middle of nowhere”, there sure are a lot of ways to redeem miles to get there:

  1. Star Alliance: Singapore Airlines via SIN, Turkish Airlines via IST
  2. One World: British Airways via LGW, Cathay Pacific via HKG, Malaysia Airlines via KUL, Qatar Airways via DOH, Sri Lankan Airlines via CMB
  3. SkyTeam: China Southern via CAN, Korean Air via ICN/CMB
  4. Other: Emirates via DXB, Etihad via AUH, Oman Air via MCT
There are multiple options within each alliance, and even bonus options which include Etihad and Emirates. The reason that I’m not giving a perfect score is due to availability, which can be extremely tough to come by. If you have the luxury of planning in advance, I’d highly recommend booking your tickets as soon as the booking window opens roughly 11 months in advance.

Personally, I have used miles to book Singapore Airlines via SIN and Korean Air via ICN/CMB. The legs to/from MLE are actually quite easy to get, and its actually the long-haul international flights that can be troublesome. Here are a couple tips that may help – travel during low season (May through November) or fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka (CMB) and purchase a separate ~$100 ticket to the Maldives on Sri Lankan Airlines.

The Most Aspirational Flight and Hotel Award Redemptions for a Luxury Maldives VacationRedeeming Points For Hotels

There are countless 5-star hotels in the Maldives, and for the most part each one is located on its own island. That’s part of the beauty and the allure of the Maldives, you’re literally on an island separated from the rest of the world. Here are the hotel properties available for point redemptions across the major hotel chains:

  1. Club Carlson: Radisson Blu Maldives Hulhumale (opening July 2015)
  2. Hilton: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
  3. Hyatt: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
  4. IHG: Holiday Inn Kandooma Maldives
  5. Marriott: N/A
  6. Starwood: Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, W Retreat & Spa

It’s worth noting that none of them are located on Male Island where the airport is, and where many people end up spending a night due to late arriving flights.

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