Cathay Pacific is running a heck of a business class fare sale for travel from the Maldives. The sale is good for one-way or roundtrip travel, though your travels must originate in the Maldives. So if you’re in the US and looking to vacation in the Maldives you’d be best off booking a one-way revenue ticket on Cathay Pacific from the Maldives, and then booking an award ticket for the outbound to the Maldives.
These fares don’t show up on ITA Matrix, but instead you’ll have to search for them on cathaypacific.com.
Through this sale, one-way fares from the Maldives to the US are just ~$1,250 to ~$1,450 in business class. Admittedly this isn’t a mistake fare or such a good deal that you should hop on it just for the mileage, but it’s about the cheapest business class fare I’ve seen from the Maldives to the US, and Cathay Pacific does have a phenomenal fully flat reverse herringbone business class product.
For example, the one-way fare from the Maldives to Los Angeles is just $1,279.50:
Meanwhile the one-way fare from the Maldives to New York is $1,434.50:
Roundtrip fares are also available at less than double the roundtrip cost, though again the travel must originate in the Maldives, so you’d be flying roundtrip from the Maldives to the US. The roundtrip fare from the Maldives to Los Angeles is $2,207.50, for example:
The good thing about this fare is that the cancellation fee is just $35USD, so if you choose to lock it in now there’s not a huge downside.
Male to Hong Kong to New York is over 11,000 miles one-way.
So if you were crediting to American AAdvantage you’d earn 11,000 elite qualifying miles and 16,500 elite qualifying points. On top of that you get a 25% redeemable miles bonus, and if you’re a Platinum or Executive Platinum member you get an additional 100% mileage bonus.
Let me stress again this isn’t a mileage run fare, but if you’re looking at going to the Maldives this is a great alternative to redeeming miles.
(Tip of the hat to AJ)