Phenomenal Cathay Pacific Business Class Fares To The Maldives, India, And Sri Lanka!

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While we sometimes see great business class fares for travel originating in the Maldives, it’s exceptionally rare to see good business class fares published to the Maldives. If you’re considering a trip to one of the most beautiful places on earth, Cathay Pacific has some incredible fares at the moment.

Cathay Pacific has ~$2,570 roundtrip business class fares from Chicago to Male at the moment. There’s availability for this fare through August, and in general space is wide open. You get flat beds the entire way to the Maldives, since both their 777s and A330s feature flat bed business class.

Your best bet for searching the fare is Google Flights or ITA Matrix. You can potentially save even more when booking through Momondo, as that knocks the fare down to $2,415. However, do note that they sometimes use obscure online travel agencies, so this may complicate things in the event that you need to change a ticket.

This ticket covers a distance of ~21,500 miles, so you have quite a few programs where you could earn miles.

If you credit to American AAdvantage you’d earn 150% EQMs, 125% redeemable miles, and EQDs for 25% of the distance flown. So you’d earn:

  • 32,250 elite qualifying miles
  • 26,875 redeemable miles (52,675 redeemable miles if you’re an Executive Platinum member)
  • 5,375 elite qualifying dollars

You could also credit to Alaska Mileage Plan, where you’d earn 125% EQMs and 225% redeemable miles. So you’d earn:

  • 26,875 elite qualifying miles
  • 48,375 redeemable miles (75,250 redeemable miles if you’re an MVP Gold 75K member)

If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earnThe Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the  Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.

These aren’t necessarily fares I’d book as a mileage run, but if you’re wanting to vacation in the Maldives, this is a great way to get there, given how tough it can be to redeem miles.

There are some equally good fares to other areas in the region, including to Colombo:

Several airports in India also have similar fares:

Unfortunately other US gateways don’t seem to have equally good fares.

Hopefully some of you can take advantage of these top notch business class fares!

(Tip of the hat to ernad)

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Comments

  1. Note that the arrival time into MLE is in the evening, which could mean there are limited options in getting to your hotel the same day. If the flight is delayed, you might be stuck in MLE for the night. Just something to keep in mind as you’re looking at these fares. I believe CX only has one flight per day between HKG and MLE.

  2. Spending a night at MLE is not that bad actually. You can get a decent accommodation for a fraction of the cost of staying on one of the beautiful islands, and you can catch a seaplane first thing in the morning. So that way you’re getting more bang for your buck.

  3. ORD-CMB Booked! Connecting through LAX on the return for the same fare. Looking forward to checking out the Flagship Lounge in LAX on my way home.

  4. @Daniel I flow the route some time back and can confirm that my A330 that flew to Male was a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone which is lie flat.

  5. Bear in mind that the Maldives is currently in state of emergency. There are rumors that India may intervene military in the archipelago. Just check the February 27’s edition of The Diplomat.
    It seems that the Maldives will remain unstable for quite some time. This means that it’s only international airport could face closure if the security situation worsens.
    On the other side, Sri Lanka has also imposed state of emergency, just this week, as a response to communal violence in the country. The country has a long history of war and violence and it was the birth place of suicide bombers, a tactic developed by the Tamil Tiger rebels.

  6. Also works for open jaw. We just booked ORD-CMB, MLE-ORD for June. Same prices as listed in the piece. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Lucky, for the newbie readers regarding travelling in the front of a plane, I have no idea if $2500 roundtrip is a good deal or not unless you tell me what a typical roundtrip costs. Would this ticket normally go for around $5000, $10000, $3300? As someone who has never paid cash for a business class ticket on any airline ever, $2500 sounds really expensive to me.

    You tell me it’s a good deal and I believe you, but knowing the “magnitude” of the discount would be so much more useful. Just a thought.

  8. Great tip. Immediately checked out the fares for BLR from ORD even though I’m flying out of SMF. Purchased the RT from ORD for just above $2,500. Great for visiting a lot of friends in BLR as well as EQM’s & EQD’s for my Exec Plat re-qualifying. Had thought EQD’s were only the exact amount of the cost of the ticket minus taxes. Didn’t realize they were also a % of total mileage. Thanks for the great tip!

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