1-Way Cathay Pacific Business Class From Maldives to US for $1,343+ (Instead of $4,474+)

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The Maldives

The Maldives are a group of islands about 250 miles south-west of India.  And they are famous for having some of the world’s best diving and over-water bungalows.

The Maldives

Great Diving & Over-Water Bungalows in the Maldives

Finding award flights from the Maldives back to the US is usually quite difficult, so this 1-way business ticket on Cathay Pacific could be helpful to some.

$1,343+ is certainly not a trivial amount of cash for a 1-way ticket, and I’m not in anyway suggesting that this is a cheap flight!


$1,343 for a $4,474 Cathay Pacific 1-Way Business Class From the Maldives to the US

But it could make sense for some folks (with more cash than miles) because you also get to save the 67,500 American Airlines miles which you’d pay for a business class award.  Note that American Airlines actually doesn’t even let you fly from the Maldives to the US on Cathay Pacific unless you pay more miles or book an Explorer award.

And you also get to:

  • Earn miles
  • Stop-over (stay in Hong Kong  for a few days) for the same price
  • Not have to worry about finding award seats and travel in Cathay Pacific in business class!

Cathay Pacific 1-way From Maldives to the US

Link:   Cathay Pacific Website

Before we get started, I want to remind folks that the Maldives is a very expensive place to visit.  You usually have to pay an extra ~$500 for a sea plane to your hotel.  And expect to pay Big Money for food at the hotel because you’re trapped on a small island with not much choice!

Via FlyerTalk, you can buy a 1-way ticket in business class on Cathay Pacific from $1,343.   You HAVE to book the ticket on the Cathay Pacific website to get this lower price.  And this price appears to be valid only for flights flown by October 27, 2014 according to the fare rules.

Note that these discounted prices are valid ONLY for flights departing from Male in the Maldives.  It is ~$1,343 for a 1-way business class ticket from the Maldives to the US and ~$2,307 for a round-trip ticket from the Maldives to the US in Cathay Pacific business class.

You will NOT get the same prices if you search for a flight from the US to the Maldives!  But you can use your miles to travel from the US to the Maldives.

You can also have a stop-over in Hong Kong for the same price!  Emily and I recently visited Hong Kong and we can’t wait to go back.

We Can't Wait to go Back to Hong Kong!

We Can’t Wait to go Back to Hong Kong!

This is cheaper than the regular price of $4,474 if you book the SAME Cathay Pacific flight on other travel websites.  And it is also cheaper than the cheapest business class ticket from the Maldives to the US on Air India for $1,894.

Is This Worth it?

It costs 45,000 American Airlines miles in coach and 67,500 miles in business class for a 1-way award from the Maldives to the US.  You’d fly on Etihad or Qatar Air because American Airlines actually doesn’t allow you to fly from the Maldives to the US on Cathay Pacific unless you pay more miles.

However, finding award seats is quite difficult and you can’t stop-over in Hong Kong i.e. spend a few days in Hong Kong.

Let’s say that you would buy American Airlines miles at 1.5 cents per mile.  In that case, you’d be willing to pay $675 for the 45,000 miles (45,000 American Airlines miles X 1.5 cents per mile) you’d use for a coach award.

Or $1,013 for the 67,500 miles  (67,500 American Airlines miles X 1.5 cents per mile) you’d pay for a 1-way business class award on Cathay Pacific from the Maldives to the US.

You fly 10,770 miles from the Maldives to Chicago via Hong Kong.  On a paid business class ticket, you earn 125% of the miles flown, if you credit the miles to American Airlines.


You’d Earn 13,463 American Airlines Miles if you Credit This Flight to American Airlines

So that’s another 13,463 miles (10,770 miles flown X 125% American Airlines miles earned) which you’d earn.

If you’re still willing to pay 1.5 cents for 1 American Airlines mile, these 13,463 miles are worth $202 (13,463 American Airlines miles earned X 1.5 cent).

So by paying cash for the 1-way flight in business class on Cathay Pacific, you get to save 67,500 American Airlines miles (worth $1,013) and will also earn ~13,463 American Airlines miles (worth $202).  This is worth $1,215 ($1,013 + $202).

For some folks, paying $1,343 to $1,559 to save American Airlines miles worth $1,215 is worth it because they don’t mind paying a little extra to be able to book flights without worrying about award availability!

That said, many folks don’t have $1,343 to fork out for a 1-way ticket…which is why you collect miles and points and read my posts on how to book Cathay Pacific award tickets!

Cathay Pacific North American Destinations

Cathay Pacific flies to these North American cities from Hong Kong:

  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • New  York (JFK)
  • New York (Newark)
  • San Fransisco
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver

Note that you can’t book these discounted tickets to any other city besides the above cities.  So you have to find a way to get back to your home city (if you don’t live in any of the above cities).

How to Book

Step 1 – Enter Your Flight Details

Go to the Cathay Pacific website and enter in your travel dates and select “Business” in the “Class” drop down box.

Click on the “Multi-city/Stopover” link under “Trip Type” if you’d like to stop-over in Hong Kong.

Step 1 - Enter Your Travel Details

Step 1 – Enter Your Travel Details

Step 2 – Select Your Flight

Select which date you’d like to travel.

Step 2 - Choose Your Flights

Step 2 – Choose Your Flights

Step 3 – Confirm the Price

Confirm the final price.  The tickets vary from $1,343 for flights from the Maldives to Los Angles.

Step 3 - Choose Your Flights

Step 3 – Confirm the Price

Some flights cost $1,559, such as this flight from the Maldives to Chicago in Cathay Pacific business class.


Fares Range From $1,343 to $1,559

Step 4 – Bring Your Credit Card!

The terms and conditions say that you will be asked to present the SAME credit card you used to book the tickets when you check-in for your flight.  So don’t forget to bring the card!

Step 4 - Don't Forget to Bring the SAME Credit Card When you Check-in for the Flight

Step 4 – Don’t Forget to Bring the SAME Credit Card When you Check-in for the Flight

You can also go to a local Cathay Pacific ticket office with your credit card before departure.

Bottom Line

This isn’t a cheap fare in the least.  But it is cheaper than the usual price of ~$4,474 for a 1-way Cathay Pacific business class ticket.

However, this could be a good deal if you have the cash and were considering redeeming American Airlines miles for an award from the Maldives to the US.

That’s because you may consider it worthwhile to pay a little extra to be able to book a 1-way flight from on Cathay Pacific business class from the Maldives to the US without having to worry about finding award seats.

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12 responses to “1-Way Cathay Pacific Business Class From Maldives to US for $1,343+ (Instead of $4,474+)

  1. Hi There,

    Thanks for the post. This looks like a great deal. Two questions:

    1) Where can I purchase American Airlines miles at 1.5 cents per mile?
    2) If I use miles to book a one-way award trip to fly back to the US, I could still do a stop over in Hong Kong on my way to the Maldives, correct?


  2. Oh forget it, I had that backwards. The award trip would be to the Maldives and the cheap business class ticket is from the Maldives. Doh!

  3. You have been to Bora Bora and Maldive. Which one would you recommend between the two.

  4. Very interesting post. Thanks for running through the numbers.

  5. Seems like availability cuts off on August 14 to SFO and LAX flights…

  6. I was lucky to get 2 one ways business on AC and TK to MLE and on the way back I got Cathay on the CMB-HKG-JFK with the last leg on First on the HKG-JFK. Bought MLE – CMB on business flying Emirates.

    I even thought about canceling the MLE-CMB and the CMB-HKG-JFK leg and buy on business for this price (and get a good start on the year for my AAdvantage points for elite re-qualification). However, even going on most of the parts on miles and points (burnt all my HHonors on Conrad Rangali) the bill I am forecasting is kind of painful. I can not imagine us going to this destination on the high season without the points and miles tricks, and for that I thank you for the tips!

    BTW, Sri Lank is a very overlooked country with many interesting things to see and do, unfortunately I could not make it happen this time, but I will go visit one day Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, the Minneriya-Giritale Sanctuary, the beaches on the south, etc…

  7. On and I forgot, after CX started to offer this prices, award availability (looked on BA) almost completely dried up, do you believe it is related or just coincidence?

  8. Any advice on using AA miles to get to Male?

  9. Hi, This is a good find. I want to go to MLE and use this one-way offer. However, I used BA.com (Avios) and I found NOTHING across the next 9 mths for 2014 for a SFO – HKG or SFO – MLE on CX metal. What’s up? Avios availability really sucks 🙁

    Any other cheap way to get to MLE from SFO using a mix of points and pay? I’d pay part of it if a good strategy can be found!

  10. @Diotallevi – You usually can’t buy them for as low as 1.5 cents. I used 1.5 cents as an example to illustrate. You can’t route on Cathay Pacific on a 1-way award with American Airlines miles and stop-over in Hong Kong.

    @ bwiflyer – I haven’t been to the Maldives yet. But Bora Bora is closer to the US and cheaper!

    @PH – The Maldives is an expensive place to visit! I’m hoping to visit Sri Lanka soon.

    @SAB @Mike – You can fly via Ethiad and Qatar to the Maldives using AA miles (along with a few other routes).

  11. Any tips for hotels in HK or Maldives? I have around 200k hilton and CC, 100k spg, and can tranfer around 120k to hyatt or others through chase…always willing to apply for a new one…

  12. @austin – The Hyatt in the Maldives is ~25K points a night and the Hilton is 100K. Starwood also has hotels in Hong Kong. I’ve stayed at the Conrad in Hong Kong and liked it, but will be trying another hotel soon.

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