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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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
- Los Angeles
- New York (JFK)
- New York (Newark)
- San Fransisco
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 2 – Select Your Flight
Select which date you’d like to travel.
Step 3 – Confirm the Price
Confirm the final price. The tickets vary from $1,343 for flights from the Maldives to Los Angles.
Some flights cost $1,559, such as this flight from the Maldives to Chicago in Cathay Pacific business class.
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!
You can also go to a local Cathay Pacific ticket office with your credit card before departure.
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.