PRICE MISTAKE: Maldives to NYC $101 one way on Emirates!

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Not sure how long this will last or whether it will be honored, but a one-way from Male, Maldives to New York City on Emirates is pricing at $101 from now until December almost every single day:

Direct link to Google Flights

The flights are all on Emirates:

You can even book it with a stopover in Dubai for $124:

It is even cheaper to London –  just $65 one-way (or a bit more with a stopover in Dubai):

Other routes?

I tried a number of other routes and did not see similar prices, but I did not do an exhaustive search. There might be other possibilities!

HOLD OFF ON MAKING PLANS

I would be surprised if this gets honored. Before you go ahead making award or cash bookings to get to the Maldives, I would strongly suggest waiting a few days or even a week or two to make any plans. That said, if you’re looking for a cheap-ish flight to the Maldives, Aeoroflot is currently offering one-ways from around $443:

Again, I would strongly suggest you hold off on any additional bookings.

The Maldives can be expensive

Most of the aspirational properties you see on blogs require an expensive sea plane transfer (~$500 per person), so keep that in mind. When I went in late 2015, we stayed at the Sheraton Maldives Half Moon Bay Resort for two reasons: 1) You can get there by boat from the airport (still about $130 per person round trip if memory serves correctly) and 2) As an SPG Business Amex holder, I had lounge access. That worked out very well as food can be expensive and the lounge saved us a lot of money. It’s not the most terrific location and the coral isn’t in great shape, but there are fish in the water and snorkeling trips were reasonably priced (for the Maldives). If you’re looking to do the Maldives “on a budget”, it’s not a bad choice. Of course, on the other hand, if you’re paying $101 one-way and using an award ticket the other way, maybe the $500 sea plane transfer is more palatable. Again, I doubt this gets honored — but it’s fun to dream. Remember that using an online travel agency should give you 24 hours to cancel (if Emirates doesn’t cancel you first). Best of luck!

Some pics of the Sheraton

This is not the standard room, but as a Gold member I requested an upgrade to a beach bungalow (not over the water) and it was granted.

Our “outdoor” bathroom

The outdoor shower was pretty cool

They do a nightly shark feeding and our finned friends come right up to the beach.

 

And you can see those friends in the water as you paddle around — paddle board and kayak equipment was free to use.

H/T: Slickdeals

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    • They’ll definitely cancel it. I think all carriers on any itinerary will cancel all of your onward segments if you don’t show up for one.

      Your best bet is booking a one-way award ticket to get there. Alaska charges 42.5K miles for a one-way flight on Emirates (which could also have a stopover in Dubai if you want — or Milan if you do JFK-MXP-DXB-MLE. The sign up bonus on the Alaska card right now is 30K. Starpoints transfer to Alaska as well (20K Starpoints = 25K Alaska miles). So there are options for getting there.

      • Some low cost carriers such as Ryanair, Jetstar etc don’t cancel the return flight if you miss the outbound even if they are booked under a single reservation. That’s why I emphasized “full service airlines” in my previous reply.

  1. So if I buy two RTs from mle to JFK so i can actually leave from JFK and get to maldives, will my flight get cancelled if i skip the first half of the trip?

  2. WOHOOOOOO

    I read this blog yesterday and called in to cancel my ticket. Today I get a call from Emirates saying they are going Honor the tickets.

    Thank good my request to cancel did not go through !

    In the future just wait and see and don’t rush to get a refund issued. What a slap in the face to domestic airlines. Emirates is getting $7 for my flight from MLE to DXB (stop over 4 days) than off to JFK.

  3. I just got the email too that they are honoring the tickets! Here is the email they sent:

    On 17 May 2017, a number of tickets for Emirates flights originating in Male, Maldives were shown as available for purchase online with a wrong value fare. This was due to an error in the uploading of fares into the online reservation system, whereby the fare was incorrectly filed in the wrong currency. Tickets issued in error during this time were suspended, and corresponding bookings automatically cancelled.

    Your booking was one of those affected.

    Acting in the best interest of our customers, Emirates has made the decision to honour the fare. Therefore your booking has been reinstated. We will send you the new e-ticket receipt shortly.

    If you wish to change the original booking, the original ticket will be refunded and a new ticket at the applicable fare will have to be issued.

    If you have decided not to continue with your flight and have already paid for the booking, you can avail of a full refund of the fare and taxes paid. You can live chat with us if you have any query via http://www.emirates.com/livechat

    We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused, and would like to assure you that Emirates remains committed to providing our customers with excellent service and a strong value-for-money proposition.

    Thank you for choosing Emirates.

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