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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:
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):
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