Deal Alert: NYC to The Maldives From $542 Round-Trip

May 18, 2017

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

Update 5/19/2017: Emirates has cancelled the one-way tickets from The Maldives that were available earlier this week. If you’ve booked a flight to The Maldives as well as hotels, you can file a complaint with the airline through the Department of Transportation.

Here’s a deal we don’t see every day — and one you definitely won’t want to sleep on. Score tickets from New York (JFK) to Malé, Maldives (MLE) starting at just $542 round-trip. The outbound flights will be operated by Aeroflot, while the return trip will be on Emirates. Note that these fantastic fares have to be booked using Google Flightsseparate tickets feature, which means you’ll be booking two one-way flights from two different sites.

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Flights are available from October through November 2017, including Thanksgiving. The Maldives is a favorite destination of TPG’s, and he recently stayed at two of the most exclusive resorts in the archipelago — the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa and the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. To make this deal even sweeter, SPG is running a promo for two of its properties in the Maldives that make award stays much more affordable through March 5, 2018. If you’ve been waiting to book your trip to this dream destination, now’s the time to do so, as these fares probably won’t be around for long. Note, too, that may be error fares, which means there’s always the possibility that one or both of the tickets could be canceled by the airline.

As if you needed any more encouragement to book one of these tickets, check out TPG’s review of the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort:

Airlines: Aeroflot, Emirates
Routes: JFK – MLE
Cost: $542+ round-trip in economy
Dates: October 2017 – November 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Malé (MLE) for $542 round-trip on Aeroflot and Emirates (two separate tickets):

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New York (JFK) to Malé (MLE) for $542 round-trip on Aeroflot and Emirates (two separate tickets):

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Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! 

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