Deal alert: Flights from Los Angeles to the Maldives from $598 round-trip

Sep 25, 2019

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Flights to the Maldives (MLE) from Los Angeles (LAX) just dropped to $598 round-trip.

This rare deal was first reported by Scott’s Cheap Flights. Given the rarity, this deal is limited to Los Angeles and although the journey is long and includes an 8.5-hour layover in Doha, we’re pretty confident the views once you arrive will make up for it. Yes, it’s in economy, but Qatar is one of the few airlines that provide such fantastic economy service that travelers actually look forward to it — just ask Dan Ross from TPG UK who flew coach from London (LHR) to Doha (DOH).

The Six Senses Laamu in Southern Maldives (Image courtesy of Six Senses Hotels & Resorts)
The Six Senses Laamu in Southern Maldives. (Photo courtesy of Six Senses Hotels and Resorts)

Related: How to use hotel points for free nights in the Maldives

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airlines: Qatar
Routes: LAX to MLE
Cost: $598+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: 
October 2019 – May 2020
Pay With:
The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare),  Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here’s an example of what you can book:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Malé (MLE) for $598 round-trip on Qatar via Vayama:

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out our guide to the best cards for airfare purchases to learn more.

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