Why take the slow boat to China when China Eastern will fly you on the slow route through China to the Maldives for $877 from Los Angeles or $901 round trip from San Francisco for October or November 2015 departures.
There might be a disconnect between booking a low economy fare to the Maldives where many of the hotels have nightly rates higher than this fare.
This is not a fare for many miles with China Eastern economy T class eligible for 25% miles with Delta Skymiles, but still a great fare to the Maldives from California.
There are only a few dates from San Francisco at $901 in first week of November. Los Angeles has more low fare dates in the $877 to $901 round trip range.
Orbitz.com ticketing for this itinerary.
China Eastern San Francisco – Male MLE Maldives
$901 November 2-11, 2015
This itinerary allows 7 nights in Maldives with a Wednesday night, November 11 departure and arrival back in San Francisco on Friday morning November 13.
This is an itinerary that routes you to the Maldives via Shanghai and Kunming, China, then Colombo Sri Lanka before touching down in Male, Maldives two days later. There is a 15.5 hour overnight transit in Kunming, China on the outbound and a 20 hour inbound layover in Kunming, along with change of airport in Shanghai.
There are several IHG hotels in Kunming including InterContinental ($170), Crowne Plaza ($100) and Holiday Inn ($69).
Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Colorful Yunnan Kunming ($156) gets my attention just for the name. It has a 9.4 Booking.com hotel rating and ranks #3 of 1,006 hotels in Kunming on TripAdvisor.com. This hotel is 3,000 points + $95 with Go Fast reward night.
Los Angeles – Male, MLE, Maldives $877