China Eastern has the lowest priced flights to the Maldives for travel from next week to next year for as low as $924 LAX-MLE Male or $1,200 for Etihad flying via Abu Dhabi.
Why think of airfare today for a flight to the Maldives in February 2016? The reasoning is the lowest $924 fares to Male can be flown in May 2015, but a quick Google search for best time of year to visit the Maldives revealed February and March are dry season peak tourism months.
So how expensive is it to get to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean?
Flying one-way, half way around the world in economy class can be brutal. Frequent flyer miles in business class will make the journey more comfortable. But if you can stand the seat, here are sample low airfares from the USA to Male, Maldives as a gauge of the cost to reach some of the world’s most remote luxury resorts.
May 2015 Travel
$974 China Eastern LAX-MLE Male, Maldives flights
require 43.5 hours with routing Los Angeles LAX – Shanghai PVG (15 hours overnight) – Kunming, China KMG – Colombo, Sri Lanka CMB – Male, Maldives MLE 7:55pm two days after departure from LAX. Leave on Monday at noon and arrive in Male Wednesday evening. Then, you still need a day to reach your resort and start your island paradise vacation on Thursday.
Orbitz $974 China Eastern Airlines LAX-MLE May 11
The itinerary has overnights each way in Shanghai which is a bonus feature for the two-day flight time in economy class.
Leave Monday May 11 and arrive Wednesday evening in Male, Maldives. Depart Male 9pm Wednesday May 20 allows for one night in Male outbound and five or six nights at an island resort like W Maldive or Park Hyatt Maldives.
China Eastern has the lowest fares for travel this month and next. Etihad and Aeroflot also pick up the low fare banner in fall months.
China Eastern $924 LAX-MLE Nov 2-14 is similar to schedule above, except change of airports in Shanghai.
Etihad $1,201.40 LAX-MLE Male, Maldives Feb 9-18, 2016
Other sample route airfares to Male, Maldives
- San Francisco SFO similar to LAX $974 to $1,200
- Seattle SEA $1,324 United via Dubai DXB (Oct 6-16, 2015)
- Chicago ORD $1,197 – $1,219 Etihad via Abu Dhabi AUH
- Boston BOS $1,169 United/FlyDubai via Dubai DXB
- Philadelphia PHL $1,294 United/FlyDubai via Dubai DXB
- New York JFK $1,071 China Eastern via Shanghai, China.
- Washington DC IAD $1,245 United/FlyDubai via Dubai DXB
- Dallas DFW $1,212 – $1,332 Etihad or British Airways/Air India/Etihad/American via London and Abu Dhabi; $1,300 United/FlyDubai via Dubai DXB
- Houston IAH $1,202 United/FlyDubai via Dubai DXB
- Miami MIA $1,361 Lufthansa/Austrian via Vienna
Finding a good deal to the Maldives from the USA is challenging with economy class airfare topping $1,000 most dates and over $1,500 for many dates.
Frequent flyer miles award tickets are probably one of the best uses of miles to splurge on a trip like this and spend two days of travel in Business Class. Another consideration is flying to Asia or Europe on a cheap economy fare and flying to Male from there on another cheap fare or get lower priced frequent flyer award tickets starting in Asia or Europe. Scheduling a break of one or two days between flights to Male will make an economy class trip more restful than hammering through two consecutive days full of flights.