Cathay Pacific has a low fare around $889 to $915 round trip from Los Angeles for departures on a few dates in May, then from late August to early December 2016. There are some similar fares for San Francisco departures, however, SFO shows far fewer low fare departure dates than LAX. This is an itinerary that can be scheduled for a 2-hour layover, 12 hour layover or multi-day stopover in Hong Kong based on different flight options I found at similar low fares of $905 round trip.
Cathay Pacific Los Angeles LAX – Hong Kong HKG – Male, Maldives MLE
$889.16 (Priceline) Tuesday December 6 – Sunday December 18
December to April is the dry season and peak season for Maldives tourism.
This low fare books in CX economy N class and is not a miles earning fare code for either Alaska or American AAdvantage. Most miles is 50% with FinnAir or 25% flight miles with British Airways, Cathay Pacific or Qatar.
The big advantage of Cathay Pacific is a free stopover is allowed in Hong Kong.in both directions with fares pricing around $905 round trip including stopover.
Cathay Pacific Los Angeles – Hong Kong (stopover) – Male, Maldives MLE
$904.62 Dec 7 (six nights in Hong Kong) – Dec 14 (7 nights Maldives) – Dec 21 fly home to LAX
Cathay Pacific Economy N class with outbound stopover in Hong Kong.