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Possible routings to MLE and costs:

JFK-AUH-MLE (EY) -- 45/67.5/90 AA
JFK-DOH-MLE (QR) -- 45/67.5/90 AA
JFK-FRA-SIN-MLE (SQ) -- East Coast: (Including 15% off booking online) 46,750/91,375/116,875; West Coast: 89,250/144,500/229,500
JFK-DXB-MLE (EK) -- 42.5/82.5/150 AS
JFK-IST-MLE (TK) -- 42.5/70/90 UA (United routing allows a stopover in TLV)
JFK-VIE-MLE (OS) -- 42.5/80 UA
JFK-LGW-MLE (BA) -- 45/90/135 BA
JFK-ICN-CMB-MLE (KE) -- 60/107.5/137.5 KE
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX) -- 57.5/85/112.5 AA
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX) -- 50/70 AS
TLV-IST-MLE (TK)-- 20/35 UA
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Author Topic: Maldives Master Thread  (Read 670113 times)

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #200 on: January 21, 2013, 03:58:52 PM »
Some news

Review of HI
http://www.tjacobi.com/13232755/holiday_inn_resort_maldives_kandooma_review.php

And Radisson is opening up 2 hotels in MLE, so it's a good chance to burn those stashes of 50k points you may have lying around.

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #201 on: February 05, 2013, 10:38:36 PM »
Anyone know which airlines offer the highest quality first class cabins/seats to the Maldives?

Skipping to the next question... out of those airlines which has the best points system?

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #202 on: February 05, 2013, 11:08:18 PM »
Emirates A380 booked via JAL is best.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #203 on: February 05, 2013, 11:26:37 PM »
Emirates A380 booked via JAL is best.

That depends.

SQ F on the A380 has to contend.  And Asian service trumps middle eastern service 11/10 times.

Also easier to accrue Krisflyer miles (tho, unless your Dan or damaxer91, you can't get 2 saver awards) but there's YQ.

Also EY F is up there but I imagine the hard product is trumped by the wow-factor of EK.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #204 on: February 05, 2013, 11:29:31 PM »
1. EK F is far fewer miles than SQ F. 
2. SQ service may be better, but EK has a shower #CoolFactor
3. Heavy YQ with SQ.  No YQ for EK. 
4. There is no SQ F from SIN-MLE while there is EK F from DXB-MLE.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #205 on: February 05, 2013, 11:39:25 PM »
Far fewer and exponentially harder to accrue.

Like I said.

Like I said.

That's a definite plus for EK.

So it's service + double bed in F + easier to accrue miles vs. shower + no YQ + F on MLE leg + fewer miles.

EK by a hair ;)
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #206 on: February 05, 2013, 11:41:16 PM »
Fair enough.
Really just boils down to your stock of SPG and MR.  I don't think you can go too wrong either way :D
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #207 on: February 06, 2013, 05:09:23 AM »
(tho, unless your Dan or damaxer91, you can't get 2 saver awards)
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #208 on: February 06, 2013, 05:10:26 AM »
2. SQ service may be better, but EK has a shower #CoolFactor
Bar is also cool
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #209 on: February 06, 2013, 05:15:49 AM »
And Asian service trumps middle eastern service 11/10 times.
That's a matter of opinion. And EK isn't middle eastern, their employees are Western.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #210 on: February 06, 2013, 10:29:56 AM »
That's a matter of opinion. And EK isn't middle eastern, their employees are Western.


EK service is average at best.

EK is also much faster

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #211 on: February 06, 2013, 11:27:24 AM »
Far fewer and exponentially harder to accrue.

Like I said.

Like I said.

That's a definite plus for EK.

So it's service + double bed in F + easier to accrue miles vs. shower + no YQ + F on MLE leg + fewer miles.

EK by a hair ;)

I appreciate the responses.  20 minutes of google searches later, I now have in inkling of what they heck you guys are actually saying.  Two questions Rabbi Google did not clearly address:
1) What is the "F" for EK (Emirates), and
2) What is "YQ"

Follow up:  Which credit cards are best for building points for EK (including partners listed here: http://www.skywards.com/partners_ataglance.aspx)

P.S.  Confirmed yesterday (2/5/13) via a test run: Chase will cash advance MVDs at no fee (a likely futile effort at making this a 2-way street since I'm sure its already well known, but I'm at least trying)

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« Reply #212 on: February 06, 2013, 11:49:23 AM »
I appreciate the responses.  20 minutes of google searches later, I now have in inkling of what they heck you guys are actually saying.  Two questions Rabbi Google did not clearly address:
1) What is the "F" for EK (Emirates), and
2) What is "YQ"

Follow up:  Which credit cards are best for building points for EK (including partners listed here: http://www.skywards.com/partners_ataglance.aspx)

1) F = First Class
2) YQ = Fuel surcharge (a thing to try and avoid)

Best way is, as Dan mentioned, is SPG points xferred to JAL.

P.S.  Confirmed yesterday (2/5/13) via a test run: Chase will cash advance MVDs at no fee (a likely futile effort at making this a 2-way street since I'm sure its already well known, but I'm at least trying)

This is a better place for that comment: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=21024.0;topicseen
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #213 on: February 06, 2013, 12:34:41 PM »
Two questions Rabbi Google did not clearly address:
1) What is the "F" for EK (Emirates), and
2) What is "YQ"
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=13317
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #215 on: February 06, 2013, 09:57:52 PM »
Just did a random search, and it appears that it will cost at least 250K miles for a single round trip EK F ticket from NYC - MLE. [Image attached].

Is this high cost or normal?

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #216 on: February 06, 2013, 10:34:25 PM »
I'm assuming that's is EK's site. If so, you shouldn't be checking there. That is, if you want to use JAL miles which are about half the price.

Also, you should always be looking for saver fares. Your DXB-MLE-DXB legs are in flex.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #217 on: February 07, 2013, 01:15:57 AM »
Just did a random search, and it appears that it will cost at least 250K miles for a single round trip EK F ticket from NYC - MLE. [Image attached].

Is this high cost or normal?
Thats the low cost.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #218 on: February 07, 2013, 10:25:38 AM »
I'm assuming that's is EK's site. If so, you shouldn't be checking there. That is, if you want to use JAL miles which are about half the price.

Also, you should always be looking for saver fares. Your DXB-MLE-DXB legs are in flex.

Correct AJK! EK site. So I can book EK F via JAL website? What about JAL partners - can I use AA points to book EK F via JAL?

Also: Is Maldives considered Asia 1 or Aisa 2?  http://www.skywards.com/partner_details.aspx?id=tcm:431-479916&SkinID=1-Partner%20Airlines

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« Reply #219 on: February 07, 2013, 12:00:15 PM »
Correct AJK! EK site. So I can book EK F via JAL website? What about JAL partners - can I use AA points to book EK F via JAL?

Also: Is Maldives considered Asia 1 or Aisa 2?  http://www.skywards.com/partner_details.aspx?id=tcm:431-479916&SkinID=1-Partner%20Airlines

1. Yes (though you may need to call JAL. Not sure if it's bookable online or not).
2. You cannot.
3. You're looking in the wrong place. That's using EK miles to book flights on JAL. You want the reverse. Here's the chart: http://www.jal.co.jp/en/jalmile/use/partner_air/p_jmb/jmb_mile_ar.html
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