Award Alert: Cathay Pacific to the Maldives!

Cathay Pacific hinted on Twitter at a new destination and finally yesterday (this morning) they announced that the new destination would be the Maldives (MLE).

The flights are as follows:

CX601 HKG1715 – 2125MLE 333 x125
CX602 MLE2335 – 0855+1HKG 333 x125

CX will be using A330 3-cabin aircraft, with economy, premium economy, and the reverse herringbone business class.

CX Reverse Herringbone J

CX Reverse Herringbone J

This is fantastic news for anyone who wants to go to the Maldives as award space has already been loaded and looks extremely good, with 2 seats every day the flight operates:

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Calendar Shot

These seats are now bookable with Avios, which will cost 12,500 miles in economy one-way, and 25,000 miles in business one-way

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Avios Price

Fuel surcharges are around ~$130 per person.

This is actually not very useful for American miles, given that the Maldives is in the Middle East/Indian Subcontinent Region, which will only allow routings through Europe. That means something like LAX-HKG-MLE will require two awards, and will be 85,000 miles for a one-way in business class or 97,500 miles for a one-way in first class (with the HKG-MLE segment in business).

Something that might look really interesting is using Alaska Miles, given that they do publish a chart to India/Middle East.

Alaska Award Chart

Alaska Award Chart

If Alaska allows HKG-MLE to be booked, that would mean a one-way award would only be 62,500 miles in business class, and only 70,000 miles in first, with a potential stopover in HKG!

Nonetheless, this is an excellent fully-flat way to head to the Maldives.

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  1. Alaska could not find me any availability for Business, but could find me Premium Economy all the way YVR-HKG-MLE for 55,000 miles 1-way.

  2. The arrive time into MLE is not good as the sea-planes to the resorts don’t operate at that time. Which means you’ll need to over-night in MALE.

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