Ways to get to the Maldives
How much does it cost to fly to the Maldives in economy or coach
What are your ticket purchase options
It’s quite simple really. The picture below is a SAMPLE fare to Maldives in March 2021 (exactly 1 year before our planned trip in 2022). History tends to repeat itself, so I somehow expect the airfare pricing to the Maldives to be right around $1,000 per person (coming from Los Angeles).
- Option 1 – Pay for your tickets out of pocket (use your credit card to pay). The screenshot below shows that this ticket flying Turkish Airlines from LAX to Male will cost $928.91 per person roundtrip in coach. You can follow the link directly from Google Flights, or go directly to the airline website, or visit other travel websites such as Travelocity, Expedia, etc. and find airfares for your desired timeframe.
- Option 2 – Get this flight for FREE using points. Looking at the screenshot again, this same airfare when you use points using the Chase Travel Portal will cost you 74,312 point round trip (using your Chase Sapphire Preferred‘s Ultimate Rewards points).
How do I access the Chase Travel Portal
You have to have a Chase account to access the Travel Portal. In my case, I have credit cards with Chase that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards, these rewards or points could be used towards purchasing airline tickets, hotels, or other vacation bookings.
I want to fly for FREE but HOW?
How do you get the 80,000 bonus?
- Meet minimum spend of $4,000 within 3 months – channel all your expenses on this card, pay your bills, insurance, utilities, etc. You have 3 months to do this, and it can be done.
- Annual Fee = $95, yes, you have to pay $95, but look! In return you could get a FREE plane ticket worth $900+ to the Maldives (or to any other destinations around the world)
Two of us are flying, how can we get TWO FREE tickets?
So does this mean that I’m paying $4,000 for my ticket?
You might think that, but I don’t think of it that way. Why? When I get a new credit card, and work on meeting a new minimum spend, I spend it on our regular typical spend. We’re not out buying new computers or big TVs, or spending frivolously. But we use our new credit card wherever we can, wherever they accept a credit card. As mentioned above, we use it when paying for our utilities, insurance, dining, and any of our daily expenses.
Our Maldives trip is in 2022, will these points expire?
There is no limit to the number of points you can earn. Points don’t expire as long as your account is open.