3 Affordable Ways to Take a Dream Maldives Vacation

Last updated on: Apr 16, 2021

(Last Updated On: April 16, 2021)

NEWS FLASH: you can actually afford to take a dream vacation in the Maldives and make your Maldives holiday a reality!

Here are three fantastic ways to do just that.

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Emirates Vacations

One of the best resources for deals to the Maldives (and Middle East and Asia) is Emirates Vacations.  Their air + hotel packages are very economical and incorporate flights on Emirates Airlines, one of the world’s best airlines! Since flights are one of the largest travel expenses, they are a big deterrent to traveling due to the huge upfront cost to purchase them.

Emirates Vacations packages regularly include full-board with hotel and flights that can be found for as low as $2,000 per person, which is a huge saving when you consider that flights to Male (the capital of the Maldives) can easily cost $1,000 per person.

I recently found Garden Villas at the Furaveri Island Resort in the Maldives for about $250 per night with breakfast included, an excellent deal since breakfast for two alone can easily be $250 at most resorts!

Groupon Getaways

Another great site to find affordable deals to the Maldives and beyond is Groupon Getaways.  Recently, I saw an 11-day flight + hotel trip to Dubai and the Maldives from $2,299 per person from several US gateways, which included half board and air transfers within the Maldives!

Conrad Rangali Maldives - Maldives Vacation

Miles, Points, and Flight Deals

Perhaps, the most economical way to take a Maldives holiday is using miles and points. If you earn sufficient points from credit cards like American Express or Alaska Airlines, you can use those points for flights on Emirates, since American Express is a transfer partner of Emirates and Alaska Airlines is a partner airline with Emirates.

Other carriers like Delta, Air France, KLM, United, and Singapore Airlines offer award flights to Male, either directly or through airline alliances.

You could also build in a stopover using miles or a flight deal to fly to a nearby city such as Bangalore, India, or Colombo, Sri Lanka, and book a direct flight to Malé from there.

Sign up for airfare alerts with Google Flights, Airfarewatchdog, and the Hopper app and sign up for daily deals from The Flight Deal. If you find an airfare deal from your city, book the available dates and figure out the other logistics later!

For hotels, each of the major American hotel brands has resorts in the Maldives where you can redeem points for free nights, usually in standard rooms with upgrades for a fee.

The award redemption rates range from 25,000 points per night at the Park Hyatt Maldives to 95,000 points per night at the Conrad Rangali Island.  However, both Hilton and Marriott offer the 5th-night free on award redemptions.  Search Award Mapper to find additional hotels where you can redeem hotel points.

For bookings outside of American chain hotels, Accor Hotels has a rewards program that allows members to exchange 2,000 rewards points for €40 off the cost. And Accor Hotel has some really amazing properties like the Sofitel Metropole Legend in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Within the Maldives, Accor points can be used at a number of fantastic resorts, including Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Fairmont Maldives, and the Raffles Maldives.

Using Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book hotels stays via the Chase portal is also worth considering for booking hotels that you cannot otherwise use points for.

Transmaldivian sea plane - Maldives vacation

Additional costs to consider are internal seaplane flights or water taxis from Malé and the cost of meals, each of which can set you back a pretty penny.

However, the experience of relaxing on a remote island paradise in the lap of luxury with unobstructed views of the ocean is truly priceless!

Have you ever taken a Maldives vacation? If so, how was your Maldives holiday?

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Taryn White
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44 thoughts on “3 Affordable Ways to Take a Dream Maldives Vacation”

  1. budget vacations are always have a lot in common with luck. Finding a proper discount can be real bliss. Miles and other programs are very useful too

    1. Hi Lyosha,

      With a little automation, you don’t need luck and find a good deal to almost anywhere. I agree that finding and book a deal feels like bliss! 🙂

  2. The idea of taking a leisurely vacation amongst the Indian Ocean country of the Maldives is indeed very tempting. The beauty of the place is just undeniable. Love the 3 options you have shared here to help make this a reality for many more people.

  3. Wow!! What a beautiful place to vacation! I would love to see it someday. If I ever go I’ll be sure to check it some of your suggestions for cheaper flights!

  4. Thanks for the tips! I never been to Maldives and never thought about going till now. I might have to find out more about those Groupon discount.

  5. I have been there. It is indeed a lovely place to explore so I agree with all your points here.

  6. Maldives is in my travel bucket list and I wish I can really make it come true one day. I don’t have miles yet since I’m not a frequent flyer but will take note of these tips!

  7. I always enjoy staying closer to where there is ocean, the view is so beautiful. Great post I am adding this place to my bucket list. its such a great place for vacation

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  9. Never tried groupon but I always have my points. And believe it or not it is super affordable way to have a great vacation.

  10. These are great suggestions. I have seen the Groupons but I always thought there was a secret catch. I have always wanted to visit but the price really turned me off from visiting.

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