1. Introduction

2. United Airlines First Class, Raleigh – San Francisco

3. Singapore Airlines First Class, San Francisco – Seoul

4. Singapore Airlines First Class, Seoul – Singapore

5. A night and day at the Conrad Centennial, Singapore

6. Singapore Airlines Business Class, Singapore – Male, Maldives

7. Maldivian transfer, Male – Park Hyatt Maldives via Kaadehdhoo (KDM)

8. Park Hyatt Maldives – our villa and the property facilities

9. Park Hyatt Maldives – diving in North Huvaadhoo / Gaafu Alifu Atoll

10. Maldivian transfer, Park Hyatt Maldives – Male via Kooddoo (GKK)

11. Etihad Airways Business Class, Male – Abu Dhabi

12. Overnight at Park Inn by Radisson, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

13. Etihad Airways First Class, Abu Dhabi – New York JFK including Etihad First Class lounge

14. The last hop on American Eagle and conclusion

Gosh as I started to write up my second Maldives trip report I just realized I had not quite finished this one. Though in reality there is not a lot to post here. Our last hop on the October 2012 trip was JFK-RDU on an all coach ERJ-145. All I can really say about that is that it’s a LONG WAY DOWN from Etihad first class! But pretty much all of us that do not live in the big hub cities have to deal with these small positioning flights to get our big trips started.

Beautiful Island Life

Beautiful Island Life

Since I have gotten back it seems the Maldives has become something of a controversial place among the miles and points and blogging community. All I will say is it definitely will not be for everybody and I have no problem if others don’t like or enjoy the place. The world is a big place. However for us we have to say it is just a perfect location. The combination of luxurious accommodation, generally very fine weather and fantastic diving make it a perfect location for our requirements. Indeed prior to going to the Maldives we would never vacation in the same place twice but as of the time of writing we are now up to three trips at the Park Hyatt Maldives and have another trip booked to the Conrad Maldives next year, and then another trip in the planning after that. It just works for us, and we are sticking with it! (In particular while we can still do it – I am not sure what will kill it off for us first, the end of the mileage game or rising oceans!!!)

In terms of getting there and back, while Singapore Airlines First Class was a fun way to spend my 40th birthday party, I would not recommend the westerly route for anyone living on the East Coast. The routings through the Middle East available with Etihad, Emirates and Qatar are far quicker and easier going than going via Singapore or the other options that are either available or opening up (Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong etc). From the West Coast it’s probably a coin toss as it’s about as far each way round.

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  • Drew

    Fantastic report! my wife and are in the early stages of planning our trip and your report has been immensely helpful. We live in Denver and are thinking of trying to fly singapore suites to singapore and then onto mle. On the return do you think it’s more prudent to use 25K avios pp from mle to hkg then attempt to get cathay first back to the US or route through middle east as you all did? thanks so much for your advice.