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Booking a 9-day trip to the Maldives with credit card and hotel rewards

By February 14, 2020 No Comments

We stopped in Seoul and Singapore on the way there.

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This post originally appeared on Brad’s Deals.

When the Chase Sapphire Reserve card premiered in August 2016, it made quite a splash. It’s not everyday we see cards offering bonuses of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points just for meeting the minimum spend requirements, so of course I signed up right away.

When those 100,000 points hit my account, I was eager to use them. How? I took my fiancée on a nine-day, around-the-world adventure to the Maldives for her birthday. It was a whirlwind trip, but one of the best we’ve ever taken.

There’s one destination that’s been on my to-do list since I started collecting points and miles: the Park Hyatt Maldives. Not only am I a devout Hyatt fan (they have some of the best service of any hotel program, in my opinion), but the island resort is nothing short of incredible. With only 50 villas on the entire island, it’s an out-of-the way paradise situated just 40 miles from the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

I knew before I booked this flight that flying around the globe in the space of nine days would require some comfort – there was no way we were doing this in economy. I began looking for availability, and settled on flying Singapore Airlines business class on the way from Los Angeles, to Seoul, then Singapore, and finally to Malé, Maldives.

Getting from our home in Phoenix to LAX was an easy, $49 Southwest flight, and getting from Malé to the resort required a domestic flight on Maldivian Airlines, as well as a boat transfer to the island. On the way home, we flew Etihad Airways from Malé to Abu Dhabi, to Los Angeles, to Phoenix, all in business class.

Here’s how I booked these flights using award points, and how you can do the same:

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