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Around the World in 9 Days: To the Maldives and Back – The Introduction

We had a ton of Ultimate Rewards points and Hyatt points to burn, and wanted to do something spectacular. With Laura’s birthday coming up, we thought “Why Not Fly Around the World?” With the Park Hyatt Maldives always on my list as a place I wanted to visit, and the points and miles to do it, we got to planning!

We saw that the Park Hyatt Maldives had availability throughout our desired dates, at 25,000 Hyatt points per night. This is a relative bargain, as rates can skyrocket to over $1,000 a night for the property, and Hyatt’s most expensive hotels are 30,000 points a night.

Once we saw that we could get four nights at the Park Hyatt in our schedule, we sought to find points availability for business class flights to and from. I’ve always wanted to fly Singapore Airlines, and we were able to find business class availability on the Sunday of our travel week, all the way to Malé, by way of Seoul and Singapore. Singapore Airlines is a great airline for points aficionados, as they are a transfer partner with all major transferrable points currencies (like Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and SPG). So, we were able to combine balances pretty easily to get the required 153,000 miles for two tickets. At $10,000 out of pocket for EACH ticket for our dates, it was a great use of points.

Getting back home was easy, with my favorite use of American miles. Etihad Airways is not a oneworld member, but it is a partner of American, so you’re able to earn and use miles on them. At only 70,000 miles each for business class flights, we were booked all the way from Malé back home to Phoenix, with the world’s 6th longest flight between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles as the longhaul leg.

Since the itinerary had some overnights, we booked the Grand Hyatt Incheon using our free Category 1-4 night certificate from the Chase Hyatt credit card (free for paying the $75 fee each year), and the Hyatt Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi out of pocket for $133. I was interested to see how my Globalist status would reward me on such an international itinerary, and I was not disappointed.

For transfers from Malé to the Park Hyatt, the hotel takes care of all the details, for a price of $520 per person. While I thought this was a bit expensive at the onset, after experiencing the transfer first-hand, I can say it’s worth the price!

The Itinerary (Click on Each to Be Led to the Review)

PHX-LAX on Southwest Airlines

Two Nights at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX

Singapore Airlines LAX-ICN

Grand Hyatt Incheon

Singapore Airlines ICN-SIN

Singapore Stopover

Singapore Airlines SIN-MLE

Transfer in Malé to the Park Hyatt Maldives

Park Hyatt Maldives

Transfer Back to Malé

Etihad Airlines MLE-AUH

Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airlines AUH-LAX

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