The United Arab Emirates national carrier Etihad Airways is offering an excellent deal for travelers that would like to visit the Maldives and are looking for cheap business class tickets. Round trips from Rome to this paradise destination in the Indian Ocean are available for prices starting at only €1,456.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
For flights before May 31, 2022, Etihad’s generous rebooking policies, allow you to change your travel date and even destinations without further cost.
Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest fare for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to Etihad’s website. We recommend buying your tickets there to benefit from the airlines’ rebooking policy.
While the fare shows scattered availability during the first five months of 2022, tickets during the summer months are available almost daily.
Etihad plans to opreate all flight segments with a Boeing 787. This ensures you a proper long haul business class cabin with lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 pattern the entire way.
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This deal is part of Etihad’s huge business class sale. Therefore, it will be available until January 23, 2022 for travel before August 31, 2022. Availability is surprisingly good, given the fact that business class travel to the Maldives is notoriously expensive.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
All tickets should be issued in booking class Z. While Etihad is not a member of an airline alliance, the carrier has several partners that will let you earn miles on their programs. That is if you don’t want to become a member of Etihad Guest. Here’s an example of what the trip from Rome to Malé via Abu Dhabi will get you:
- 19,146 Miles on Hainan Fortune Wings Club
- 11,898 Award Miles + 11,896 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 11,896 Miles on Asiana Club
- 11,896 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 11,438 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 10,524 Miles on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 10,524 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 10,524 Miles on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 10,524 Miles on Etihad Guest
- 10,524 Miles on Oman Air Sindbad
- 10,524 Miles on South African Voyager
- 10,524 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 9,150 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 6,202 Points on SAS EuroBonus
Hotels in the Maldives
If you’re not only looking for a flight but also accommodation, check our recent hotel dealz or go to booking.com to see what’s out there.
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