How I Went To The Maldives For Less Than $1,500

My daughter finished college so I wanted to take her on an epic trip for her graduation present. As a ‘points-junkie,’ my goal was to use points and miles to pay for the vacation. Until recently, I was a classic points hoarder, accumulating points for a rainy day. But stockpiling points was no longer sensible with recent hotel and airline devaluations. It was time to use them to avoid losing them.

She deserved somewhere special and Sri Lanka and the Maldives fit the bill. My goal was to use American Airlines points for our flights. The routing was a bit convoluted due to limited availability. Two economy class round-trip tickets to Colombo, Sri Lanka from JFK, New York with an overnight in Tokyo, Japan were 140,000 American Airlines points and $202.20 in fees.