Getting From Europe To Maldives In Business Class Using BMI DC Miles Without Breaking The Bank


In the next few days I am posting reviews of couple of properties in Maldives that I visited this past August/September. Getting to Maldives in style without breaking the bank is bit of a challenge due to not many alliance carriers serving the destination.
In July I was going to be in Morocco and was heading to Bangkok for some time before continuing to my final destination Malé. I have miles and points in various programs. For somewhat complicated itinerary like this, I have learned BMI Diamond Club miles to work best, as they allow oneway redemptions with a stopover.

In BMI’s award chart the Morocco is in Zone 2 with much of the Europe. Maldives is in the zone 10. The beauty of the BMI’s program is that you can pay half of the miles in cash instead of miles. Redemptions in business require 1.5 times the miles and cash portion compared to all economy redemption.

One way in economy would cost 10K miles + 70 GBP. The one way redemption in business would thus cost 15K miles + 105 GBP. Now a word of warning. The redemptions using BMI miles are not for faint-hearted as the fees associated with redemptions are really high. BMI charges full fuel surcharges for all segments of the itinerary. Personally I have come to conclusion that it is better to consider these redemptions as highly discounted and non-mileage earning paid tickets than “redemptions”.

The taxes and fees in addition to the cash part of the redemption on the itinerary came to 316.39 GBP. The total cash cost in addition to the 15K BMI miles was 421.39 GBP.

My original ticketed itinerary was RAK-LHR-VIE-BKK-SIN-MLE – the first flight on BMI, the next two on Austrian, and the last two on Singapore Airlines. There was some delays on Austrian flights and I was moved to direct Thai Airways flight LHR-BKK instead of going through Vienna. The Thai flight had always been an option but I wanted to try the Austrian’s long haul product, but had to leave that for some later time.

Don’t have any BMI Diamond Club miles to burn? You may want to consider crediting some premium class Star Alliance carrier flights, use Hilton’s Double Dip options that credits 1K BMI BD per stay, or just outright buy the required miles. BMI also allows household accounts that can pool the miles together.