In our earlier article today we noted that British Airways has moved its Maldives flight from Gatwick to Heathrow this Winter. Services start at the end of October.
What I didn’t expect is that this seems to have been treated as a brand new flight for Avios release purposes.
This means that there are LOTS of seats available. Various dates have four seats in Club World, and this seems to be new Club Suite.
(EDIT: HFP readers managed to book most of the available seats in the first hour after this article went up. It is still worth having a look around though. Data on SeatSpy and RewardFlightFinder has a short lag so may now be showing seats which are not available.)
You are wasting your time looking over Christmas and New Year. If you can get away in November, early December or mid to late January, however, you might get lucky.
You can use the SeatSpy widget in our sidebar (desktop) or under this article (mobile) to check dates, or use SeatSpy or Reward Flight Finder directly.
Remember to look at Club and First as you may need to mix and match. There are only three flights per week so you will need some flexibility.
If you do struggle with a return flight, one option is to look at the cost of one way cash flights from Male to the Middle East or India and book your return Avios flight from there.