How We Got a $17,900 Maldives Vacation for Just $6,500

When you close your eyes and think of the Maldives, odds are good you're picturing overwater bungalows, crystal clear waters, white-sand beaches, and, if you've ever researched the destination, a big bill at the end.

We're getting into a trend of going to remote island destinations with points as we've found we can get a pretty good trip value and minimizing our spending. The Maldives was (mostly) no different.

So, what did it cost us? Our total Maldives spending was 665,000 Hilton points, 170,000 United points, and just about $6,500. This got us 14 nights in the Maldives including two resorts, one local island, and one overnight in Male at the end before an early morning flight.

In this one, we want to break down that spending a bit more.

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