To be fair to the travel companies I think that they bulk buy seats in advance and get a discount on them already, I might be wrong though.
Perhaps worth it for posters to consider booking air tickets and resort island elements separately?
thanks for this john,
we now have excellent priced flights from paris - which is more conviennent for us and our friends also benefitted for there hols which they had not yet booked for january.
OD - this worked out better for us !Edited: 2:50 am, November 17, 2011
does anyone have thoughts/opinions on flying to male with qatar - did a search and the most recent thread posted was 2010, all positive, any newer experiences out there ?....................
We have flown with them 3 times to the Maldives and once to Australia. I would have no hesitation using them again but my wife slightly prefers Emirates. The strange thing about the sale is that the prices now are more expensive than when I was looking 6 weeks ago for flights to Australia.
I think the reason operators aren't offering the discount is because Qatar Airways offers are usually only valid for online purchases and are not open to travel agents.
Cassie, I have travelled with them on neumerous occasions and they have always been excellent. The only inconvenience is the stop over in Doha. The airport is still under expansion and you may have to take a bus to/from the boarding gate to the terminal/plane. Otherwise the planes, inflight entertainment, service and food are very good. However I do agree with an above post that Emirates is slightly better.
By the way, when I went with QA to Male this summer, they had 2 flights per day, one leaving in the morning at 09:30 and the other leaving at 19:00. We took the late flight back and got to spend the best part of the day at the resort.
unfortunately for us the 1940 departure was full on the saturday we were planning on leaving - and maximising resort time, so we have decided to stay another night at the resort...
checking prices for going to maldives on the thursday proved to be less expensive than the friday so have decided on another night.
14 nights turns into 16 ....roll on april !!
Why did you prefer emirates Mrs gengy and tino ????
Have a great trip :-)