Turkish Airlines is launching nonstop, 5-day-a-week service from Istanbul to the Maldives beginning November 24th. People always seem to be interested in ways to get to the Maldives using miles, and it’s good to have another option. With Qatar Airways leaving Mileage Plus, this is a good option for Star Alliance flyers to get over to the islands with just a 1-stop from New York (or other cities Turkish Airlines flies to). The connections aren’t great (4 hour layovers in Istanbul, which is barely enough to get into the city and see anything, though I suppose you could get to the Blue Mosque, run around, and come back to the airport in that time).
Flights leave Istanbul at 8:25pm and arrive at 7:10am. On the return they leave Male at 9am and arrive at 230pm.
You could leave JFK at 1155pm and arrive in IST at 4:35pm with a near 4 hour layover. On the return the flight departs IST at 6:20pm and arrives at 10:05pm at JFK.
US Airways and United both charge 80,000 miles round trip in coach and 120,000 in business.