I went to mle via sin. Though nonstop from NYC to sin wasn't operated when I went, it is now. Against that, any sin or bkk or HKG routing from NYC to mle is going more than half way around the world. Certainly not an efficient routing. You might search for award tickets to cmb, then pay the last leg. There is regular and inexpensive service between cmb and mle, and I've found awards into cmb to be much easier on the Gcc carriers (versus mle awards). When I next go, i suspect that this will be the way I go. As to intra-Maldives transit, you're (or they're) not going there (or they shouldn't be, at least) to island hop (or atoll hop?). Pick one hotel and go there. Take a half day boat excursion from your hotel to Malé proper, but that's really it. I stayed at the FS-kh there. There was a charge for the city excursion; I don't recall if there was a charge for the airport transfer. Either way, it wouldn't be a sum worth quibbling over. The property, btw, was wonderful. ***** It is very nice of you to do this for your son! This was also my points-funded honeymoon location some years ago, and it still rings warm in my heart. I'm sure your son and daughter-in-law will have an equally wonderful time. Now for the bigger question....what hotel?