The cheapest times to fly from MLE to LAX are

  • January 8th to February 11th
  • March 19th to July 15th
  • August 27th to September 16th (except the week of September 3rd)
  • October 8th to October 28th (except the week of October 15th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from MLE to LAX is late June. Prices can be as high as $2159 for Friday flights during early to mid December, or as low as $862 for Tuesday flights around late June.


When to Fly to Los Angeles

Flying from Male (MLE) to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) will usually cost between $1044 to $1858 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late June with an average ticket price of $1406. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid December, with an average price of $1949. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $543 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1574 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MLE to LAX flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the MLE to LAX route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

MLE to LAX Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MLE to LAX flight is more expensive than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Malé. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Los Angeles, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Malé. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $203 (12%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1377. Return trip prices are from the LAX to MLE flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from MLE to LAX can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 18 hour 25 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking MLE to LAX

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from MLE to LAX — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Bangkok (MLE > BKK > LAX)

  • Price for both tickets: $1016
  • Average savings: $558 (35.46%)

See MLE to HKG flights

Hack #2: Hong Kong (MLE > HKG > LAX)

  • Price for both tickets: $1057
  • Average savings: $517 (32.86%)

See MLE to BKK flights

Hack #3: Singapore (MLE > SIN > LAX)

  • Price for both tickets: $1066
  • Average savings: $508 (32.28%)

See MLE to SIN flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MLE to LAX? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 36 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeroflot, Air France, Air India, Air Italy, Alaska, Alitalia, American, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, British Airways, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Finnair, Gulf Air, Hong Kong Airlines, Iberia, JAL, JetBlue, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan, SWISS, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Los Angeles International Airport to Velana International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9687 miles or 15590 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MLE to LAX?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MLE to LAX flight is about 18 hour 25 minutes.

How many flights go between Male and Los Angeles, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 11 available flights from MLE to LAX.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MLE
Origination airport name Velana International Airport
City Male
Country the Maldives
Latitude 4.2
Longitude 73.5

Return Airport

Destination code LAX
Destination airport name Los Angeles International Airport
City Los Angeles, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -118.4


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