Malaysia Airlines Enrich Now Partner With Emirates To Earn & Redeem Miles (No First Class Redemptions)

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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Enrich program just published the chart for their new partnership with Emirates to earn and redeem miles for Emirates operated flights.

MAS EK PartnershipThe change comes short after MAS announced the cancellation of their Dubai route which from now on will be operated by Emirates in a codeshare agreement.

Our reader Eroul from Malaysia alerted us on Facebook that MAS has published their new chart and I was surprised to see that the redemption value was pretty decent, even though not cheap.

You can access the chart on the Enrich website (see here).

Enrich Emirates Chart

As can be seen, First Class redemptions are not allowed so unfortunately those with mouth watering thoughts (including myself) will be disappointed. But considering Emirates Business Class is a good product as well I think there is something for everybody.

One good thing is you can redeem for one way awards which in my opinion is a huge improvement over the old days where programs mostly allowed round trip bookings only.

If you consider Bangkok-Hong Kong as a Zone 2 redemption in Business Class that sets you back a whopping 27,000 Enrich Miles. To compare, you can book a Business Class one way on Cathay Pacific for 15,000 British Airways Miles or buy a ticket outright for 450$ one way (700$ return) most of the time. A bit more expensive from Hong Kong though.

Conclusion

It’s always good to have additional options when it comes to redeeming and collecting miles on partner airlines. I’m not a member of Enrich myself so in the end it probably boils down to how easy you can accumulate miles for example through shopping/credit card spend in Malaysia to decide what real value the award chart reflects.

I would have liked to see an option to redeem for First Class but I guess Emirates and Enrich have a reason for not allowing that (likely Enrich not wanting to pay for them depending on the compensation agreement or Emirates got weary after the recent Alaska Airlines debacle).

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