Malaysia Airlines has renewed their Business Class sale ex Thailand to various destinations in Asia-Pacific that are great to collect Status Miles, especially if you credit to British Airways Executive Club.
The last sale of the same nature ended a bit over a month ago with flights originating from Bangkok and Phuket offering decent fares within Asia as well as some good prices to Australia and this time the UK as well.
This time around the prices are once again quite low, although not as cheap as we’ve seen once before where you could get a ticket to China in Business Class for sub $300. There are still some great deals to be had though.
You can access this offer on the Malaysia Airlines website here.
The booking window varies (ends June 24th 2018 with travel until 31st May 2019) so I felt it might be a good opportunity to once again bring this to the attention of our LoyaltyLobby readers in the region who might be able to utilize it. The travel time frame is very extensive this time around, previously it was always around six months.
There are many destinations which I will list below, however for the purpose of maximizing your status credits with British Airways it is key to select flights that are over a certain threshold to jump from just 40 Tier Points for shorter flights such as the feeder BKK-KUL & up to 140 Tier Points for the connection depending on distance. The longer flights to Australia even earn 160 per flight. All in all the average and best priced tickets such as the ones to Beijing and Shanghai net you 360 Tier points for 16,670 THB (~US$525).
The following are some offers ex Bangkok and I have verified that the advertised prices are indeed available.
This time around many destinations such as Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo aren’t available at all through this sale. Still, there are a range of other destinations included, many of which yield a 360 tier point credit such as Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and others.
Even though it won’t collect many points (160 total), short haul destinations such as Bali, Langkawi and Singapore are available for as low as 14300 THB per round trip providing nice leisure options, though that’s a lot more expensive than previously (about 50% more).
Once you consult the website you see plenty of additional destinations available so you might want to have a look there to see if there is something that suits your needs.
These fares have many advantages since the destinations are actually very nice and useful for a holiday or business trip. You can incorporate many cities in one ticket through open jaw options and even go as far as include an overnight (transfer up to 24h) in Kuala Lumpur for the same price. Stopovers are available for US$50 extra which I used a few months ago in KL.
The newly renovated First Class and Business Class Lounge at the Satellite Terminal is also finally open, making transit at KLIA a much more pleasant experience than during the construction.
Apart from these Business Class fares I find the Economy Class options actually quite attractive as well especially if it’s just about a short trip between Bangkok/Phuket and Kuala Lumpur which is available For ~ $115 round trip. Promo fares don’t earn any miles though unless you credit with the Enrich program.
These fares have been coming and going for the last three years. You can collect plenty of Tier Points or qualifying miles with these fares and at a very low price.
As far as the service on board is concerned I actually like Malaysia Airlines and always found the crew to be very pleasant. The food is decent with the signature Malay satay and on some routes including all the A330/A350 operated ones you can actually pre-order your meal and select out of an extensive list of very nice dishes through the ‘Chef On Call’ option (see here).