Business and first class award flights with Malaysia Airlines will command considerably more Enrich miles from next week with the Qantas partner upping its redemption rates across the board.
The number of Enrich miles you’ll earn when travelling with MH will also change, with the least-expensive business class seats to earn nothing more than an economy ticket, and the cheapest economy fares dropping to a mere 0.25 miles per mile flown.
Here’s how the changes affect Aussie travellers.
Redeeming Enrich miles for Malaysia Airlines flights
A quick trip to Kuala Lumpur from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth currently costs 40,000 Enrich miles each way in business class and 22,500 Enrich miles in economy.
From February 16, that jumps to 55,000 Enrich miles in each direction for a seat at the pointy end – or 110,000 miles for a return trip – while the economy redemption cost remains unchanged on these routes.
Onward from KL to the likes of London, Paris and Frankfurt, travellers currently fork out 160,000 miles in each direction for a first class suite, 55,000 miles for a business class ticket and 30,000 miles for a seat down the back in economy.
Come next week, that also jumps to a staggering 260,000 miles in first and 75,000 miles in business, with economy rising slightly to 32,500 miles for a one-way ticket.
Make that a round-trip and you’re looking at 520,000 miles in first class – a near-40% hike on the previous 320,000-mile figure – 150,000 miles in business class and 65,000 miles in economy.
Your best bet is to book your travel via the Malaysia Airlines website, where Enrich frequent flyer members receive a 15% discount on the number of miles required to book a flight.
Redeeming Enrich miles for Malaysia Airlines upgrades
On the same routes, upgrades from economy to business class and from business to first class also demand more miles.
You’ll currently part with 25,000 miles for a one-way bump to business class between Australia and Malaysia, which rises slightly to 30,000 miles from Monday the 16th.
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Europe also face a similar rise to escape economy – going from 35,000 miles at present to 40,000 miles – while an upgrade to first class jumps from 45,000 miles to 55,000 miles.
For upgrades processed before February 16, the current rates will apply. The same applies to frequent flyer award tickets, so even if you're travelling after next week, make it your mission this week to lock in your pointy end seat before the award costs change.
Earning Enrich miles on Malaysia Airlines flights
The number of miles that can be collected when jetting about on paid-up Malaysia Airlines flights will also change for some travellers, with the airline’s new earning rates geared towards the more expensive tickets rather than the cheaper sale fares.
For example, all business class seats – whether the most flexible or the most affordable – currently earn 1.5 miles per mile flown.
That’s being divided into three different earning rates: 1.75 miles in the highest J ’fare bucket’ and the same 1.5 miles for C and D-type tickets, while the lowest (Z) business class fares drop to 1.25 miles per mile flown.
As it happens, 1.25 miles is no more than you’d earn by sitting in economy on a flexible ticket, although we’re sure the on-board experience will still beat the back of the bus.
First class earning rates remain at two miles per mile flown, while mid-range economy fares will earn more points from next week – increasing from 0.70 to 0.85 miles – although the cheapest seats down the back are sliced in half, dropping from 0.5 to 0.25 miles.
Enrich earning levels and redemption costs for travel on Oneworld partner airlines such as Qantas and Cathay Pacific remain unchanged, as do the Qantas Frequent Flyer ‘earn and burn’ rates for flights taken with Malaysia Airlines.
For more information, download a table of the full revised accrual and redemption rates here [PDF, 95KB].
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