Qantas brings Malaysia Airlines reward flight bookings online

By Chris C., September 7 2017
Qantas brings Malaysia Airlines reward flight bookings online

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now book Malaysia Airlines reward flights via the Qantas website using their Qantas Points, following IT upgrades revealed by Australian Business Traveller earlier this year.

This means there’s no longer a need to call Qantas to book these journeys – as was previously the only option – with Malaysia Airlines first class, business class and economy reward flights all now available online.

From Sydney to Kuala Lumpur, 65,000 Qantas Points plus $275 in taxes, fees and charges can secure you a one-way business class ticket, with 35,000 Qantas Points plus $250 fetching an economy fare.

First class isn’t offered on Malaysia Airlines’ flights to Australia, but can be booked on the airline’s Kuala Lumpur-London route – either as a standalone ticket from Malaysia or as part of a connecting journey from Australia.

For instance, you could fly in business class from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur and then first class onwards to London for a grand total of 199,000 Qantas Points plus $510 on the side.

However, keep in mind that 192,000 Qantas Points is enough for a ticket from Sydney to London via Dubai with Emirates entirely in first class, or for just 4,000 Qantas Points more than the Malaysia Airlines ticket – being 203,000 Qantas Points – you could also fly first class the whole way with Qatar Airways via Doha or British Airways via Singapore.

Alternatively, a Malaysia Airlines ticket from Sydney to London via Kuala Lumpur entirely in business class can be secured for 139,000 Qantas Points plus $510 in fees, taxes and charges, or for 75,000 Qantas Points plus $460 in co-payments to fly economy.

Along with Sydney, Malaysia Airlines also flies between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and between Perth and Kota Kinabalu – all of which can now be booked online using Qantas Points, subject to availability.

Qantas plans to offer online bookings for China Eastern and Japan Airlines reward flights from early 2018 as well, with Qantas Frequent Flyer members also gaining access to business class and first class reward flights on El Al Israel Airlines last month, which can be booked online too.

Chris C.

Chris is a a former contributor to Executive Traveller.

31 Aug 2017

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81,000 from CBR to KUL is asking a bit much...

24 Apr 2012

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That'll be because you're booking Canberra-Sydney on Qantas (16,000 Qantas Points) and then Sydney-KL on Malaysia Airlines (65,000 Qantas Points), as there are no direct Canberra-KL flights, and Qantas and Malaysia Airlines are on different reward tables, so each flight is calculated separately. Make your own way to Sydney (or Melbourne) and you can get from there to KL for the usual 65,000 points.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2014

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Same issue with BNE, the only major capital city that doesn't have direct flight to KUL.

03 Sep 2017

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I found that QF redemption is usually a little higher than most airlines.

Here's SQ KrisFlyer MEL-SIN 
56000pts return for EY Saver.
116000pts return for J class Saver. 

Good that it's easier for booking on MH with QF now. 
In-flight satay sticks here I come!!!

03 Sep 2017

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Did another check on SQ KrisFlyer.....

Same number of points for MEL-SIN-KUL. With the extra SIN-KUL flights, they didn't incur more points. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2014

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That's because KF is region based vs QFF which is distance based. If the extra flight is within the same distance zone in the same award chart, QFF won't charge extra points either. 

I agree QFF charges more points but at the same time it's easier to earn in Australia

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