Since Malaysia Airlines changed its award chart last year its made redemptions in Business Class and First Class much more expensive, this article looks at how you can get yourself cheaper redemptions in those classes using Oneworld and Partner Airlines
How Do You Get Cheaper Enrich Business and First Class Redemptions with Oneworld and Partner Airlines?
Because Malaysia Airlines Enrich made redemptions on their own operated flights so much more expensive its made redemptions on Oneworld and partner airlines much more attractive than before.
This is because Oneworld and Partner redemptions use a different award chart versus on Malaysia Airlines itself. These are the two charts:
Malaysia Airlines Operated flights (not including the 15% online booking discount)
You can find these charts here:
Options for Cheaper Business Class Enrich Redemptions
If you are intending to fly more than 10,000 Miles for example from Sydney to London then you’ll pay a minimum of 195,500 Enrich Miles (inclusive of the 15% discount), whereas if you redeem on a Oneworld or Partner airline you’ll pay just 174,000 Miles instead. That’s a discount of 11,500 Miles.
In all other cases the cheapest Enrich redemption on Malaysia airlines is cheaper than for Oneworld/Partner airlines – so don’t bother!
However if the cheapest level of awards isn’t available then anything above 500 Miles distance will be cheaper again using Oneworld/Partner redemptions.
Half Price First Class Redemptions on Oneworld and Partner Airlines
Malaysia Airlines currently only operates First Class on its fleet of A380s on the Kuala Lumpur to London route leaving those with Enrich miles few options to redeem on Malaysia Airlines itself.
However you’ll be pleased to know that it’s actually cheaper in terms of Enrich miles to redeem on Oneworld and Partner Airlines anyway. If you redeem on Malaysia Airlines these are the prices (without the 15% discount) that you’d pay, with the 10,000 Miles distance and over being a huge 650,000 Miles!
However if you look at the Oneworld/Partner chart then you’ll find all of the prices are cheaper – with the exception that with the discount under 500 Miles would be more expensive but I don’t know why you’d want to pay for that anyway!
For zones 3-7 you are getting 50% off or more using a Oneworld or Partner airline:
The added benefit is that the other Oneworld operators offer you a greater opportunity to redeem for First Class too, with the following operating First Class:
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Japan Airlines
- Qatar Airways
Don’t forget that Malaysia Airlines also has a number of partner airlines that operate First Class too:
- Air France
- Jet Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
You can find out more about the Enrich Oneworld and Partner Airlines here:
How to Redeem on Oneworld and Partner Airlines Using Enrich Miles
Malaysia Airlines makes it complicated to understand the chart, but basically the distance stated is the one-way distance for a return flight. I’ve explained this in a previous post:
Although you’ll use less miles redeeming First Class or certain Business Class award on Oneworld and Partner airlines you’ll have to be patient.
Unlike redemptions on Malaysia Airlines you have to call the Enrich line to book these awards, and the service centre staff are sometimes unfamiliar with the request. These redemptions can definitely be worth it check out why here:
The easiest way is to find the redemption that you are searching for first, with the best options being either BA or Qantas for Oneworld availability. If they are showing First Class award space then it should in theory be bookable using Enrich Miles. Note the flight number/date and then call the Enrich line with the details. I’d advise having a few options to hand.
Apart from American Airlines all of the Oneworld airlines do fly to Kuala Lumpur, but the only First class option is with British Airways which competes with Malaysia Airlines on the Kuala Lumpur to London route – so at least you would save Enrich Miles!
Whats your experience been redeeming on Oneworld Partner Airlines?