This is a series looking at redemptions with Malaysia Airlines partner airlines and in this case I’m looking at MASwings on of its subsidiaries.
MASwings started operations in 2007 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. It operates almost exclusively a fleet of ATR twin-engine turboprop short-haul regional airliner (-500’s and -600’s) which seat up to 72 passengers.
MASwings Route Network
As with Firefly MASwings is expanding (its parent Malaysia Airlines has bought a number of ATR’s for MASwings) but is almost exclusively based in East Malaysia, Borneo. This is its current route network:
Along with Firefly members of Enrich can now earn Enrich Miles with MASwings. Note though this partnership doesn’t offer any benefits for Enrich Members and Oneworld members like priority seating or baggage. In addition to that unless you are an Enrich member you won’t earn any miles from your MASwings flight. The earning chart for Enrich on MASWings is as follows:
You’ll only earn small amounts on these flights of course due to the short distances – but every little helps!
Spending Enrich Miles with MASWings– Is it Worth It?
The spending rates for redeeming on MASwings with Enrich Miles are done by distance and class booked. Strangely the redemption chart for MASwings redemptions goes up to “zone 7” for flights above 9,600 Miles when the longest flight is much shorter, and it also shows redemptions for First Class when MASwings only offer Economy or Business – the only conclusion I have for this is when a MASwings ticket is booked in conjunction with a Malaysia Airlines Long-Haul ticket. The redemption rates at first glance are very high:
Kota Kinabalu to Sibu
Kuching to Kota Kinabalu
Business Value = (470 – 118)/31,500 = 0.11 Sen per Mile
Unsurprisingly it’s clear that redemptions on MASwings are poor value when compared to using them on its parent company Malaysia Airlines. I tend to value Enrich Miles at the 5 sen mark so these redemption options are not a good use of your Enrich Miles. What did surprise me when doing the analysis was that business class was of equal or poorer value than economy, normally it’s the other way around.
However if you are living in Borneo then this might of course be the easiest option for you. My one piece of advice here would be to calculate what you’re getting in terms of value and to avoid business class as these seems to be worse.
I suggest in order to get more value from you Enrich Miles you should check out these two articles:
- What is a Malaysia Airlines Enrich Mile Worth?
- Upgrading Using Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles – The Best Value?
- Redeem Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles for Non-Flight Redemptions – Worth it?
Have you used Enrich Miles for a MASwings redemption? What was you experience?