One question that I see a lots is how to find your fare class on Malaysia Airlines flights, and a while ago I wrote this guide which was in need of an update now that Malaysia Airlines has updated its systems.
Why is Fare Class Important?
The fare class that you are booked in determines a few things. Firstly it determines the earning rates of Enrich Miles that you earn, which could be nothing or 300% of the distance flown.
For example if you are flying in First class on a revenue ticket then you’ll most likely be in F or A class giving your 300% of the Miles flown, or if you are in O class in Economy you’ll only earn 25% of the Miles flown. Earning Rates for each fare class can be found here:
Secondly the fare class also determines whether you can upgrade the ticket using Enrich Miles – for example you can’t upgrade your ticket if you are in O class (economy), but if you are in K class you can to business class. These distinctions can be found here:
Finally the fare class also determines the flexibility that you have on your particular ticket – whether you can cancel without fees, or whether the ticket can be changed.
Note that Malaysia Airlines isn’t great at matching its Fare class and the fare conditions (the flexibility).
Crediting Discounted Malaysia Airlines Flights with Oneworld Members
If you are looking at this from a Oneworld or Malaysia Airlines Partners perspective then you’ll need to know whether you’ll earn the relevant miles and status miles on your Malaysia Airlines flight. Finding your fare class is effectively the same but the difference you’ll find is that you won’t generally earn for the promo fares – the ones discounted. Taking the example of Oneworld member British Airways O class fares on Malaysia Airlines do not earn any credit in terms of Avios or Tier points. In these cases you might be worthwhile signing up to Enrich and crediting there instead. Your miles will last 3 years and you might be able to redeem the Enrich Miles for something in the future – sign-up can be done here:
How to Find Your Fare Class on Malaysia Airlines When Booking Flights
Finding the fare class is actually relatively straight forward, and Malaysia Airlines have made this far easier than it used to be. All you need to do when booking is to select your flights and then have a look at the class on the right hand side.
In the example below of a mixed itinerary you can see S Class (economy) for the outbound flight which would earn 85% of the miles flown and Z Class (business) earning 160% . Again the earning rates can be found here:
Malaysia Airlines has also added the fare conditions as part of the information panel on that right hand side.
How to Find Your Fare Class on Malaysia Airlines Flight Already Booked
You can also find the fare class on bookings you’ve already made with Malaysia Airlines by using the “Manage Booking” feature on the Malaysia Airlines site:
Once you’ve entered your booking reference number and your last name you can check your “Flight Itinerary”. Here you’ll find the booking class – and in the example below you can see this itinerary to London from Singapore has classes D and Z in Business Class earning 175% and 160% of the miles flown respectively:
I hope that this helps you and if you have any questions then please leave them below and I’ll try to answer them! I’ve booked the wrong fare class before and it’s frustrating to find out later that you’ll earn Zero miles and status miles.
If you have booked the wrong class shop around and see whether another program will allow you to credit the flights. If that’s not possible check the cancellation fees, change fees and ask the airline whether you can move fare class – but I’d only do this if you really need the credit of the flights!