How to Fly Malaysia Airlines and Earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles – but is it worth it?

I was recently posted about how to do this the other way around, but this time I’ll be looking at how you fly on Malaysia Airlines and earn Singapoer Airlines KrisFlyer Miles as well as a look at whether it is worth it.

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Why would you do this?

The first question I would ask you is why do this in the first place?  Airline schemes are intended to keep you loyal to one airline and such usually offer poor value for transfers of any kind.  But there maybe some reasons below that I thought of:

Unlikely to earn enough for a redemption

It may just be a simple case that you are just not going to earn enough Enrich Miles to redeem for an award flight on Malaysia Airlines.  This may be the case for many people but remember you can use Enrich Miles for other things – check out my previous post here with all the details.

Want to keep your programmes simple

You may just want to keep your loyalty programmes down to a minimum and avoid having to manage earning and spending with a number of different programmes, and want to consolidate.  Whilst I agree that this strategy would allow things to be far simpler you are rarely going to get the best value for money this way.

Malaysia don’t fly where you want to go?

If you don’t live in Malaysia and tend to travel routes that Malaysia Airlines doesn’t offer then you might find collecting Enrich Miles a bit redundant!  More so if you aren’t going to earn enough Enrich Miles to redeem on Oneworld partner awards then this is likely to be the number one reason why to use this method to collect KrisFlyer Miles instead (assuming you can redeem on Singapore Airlines/Star Alliance of course!).

Have you considered topping up your Enrich account?

You can top-up you Enrich account in a number of ways that have been outlined in this post.  But predominantly you can buy Enrich Miles through partners or transfer Credit Card points over.  Doing this may enable you to have enough miles for an award flight – again check out my previous post on how to use small amounts or expiring Enrich Miles here.

How to Fly Malaysia Airlines and Earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles – via Virgin Atlantic Flying Club!

Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club Programme (Not Virgin America or Virgin Australia!) is a partner of Malaysia Airlines and you can earn Flying Club Miles on nearly every Malaysia Airlines flight (fare classes N, Q, O are not applicable for miles).  Uniquely Virgin Flying Club enables you to transfer your earned miles out to a hotel loyalty programme like IHG Rewards or HHonors, which means that you can then transfer onto the Singapore Airlines Enrich programme.  The main drawback being a minimum of 10,000 Flying Club Miles are required.

Transferring Using IHG Rewards Club

Step 1 – Setup a Virgin Flying Club Membership – click here for the link

Step 2 – Open up a IHG Rewards Club account

Step 3 – Earn your Virgin Flying Club Miles on your Malaysia Airlines Flight

Step 4 – Transfer your Virgin Flying Club Miles to IHG Rewards Club Points

Step 5 –  Transfer you IHG Rewards Club Points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles – for how see here

Virgin Flying Club Miles transfer to IHG Rewards points at a rate of 1:1 so the minimum 10,000 Miles will give you 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points.  These can then the transferred to KrisFlyer for 10,000 to 2,000 which is not a great earning rate at a ratio of 5 to 1 Miles.  Just as an example flying to the UK on Malaysia Airlines (from KL) would usually earn you 6557 Enrich Miles (flex economy), using this method you would earn 1311 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles.

You can also earn via Hilton HHonors in the same manner:

Step 1 – Setup a Virgin Flying Club Membership

Step 2 – Open up a Hilton HHonors account

Step 3 – Earn your Virgin Flying Club Miles on your Malaysia Airlines Flight

Step 4 – Transfer your Virgin Flying Club Miles to Hilton HHonors Points

Step 5 –  Transfer you HHonors Points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles

As HHonors only gives you 1,500 KrisFlyer Miles per 10,000 HHonors points this method doesn’t work out as well as with IHG.

Conclusion

Of course you aren’t getting a fantastic ratio for this transfer and generally I would only do this for the reasons that I’ve listed above.  If you are a member of either Hilton HHonors or IHG Rewards Club then you are probably better off keeping and using your points for hotel stays.  On the plus side Virgin Atlantic Flying Club does have a generous expiry policy in that you only need some account activity over a three year period to keep you Virgin Flying Club Miles active.  Don’t forget as well that because Virgin Atlantic and Singapore Airlines are partners you can always redeem directly on Singapore Airlines starting at 15,000 Miles for an award on Singapore Airlines – thus avoiding the transfer penalties!