Malaysia Airlines Enrich Changes Expiry Rules

Malaysia Airlines announced this week that there are changes to the expiry rules for Enrich Miles which will affect members.  We have a look at what this means.

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Current Expiry of Enrich Miles

Currently Enrich Miles are valid for the year in which they are earned plus an additional three years and will expire at the end of the third year. For example, Enrich Miles credited to an Account between the period of 1 January to 31 December 2013 will expire on 31 December 2016.  The new rules change this to being a flat 3 year period.

Here’s the example that they published:

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In my opinion this is a devaluation in the Enrich programme as this change will reduce the period by which you can earn for the redemption that you might be looking for.  For those that had planned to use their Enrich miles close to the expiry date – this change will affect you and you should check on your new expiry dates so that you are not caught out.  There are no impacts for Enrich Platinum members, your miles will continue to have non-expiry.

What to do with Expiring Enrich Miles

I did a post on small amounts and expiring Enrich Miles which you can find here.  But basically you have the option of either transferring, extending, spending and topping-up.  What you choose is really up to you and your personal circumstances.

Malaysia Airlines has also provided a FAQ on the new expiry rules here.

Conclusion

As devaluations go this isn’t too bad, your Enrich Miles are still valid for 3 years from the date they are earned.   You may have to keep a close eye on the expiry dates from now on though.