This is part of a series of articles looking into the changes that Malaysia Airlines has made to the Enrich Frequent Flyer Program. In this article I look at the major changes to the award chart for straight redemptions on Malaysia Airlines, for the other parts check out these links:
These changes come into effect on the 16 February 2015.
The second major change for Malaysia Airlines Enrich is in the award chart itself. In summary if you want to redeem for short-haul then it’s good for you otherwise read through, because the changes are significant.
So below is a screen shot of the new Malaysia Airlines Enrich Award Chart. For the full copy and FAQs You can have a look using the links below:
Now because it’s almost impossible to compare them side-by-side I’ve put together this Excel sheet in order to help you out. I’ve also gone through the major changes below.
Cheaper Short-Haul Redemptions
On the positive side Malaysia Airlines has reduced nearly all of the redemption costs for zones 1 and 2. The cheapest one-way is now 6,000 Enrich Miles, which may be useful for those with some expiring miles. The trouble with this is that the value of these redemptions aren’t usually that good anyway, especially in Economy.
More Expensive Basic Business and First Class Redemptions
Excluding zone 1 all of the Business and First Class redemptions for the previously called “Basic” fares or those that are in D or A class have become more expensive. For example if you want to redeem on the A380 from Kuala Lumpur to London Heathrow the cheapest Business Class return is now 150,000 Enrich Miles compared to 110,000 previously. First Class has gone from 320,000 Enrich Miles to a massive 520,000 Miles required.
Best Value Redemption – Australia/New Zealand to Europe Doubles in Price!
One of the best value redemptions on Malaysia Airlines was from Australia/New Zealand via Kuala Lumpur to Europe, especially on A380 routes. This is because the majority of distances from Australia/New Zealand to Europe are just above 10,000 Miles and the addition of Zone 7 means that you’ll end up paying the Zone 7 rates instead of the Zone 6 rates. So these are the new prices for the cheapest Business and First Class redemptions:
- Sydney – London Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt
- Melbourne – London Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt
- Brisbane – London Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt
- Adelaide – London Heathrow, Paris
- Auckland – London Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt, Istanbul
Routes from Perth to Europe are under the 10,000 mile threshold so won’t be affected.
Flexible Redemption Tickets Become Cheaper
The other major change to the award chart is that the most flexible awards (J for Business and F for First) have either stayed the same or become cheaper. Whilst it’s good to see a reduction I struggle to see the value of redeeming at these costs anyway, so I don’t see this change being of use to the majority of Enrich members.
Do you value the cheaper Short-Haul redemptions or feel cheated?