SriLankan Airlines officially joined the Oneworld Alliance today (May 1st) which opens up new options for Malaysia Airlines Enrich members to earn and burn their Miles.
What does this mean for Malaysia Airlines Enrich Members (and other Oneworld flyers)
Basically what this means is that when you fly with SriLankan Airlines you’ll be able to earn Enrich Miles and also redeem awards on SriLankan flights – giving you more options and flexibility with your Enrich Miles (so good news in other words!).
In addition to earning and burning your Enrich Miles you’ll also receive the usual Oneworld benefits as outlined below (for more details visit the Oneworld site here)
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|Access to Business class priority check-in*|
|Access to preferred or pre-reserved seating**|
|Priority on waitlists and when on standby|
|Access to Business class lounges|
|Fast track at security lanes|
|Extra baggage allowance|
|Access to First class priority check-in|
|Access to First class lounges|
Double Enrich Miles along with SriLankan Airlines Entry?
It’s customary when a new airline joins the Oneworld alliance for double miles to be offered when flying that airline for other Oneworld flyers – called a “welcome offer”. There are usually some exceptions and the double miles offers vary from one member to the next. At the time of writing Malaysia Airlines has not yet issued a press release stating what they are or are not offering.
Other Launches with SriLankan Airlines Entry into Oneworld
A slight surprise was that along with the “Visit Malaysia” fares that were launched when Malaysia Airlines joined Oneworld last year SriLankan has launched the “Visit South Asian Sub-Continent pass”. These fares are usually slightly better value than booking individual flights with the same airline but are sometime tricky to get booked. The fares cover all of the SriLankan network in the sub-continent and allow for things like ground connections. Full details of this launch can be found here on the Oneworld site.
The Best Bits About SriLankan Airlines Joining Oneworld….
New Routes and Options
I’ve been eagerly waiting for SriLankan to join Oneworld for a few reasons. Firstly, they open up some extra routing opens for flights to India as well as beyond. They also add two new destinations that weren’t on the Oneworld map previously: Hambantota (Sri Lanka) and India’s Tiruchirapalli. In addition SriLankan Airlines is the leading airline providing flights to the Maldives. Here are the route maps for information:
I travel extensively to and from the UK and SriLankan is often one of the cheapest options in both economy and business class. I regularly see fares to the UK for $S3000 (7500RM) return, which is fantastic – beware of stopover times though some are extensive.
SriLankan Airlines also has an interesting service offering upgrades from Economy to Business Class (any ticket holder) for a bid price. In other words once you have booked your SriLankan Airlines flight you ca then bid to upgrade to business class – and if you are the highest bidder the money is deducted and you are upgraded. This potentially opens up very cheap business class tickets but obviously comes with a lot of risk – if you absolutely want to fly business then I wouldn’t recommend this approach. You can find more details about this service here.
Conclusion and What to Expect
It’s always a benefit when a new airline joins an alliance as it does usually open up new routes and options, but of course with the downside that competition is essentially reduced. As mentioned I am excited that SriLankan Airlines have joined and I’m looking forward to trying them out at some point in the future. However I have seen mixed reviews about them on various frequent flyer forums, including older aircraft and disorganisation. They are going through a fleet renewal and I’ve seen some dramatic improvement in their website since it was first announced they were joining Oneworld (no doubt a driver for that). However I’ve seen excellent reviews on their in-flight service, this seems to be their strong point. If you are due to fly with SriLankan or you have in the past then please let everyone know your experience by leaving a comment below!