Malaysia Airlines runs periodic sales with very decent priced business class fares out of Bangkok.
Of course, the trade off is whether you’re willing to (1) position yourself to Bangkok and (2) make the extra connection in KUL. If you snag one of these deals, you will end up flying SIN-BKK-KUL-DESTINATION-KUL-BKK-SIN. So you’ll need to factor the round trip cost of a ticket to Bangkok plus extra time into your equation.
That said, if you’ve got a lot of time on your hands there is some good value to be had. Tickets need to be booked by 25 March 2018 and flown between 12 March 2018 and 30 November 2018. Here’s the 55 destinations that are on sale ex-Bangkok this time round:
Some highlights for me would be (round trip prices shown)
- Seoul at 26,665 THB (S$1,120)
- Taipei at 18,370 THB (S$770)
- Beijing and Shanghai at 17,770THB (S$746)
It’s hard for me to recommend any Australian destination as it doesn’t really make sense to fly up North and then double back down South. I remember back in late 2016 when MH was really bleeding you could do round trip business to Tokyo at about S$800 which was a phenomenal deal. Too bad that doesn’t exist anymore, but Beijing and Shanghai seem to be excellent value at sub S$750.
A reminder that MH has finished outfitting its entire A330 fleet with its new full flat business class, which I reviewed about a year back and found to be very decent. You can find this on most medium haul routes such as Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo. You’ll find the same business class product on their A350s
Only certain seats have unimpeded aisle access though, so if you’re booking you’ll want to be sure to snag a throne seat (1K, 4K and 6K)
Malaysia Airlines has just opened their new lounge in KUL, which I hope is a step up from the dismal temporary facility they were using not too long ago. I’ll be looking to review it in May when I pass through en route from Tokyo back to Singapore.
If you’re booking one of these fares, I’d strongly advise you not to credit the miles to Enrich. Enrich was gutted some time back and now offers “dynamically priced” (i.e. revenue-based) award redemptions, which increase whenever the revenue fare increases. You’d be much better off putting these miles in Asiamiles, or using them to earn tier status with British Airways Executive Club.