Malaysia Airlines frequently runs fare sales where you’ll be able to get very decently priced tickets to destinations such as Tokyo, Seoul and London. They’re currently running their Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair (MATF) sale where economy class tickets to various destinations are going for as low as S$116 and business class tickets are going for as low as S$396.
Tickets must be booked by 31 March 2018 and tickets bought during this promotion are valid for travel until 31 January 2019.
Good economy class fares on offer
The price of their economy class tickets are rather excellent during this offer. For instance, fares to London start from S$888 and fares to Tokyo start from S$485. Getting to Tokyo at sub-S$500 prices is quite a good offer if you’re able to take advantage of it. As a comparison, fares to Tokyo direct on ANA and Japan Airlines start from S$931 and S$1022 respectively over the period of 4 August to 12 August 2018. For the same period, it’ll cost you S$641 should you choose to fly on Malaysia Airlines. Granted you’ll have to transit in Kuala Lumpur, but I’ll probably do so as I’ll be saving close to S$300.
If you own the DBS Altitude, Citibank PremierMiles or any other card which gives you a Priority Pass membership, the Plaza Premium Lounge in KLIA isn’t that bad of a place to wait for your connecting flight. I’ve personally been there once and while food offerings aren’t that great, it’s still a nice place to chill in compared to the main terminal.
Here are some other economy class fares which I think are quite good value :
- Tokyo – from S$485
- London – from S$888
- Beijing – from S$353
- Seoul – from S$469
- Auckland – from S$855
- Sydney – from S$527
Malaysia Airlines currently flies their A330 to Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Auckland, but Tokyo would be receiving the A350 quite soon. For London, the service alternates between their brand new A350 as well as their A380.
Great business class fares available
During these sales, Malaysia Airlines offers excellent business class fares to destinations such as Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and even London. For starters, business class fares to Tokyo could be had for as low as S$1,220 when you book during this promotion. Historically, we’ve seen fares dip to S$1,000 but that was way back in 2015 and 2016 when MH was struggling to fill seats. But S$1,220 to Tokyo, it’s still quite a steal as far as revenue business class fares go.
To put things into perspective, during the same period of 4 August to 12 August 2018, Singapore Airlines charges you an eye watering S$1,366 in economy class to get to Tokyo. With that much money, you can get yourself a business class flight to Tokyo at the same cost, or for cheaper actually. Not to mention, on your outbound leg you’ll get to fly with Japan Airlines from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo. Otherwise, you’ll be flying on their A330s outfitted with the new lie flat product.
Unless you’re a huge fan of the Enrich program and its dynamic award pricing structure, it’s advisable not to credit your flights to Enrich. You can use “wheretocredit.com” to check which program would earn you miles when accrediting your Malaysia Airlines flights to them as not all programs will let you earn miles on your ticket, especially those in the deep sale economy fare bucket. Personally, I’ll credit these to British Airways Executive Club, especially if I’m flying on their business class fares as these will make a great tier point run.
As a reminder, you could use the following cards should you wish to pull the trigger and make your booking with Malaysia Airlines :
|Credit Card||Miles Per Dollar||Bonus Spend Cap|
|DBS Woman’s World Card||4||Capped at S$2,000 per month|
|DBS Altitude||3||Capped at S$5,000 for online airfare and hotels per month|
|HSBC Revolution/Maybank Horizon Visa Signature||2||No cap for HSBC Revolution. Maybank requires you to spend min $300 a month to earn 2 mpd on air tickets. Bonus TREATS points are capped at 30,000 per month, or $7,500 of pure airline spending|