Malaysia Airlines has had promotions where they would incentivize people to fly with them by offering 2X miles on all flights booked and flown on them. They are back with a new promotion and this trumps what they had previously.
Malaysia Airlines is offering a staggering 3X miles on all flights booked with Malaysia Airlines between now and 15 October 2018. All flights booked must also have a travel period which falls between now to 31 March 2019.
Triple Elite Miles, Elite Sectors, Enrich Miles
In this promotion, Malaysia Airlines will award you 3X the number of miles you would normally have earned if you book and fly with them. To receive the 3X miles on your Malaysia Airlines flights, simply add your Enrich frequent flyer number when making your booking.
The 3X miles promotion is only valid for flights operated and marketed by Malaysia Airlines and your tickets have to be booked with Malaysia Airlines as well. Flights booked prior to 9 October 2018 will not be eligible for this promotion.
Here’s the accrual chart for the number of Enrich Miles and Elite Miles you will earn for your flight on Malaysia Airlines under this promotion (in blue):
Malaysia Airlines has also provided an example of the number of miles you can earn on a round-trip ticket from Kuala Lumpur to London in this promotion:
Accelerate your way to oneworld elite status
What excites me about this 3X miles promotion isn’t the number of redeemable Enrich Miles I can earn. But rather, it’s the potential to be able to get oneworld elite status with just one flight, if your pockets are deep enough.
Under Enrich, there are 4 tiers:
- Enrich Blue – upon enrollment
- Enrich Silver (oneworld Ruby) – after earning 25,000 Elite Miles or 30 Elite Sectors
- Enrich Gold (oneworld Sapphire) – after earning 50,000 Elite Miles or 50 Elite Sectors
- Enrich Platinum (oneworld Emerald) – after earning 100,000 Elite Miles or 100 Elite Sectors
Here are the benefits you will receive by virtue of your status:
This triple elite miles promotion is a great opportunity to pick up oneworld elite status relatively cheaply. Using the example of a return Business Class flight from Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur – New Delhi, this itinerary will cost you approximately S$1,000 and the ticket books into fare class “D” which will earn 525% of the actual distance flown under the 3X miles promotion. This was the cheapest itinerary I could find which has one of the lowest miles to cost ratio.
According to GCMap, the total flight distance you will cover on a return flight will be 6,316 miles. Since this books into “D”, after factoring in the triple miles promotion, you will earn a grand total of 33,519 Elite Miles from this one flight. This will already earn you Enrich Silver which will confer you oneworld Ruby benefits. Flying this exact same itinerary again will thus give you sufficient Elite Miles for Enrich Gold status and oneworld Sapphire status.
So for a grand total of approximately S$2,000, you can get yourself oneworld Sapphire status, which will grant you Business Class lounge access for yourself and a companion even when traveling in Economy Class. Malaysia Airlines flies their A330 between Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi which has its lie-flat Business Class product, so you wouldn’t even be suffering that much as you work your way to oneworld Sapphire status.
However, for those of you who are considering doing this to get oneworld elite status, Enrich Miles are pretty worthless ever since they got devalued last year. It now follows a revenue-based redemption style where the cost of the award ticket fluctuates based on the current price of a revenue ticket. So just be prepared that you will not be able to utilize your Enrich Miles for a decent award flight.
This is a great promotion that is being held by Malaysia Airlines and it is the fastest way to attain oneworld elite status at the moment. Just bear in mind that your Enrich Miles earned in this promotion might not get you an aspirational redemption with Malaysia Airlines by virtue of how they price their award tickets.
Anyone planning to do a status run with Malaysia Airlines?