KrisFlyer miles can now be redeemed for Malaysia Airlines flights

KrisFlyer members can now redeem their miles for Malaysia Airlines flights to Kuala Lumpur and London, providing further redemption options when Saver space is tight.

Back in June 2019, Singapore Airlines signed an MOU with Malaysia Airlines to significantly step up cooperation, expand their codeshare flights, and enhance frequent flyer programme collaboration. 

We’re now seeing the fruits of this partnership, with Singapore Airlines frequent flyers now able to redeem miles on Malaysia Airlines for the first time since Passages dissolved in 1999. 

Redeem KrisFlyer miles on Malaysia Airlines

Redeem Malaysia Airlines flights with KrisFlyer miles

Effective 29 February 2024, KrisFlyer members can redeem miles for Malaysia Airlines on the following routes:

  • Singapore to/from Kuala Lumpur
  • Kuala Lumpur to/from London

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to redeem a single Singapore – Kuala Lumpur – London award, so you’ll need to pay for two separate awards, or else position yourself to Kuala Lumpur to start.

✈️ Kuala Lumpur to/from London
 EconomyBusiness
Miles Required49,500103,500
✈️ Kuala Lumpur to/from Singapore
 EconomyBusiness
Miles Required8,50021,000

There are no sweet spots here per se, given that the mileage requirements here are identical to that required for a Saver award on Singapore Airlines (with the exception of Economy from KL to London, where KrisFlyer is cheaper at 42,000 miles). However, if there’s no Saver space available on Singapore Airlines (a phenomenon that’s becoming more and more common!) ,then it’s useful to have this as a backup option. 

Awards can be booked via the Singapore Airlines website or mobile app. You’ll need to select “Other Partner Airlines” on the results page to display Malaysia Airlines awards.

Malaysia Airlines does impose fuel surcharges (known as YQ), but thankfully they’re on the mild side. The highest you’ll pay is GBP 131 from London to Kuala Lumpur, with the surcharges a modest MYR 70 in the opposite direction!

 EconomyBusiness
SIN > KUL8,500 miles + S$73
(of which YQ= S$10.80)
21,000 miles + S$76
(of which YQ= S$13.50)
KUL > SIN8,500 miles + MYR 74
(of which YQ=MYR 30)
21,000 miles + MYR 126
(of which YQ= MYR 40)
KUL > LHR 49,500 miles + MYR 154
(of which YQ= MYR 60)
103,500 miles + MYR 294
(of which YQ= MYR 70)
LHR > KUL49,500 miles + GBP 260
(of which YQ= GBP 118)
103,500 miles + GBP 385
(of which YQ= GBP 131)

Malaysia also charges a higher departure levy to Business Class passengers, which accounts for some of the difference. 

Now, here’s one important quirk you may have noticed. When you try to make a booking for KUL to/from LHR in Business Class (103,500 miles), the miles and surcharges shown reflect Economy Class pricing (49,500 miles)!

Before you get too excited, you should know that upon booking, the ticket reflects as Economy Class (thanks @mlmatt for testing). This means it’s just a bug on the Singapore Airlines website that will get resolved in due course. Annoyingly, it also means you’re temporarily unable to book Business Class awards on this route.

What Business Class product can you expect?

Malaysia Airlines operates its Airbus A350-900 aircraft between Kuala Lumpur and London. These aircraft are equipped with full flat seats in a staggered configuration, but the layout means that some passengers don’t get direct aisle access. 

Malaysia Airlines A350-900 Business Class | Photo Business Traveller

I’ve reviewed this product before, albeit on the Airbus A330-300. It’s comfortable enough but not particularly private, nor to the standard of a current-gen Business Class seat. 

Review: Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Narita

The good news is that Malaysia Airlines has announced a new long-haul Business Class seat scheduled for introduction on its new Airbus A330-900neos in late 2024. 

These Collins Aerospace Elevation seats offer more personal space and privacy (including doors), and are similar to the model used by British Airways for its Club Suite Business Class, and Etihad Airways for its Business Studio Suite. 

Etihad Business Studio Suite

There are plans to refit the Airbus A350-900s with this seat too, so eventually you’ll have a chance to redeem KrisFlyer miles for this product.

Do a oneworld lounge safari

Qatar Premium Lounge Singapore

While redeeming Business Class to Kuala Lumpur may seem like a silly idea, on account of how short the flight is, there’s still a good reason to do it with Malaysia Airlines: a oneworld lounge safari.

oneworld operates four Business Class lounges in Singapore, and a Malaysia Airlines Business Class ticket gives you access to all four. You’ll need to shuffle between terminals, as Malaysia Airlines operates out of Terminal 2, but believe me, it’s well worth it.

LoungeOpening Hours
British Airways Lounge
T1
4 p.m to 11 p.m
Qantas Business Lounge 
T1
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat:
2.45pm to 1 a.m 
Tue & Sun:
7.50 a.m to 10 a.m, 2.45pm to 1 a.m
Thu:
7.50am to 1am.
Qatar Premium Lounge
T1
7.45 a.m to 10.45 a.m
6 p.m to 2.30 a.m
Cathay Pacific Lounge
T4
7 a.m to 1.25 a.m

My personal favourite is the Qatar Premium Lounge which offers a la carte dining and lovely shower suites, but all four are worth a visit.

British Airways Singapore Lounge

Moreover, Malaysia Airlines offers early check-in from 8 a.m onwards at the Changi Jewel Early Check-in facility, giving you plenty of time to explore all four. You could potentially take the 9.15 p.m flight to Kuala Lumpur, check-in at 8 a.m and have a whole day of feasting and drinking, for just 21,000 miles.

That said, you could redeem the same flight for fewer miles with Asia Miles or Avios, so if those programmes are available to you then they’re better choices:

  • SIN-KUL (Asia Miles): 20,000 Asia Miles
  • SIN-KUL (British Airways Avios): 12,500 Avios

Conclusion

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer members can now redeem miles for Malaysia Airlines flights on the Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur to London routes.

The award prices are largely comparable to KrisFlyer, and the fuel surcharges are modest, so if nothing else it can be a backup option if Saver awards aren’t available on Singapore Airlines. The main annoyance is that you can’t redeem a single Singapore – Kuala Lumpur – London award, so you either need to pay for two separate awards, or else position yourself to Kuala Lumpur at your own expense.

Malaysia Airlines doesn’t have the most impressive cabin products, but you can visit some impressive lounges in Singapore by virtue of its oneworld membership. 

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Jiey

Are we able to book infant tickets?

Zaos

Check out BA Avios.

Whole article can be summed up with Aaron’s BA blurb. And yes, they are more infant friendly.

Dickson

With just a MH biz class ticket, can I use these 4 lounges? Or I must have status on AsiaMiles first? Thanks!

T.Y.

How to use CX lounge at T4? Pass the immigration at T4, enter CX lounge, then go to T2 by shuttle bus? Or Pass the immigration at T2, go to T4 by shuttle bus, then go back to T2 for boarding? Or both are ok?

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