Ways of using Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles before they expire?

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I have approx 13000 points wit Enrich that I have, mistakenly, accumulated over the past year whilst travelling in business class to Europe.

Although the points will expire at the end of the year I d like to know what options have I got in using them as I don’t think I will be flying with Malaysia Air this year.

I don’t travel much however I have an upcoming flight to Cairns in case I could use it to upgrade to business so that I don’t waste the point all together.

Thanks

Sandro

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Don’t worry, your Enrich miles is not useless. Malaysian airlines allow miles + cash option, starting with as low as 1000 miles. The extra cash needed is not expensive either (unlike SQ), so you can practically go anywhere you want that MH fly to.

As Keith has pointed out already, the Enrich sweet spot is AUS – Europe on business class for only 51000 miles one way, and you can fly to LHR or CDG on their A380s. For the cash component, from just 1000 miles, the round trip would only cost you between $3400-3700 rt (subject to exchange rate, and if departing LHR, you have to pay APD, which is about extra $300). So with 13000 miles, I am sure it will be cheaper.

Of course you can always just go to Asia if your time doesn’t allow you to go to Europe this year.

Please note, the above redemption rate is only applicable to MH operated flights only. If you are looking at OW partner redemption, the rate would be much more expensive, and I don’t think you can do miles plus cash. So 13000 miles would be rather useless in this instance. I don’t think you can use your Enrich point to upgrade a Qantas flight to Cairns if that is what you were planning.

I am not sure what you meant by “I don’t think I will be flying with Malaysia Air this year”, do you mean you try to avoid it because of the 2 crashes last year, or simply you won’t have a chance to fly it? Because if it is the former, then there is not much you can do with your Enrich points.

  • Thanks Michael. After reading one of Keith post last year I bought a return ticket in business with malaysia however, although I gave them my Qantas FF they managed to split the points between malaysia and Qantas. I tried to get them to rectify their mistake but after about 12 emails I gave up. I am most likely flying to Europe in July with the family however I don't think I want to use Malaysia again. Firstly I am a little concerned of the last couple of incidents and secondly the leg between Oz and KL in business A330 is not confortable enough. I can appreciate the cost is dramatically cheaper than any other airline but the 2 accidents didn't help convincing the wife! I have enought points with Amex and will most likely transfer them to KrisFlyer and fly Singapore to Italy. With this I have to contact an American company who will find the award flights and booked them for me using my points for $200 + $100 per person (are you aware of such companies) In relation to my malasyain points I doubt I will be able to use them as I m not planning to fly anywhere in Asia this year. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and your time Sandro

  • I have heard of one such company, iFlyFlat, that offers such a points redemption service: http://www.iflyflat.com.au/.

  • There are 2 type of such "American" company.

    1. Legit award booking service:

    - There are experts in finding award seats based on your award points and your itinerary and give you advice how to maximize your points. - The fees are for their services in finding the seats and all points paid are yours. - These are best used for complex itineraries. - My question would be, if you are using KF miles to redeem SQ flights, it would be rather simple to just redeem online and there is no need to use such service. If you are looking for Star Alliance partner redemption using KF miles, just remember the stupid no back tracking rule with KF and your routing may be restricted.

    1. Dodgy FFP point barterers.

    - These are people who claim to be legit travel agents selling first/business tickets cheap. They use FFP from someone else's account and redeem a ticket for you and they sell you the tickets, so they sell you points by transferring credit card points into your account. - Although they are not illegal, it is again the T&C of the airlines and you may risk your tickets canceled and your account suspended with all the points taken away. - Definitely not worth the risk. They have different kind of names but generally they always claim that they have "special contract with the airlines" to offer you such deal.

    From your post it sounds more likely you are with the former. But if just AUS-Italy, I am sure it won't be hard to redeem online yourself. Just remember one thing, be flexible, even if no flights to Rome/Milan, be ready to look at other European destinations which may have more availability or lower redemption rate (eg. AMS wuld be only 68000 mile vs 80500 miles for other major Western European destinations) and get to Italy with paid flight or train.

  • Thanks again Michael I appreicate your imput. I tried to get on Singapore Air website and look at awards flight but they were all on Waiting LIst on several different days. I then look at Malaysia at most of them were available and they are quite cheap too. Only 90000 business class return to Paris. The key will be to convince my wife to fly Malaysia after what happened last year. The company I approached is called Points Pro. A couple of months ago they found a large number of seats available on Singapore that werent somehow visible to me. They charge $200 for the first passenger and $100 thereafter. Iflyflat I think charges over $1000....

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Hi Sandro:

Points Pro is by Ben Schlappig’s team, AKA Lucky. He owns the blog One Miles at a Time and is fully legit.  I will not have any doubt in using them. But it is interesting to know that they can actually find seats when SQ website says “Waitlist”. I think they have the access into the airline’s inventory and knowing how many “award seats” each flight has, so they probably know those seats will eventually be cleared.

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Just received an email from Enrich, unfortunately from Feb 16 they will devalue their redemption chart. One way to a Europe will be 90k (76.5k online) instead of 60k (51k). That’s a whopping 50% increase. 

Although MH might have a bad rep with your wife, u might reconsider to use it before Feb 16. After all, the 2 crashes are hardly MH’s fault, but the act of terrorism. 

  • Correction. From East coast Aus to Western Europe (ie. LHR/CDG where u get A380), it will be just over 10,000 miles which pushes into Zone 7, that will be 115k(97.75k). Crazy. Cheaper to redeem with SQ.

  • Unless I book prior to 16th isn't worth the points. Plus you get much better service from SQ. I received the same email from Enrich and I am surprised to hear they are doing this expecially after what happened. Chanses are they will lose few customers at that rate!

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