Hot off the heels of being included in my ‘best frequent flyer program redemptions’ list, Malaysia Airlines Enrich program is again trying to generate incremental bookings by offering their self-proclaimed ‘Best Enrich Redemption Offer of the Year’ with (up to) a 50% discount on Enrich redemptions on many routes for bookings made between now and 15th October.
In addition, American Express and Malaysia Airlines are also offering a 15% bonus on Enrich transfers from Membership Rewards to Enrich between now and October 8th.
The redemption offer isn’t as great as it could be at first glance. There are some notable cities missing from the discount list – London, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane being those that strike me as being the most painful. Perth is running at 40% off, Adelaide at 50% off, and Frankfurt, Istanbul and Paris are all at 30% off.
The redemption discount is also actually applied to the pre-online discount rate of 15%, so a 50% off redemption is actually more like 35% off. Having said that, it’s still a great deal. The discount applies for bookings made up to October 15th, for travel up to December 15th.
The American Express 15% bonus terms also state that “Bonus Enrich Miles may take up to 14 days to transfer into your Enrich account.” So there’s no guarantee the bonus miles would hit your account in time for the redemption discount promotion ending, but if you get in there today or tomorrow, you’d have a very strong chance.
Flystaytravel points out that the redemption discount is only applied on single leg (or simple return) itineraries – so connecting in KL onto Europe would require two bookings in order to get the discount.
If you can make it work, I’d use this as an opportunity to book in First Class on the way to Europe though, which isn’t usually possible without breaking your itinerary. Given you have to break it anyway to take advantage of the discount, you might as well get into First as well (which is offered on their A380 services between London and Paris to Kuala Lumpur).
The full list of discounts and destinations is here – and unfortunately it’s a bit tricky to read. How helpful!