Struggling to use your Qantas points to fly to Asia or London? Malaysia Airlines has award seats available on many flights…

 

The Opportunity

Looking to use Qantas points to fly to Asia or Europe? Malaysia Airlines flies from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to its hub in Kuala Lumpur. Flights from Brisbane also commence in June 2018. From KL you can connect to destinations across Asia, as well as to London. Award seats on Malaysia Airlines can be booked using Qantas points.

Many Malaysia Airlines flights have Economy and Business class reward seats available – though the number of seats is usually limited. Most flights have only 1x Economy and 1x Business class seat available – though most flights do at least have seats. Some flights have more than one seat available in each cabin class, but there is no obvious pattern to this.

Malaysia Airlines operates wide-body A330s to most Australian ports. These aircraft are fitted with comfortable lie-flat Business seats. Malaysian’s A380s, which currently operate twice daily to London-Heathrow, also feature First class. First class awards are available on many flights between Kuala Lumpur and London between now and the end of the year. But Malaysia Airlines will begin using A350s without First class on its London flights from January next year.

You can now search for award seats and book Malaysia Airlines flights on the Qantas website.

Malaysia Airlines may not be the first airline you think of when redeeming Qantas points to Asia or Europe. But they have a solid product and award seats are available on many (though, not all) flights. With one reward seat available on most flights, this option is best suited to solo travellers.

 

The Facts

  • Currency: Qantas Frequent Flyer points
  • Airline: Malaysia Airlines
  • Routes: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide & Perth and to Kuala Lumpur (& beyond, e.g. to London)
  • Class of travel: Economy & Business class
  • Cost: Varies by route. A one-way Business award from Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur costs 53,000 Qantas points + approx. $300 taxes
  • Availability: Many flights have 1x award seat available in both Economy and Business class, though seats can be limited in peak travel periods. Booking well in advance is recommended.
  • How to book: Qantas website.

 

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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