Well this has been a crazy week when it comes to airfare deals.
At the moment there are some incredible Emirates first class fares for travel from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai. You can fly roundtrip first class from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai for just $1,300, which is insane.
You can potentially get an even cheaper fare if you originate elsewhere. For example, if you fly from Hanoi and return to Penang (routing via Kuala Lumpur, with the regional sectors in economy), you can bring the fare down to ~$1,000.
Note that these flights can only be booked as a Malaysia Airlines codeshare at this fare. The fare books into the “A” fare class, but you’ll see that it says “Business” when you book. This is simply because Malaysia Airlines no longer has first class, so for them “A” is business class.
But if you are booking “A,” it should absolutely book into Emirates first class, since that’s the fare class Emirates uses.
The one downside to this being a codeshare is crediting the flights. You won’t be able to credit a Malaysia Airlines codeshare on Emirates to Alaska Mileage Plan, for example (at least not officially).
Unfortunately these fares won’t show on Google Flights, but they are bookable via Orbitz. I see the most availability over the next several weeks (through February), so if you want to book, I’d recommend doing so ASAP.
I realize these fares may be of limited use for most, but hopefully at least some can take advantage of these great fares!
(Tip of the hat to nobody112358)