In October it was announced that Malaysia Airlines would be joining the OneWorld alliance as of February 1, 2013, and for once in the airline industry it seems as if that estimate was actually accurate — shocking, I know!
Today Malaysia Airlines became the newest OneWorld member airline, and to celebrate all OneWorld carriers are offering double miles for travel on Malaysia Airlines between February 15 and April 15, 2013 (for tickets bought today or later). Now it’s kind of funny this promotion has been announced given that many airlines (including American) haven’t actually published accrual charts for travel on Malaysia, so when they get around to publishing them at least you know you can earn double as many for the next couple of months. For example, here’s American’s version of the promotion, for which registration is required.
Award tickets for travel on Malaysia should be bookable using OneWorld miles now, and British Airways even shows Malaysia award space on their online tool.
As a reminder, Malaysia’s only service to the US is to Los Angeles four times weekly via Tokyo Narita. For what it’s worth award availability is excellent on the route, and I see two business class award seats available almost every date. That being said, their business class product is angled flat, so probably not as desirable as Cathay Pacific.
They also have a first class product on their Airbus 380s, which serve London, and as of March 1, Paris. However, I’ve searched a wide variety of dates and don’t see any award space in first class on those flights. I’m not sure whether they just haven’t been loaded to OneWorld, if Malaysia has no intentions of making them available, or what, but if anyone has any context on the situation I’m sure many of us would be interested in hearing it!
Anyway, this is an exciting development. OneWorld was pretty weak in Asia with just Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific, so it’s always nice to have another partner airline.