Yesterday I wrote about the incredible triple miles promotion that Malaysia Airlines’ Enrich program is offering. As long as you book by October 15, 2018, and travel by March 31, 2019, you can receive triple elite qualifying and award miles on all Malaysia Airlines marketed and operated flights.
That’s a really generous promotion. As I mentioned in the post, you could potentially earn their top tier Platinum status (which earns you oneworld Emerald) with a single roundtrip flight in first class between Kuala Lumpur and London. However, the fares in that market are outrageously expensive.
So there’s another option for earning oneworld Emerald status with a single trip in business class for a fairly reasonable price. Specifically, you can fly roundtrip from Tokyo Narita to London Heathrow via Kuala Lumpur for under $2,800 in business class.
This books into the “D” business class fare bucket, which typically earns you 175% elite qualifying and award miles.
That means through this promotion you’d earn 525% elite qualifying and award miles. This trip covers a distance of just under 20,000 miles, meaning you’d earn about 105,000 elite qualifying and redeemable miles, which is more than enough to earn top tier status.
Now, obviously this isn’t going to be worth it for everyone, but it is a pretty cool opportunity that’s worth pointing out, if nothing else.
So, what benefits does Platinum status get you? It of course gets you priority check-in, security, and boarding, as well as lounge access. Platinum members even get a meet & greet service at Kuala Lumpur Airport. However, as a published benefit Platinum members don’t receive any upgrades, though they are at the top of the list for any operational upgrades.
Significantly this also gets you oneworld Emerald status, which is useful if flying other airlines. Even if you’re just flying domestically within the US you’d be able to use American Flagship Lounges as well as the Qantas First Class Lounge LAX, which are some pretty cool privileges.
Malaysia Platinum status gets you access to the Qantas First Lounge whenever flying American
Like I said, I’m not jumping to book this fare, though I do find this to be intriguing…
(Tip of the hat to tango3)