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£1,500 business class flights London-Sydney / Melbourne on Malaysia Airlines

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Malaysia Airlines seems to have dropped some very cheap business class flights to Sydney and Melbourne with the online travel agencies.  These deals are ONLY available if booked with a hotel – but it seems that 1 night in a hostel is enough to trigger it.

How cheap?  How about £1,500?

This is available for most dates until 26th November 2017.

You can book this fare on Expedia, where you can pick up some Nectar points as well for your trouble.  It is also available on sister sites such as ebookers.   Here is an Expedia screenshot I pulled up (click to enlarge):


You need to search for London to Sydney or Melbourne in Business Class.  You need to search for ‘flight & hotel’ and then select ‘I only want a hotel for part of my stay’.  Assuming that you don’t want to book your hotel for the trip via Expedia, select one night only.

On the next page of the booking process you are shown a list of hotels.  These are NOT sorted by price by default, so re-order them.  The cheapest will be some grotty hostel but that is fine as you won’t be staying there.

Another alternative is to book an airport hotel at Sydney or Melbourne for the first or last night of your trip, if you think it would come in handy.

Between London and Kuala Lumpur you will get an A380, with an A330 onwards on most routes.  The A330 business class seat is the latest version and has some very attractive solo window seats as the seating plan on this page of the Malaysia website shows.

Bangkok, Phuket and Bali are also available for around £1,100 return.  You may want to try other Asian destinations too.

The Australasian routes would earn 600 tier points in British Airways Executive Club, based on 2 x 140 and 2 x 160 tier points.

It is worth popping over to Expedia and seeing what you can price up.

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Comments (60)

  • Jack says:

    Booked LON – KUL – HAN in business for next November…£1330 all in, including a grotty hostel for 1 night. The KUL – HAN flight is MH752 on a B738. Can’t get definite information on the seating but it may be recliner seats rather than refurb’d business cabin? Has anyone done this route recently?

    Although I’m now looking at QR flights as well as I didn’t realise there was such a big TP difference. 🙂 Agent reckons I can cancel the MH booking up until 23:59 tonight which is useful.


    • James67 says:

      The 737-8 business seating is first 4 rows with reclining seats in 2+2 configuration. Best analogy is regional first on North American airlines. Thai regional J it is not but beats anything you will experience on regular European business flights. IMO perfectly adequate for the short flight to NBI. I would recommend you base your decision on shortest journey and convenience of arrival and departure times as opposed to perceived quality. However, IIRC you are looking at a middle of night transit in DOH to HAN, if that is the case I’d definitely stick with MH a380. Either the QR flight to
      /from HAN or SGN (cannot remember which) used to stop en route in BKK but that may no longer be the case.

  • Nick says:


  • steve says:

    I looked for any dates in March to Melbourne and couldnt find anything less than £2300, infact, the cheapest was Cathay!!

    Im guessing a lot the the Malaysian deals are gone, annoyingly, I have to book hotels for my trip yet and this deal will have bumped up the prices of that :-/

  • Kevin says:

    May I know how do I get BA tier point if I booked the Malaysia airline via online travel agent?

    • Rob says:

      You should be able to add your BA number via Manage My Booking on the Malaysia website, or call them, or do it at check in.

      • Damian Smith says:

        I was able to add our BAEC numbers through the expedia website after booking – on the confirmation page.

        I have been allocated seats for KUL – DPS (2nd row) but not allocated seats on LHR – KUL.

        Expedia has an option to choose seats – but then it says seatmap not found.

        I created a malaysia airlines account and was able to add and view my booking, but not to change anything…

  • YC says:

    Anyway of stopping over in KUL for a period before catching the connecting flight with this deal?

    • Marc says:

      The best I could manage was 21 hour connection, there doesn’t look like anyway to force a stopover of any longer onto the booking

  • Lucy says:

    Colleague at work mentioned they were going to holiday in Oz this year. I sent them your article and they booked flights last night. They are thrilled, first time flying business class.

  • Talay says:

    Couldn’t get close to the £1500 number here on various dates. Closest was around £1750 and on those dates, Vietnam Airlines beat Malaysian !

    • Rob says:

      It looks like most of the seats have gone at these prices.

      • Talay says:

        Saves me from reconciling my desire for cheap seats with my desire to actually get there safely !

        • Rebecca says:

          I’m very tempted, the seats are available at dates which fit for my friends wedding. I’m slightly concerned about the safety record though!

          • Rob says:

            No safety issues – of the two incidents, one was entirely out of their control (shot down) and the second looks like it was a suicidal pilot or a total loss of pressure due to an airframe failure (unlikely to be maintenance related).

  • Iain Chalmers says:

    Malaysia Airlines has great fares in First too. LHR-SYD for circa £2,700. Ebookers and Expedia. Fares found via Kayak and for various dates in 2017.

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