Malaysia Airlines launches a special promotion for Visa cardholders

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Malaysia Airlines is running a special promotion with Visa this weekend.

You can save an additional 5% on all tickets in both Economy and Business as long as you travel by 6th May.  You can ONLY get the discount if you book via this page of the Malaysia Airlines website.

The offer will be running every weekend until the end of March, but this weekend it coincides with – and doubles up with – the January sale savings.  As well as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines has good connections to Australia and elsewhere in Asia.

Malaysia Airlines A350 business class

Remember that you earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly with Malaysia Airlines as both are members of the oneworld alliance.

Malaysia Airlines has recently taken delivery of new A350-900 aircraft and is now operating them on the Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur route.  There are two daily departures from Terminal 4 at 10.25 and 21.25.

Full details of the new planes are on their website here.  The Business Class layout looks pretty good.  It is a staggered 1-2-1 or 1-2-2 layout, similar to Aer Lingus.  It even has two Aer Lingus-style ‘throne’ seats on the right-hand side.  On the left, one row has ‘table / seat’, the one behind ‘seat / table’ and so on, so that your feet slot under the table area of the seat in front.  The Qatar Qsuite works in a similar way.

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

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  1. OT

    Has anyone else’s MR stopped showing in their account and brings up an error when trying to login into the MR catalogue?

  2. OT_ Has anyone got any experience of buying airline status off eBay?
    There are seller on eBay posting airline status for a fee.

    • Must be a scam

    • There was an article on this on LL one or two days ago.

      • Yeah I think that was a specific website? Either route sounds dodgy and potentially runs the risk of your account being closed. Personally I wouldn’t do it if you had a reasonable balance!

        • Personally I wouldn’t be tempted because I never bother with status as I almost always book business or sometimes First with cash or miles. Only BA bronze, only think I miss is inability to choose seat free at time of booking. However, even that is not all that important in my own experience. Even over the busy Christmas and New Year period my partner still managed to get seats 4A and 3K for free.

      • I read maybe the same. Some club you sign up £99 via their app and it’s in beta.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      So here’s an idea, someone needs to develop a for the airline industry. Fly with any brand and build up loyalty with them. That way you are not stuck with a certain airline.

      • Lady London says:

        I think the credit cards are doing that. The Daily Mail used to run a Club that sounded like it might do something similar and I think some travel agents like Trailfinders might have the odd scheme that worked a bit like that in the far far past.

      • Given that OTAs get around 1% commission on a flight booking I doubt that will happen.

  3. Ruth4325 says:

    OT – we are planning a stay at a German hotel (Traube Tonbach) which annoyingly does not accept credit cards. According to their reservations team they only accept EC-Cash or cash at check out. That’s a lot of cash to carry around for a 5 night stay. Although on tripadvisor looks like some people have managed to pay by bank transfer. Short of hoping they change their card policy between now and July, does anyone have any suggestions for ways to pay the hotel not using cash? Looks like EC cash cards are too difficult to get. Also looked at the Avios Cash Passport MC but not sure about that either, or even if they’d accept it.

    • You could probably load up a Revolut card from your credit card (which most credit cards treat as purchases, earning points) and then send the money to their bank account from your Revolut card.

      German hotels are a bit odd. I booked one last night for my parents in law, a fairly big German chain. There are no pre-pay rates at all. You can only book ‘pay at hotel’ which is obviously risk free for the guest (you don’t even need to give a credit card unless you plan to arrive after 6pm) but very 1999!

      • Ruth4325 says:

        Ah..yes very odd! Do they not really use credit cards in Germany? With Revolut can you load it with Amex? Thanks Rob.

        • They do use credit cards but not commonly – memories of the 1930s are still alive and well and spending more than you earn each month has the sort of social stigma that Brits tend to reserve for convicted child molesters. EC bank cards are taken. Amazon works by bank transfer – you order something and they sit on it until you’ve transferred the cash across!

          You can’t load Revolut from Amex.

        • No you can only load Revolut from Mastercard or VISA.

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