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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.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (84)

  • Doug M says:

    OT: The Saga Platinum card which had fee free FX is closing. The closing date is 28th March, and the card was issued by AIB. Perhaps just too much bother to prepare for the different Brexit scenarios so they just closed it? Or just a coincidence. The card didn’t offer any benefits, but was my pre-Curve fallback for foreign spend, after the Lloyds Avios Amex.

  • Yuff says:

    OT: combine my avios does not seem to be working to Iberia from my household account. Have tried via viewing but not getting anywhere are there any other routes
    I could book the flight via BA but it isn’t giving me the option to book the flight online as it’s a tight connection in Madrid, Iberia dies do it online, and I want it on the same ticket in case I am delayed.

  • Mark says:

    Really frustrated with Hilton. It’s been over two weeks it’s being waiting to tell me my new status. I know I will have lost my diamond, however in the last 3 days I have stayed in 3 seperate Hilton’s in 3 cities. If they had just updated my status much quicker I’d already be 75% to a diamond status match by now.

  • Roger says:

    OT_ Any Delta / SKYTEAM expert here?

    on my next flight I shall earn 19K MQM and 5K EQD.
    I will just be shy of 6K MQM before I will Delta Silver.
    Any ideas on intra-europe AF/KLM mileage run?

    Of course I can get more MQM, if I somhow manage to get a StatusMatch but currently do not have any status with any airline. Only possibility is the SQ status via Shnagri-la via Amex Platinum.

    Any thoughts folks?

  • FlyingC says:

    O/T: Amex Platinum Car Hire Insurance. This is probably a stupid question – but presumably it isn’t relevant/wouldn’t apply (i.e. to cover a damage excess) for a hire car booking paid for by work on a corporate account, with the cardholder/employee as the named driver on the booking?

    • Bonglim says:

      I think You must pay with the platinum card

      • Genghis says:

        Payment method irrelevant

        • FlyingC says:

          But presumably I’m assuming the payment needs to be the name of the card holder (as opposed to the employers corporate account with the cardholders name on the booking)?

        • Genghis says:

          Payment method irrelevant. Have a look in the terms.

        • Genghis says:

          Using the car for work business and relying on personal plat insurance is the key here, not payment method. Read the terms.

        • Genghis says:

          Term 1.9.6 provides for exclusion of “Work-related accidents”. Not sure exactly what this means re car hire. I’d call Amex.

  • Si says:

    O/T Lloyds Amex.

    Have just started new spend year, say beginning 1st Jan.

    However I have just been refunded a large transaction which was originally made in the previous spend year (months ago) – how will this refund affect my current year’s £7000 spend target?

    • BJ says:

      Called them about this earlier today. As I expected the avios goes negative by the amount refunded so you have to spend that amount again to get back where you started. Not certain on spend to get voucher though, my guess is that it will still be triggered by spending £7k but your avios earning on that £7k will not ‘effevtively’ begin until you recover the negative effects of refund.

  • Roger says:

    OT- How do you get Avis Preferred Plus with Priority Pass code for an existing account?
    There does not seem to be any option to add the code for an existing account

    • lgflyer says:

      If you contact Avis Preferred they will upgrade your account. At least it worked for me.

  • Jonny says:

    Fly CW LAX-LHR in feb courtesy of a 241 and some churns. As a blue who can’t select seats early, what should I am for given I’m travelling with my partner?

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