It is fair to say that virtually all airlines have been over-optimistic in their plans to return to the skies post coronavirus. Realistically, I should say ‘past the first burst of coronavirus’.
Lots of plans have been announced and then shelved. Most are now on their 2nd or 3rd wave of rescheduling.
Malaysia Airlines has decided to bite the bullet. It has published a very depressing schedule but, having chatted to the team last week, a realistic one. They also believe that it is easier to add additional flights back if they have gone too far rather than open flights which have to be cancelled later.
Historically Malaysia Airlines has run 14 flights per week to London Heathrow. The current schedule is:
- May 2020 – no flights
- June 2020 – no flights
- July 2020 – three flights per week
- August 2020 – three flights per week
- September 2020 – five flights per week
- October 2020 – five flights per week
Similar cuts have taken place to other destinations from Kuala Lumpur, so onward connections will also be restricted until at least September.
You can see the full schedule on this page of the Malaysia Airlines website.
Note that there are a couple of April flights running from London (21st April, 28th April) for anyone who needs to travel home. These can be booked on the airline website.
Let’s hope the airline is running a fuller schedule for the Winter season, which starts in late October. Here is our review of Malaysia Airlines Business Class and here is our review of Malaysia Airlines Business Suite (First Class) if you want to remind yourself of what they offer.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.