One of the key ways in which airlines are going to get people booking again is to make their tickets refundable.
This does, of course, kill the holy grail of airline pricing. The aim is to sell cheap non-refundable tickets to the leisure market and hugely expensive refundable tickets to the business market.
At the moment, there isn’t much of the latter. Malaysia Airlines has therefore decided to offer refundable Economy tickets for only a modest premium.
It has launched ‘Economy Flex’ tickets on all routes out of London, except for Japan.
- a full refund at any point
- free rebooking, subject to any fare difference
- free flight changes on the day of travel, if space is available
- additional baggage allowance
- free seat selection
- priority check-in, boarding and luggage delivery
You also receive:
- 50% off the cost of ‘neighbour free seat’, if you want to guarantee you sit alone
- a 10% discount code for your next Malaysia Airlines flight
The key here is the cost. Economy Flex will cost no more than £48 more than a standard Economy ticket. Once you’ve factored in free seat selection, the premium is even smaller and you have a 100% guarantee that you can refund your money at any point.
London to Kuala Lumpur flights are restarting on 5th July.
Remember that, as a member of the oneworld alliance, you will also earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points when you fly with Malaysia Airlines.
You can learn more about Economy Flex on this page of the Malaysia Airlines website.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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