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What Malaysia Airlines' Addition to the Oneworld Alliance Means for You

February 5, 2013 at 8:23 AM | by | ()

We knew it was happening, but now it’s official. Your travels around the world have just gotten a little bit easier, as Malaysia Airlines is now the newest member of the oneworld global airline alliance. They’re joining buddies like American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, and Cathay Pacific—along with plenty of others. Plenty of stuff will remain pretty much business as usual now that Malaysia Airlines has found a new family, but there’s also a few changes that will improve the way you get around.

One of the newest things we find most useful is the ability to burn frequent flyer miles on Malaysia Airlines flights. All those flights on American Airlines to spots like Dallas-Ft. Worth and Chicago just got more valuable, as they’ll now jet you all the way over to Kuala Lumpur. From the United States options are somewhat limited, but redeemable flights exist out of Los Angeles International Airport to both Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo. After that you’re in Malaysia, so your options to travel even farther are plentiful.

Speaking of frequent flyer miles, there’s also some new promotions to celebrate the welcoming of the latest carrier into the oneworld family. Between February 15 and April 15 you can get double Enrich award miles—that’s the Malaysia Airlines' program—when flying on partner airlines like airberlin, Finnair, Iberia, and Japan Airlines. You’ll also get in on the double point promo if you’re a member of one of the other oneworld loyalty programs and you decide to hop aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight.

The airline is already hard at working slapping the oneworld logo onto the sides of their planes, as there are 88 of them that need a little update—including the Airbus A380. As you can see above they’ve even totally refinished one of their planes to show a little team pride. So we say welcome to Malaysia Airlines, and now we can’t way to get over to Kuala Lumpur. You just might want to leave the kiddos at home.

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