First Class award space is widely available in Malaysia Airlines First Class on the A380, one of the world’s nicest products., and easily bookable with American Airlines miles.
Last year I loved everything about my flight from Paris to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia Airlines First Class on the A380. Everything from the most comfortable and largest bed on which I’ve slept in the sky…
to the all you can eat satay cart…
to the attentive service that includes kneeling down to seat level for interactions.
Malaysia Airlines is a oneworld member airline, so its award flights are bookable with American Airlines miles. Malaysia’s current A380 flights are between:
- Kuala Lumpur and Paris
- Kuala Lumpur and London
(Consider avoiding the London to Kuala Lumpur flight because of the massive tax on departing the UK in a premium cabin.)
American Airlines charges 70,000 miles one way in First Class between Europe and Southeast Asia and 52,500 miles one way in Business Class, a reasonable price for 13 hours in such luxury.
Searching Award Space on Malaysia Airlines
To search award space on Malaysia Airlines, head to ba.com. (How to search on ba.com.)
Any Malaysia Airlines award space on ba.com is bookable by calling American Airlines at 800-882-8880. Just note the date, flight number, and cabin to make it easier on the agent.
I searched for award space in both directions on both routes, and I found a lot of dates with 1 seat in First Class and 2 in Business Class.
Kuala Lumpur to London
Over a variety of dates, I consistently saw 2 Business Class and 1 First Class award seat on the daytime flight and 1 Business Class seat on the redeye.
To verify that a flight is operated by the A380, click the flight number. The aircraft type is listed in a pop up.
London to Kuala Lumpur
I consistently saw 2 Business Class and 1 First Class seat on the noon departure and 1 Business Class seat on the evening departure.
Kuala Lumpur to Paris
For the daily flight to Paris, I often saw 1 Business Class and 1 First Class seat.
Paris to Kuala Lumpur
From Paris to Kuala Lumpur, I saw the same 1 Business Class and 1 First Class seat.
How to Fit This Flight into Big Trip
Most of my readers live in the United States, but I flag these flights between Europe and Asia because there’s no reason you can’t take a quick (or slow) trip around the world.
- Fly from the United States to Southeast Asia in Cathay Pacific First Class for 67,500 American Airlines miles
- Fly from Southeast Asia to Europe in Malaysia Airlines First Class for 70,000 American Airlines miles
- Fly from Europe to the United States in Business Class for 57,500 United miles because of this secret sale
Or fit Malaysia Airlines First Class into your life in any other creative way you can dream up. With miles, it’s really not hard to take almost any trip.
Do You Have to Fly to Kuala Lumpur, Paris, or London?
No. The 52,500 miles in Business Class and 70,000 miles in First Class are the same no matter where in Europe and Southeast Asia you start or end.
You can fly to and from anywhere in those regions that oneworld partners like Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, airberlin, British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair fly for the same price.
Getting the Miles
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You can get both cards. After meeting their minimum spending requirements, that’s 106,000 American Airlines miles.