Using Qantas points on Malaysia Airlines

By brettepi | Dec 03, 2018, 10:08 AM
I find it offensive that Qantas would try and push customers to redeem their frequent flyer points with Malaysian Airlines. On many of the business class searches I have done, most of the availability is with Malaysian Airlines and not Qantas. Really dissapoiting that they would encourage us to fly on an airline with such a poor safety record.
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By dm12 | Dec 03, 2018, 10:39 AM
They’re in Oneworld
I don’t think they have a poor safety record and wouldn’t hesitate flying them
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By David | Dec 03, 2018, 11:05 AM
For the record, I have zero hesitation flying with Malaysia Airlines.
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By s4172249 | Dec 03, 2018, 11:33 AM
Yeah it’s their fault one of their planes was shot down with a surface-to-air missile launched by rebel militia! (Sarcasm)

I’ve flown Malaysian before and after aforementioned well-known incidents and wouldn’t hesitate to again.
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By mannej | Dec 03, 2018, 11:36 AM
If you remove 2014 from the record, MH's safety record looks no different to most other reputable airlines.
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By hutch | Dec 03, 2018, 11:42 AM
I find it offensive that Qantas would try and push customers to redeem their frequent flyer points with Malaysian Airlines. On many of the business class searches I have done, most of the availability is with Malaysian Airlines and not Qantas. Really dissapoiting that they would encourage us to fly on an airline with such a poor safety record.

I'm not sure why this is "offensive". Sure, it can be disappointing that it is generally easier to redeem Qantas points internationally on non-Qantas airlines.

But Qantas ain't going to change and suddenly start releasing J seats freely. So if they don't offer Malaysian, next time you search, there may be nothing.
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By silentiger86 | Dec 03, 2018, 11:44 AM
Just used my QF points to book J seats on MH for next year. Looking forward to eating those satays on board! No hessitations at all when booking those flights :)
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By ACM | Dec 03, 2018, 12:30 PM
Love Malaysian and find their J product invariably good value for money. Whilst I have never redeemed an Awards flight on Malaysian I would have no hesitation in doing so.
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By Therealtimsmith | Dec 03, 2018, 01:58 PM
I'd also point out that the entire idea of frequent flyer programs is to give the user choice. If you believe that Malaysia Airlines is too dangerous, then you have the choice to fly via Singapore.
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By djtech | Dec 03, 2018, 03:04 PM
Isn't that a good thing? Malaysian offers the only full-service direct flights from Australia to KL. So the website is just offering you the best options instead of pushing you to connect through hong kong or other cities.
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By alansu | Dec 03, 2018, 04:21 PM
Echoing the sentiment that many others have shared, I've flown MH many times in the last few years in Y, J and F both short haul and long haul, and barring a handful of times, I've received nothing but quality and attentive service. Their MHUpgrade program is especially good value seeing that you can upgrade from Y to J to KL for as little as $500 one way. No hesitation whatsoever in flying with them - it's unfortunate what happened in 2014, but that's the reality of air travel really.
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By TJS | Dec 04, 2018, 08:11 PM
Qantas don’t push you to use Malaysian - the website shows which OneWorld carriers have reward seat availability. From my experience, which would appear to be similar to yours, Malaysian has quite good reward seat availability.
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