I recently flew Malaysia Airlines for my first time. I had booked the tickets a couple of months before my summer vacation because it allowed me to have a great layover in Kuala Lumpur and it was a good price. I had no idea that I would end up with Malaysia Airlines business class seats after an upgrade on one of the legs of my flight. Keep on reading to hear more about this adventure and to see how you too can get upgraded in the future.
A couple of days after I originally booked my airline tickets, I got an email from Malaysia Airlines. It turns out they have a program called the MHupgrade, which allows you to bid on upgraded seats. I didn’t really give the email much thought because I assumed everyone would be willing to pay a good bit to upgrade — but I filled out the form. For the Seoul to Kuala Lumpur leg of my trip, it would be a 6 hour and 15 minute flight. I ended up bidding $90 each (the lowest amount possible for this specific flight) — $180 total for my husband and I.
Life went on and I didn’t think about the upgrade because I had totally forgotten about it. About 48 hours before my flight, I got an emailing saying my Malaysia Airlines business class upgrade request had been approved — and that my credit card would be charged for $180. As you can imagine, it ended up being a nice surprise and start to my summer vacation! Was the $180 worth it? Totally!
The seats offered a lot of legroom and also reclined back so you can almost completely lie flat while flying. Seats also had extra blankets and pillows, individual reading lights, premium headphones, and individual overhead reading lights as well. While this was an older-model plane, the seats were perfect for us and so much better than the standard economy seats (we flew economy the next leg as well as the full way back to Korea).
We were served drinks to start while a satay cart is wheeled around. We enjoyed beef and chicken satay with sauces and vegetables.
Next up was fresh fruit, bread of choice, and a potato and green bean salad — and of course more drinks, if desired.
For the main course, this flight had 3 choices. A black bean noodle dish, bulgogi, or a barbeque cod dish. If you know you’ll be taking a business class flight ahead of time, you can also use their chef-on-call service. You can order up to 24 hours before your flight. This gives you a lot of variety, but is only available on select flights.
Next was dessert, which was a berry tart of sorts with fresh fruit on the side.
Towards the end of the flight, we were also served a refreshment meal which was basically a second dessert, which consisted of fresh fruit, vanilla ice cream, and a dessert sampler. I could hardly eat more than a bite or two at this point! Below, I have photos of the meals.
We usually try to save money on our flight costs and spend more on food and hotels once we reach our destination, so this was a great special treat for us. It was absolutely worth $90 per upgrade.
As a note, this was an an older model plane and many newer planes are being rolled out with upgraded Malaysia Airlines business class options. I’m not sure if the newer planes offer an upgrade as low as $90.
If you’re planning to fly with Malaysia Airlines in the near future, look out for your upgrade bid email! You can also check out their online form to submit a request!