Malaysia Airlines passengers can donate their points to charities


Malaysia Airlines has partnered with Mercy Malaysia, Make-A-Wish Malaysia and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society for an e-donation drive until July 26.. — Filepic

Members of Enrich, the frequent flyer programme by Malaysia Airlines, can now donate their points as an alternative to monetary donations.

The carrier has partnered with Mercy Malaysia, Make-A-Wish Malaysia and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society for an e-donation drive until July 26.

“It has been a challenging year for us all, especially for the communities-in-need whose livelihood have been impacted even more due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“While the nation is working together to flatten the curve, we encourage everyone to join us in caring for and contributing to the community regardless of the amount, to ease the suffering of others, with just few clicks on the Enrich platform, ” said Lau Yin May, Malaysia Airlines group chief marketing and customer experience officer.

She added that during this challenging period, the carrier hopes to organise more redemption campaigns with charity partners.

Contributions made to Mercy Malaysia will be used to provide medical relief, sustainable health-related development and risk reduction activities for communities in vulnerable situations or in crises.

E-donations made to Make-A-Wish Malaysia and Malaysian Red Crescent Society will be used to help fulfil wishes and transform lives or give aid to alleviate human sufferings.

For more information, visit malaysiaairlines.com/enrich.

Clarity for safe reopening of borders

In other news, global airline alliances have called on governments to agree on a common set of travel and health standards to enable the safe reopening of borders.

Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance said universal travel standards would facilitate the safe restart of international travel and restore the value contributed by travel and tourism to the world’s economy.

“While vaccination programmes offer hope in some markets, varying – and often fast-changing – rules and procedures across countries and at different airport hubs, continue to create confusion and stress for customers and disrupt travel, ” the group said in a joint statement.

The group proposed the following standardised measures: Fully vaccinated passengers should be exempt from quarantine; Covid-19 testing should be easily accessible; and connecting passengers at airports should not be subject to additional testing or quarantine restrictions at the point of transfer if they remain in the transit zone.

The statement came amid the recent G7 governments’ leadership summit. G7, or Group of Seven, is an informal club of wealthy countries consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States.

The alliances collectively represent almost two-thirds of global air capacity prior to Covid-19. National carrier Malaysia Airlines is part of the Oneworld alliance.

The group is urging for “much-needed clarity” as travel slowly resumes amid the pandemic.

“With considerable data now available to support government decisions in managing risks, decisive action from G7 members to open borders and support clear, consistent, and data-driven measures, would remove uncertainty, particularly around testing and quarantine, ” the group said.

The alliances added that vaccination will play a vital role in restarting international air travel and tourism. They call for governments to adopt digital processes to manage travel health credentials including vaccine and test certificates

“We strongly advocate for governments to accept accredited vaccination as a safe and appropriate reason to avoid quarantines.

“In the meantime, while we wait for the global population to be substantially vaccinated, it is important to have robust and consistent testing protocols, along with interoperable digital solutions developed to facilitate the customer journey, ” the group said.

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