02 December, 2019
08 November, 2019
Malaysia Airlines, otherwise known as Malaysia Airlines Berhad, is the flag carrier airline for Malaysia. Their hub is in Kuala Lumpur, but they also have secondary hubs in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. Originally formed in Singapore in the 1930s as Malayan Airways Limited, as the map changed (with the formation of the Malaysia in 1963 and separation of Singapore in 1966) so too did the airline, eventually splitting into two - Malaysian Airlines and Singapore Airlines. Malaysia Airlines currently fly its passengers to over 842 destinations across 156 countries, including on flights with its partner airlines. Malaysia Airlines became a member of the Oneworld alliance in 2013, and have partner agreements with over 30 airlines across the world. Passengers can fly with Malaysia Airlines to a variety of destinations throughout Asia, Europe and the Pacific, however the main focus of the airline is on Asia, particularly South East Asia. The airline currently has a fleet of 81 aircraft, including Boeing 737's and Airbus A330, A350 and A380's, with a further 25 aircraft on order. Malaysia Airlines also own two subsidiary airlines, Firefly and MASwings, which service short-haul and domestic destinations, such as Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Malaysia Airlines, despite the press they have received in recent years, still win many travel industry awards annually. Some of these include 'The World's 5-Star Airline' and 'World's Best Cabin Crew' from Skytrax, and 'Asia's Leading Airline' from the World Travel Awards.
Travellers can get on direct Malaysia Airlines flights from all the major Australian cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. Passengers who don't reside in a capital city can utilise Malaysia Airlines' partnership with Qantas, and book a flight from their nearest airport on Qantas with a short transit at an Australian capital, then through to Kuala Lumpur (or further) all on the one ticket. All flights will transit in Kuala Lumpur, and from there passengers can get to a broad range of destinations throughout Asia, Europe, the Pacific and the Middle East.
Malaysia Airlines don't run set weekly or monthly sales like some airlines, however they do feature a variety of different sales throughout the year. Previous sales have included Boxing Day (December 26th) sales, Black Friday (after Thanksgiving), Cyber Monday, EOFY (late June) and others. They may also feature 48-hour flash sales, Earlybird sales (for fares booked several months in advance), companion sales (for two or more passengers in one booking) and destination-specific sales, with discounted fares to and across the U.S, Europe, South America and more. They also offer specials on their holiday packages with flights included. You may also receive discounts if it is your birthday! We have seen lots of great fares from Malaysia Airlines to Europe over the last year, sometimes for under $1000 return! There is a dedicated 'Deals' page on their website, or you can sign up to their emails to be notified of any future deals. Or just sign up with us, and we will let you know every time there is a sale!
Malaysia Airlines have three main types of cabins for travel: Economy, Business and Business Suite (which is the equivalent of First Class). All fare types for international travel include baggage, meals and entertainment. Economy Class have some variations which affect the price, baggage allowance, seat availability etc. These are (from cheapest) Economy Basic, Economy Smart and Economy Flex.
Cabin/Carry On Baggage
Economy - 1 x piece up to 7kg.
Business/Business Suite - 2 x piece up to 7kg each/14kg total.
For flights from Australia there is no limit to how many pieces are allowed as long as the total weight limit is observed.
Economy: Basic - 25kg, Smart - 30kg, Flex - 35kg (each piece must be less than 23kg and 158cm total LxHxW).
Business - 40kg (each piece must be less than 32kg and 158cm total LxHxW)
Business Suite - 50kg (each piece must be less than 32kg and 158cm total LxHxW)
You can check in for your Malaysia Airlines flight either online, via the Malaysia Airlines app (available for both iOS and Android), or in person at the airport. Check in via the app or online opens 48 hours prior to departure, and you can either use a mobile boarding pass or print boarding passes at home. You can also choose seats, pay for baggage or extras, or upgrade. Luggage can be dropped at the baggage drop counter. There are also some self-serve kiosks which allow you to print boarding passes and luggage tags at the airport without lining up (though these are only in a few select destinations as yet, including Kuala Lumpur airport).
To check in at the airport counter, check directly with the airport website for the exact time the counter opens. However, in general check-in counters are open 3 hours prior to departure for international flights. Please note that if the first sector of your flight is with a partner airline, ie Qantas, you must check in online or at the airport with them.
The Malaysia Airlines Frequent Flyer program is named 'Enrich', and has been in use since 2006. The program allows you to earn miles on Malaysia Airlines flights, oneworld partner flights or other partner flights. You can also earn miles with other partners, such as hotel stays, holiday packages, car hire, shopping, certain credit cards and more. There are four tiers to the loyalty program, beginning with 'Enrich Blue', followed by Enrich Silver, Enrich Gold and Enrich Platinum. Each membership tier provides various extra benefits to passengers, including extra baggage, free upgrades, lounge access and more. Points can be redeemed for flights with Malaysia Airlines, oneworld® member airlines and partner airlines, as well as upgrades, lounge access, and partner deals such as accommodation and holiday packages.
They also run 'MHexplorer', a loyalty, benefits and discount program especially for students.