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Atilla Mar 14th 2011 10:12 am

Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 
Well, after the initial excitement of seeing return flights 'From £599' between London and KL, it quickly subsided as repeated attempts to book these elusive flights, with constant changes of dates between the qualifying dates, met with totals of £769 or £864 regardless of what dates you select. It doesn't say whether their deals include airport taxes etc but I suspect they might given that otherwise, as every day seems to have flights listed at "From £240", the returns would be priced at £480 otherwise.

Leads me to suspect it's a bit of a con to be honest. Most of the dates I had selected had the outward and return flights listed under 'Best Deal' at "From £240" but despite clicking on those dates I was unable to get anything close to that price or anything bordering on a best deal. In fact, I think the flights were cheaper before!!! If there are any such deals they seem to be so deeply buried in a fog of 'best deal' banners that I suspect people give up and just book. Maybe that's the plan. Not impressed so far I have to say, got bored of looking and gave up. Maybe I'm just unlucky and every flight is sold out for a period of two months. Find that a bit hard to believe though.

If I do get to fly Air Malaysia I hope their service is better than their internet marketing and rubbish website, the load times are appalling! As it is I suspect I'll be looking at Air Asia, despite the ball aching journey to Stansted :-(

bcworld Mar 14th 2011 11:18 am

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 
It's Malaysian Airlines...and yes the fares do seem to be entirely fictitious. Don't see availability on any dates which seems very unlikely.

Atilla Mar 15th 2011 1:31 pm

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 
Done, flights booked :thumbup:

Went through Emerald Travel on recommendation. Return flight from Heathrow with Malaysia Airlines direct for £600. So, come out on 19 April and return 11 May :D

bakedbean Mar 16th 2011 10:00 am

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 
Oh well done :thumbsup:

bcworld Mar 16th 2011 10:09 am

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 
Is £600 considered to be a bargain for this route then? It sounds pricey to me.

ex reg Mar 16th 2011 12:10 pm

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 

Originally Posted by bcworld (Post 9243370)
Is £600 considered to be a bargain for this route then? It sounds pricey to me.

So what do you reckon is a good deal?
And where from?

bcworld Mar 16th 2011 12:23 pm

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 

Originally Posted by ex reg (Post 9243622)
So what do you reckon is a good deal?
And where from?

From London.

£600 just doesn't sound like a deal to me.

Especially if you consider the fares to Bali, Singapore & Phuket quoted in the same promo are lower...but all involve a transit through KL. Airlines do that sort of thing though so no surprise there I guess.

The promo fare is £719rtn to Sydney...makes the KL only option look pricey.

I guess this is the only full service non stop option between London & KL though so perhaps it commands a premium.

Atilla Mar 16th 2011 6:46 pm

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 
It might not sound like a good deal overall but against the fact that fares are around the £800 - £900 at other times and hit £1,100 - 1,200 during UK school summer holidays :eek:

I could POSSIBLY carve a bit more off by coming via a stopover in Dubai or Doha but at this stage in life I really can't be asked.

Jes Gill Mar 18th 2011 10:21 am

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 

Originally Posted by Atilla (Post 9238560)
Well, after the initial excitement of seeing return flights 'From £599' between London and KL, it quickly subsided as repeated attempts to book these elusive flights, with constant changes of dates between the qualifying dates, met with totals of £769 or £864 regardless of what dates you select. It doesn't say whether their deals include airport taxes etc but I suspect they might given that otherwise, as every day seems to have flights listed at "From £240", the returns would be priced at £480 otherwise.

Leads me to suspect it's a bit of a con to be honest. Most of the dates I had selected had the outward and return flights listed under 'Best Deal' at "From £240" but despite clicking on those dates I was unable to get anything close to that price or anything bordering on a best deal. In fact, I think the flights were cheaper before!!! If there are any such deals they seem to be so deeply buried in a fog of 'best deal' banners that I suspect people give up and just book. Maybe that's the plan. Not impressed so far I have to say, got bored of looking and gave up. Maybe I'm just unlucky and every flight is sold out for a period of two months. Find that a bit hard to believe though.

If I do get to fly Air Malaysia I hope their service is better than their internet marketing and rubbish website, the load times are appalling! As it is I suspect I'll be looking at Air Asia, despite the ball aching journey to Stansted :-(

Do not waste your time with Air Malaysia. The offering is rubbish. I have tried several times before. Secondly they put so many ticket restrictions eg only allowed 20kg luggage allowance, non changeable tickets. Also they are flying older aircrafts charging a premium rate.

AirAsia X - It will cost your more by the time you finished booking your ticket online as they charge you for luggage, food, etc. Dont bother unless you get a ticket for 200 return inclusive.

AirAsia is good for hopping around Asia not long haul.


My best advice is fly Emirates. Modern fleet, excellent service, good amount of leg room, straight forward booking process system and tickets are around 480 to 520 sterling pounds.

The stopover in dubai is good and it breaks the 13 hour journey nicely.

I always use this site to check flight pricing, to get indication before booking. www.kayak.co.uk

Jes Gill Mar 18th 2011 10:35 am

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 

Originally Posted by Atilla (Post 9244389)
It might not sound like a good deal overall but against the fact that fares are around the £800 - £900 at other times and hit £1,100 - 1,200 during UK school summer holidays :eek:

I could POSSIBLY carve a bit more off by coming via a stopover in Dubai or Doha but at this stage in life I really can't be asked.

Fly emirate with rate is about 530 with 30kg of luggage.

Jes Gill Mar 18th 2011 10:39 am

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 

Originally Posted by Atilla (Post 9238560)
Well, after the initial excitement of seeing return flights 'From £599' between London and KL, it quickly subsided as repeated attempts to book these elusive flights, with constant changes of dates between the qualifying dates, met with totals of £769 or £864 regardless of what dates you select. It doesn't say whether their deals include airport taxes etc but I suspect they might given that otherwise, as every day seems to have flights listed at "From £240", the returns would be priced at £480 otherwise.

Leads me to suspect it's a bit of a con to be honest. Most of the dates I had selected had the outward and return flights listed under 'Best Deal' at "From £240" but despite clicking on those dates I was unable to get anything close to that price or anything bordering on a best deal. In fact, I think the flights were cheaper before!!! If there are any such deals they seem to be so deeply buried in a fog of 'best deal' banners that I suspect people give up and just book. Maybe that's the plan. Not impressed so far I have to say, got bored of looking and gave up. Maybe I'm just unlucky and every flight is sold out for a period of two months. Find that a bit hard to believe though.

If I do get to fly Air Malaysia I hope their service is better than their internet marketing and rubbish website, the load times are appalling! As it is I suspect I'll be looking at Air Asia, despite the ball aching journey to Stansted :-(

Do not bother with Malaysian Airline or AirAsia. The really trick with low offering. But actually by the end of the booking you will not get a deal.

Book emirates and you will get a good deal at a sensible price and easy booking process.

Jes Gill Mar 18th 2011 10:40 am

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 

Originally Posted by Atilla (Post 9238560)
Well, after the initial excitement of seeing return flights 'From £599' between London and KL, it quickly subsided as repeated attempts to book these elusive flights, with constant changes of dates between the qualifying dates, met with totals of £769 or £864 regardless of what dates you select. It doesn't say whether their deals include airport taxes etc but I suspect they might given that otherwise, as every day seems to have flights listed at "From £240", the returns would be priced at £480 otherwise.

Leads me to suspect it's a bit of a con to be honest. Most of the dates I had selected had the outward and return flights listed under 'Best Deal' at "From £240" but despite clicking on those dates I was unable to get anything close to that price or anything bordering on a best deal. In fact, I think the flights were cheaper before!!! If there are any such deals they seem to be so deeply buried in a fog of 'best deal' banners that I suspect people give up and just book. Maybe that's the plan. Not impressed so far I have to say, got bored of looking and gave up. Maybe I'm just unlucky and every flight is sold out for a period of two months. Find that a bit hard to believe though.

If I do get to fly Air Malaysia I hope their service is better than their internet marketing and rubbish website, the load times are appalling! As it is I suspect I'll be looking at Air Asia, despite the ball aching journey to Stansted :-(

The service is rubbish.

Atilla Mar 18th 2011 11:45 am

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 
Well, I'm booked now, Malaysia Airlines, £600 direct from Heathrow. Good enough for me, service wise I find most airlines the same. Most are OK, but can be rubbish at times. No 'brand' guarantees I have found. Comments I have seen over MAS generally though is that the service is OK. Just their website I have problems with.

bakedbean Mar 19th 2011 8:25 am

Re: Air Malaysia 'deals' - genuine or not?
 

Originally Posted by Jes Gill (Post 9248048)
My best advice is fly Emirates. Modern fleet, excellent service, good amount of leg room, straight forward booking process system and tickets are around 480 to 520 sterling pounds.

The stopover in dubai is good and it breaks the 13 hour journey nicely.

I found the stopovers in Dubai boring and usually meant 2 or 3 hours waiting in the wee hours of the morning for connecting flight. Admittedly we were flying biz class in our working days, but the service was quite patchy - sometimes good, sometimes downright awful. Found Finnair to be the most enjoyable... and boy do they know how to pour a drink :ohmy:

Anyway Atila has booked Malaysian so it's a closed case, right? I've always found Malaysian okay in the past and some nice food of course. Have fun.


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