Malaysia Airlines has some crazy low fares at the moment. At first I assumed they were mistake fares, but given their current situation I actually don’t think they are.
There have been many articles the past few days about how Malaysia Airlines flights are going out almost completely empty, and that Malaysia Airlines is losing roughly 1.6 million dollars per day. So that makes me believe that these fares are just a way to get people back on their planes.
Most of the low fares have been found for travel originating in Singapore, as discussed in this FlyerTalk thread. I’m sure there are plenty of other origins and city pairs out there, but just in case they do decide to pull the fare, I think it’s worth posting about sooner rather than later. Another reason I don’t think these are mistake fares is because the cheap fares show up as “economy promo” awards, so they’re at least correctly categorized as such.
For example, they have 35SGD roundtrip base fares between Singapore and Perth, which come out to ~$150USD including tax.
Fares to Paris are also incredibly cheap, with base fares of 240SGD roundtrip.
For flights within Asia, they have 5SGD roundtrip base fares.
The best place to search and book these fares is directly on Malaysia Airlines’ website.
Personally I’d have no qualms flying Malaysia Airlines again. If anything I’d actually go out of my way to fly them, because they’ve been dealt a really difficult “hand” this year. That being said, even for next to nothing, I’m not really interested in economy mistake fares.
But hopefully someone can take advantage of these, given that these fares are eligible for (at least partial) mileage accrual in some programs.
So what’s your bet — is this a mistake fare or promo fare? Would you be willing to fly Malaysia Airlines after what has happened to them the past several months?