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Low season

AprilBest time to beat the crowds (6% less expensive on average)

High season

DecemberMost popular time to fly (17% more expensive on average)

Average price (return flight)

RM 460(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal (return flight)

RM 112or less

Good deal one-way

RM 58or less

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  • Looking for cheap airfare to Kota Kinabalu? 25% of our users found tickets to Kota Kinabalu for the following prices or less: From Bintulu RM 118 round-trip, from Kuala Lumpur RM 175 one-way - RM 252 round-trip, from Ipoh RM 939 round-trip
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  • High season is considered to be June and July. The cheapest month to fly to Kota Kinabalu is April.
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  • There are two pay-per-use lounges you can access at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI). The Plaza Premium Lounge has two locations—one in the Domestic Terminal and the other in the International Terminal. Hot showers are available in both lounges.
  • You can find sleep capsules at the Napzone KKIA by Sovotel hotel located on Level 1 of Terminal 1. The rooms include free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, massage chairs, and lockers. For a four hour stay, expect to pay around RM 70. A six hour stay costs around RM 100.
  • On Level 3, across from the entrance to the Departure Hall, you can find luggage storage services. The facility charges about RM 5 per bag for the first three hours and then RM 2 for the hours thereafter. Alternatively, for RM 15, you can store your bag for up to 24 hours. If you just need to store something small in a locker, expect to pay RM 5 for two-hour periods.

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Firefly
Overall score based on 27 reviews
7.5
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
8.0
Crew
6.5
Entertainment
7.2
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "None"
Cons: "Flight delayed 1 hour and 50 minutes. Even my inbound flight also delayed one hour."

Cons: "Flight delayed by an hour"

Pros: "Flight was on time, friendly attendants."
Cons: "Check-in took forever, another line should have been opened. Very little legroom on the plane."

Pros: "Friendly flight attendant."
Cons: "Announcement at the airport is unclear"

Pros: "Very always at check in but all very relaxed. Only gave 3 for food as we'd asked for pot noodle (Rm3) only to be told they had no hot water. Not serious & we didn't use their entertainment. Otherwise all good & would recommend"

Pros: "Ease of boarding and disembarkation T2 arrival in SIN Online check in"
Cons: "Needed to re check in in SIN, even on a same day flight Flight was late for both sectors SZB-SIN-SZB"

Pros: "The staff has no personality and no working knowledge of how customer service is supposed to be. I booked this as Malaysia Airlines and even though it's operated by Firefly, it should've recognized my priority status with OneWorld."

Pros: "There was one local manager who smiled a lot and tried to promise things that it turned out he wasn't allowed to promise while his airline was screwing me."
Cons: "International travelers, check and recheck your flight. Firefly canceled my flight "several weeks ago", according to them, didn't notify me by phone or email despite the fact that they admitted they had both on file, didn't refund the money to my credit card until the day before departure so i had no idea of the change, and then provided no help whatsoever when i arrived at the airport and the flight didn't exist anymore."

Cons: "Hot in the plane upon boarding"

Pros: "Everything was smooth and easy. Check-in line was short, the whole airport experience was quick and easy. Flight was smooth, comfortable, staff was so friendly. When I checked in for my flight in Penang, the girl who helped me, Kay, was the most friendly help I've ever had.. She offered me a great seat and was patient and friendly when I requested to be moved around. She made conversation while we waited for the system to finish, and had a huge smile the whole time. She set the time for the whole airport and flight experience, and had me smiling the rest of the day. If there's a way to tell her bosses - she is a gem, hang on to her! I'm looking forward to my next trip on firefly!"
Cons: "Boarding was delayed a bit, but flight took off within a few minutes of schedule, so no real problem!"

Pros: "the flight attendant on board was lively in making announcements!"
Cons: "Flight was first brought forward by 30 mins. Arrived on time at the gate, but actually it's delayed by 15 mins from the original time. So in total delayed about 50 mins from brought forward time. NO ground staff at the gate bothers to inform us. Flight status screen shows "Callng", when approached, ground staff just replied "not yet" in a bad manner. Terrible ground service."

Pros: "On time"

Cons: "Dinner was only one piece of pizza That’s it"

Cons: "Food need to be improved"

Pros: "Different seat location for family of five Missing luggage"

Pros: "ok"

Pros: "Our luggage missed the connection but the situation was well handled"
Cons: "Entertainment"

Cons: "Felt more like a domestic flight than an international"

Cons: "Worst business class seat in the air. Departed 90 minutes late due to mechanical issues"

Cons: "No seat back entertainment. Very old plane."

Pros: "Having 2 seats to ourselves"
Cons: "Crew hurried;seats cramped;boarding a pin-had to take watches off;food indifferent;sat on Sydney tarmac nearly 1/2 hr"

Pros: "easy securityand boarding at kl"
Cons: "food bland"

Cons: "Connecting Time"

Cons: "The pre boarding security was a mess and poorly managed in Kuala Lumpur."

Pros: "New plane and spacious."
Cons: "No choice in meal for breakfast. Only one type available. Ran out of red wine. White wine wasn’t chilled. Poor service, no water was offered on a long flight. Have to ask it."

Cons: "They changed my seat without telling me and the new seat has a faulty video monitor and also a faulty USB port.. no compensation received.. terrible airline"

Pros: "The seat I got was certainly comfortable enough."
Cons: "The staff was not enough particular in delivering appropriate food to correct people. In flight KL to Auckland, vegan food was served when Indian vegetarian food was requested. Long queues at boarding in KL."

Cons: "Ok flight but so cold on board"

Pros: "comfort and entertainment"
Cons: "Crew"

Pros: "Attendants were very good"
Cons: "12 hrs in the air!!!"

Pros: "The regular plane was swapped out for the A380"

Pros: "Almost everything"
Cons: "Nothing i can think of"

Pros: "The plane was nice and new. Very smooth flight."
Cons: "Toilets could have been cleaned more frequently."

Cons: "Bags didn't arrive at the destination"

Pros: "Smooth flight with usual good in flight service. No issues during flight. check in very smooth and baggage collection very quick"

Pros: "Plane (A380)"
Cons: "Limited choice menu, some minor malfunctioning seats & screens"

Pros: "Gate area was good, boarding quick and arrived on time. Crew very pleasant."
Cons: "Poor quality food especially the breakfast "snack". Unable to take water on board and tiny serves of water and other drinks left us dehydrated. Far too many ads at the start of entertainmen. Repeated for each selection."

Pros: "Flight was on time - to the detriment of my late connecting MAS flight from DAR"
Cons: "Food was okay but entertainment was non existent"

Pros: "1) Not to squashy and more spacious than I thought. 2) The interior of aircraft seemed reasonably modern and up-to-date rather than old and miserable with stained seats and carpets. 3) the in-flight entertainment was better than I thought"
Cons: "I tried the seafood pasta and it was horrible!"

Pros: "Movie story"
Cons: "Foods"

Pros: "Boarding was easy with less passengers."
Cons: "The magazine in my seat pocket was dirty. The seat cushion seemed not clean. There was a greasy spot not cleaned."

Pros: "Fodo was great."
Cons: "No entertainment system"

Pros: "Yeah it's fine journey and we love to travel in Malaysia airlines And last but not least it's nice journey"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "same"
Cons: "same"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Two hour in late and still waiting for boarding. Awful experience..."

Cons: "Flight networkintl booked our tickets very late later mistake in name , faces lot of difficulties in boarding every time..."

Pros: "my family and I flew one way Singapore to London (15 hours 1 hour stopover in KL) for $1600 (all 4) Singapore Airlines or BA were $1800 per person. they are nicer airlines but not $5600 better. Airbus A380 was a bit tired but service was good. pretty painless trip all in all"

Cons: "Seats feel super cramped"

Cons: "Got stuck by lots of crying kids."

Pros: "Food so-so. Cabin crew friendly and helpful. IFE was easy to use but film choices were quite limited."
Cons: "Lousy configuration in business class requiring you to clamber over other sleeping passengers to get to the loo. A380 really showing its age. Toilets not well-maintained, toilet rolls not replaced."

Pros: "Flight was smooth. Cabin crew was courteous. Seat was comfortable."
Cons: "More thought should be given to the snack offering as it was heavily sugar laden. Flight was delayed by almost an hour to accommodate 1 family."

Cons: "Second flight in a row for a one hour flight and we are delayed one hour. Better just go with a low cost airline then"

Pros: "Nothing in particular."
Cons: "Nothing in particular."

Cons: "freezing and small blankets"

Pros: "Flights seat is comfortable"
Cons: "Delay and boarding at very last minute."

Pros: "Was a little better but never flying that airline again"

Pros: "Nasi lemak breakfast was good."
Cons: "My entertainment unit didn't work, despite repeated reboots. We left 45 minutes late. The crew seem very disorganised, and kept forgetting requests."

Cons: "I asked from them about my luggage and they said it wil transfer to my new flight accordingly. I suppose to be Jakarta at 10.30 am and my client is waiting for me at the Jakarta air port. Finally I came at 12 30 pm and my luggage was missed. Air port crew said it will come next flight arrive at 3pm. So I have to wait for next flight and for my client. Finally I came out from the airport at 4.30pm."

Cons: "Delay the flight"

Cons: "So the crew basically disappear as soon as they have served and cleaned up food."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Collection of headsets, too long at the tarmac before take off."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The temperature of the air craft before take off is making me sick"

Pros: "Efficiency"
Cons: "Attentiveness and comfort passenger for any incident."

Pros: "on time despite having to unload luggages for passengers who did not turn up warm welcome from pilot and co-pilot from cockpit"
Cons: "none"

Cons: "No wifi as advertised"

Pros: "Nothing. It's cheap and really not because you pay for everything extra."
Cons: "Rude customer service. Baggage cost more than the flight."

Pros: "Smooth check in"
Cons: "That the in-flight wifi really is free instead of making the passengers to pay"

Pros: "Very good for the price I paid"
Cons: "Somehow I couldn't check in online, or at the kiosk. There was only 2 check-in desk for domestic flights in KLIA2. Long lines and waited 20 minutes. Thankfully the staff at the counter allowed me to check in, despite having only 50 minutes to spare."

Cons: "Luggage check-in weighs luggage 22 kilos more than its actual weight and I was asked to pay almost RM650 ~ ($170), when I was asked to recheck they had to pull my luggage back and that took almost 40 minutes to later know that they made a huge mistake! 20 minutes to the boarding time I got confirmation that my luggage weights are correct and given a boarding pass to gate P11. walked to gate P11 and saw no one there, and there were no signs of what was happening, I checked Kayak app then I noticed that they changed the gate to L10 which is a totally different building ( 16 minutes before gate closure ), I had to run the whole airport to go to gate L10. not to mention that flight was delayed by a good 1 hour!"

Pros: "Food"
Cons: "I was sold an empty Marshall 111 box in a sealed Duty Free bag or 136 USD. COMPLAINED WHEN DISCOVER AT HOME THAT NIGHT. SINCE THEN GIVEN THE RUN AROUND"

Pros: "We arrived safe"
Cons: "Left large with no explanation. Uncomfortable. No entertainment or free food. I mean none"

Pros: "The price is very affordable and flight was very good in take off and landing."
Cons: "Seats was very tight and uncomfortable!!!"

Pros: "Inexpensive flight, attentive crew"

Pros: "Price"
Cons: "No room for legs Flight was delayed without any information at the gate My wife was at a differtn row even if there was a free seat next to me. I had to pay to next to her during check-in."

Cons: "Immigration offload for no reason then asked to rebook .."

Cons: "Notification of delayed flight wrong."

Pros: "Old and worn out"
Cons: "Food is not appetizing. There were only meat or chicken to choose from. Need to have an option for fruits only."

Pros: "Fares. Schedules. Destinations. More than you might expect for a low cost airline."
Cons: "I got what I paid for."

Pros: "Delayed in departures for 30 mins but arrived only by 5 mins late"
Cons: "In the Ramadan month, on board the plan just when time for breaking fast, a small glass of plain water to be given free for passengers on the flight at that time would be a thoughtful gesture"

Pros: "Ontime"
Cons: "Flight attendant quite slow for delivering food and not many selection food available as usual"

Pros: "I feel confident with your aircraft and crew. Very professional"
Cons: "The chicken and rice was not the freshest and although the seats are comfortable they are very cramped for a big falang like me"

Pros: "Everything was smooth"

Cons: "Flight delayed 1.5 hours, no food offered, deformed seat with no back support"

Cons: "No free entertainment and did not eat on flight"

Cons: "One hour delay on runway"

Cons: "The flight delayed for 6 hours and when we make inquiry they keep saying will update soon. On top of that, after informing that I'm vegetarian they still insisted me to take kfc. Ended up having wedges and bun."

Pros: "Efficient boarding....took off early in both directions!"

Pros: "Fuss free Friendly crew Pay for service"
Cons: "Tight seats Food comes in small portions Website user experience"

Pros: "Flight delayed close to 2 hours. Only notified once we we’re in the boarding hall"
Cons: "Flight delayed close to 2 hours. Only notified once we we’re in the boarding hall"

Pros: "On time (early on the return leg). Interesting usage of onboard wifi to deliver inflight entertainment. The choices of the channels was mediocre. Nevertheless, a good start."
Cons: "Same food (on return leg) with no other choices choice with the value pack add-on. Pasta was overcooked."

Pros: "nothing to say."
Cons: "only food that i received the rice i think didn't cooked properly"

Cons: "Duplicitous and sneaky policies. They tried to scam us out of $175 to check our luggage (it turns out we only should pay $16). Be careful."

Cons: "No water is provided on board"

Pros: "All except boarding"
Cons: "Flyers cutting que prior to boarding without intervention from air crew staffs."

Cons: "I was facing lot issues with my baggage as they dropped my baggage at malashiya instead of dropping at my final destination"

Pros: "Check in staff was trying to ensure me that hoping the cabin crew can help me changed seats"
Cons: "Flight was delayed by 2 hours. What's worst my 5 years old daughter have to be seperated from me. And instead of them asking the passengers to swap they'd expect me to solve their stuffed up. Not very impressed at all"

Cons: "More than 3h late, no information, gate close (we had to wait in the corridor), nothing to drink during the flight. And I had to pay 80RM just to travel with my umbrella,"

Pros: "Quick easy and simple. Staff were very friendly."

Pros: "Plane was delayed twice and nothing was communicated. They where aware that we we missing our connecting flights and promised to give us accomodation overnight a KL. when we arrived at KL there was again no communication and they then told us there was to be no accomodation, they had flat out lied. I after about an hour lining up to get a replacement ticket for the next flight (which took unnecessarily long considering they knew this was happening hours in advance), we went to the airport hotel which I would have booked if they had not lied to me to find that it was booked out."
Cons: "An apppology for a start and hopefully some compensation"

Cons: "Badly managed check-in queue even for online checked passengers doing bag drop - 3 hours before departure at NAIA 3. There was no announcement from airline staff or anyone for that matter at the gate that the plane will be delayed. Plane departed 2 hours late and sitting in the tarmac with poor cooling inside the plane. Badly managed budget airline."

Pros: "very affordable fare"
Cons: "No beverage even water. Bring your own water"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "No communication of baggage fees - desperate service"

Pros: "Great boarding arrangement for back seat passengers to board first and follow up with front seat passengers."
Cons: "Cabin crew totally forget their priority task which is to Ensure the comfort of passenger. Instead everyone is so focus on retail as well as F&B add on sales."

Pros: "Like food and nice crew"
Cons: "Always worry delay"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Flight was delayed."

Pros: "First time I've flown with them. I was very impressed"
Cons: "I liked everything"

Pros: "Great overall economic airline to travel with considering the price paid. I am glad to have the options to NOT pay for the food and entertainment since I never used it during a flight less than 6 hours. I am sure the food and entertainment is good for many passengers paid for them. The flight is on time, the boarding is well organized, the crew is courteous and bathroom is clean."

Pros: "Flight is not so full"
Cons: "So far so good"

Pros: "I like the food"
Cons: "The boarding which was slow..."

Pros: "New aircraft A320-200 NEO"
Cons: "Flight delay without information. Delay almost 1:45hrs."

Cons: "When i arrived at airport i was inform that y must paid us$ 70 extra for a 15kg bag(was the only bag for two passwngers)When i arriVed at airport i was inform that y must paid us$ 70 extra for a 15kg bag(was the only bag for two passwngers)"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "All thing baaaaad"

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