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Average price (return flight)

RM 186(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal (return flight)

RM 110or less

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RM 57or less

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7.1
Malaysia Airlines
Overall score based on 1,532 reviews
7.3
Boarding
7.2
Comfort
7.6
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
6.7
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "Food need to be improved"

Cons: "The selection was rather dated as I travel very frequently I noticed it. Otherwise it would probably be fine for most"

Pros: "ok"

Pros: "Everything on the plane was fine, and the service was great."
Cons: "Not being delayed on the first leg and missing my connecting flight to Denpasar would have been great."

Pros: "The food"
Cons: "I was given a window seat but without a window. I felt I cannot breath. I saw many empty seats around"

Pros: "Direct flight"
Cons: "Bigger aircraft"

Pros: "Boarding was organized"
Cons: "Vegetarian food wasn’t great"

Pros: "Some staff were good others could not be bothered."
Cons: "Nicer staff"

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "2 times flight per day"

Cons: "The KUL to DPS leg was on one of the oldest planes I’ve flown. A 737 with no seat back screens. They handed out 2 inch thick “tablets” in Business class, with no touch screen and only a handful of 10 year old movies."

Pros: "Amazing plane, latest technology, great customer service, clean bathrooms at all time. It was an experience"
Cons: "Nothing not to like. They went above and beyond"

Pros: "Everything was smooth. MAS staff attitude has changed to the better tremendously. Friendly staff, orderly boarding, pilot announcements were clear with good command of English."
Cons: "BKK to KL flight food needs some improvement. Presentation and taste. I had the fried fish with rice. But it was really tasteless."

Pros: "Friendly staff, smooth ride, easy boarding"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Changed gates 3 times . No one knew what was going on. Late flight. Request for wheel chair not fulfilled. Very tight transfer. Very far to another gate when transiting from kL to Yangon. Ridiculously far. My first n last time with Malaysia airlines."

Pros: "Pleasant steward"
Cons: "Delayed and waste time at Jakarta airport"

Cons: "Food Seats cramped"

Pros: "Friendly crew. Comfortable and quiet flight"
Cons: "Dinner service slow"

Cons: "This is the second time - once on the way to Kuala Lumpur and on the way back that we boarded late and thus missed my connecting flight. Sadly Cathay and Malaysia air (which was the airline Cathay used for the return leg of this trip refused to help and put me on an earlier flight forcing me to stay an extra 6 hrs at the airport while being sick."

Cons: "Fight was delayed"

Pros: "Web checkin and Baggage Drop were precise which saved time. Few passengers do not matter these two (2) important features but this is efficiency to a minimum!"
Cons: "None"

Pros: "Retested additional blankets and got them."
Cons: "The crew was in a hurry to provide drinks and remove trays; ttrays were no hot drinks provided; overall, the crew seemed cold and not approachable."

Pros: "Attendants were kind."
Cons: "Frequent delays to flight timings, and it was hard to find where the flight gate was as I couldn't find one on the screen. It was a little bit crowded. No food was given (probably because it's only 50mins flight but I wished there were snacks or drinks given for us)"

Pros: "Staff onboard were good"
Cons: "Many hours delay at Miri, MAS staff abandoned posts so they didn't have to deal with passengers. Apalling service"

Pros: "Peanut."
Cons: "Concentrated orange juice? Seriously? Dated flight, seats, interior."

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

Pros: "Rapid boarding"
Cons: "Food was not very nice"

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

Pros: "Friendly and helpful crew"
Cons: "Food. Arrival arrangements (although this may be out of the airlines control - slow immigration, disorganised luggage collection."

Pros: "Friendly and helpful crew"
Cons: "food was horrible"

Pros: "Better overall service - boarding, no delays, comfortable cabins, pleasant crew."
Cons: "the windows were a bit smudged from previous passengers"

Pros: "I like the fact that they know I am Enrich Gold member and took the effort to address me by name even when I am flying economy."
Cons: "Food is still the reason why I don't eat much onboard. The food is better now, but still could be improved..."

Pros: "Quick on and off boarding."
Cons: "Food was average at best."

Cons: "Initial flight was one hour late....almost missed my connecting flight, bags didn't make it to my destination. Not much help or info given about the late flight and how to connect to the next flight. First plane was old and beat-up."

Pros: "The service"
Cons: "The food"

Pros: "Liked the USB port for recharging electronic devices"
Cons: "Seats were too close together. Not very comfortable. We were in row in front of emergency exit. Seats didn't recline. We should be alerted when we select these seats that they are uncomfortable."

Pros: "Food and hospitality"

Pros: "Nothing at all!"
Cons: "Worst handling of delays and cancellations I have ever experienced. Worst management ever! More than 17 hours delay before I finally got on another plane. No hotel, no food, no nothing."

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

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: "Movie story"
Cons: "Foods"

Cons: "the online web check-in system was down. Had to queue 2.5hours to be checked in. Due to this, flight was delayed."

Pros: "Left and arrived on time. From just the flight point of view, it was correct but traveling now is more than leaving from A in order to arrive to B"
Cons: "I could not select that we wanted a vegetarian menu on the website of this company. The KUL airport is not very big, not many things to do there, very few restaurants. The issue is that if you fly with this company you arrive at KUL. Steward was kind but rough - efficient like a robot... and the headphones are very poor, I could hardly understand what was said when watching the films."

Pros: "I liked the crew, very polite and helpful."
Cons: "There then was a delay of 3 hours in Kuala Lumpur, which made the already long trip very endless."

Pros: "Staff are courteous"
Cons: "Departure was delayed an hour"

Pros: "The crew is friendly"
Cons: "Check in counter not enough resulting in very very long queue and check in time"

Pros: "- On Time - Nice to include buns or bread for breakfast - Staffs should be more gracious and engaging."
Cons: "- Landing was rough and sudden - Hot drinks only served at the end of meal. It should be served together with meal. - Row 17 was last to be served. Rather hungry especially on transit flight from Singapore - No transit lounge and refreshments"

Cons: "Only 3 hours to checkin prior boarding for business class. I waited for 2 hours foor checkin"

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

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

Pros: "Overall price / value is very good"
Cons: "Leg room is very small"

Cons: "the ground crew at departure lounge and arrival lounges are plain stupid. giving wrong info of departure gates. arriving crew didnt open the door .. buzy with handphone"

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

Cons: "International travelers should not use Air Asia because of baggage limitations and application of excess baggage charges. It operates as a commuter airline."

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."

Pros: "good budget airline."
Cons: "seats are very close, legroom is uncomfortable"

Pros: "Nice and clean aircraft"

Cons: "Very great crew, thank you AirAsia"

Pros: "The new seats are good. I didn't get any back pain."
Cons: "Not much."

Pros: "Smooth"
Cons: "A little cramped up seats"

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."

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: "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"

Cons: "One hour delay on runway"

Pros: "定刻運行された"
Cons: "ドリンクの値段が高い"

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: "Efficiency"
Cons: "Aircraft arrived slightly late"

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

Cons: "The flight was damn cold and freezing"

Pros: "Good: cheap and on time. Bad: aways slow check-in and uncomfortable seating. Everything a budget airline should be."

Cons: "No water is provided on board"

Cons: "Delay"

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

Pros: "Being updated of the status of flight periodically"
Cons: "Airport was crowded. As many other flights were delayed too."

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: "Upfront notification of delays"
Cons: "Delayed flight time, not much entertainment in flight"

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

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

Pros: "Not a lot"
Cons: "Boarding was slow, and painful, even though I had checked in online.They charge for everything you take on board. Normally you can take a small suitcase plus rucksack, not so, there is a extra charge for the rucksack. On board I was sick and tired of listening to useless information in 3 different languages about duty free, meals, safety info that was repeated many times.. get on with the flight turn off the light and let people sleep!"

Cons: "The leg room is deplorable. My knees were continuously hitting the hard seat in front of me and going sideways wasn't even an option. I've never had this happen to me before. I'm a female and 5'9 and this is the least space I've ever had on a flight. So uncomfortable I can't imagine a long flight with this airline, which is good to know because now I will not use them for flying to Malaysia from NYC. Also both flights were delayed by nearly an hour each."

Pros: "- fast boarding - fast bag delivery - can depart earlier if all pax in"
Cons: "- delays can be traumatic for later flights in the day"

Cons: "They lost a passenger after the boarding pass was presented. Seems impossible but they managed it They charge you for luggage but only allow you 15 kilograms which is too little for a standard suitcase"

Cons: "Everything also must charge, the worst one is even you pay them money they still want to charge extra, seat is the smallest among all airline."

Pros: "Process to checking in was great, no major hurdles. Boarding and crew professionalism were good as well. Flight boarded and arrived on time."
Cons: "Wish I knew there was no food planned for service. I would have purchase ahead of time. There was no in-flight entertainment."

Cons: "I was charged $94 canadian to check one bag that weighed in at 10kg. I honestly thought the man at the desk was joking. After that he sneered at me and suggested that if I had not booked through Kayak and instead through the airline, that it would be a little cheaper. He then pushed me to hand over my credit card so he could charge me. From then on all I have to say is that the planes have no entertainment, no leg room (they are known for the insanely tight seats) and no food. Not even a drop of water was offered unless you pay on board. Interesting...I wonder what they do then with all of the money they took to accept my one bag (it was seriously 10k, I'm a small girl travelling alone there was nothing large about it). All that to say, I wish I could get some money back, I would never have paid so much to check a bag if I had the opportunity to cancel the flight all together. I'm beyond unhappy with my experience."

Pros: "Absolutely nothing."
Cons: "Everything. Upon check-in we were informed that we were not permitted to bring any checked luggage without paying for it. The amount they quoted us for two bags was nearly $800 CAD and more than twice the cost of the ticket!"

Cons: "I was charged $300 for a carry on because it was determined that my carry on was too large (which it was NOT) . charged $18/ kg."

Pros: "It was nice to see a vegetarian option on an in flight menu. The vegetarian curry was nice."
Cons: "We arrived a full 2 hours before our flight, as did many other people. Unfortunately, as they only had 2 people working at the check-in desk, we waited in line for over an hour to get checked in. Everyone was telling the staff that we were all at risk of missing our flight (as we still needed to clear security and immigration), however nothing changed. The girls behind the desk seemed genuinely flustered and sorry about the situation, but unfortunately no one else came to support. We made our flight by the skin of our teeth, but it seems that people in line behind us weren't so lucky."

Pros: "I didn't like any thing"
Cons: "Free kg is 15 kg which isn't enough at all"

Cons: "Silkair service was insincere and lousy nowadays."

Pros: "We eventually took off."
Cons: "We taxi'ed around for over an hour after boarding. Just driving around the airport for an hour, not taking off. No complimentary drinks or snacks."

Cons: "Curt treatment at check-in."

Pros: "On time ..... Everything was quite smooth and it arrived on time"
Cons: "I was shocked to find out that each checked bag was $45 which increased the cost of the flight significantly. They need to be more upfront about the costs. Also their checkin system is very inefficient - it took an additional 15 minutes to pay the bag fees, and it was of course another lineup! Also because we did not preorder any food we literally could not buy food or drinks on board. Crazy!"

Pros: "We finally made it to destination"
Cons: "The flight was turned around halfway to destination due to technical problem. Understandable and acceptable. However very little assistance was given to us once back in KUL while waiting for new flight. Zero compensation given, not even a free soda on the new flight! Hey Air Asia, its called a voucher! Never did get the meals we had paid for in advance when booking. Will avoid this cheap skate airline in the future."

Pros: "Easy and simple....hope it will be like this in the future flights as well...."

Cons: "The cabin had an unpleasant smell"

Pros: "There is no tv and there is internet but no place to charge your phone or tablet, so in a 4 hrs flight the Internet service is useless cause in 1 hour the battery will just go down. I ordered the food and the chicken was cold. For boarding, they should call by row and not having everyone lining up. The crew was nice and the girl at check in very helpful."

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