MAS drops free baggage allowance

Sights Syahirah Mokhtazar 14-Apr-2019

Frequent travellers, take note! Malaysia Airlines (MAS) recently revised its economy free check-in baggage allowance on both its domestic and international flights.

With the revision, passengers who purchase tickets at the lowest domestic fare category called Lite will now be given only a 7kg hand-carry baggage allowance. They will no longer get the free check-in baggage allowance.

This marks the airline’s second adjustment in 10 months for domestic passengers travelling in economy class. The change comes after MAS cut its baggage allowance from 30kg to 20kg last August.

As for international travellers, its luggage allowance has been reduced from 30kg to 20kg if they purchase promo tickets. While passengers who buy the Basic, Smart and Flex category tickets will get 25kg, 30kg and 35kg respectively.

Those who travel to Medina and Jeddah, however, would still receive 30kg of free baggage allowance on all economy class fares.

The airline loyalty members holding Enrich Silver, Gold and Platinum will enjoy an additional baggage allowance of 5kg, 10kg, and 20kg respectively, on top of extra baggage allowance benefits given in accordance to their level of membership.

Also, the Oneworld alliance members holding a membership loyalty status equivalent to that of an Enrich Silver, Gold or Platinum will also be able to enjoy the respective additional luggage allowance.

In a statement by MAS, the new baggage allowance on the economy class was done to allow customers more flexibility and choice.

Moving away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ fare, the new options will give passengers a more personalised travel experience based on their requirements.

MAS’ move echoes a similar measure announced by Malindo Airways previously which also lowered its baggage allowance under its Value fare option. Meanwhile, its lowest category fare, the Super Saver, removed the free check-in baggage entitlement, leaving only the 7kg hand-carry allowance but the check-in luggage can be purchased in 5kg blocks.