New Malaysia Airlines Baggage Policy: No Free Baggage For Lowest Domestic Fare

Malaysia Airlines has revised its baggage allowance policy for Economy class on both international and domestic flights.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has changed its Economy class baggage allowance policy. Instead of the standard 30kg for international flights and 20kg for domestic flights, the national carrier has devised varying baggage allowances depending on the respective flight fare.

MAS Domestic Economy Flights

Cabin Fare Free Checked Baggage Allowance
Economy Lite No free baggage allowed
Economy Basic 20 kg
Economy Flexi 25 kg

MAS has swapped out its old categorisation for domestic Economy flights and replaced them with new fares: Lite, Basic, and Flexi. Most notably, the lowest fare for domestic flights, Economy Lite, will not come with any free check-in baggage – as first noticed by SoyaCincau.

Besides the difference in baggage allowance (and price), each fare comes with varying benefits. For example, Economy Lite passengers are entitled to cabin baggage and snacks and beverages, but do not have the child discount, seat upgrade options, and other privileges offered to Economy Basic and Economy Flexi.

MAS International Economy Class

Cabin Fare Free Checked Baggage Allowance
Economy Flex (Y, B, H) 35 kg
Economy Smart (K, M, L, V) 30 kg
Economy Basic (S, N) 25 kg
Economy Promo (Q, O, G) 20 kg

For international flights, the four existing Economy-class tiers have also been assigned new baggage allowances. Economy Promo and Economy Basic, which come with the strictest conditions and least benefits, now have a lower baggage allowance under the new policy. Economy Smart has maintained the previous baggage allowance at 30kg whereas Economy Flex offers 5kg extra under the revised allowance. However, for flights to and from Medina and Jeddah, the free baggage allowance will be maintained at 30kg across all Economy Fare tiers.

Baggage Allowance For Enrich Members And Business Class Flights Maintained

Higher-tier Enrich members are still entitled to additional baggage allowance on all flights.

Enrich Membership Extra checked baggage
Blue No additional baggage
Silver Additional 5 kg of maximum checked baggage allowance
Gold Additional 50% of checked baggage allowance
Platinum Additional 100% of checked baggage allowance

As before, passengers can check in as many pieces of baggage as they want, as long as the total weight does not exceed the respective maximum checked baggage allowance. The 7kg cabin baggage allowance in addition to checked baggage will also be maintained. There are also no changes made to the baggage allowance for Business class flights.

According to MAS, the new baggage allowance policy will apply to all bookings made from 8 April 2019 onwards. Bookings prior to this date will have their free baggage allowance as stated on their ticket honoured.

For more information, you can refer to the FAQ posted by Malaysia Airlines

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  • Lemuel Tay

    Another aspect that's slipped in "under the radar" which has not been commented on AFAIK, is that POOLING of luggage allowance is NO LONGER ALLOWED.

    Don't be caught out - if this is strictly enforced, each passenger has to stick to his/her own weight and no more. Or alternatively, be charged on the spot for excess baggage.

    For example, say that two passengers travelling on Economy Basic Domestic under one itinerary (PNR) are allowed 20kg checked baggage allowance each. Under these conditions, checking in three pieces weighing 15kg, 15kg and 10kg would be disallowed, or excess baggage charges may apply. In this case, one passenger would have exceeded his/her allowance of 20kg (viz. 15kg + 10kg = 25kg), while the other was within his/her limits (viz. 15kg) but overall, the two passengers have observed the "spirit of the agreement" in limiting their baggage within their overall allowance of 40kg.

    Please see https://mhcare.malaysiaairlines.com/faq/s/article/How-much-is-my-free-baggage-allowance?language=en_US

    MH Call Centre staff point me to this FAQ issued of 11-Apr-2019, which apparently according to their convoluted logic states that because the words "my", and "you" are used, it implies that the baggage allowance rules apply to a single person (i.e. each passenger) only. Yet within the same article, the plural nouns & plural possessives are used, with "passengers", "themselves" and "their" also appearing in the text. So, which is it to be?? To imply that part of it refers to the singular (per passenger), while other parts simply do not is plainly "tortuous language" and might be regarded as being ambiguous at best and splitting hairs at worst.

    Apparently, this FAQ is said to somehow even SUPERSEDE the MAB General Conditions of Carriage (1-Jun-2017), which is the legal and binding document that universally governs the carriage of passengers & baggage, and is taken globally to be the basis for any dispute. In 9.2.2, it specifically talks about "... Baggage which does not belong to you and which you have pooled with your own Baggage", which gives a clear indication that pooling is allowable.

    Once again, either it's something that's snuck in quietly, wonder why not announced or explained clearly, or poor wording/grammar has caused this confusion.

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