As part of their 'World Online Celebration', Malaysia Airlines is offering some incredible airfares at up to 75% discounts. Included in the promotion are fares to other ASEAN countries at USD8 and trips all the way to Europe for just USD201. Immediately, I thought of visiting my aunt in Holland but upon further investigation, I am not sure if Malaysia Airlines is even serious about this celebration because:
1) The fares are only valid for bookings made between 1-15 August for travel between Jan-May 2008. However, the earliest news article I can find on this promotion is dated 8 August. Even today, 13 August, none of the Malaysians I've asked know about it. If they were serious about this celebration, wouldn't they have publicised it BEFORE 1 August so that the public will be ready to make their bookings?
2) The DEALS mentioned (USD 201 to Europe etc) are only one way. A round trip ticket is almost the same price as the normal fares. Now, which country is going to grant you a visa to visit if you only have a one way ticket?
3) The published fares exclude all the surcharges and taxes. Once you add that in and pay for the round trip ticket. There is really NO CELEBRATION to be had at all.