Malaysia Airlines launches Bonus Side Trip for domestic stop-offs

24 May 2022 by Mark Caswell
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Malaysia Airlines has brought back its Bonus Side Trip promotion for customers booking flights from the UK to Asia and Australasia.

The offer allows passengers to in clude a stop in one of seven Malaysian destinations, with the carrier picking up the return domestic air fare from Kuala Lumpur – customers must pay the taxes, fees and charges incurred.

The promotion is valid for new bookings made until December 31, 2022, for travel until March 31, 2023 between the UK and Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.

Customers can choose from a stop off in Penang, Langkawi, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Alor Setar and Kuantan. More details on all seven destinations (provided by Malaysia Airlines), can be seen below.

Note that some promotional fares are excluded from the offer – customers should consult for more information.

Malaysia reopened its borders on April 1 this year, and the country’s flag carrier is set to move to a double-daily service on its London-Kuala Lumpur route from June 30.

Malaysia Airlines to resume double-daily flights on Heathrow-Kuala Lumpur route

Commenting on the news Daniel Bainbridge, regional director UK and Europe, said:

“To celebrate the opening of the Malaysia border to international travellers we are delighted to re-introduce the ‘Bonus Side Trip’. This enables customers travelling with Malaysia Airlines to Asia and Australasia the opportunity to explore more of Malaysia by adding a bonus side trip to one of seven domestic Malaysian destinations.

“A traveller heading to Sydney, for example, will now be able to add a beach holiday stopover to Langkawi as part of the trip for a very small fee. We look forward to showcasing our world-class on-board offering, signature local flavours, and our inimitable Malaysian Hospitality as we welcome our travellers to Malaysia’s domestic getaway destinations and beyond.”

Eligible Bonus Side Trip destinations

  • Penang: Known as Malaysia’s food capital, Penang is famous for its mouth-watering dishes including Char Koay Teow and Laksa. Any trip to Penang should incorporate a visit to one of the bustling hawker street markets where you can experience local Malaysian delicacies at bargain prices.
  • Langkawi: One of Malaysia’s best-known popular holiday destinations, Langkawi, is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. Langkawi features a range of breathtaking resorts, making it a popular choice for couples seeking a romantic escape.
  • Johor Bahru: Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Johor Bahru offers a mix of culture and city exploration. Take a tour of Istana Besar, visit the Old Chinese Temple, walk along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee or if you need to entertain the kids, opt for Legoland Malaysia and the Angry Birds Theme Park.
  • Kuala Terengganu: Boasting a beautiful gateway to tropical islands, Kuala Terengganu offers unforgettable scenery. From witnessing the Crystal Mosque, relaxing at Lang Tengah beach and visiting the coral-fringed Perhentian Islands, it’s a must-visit stop for those looking to unwind.
  • Kota Bharu: As the capital state and royal seat of Kelantan, Kota Bharu is known for its traditional Malay heritage and traditions. While you’re there, go on one of its many historical and craft tours, and make a stop at Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah; one of the most famous indoor markets in Malaysia featuring the best of Kelantanese produce and crafts.
  • Alor Setar: Home to the longest royal family line, Alor Setar, the capital of Kedah, is an idyllic town against an emerald backdrop of paddy plantations and plenty more to offer.
  • Kuantan: One of the few seaside towns in Malaysia, Kuantan is a tourist hub with hidden gems from the modern Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque to Sungai Pandan Waterfalls.
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