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Baggage Transfer AK To MH To UA (Possible?)  
User currently offlineSeamefly From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 317 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

We'll be traveling from LGK (Langkawi, Malaysia) to SEA via KUL, SIN & NRT in November. We'll be flying 3 airlines all together. Is baggage transfer between Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines and United Airlines possible? We'll be flying AK between LGK-KUL, MH's F class between KUL-SIN and UA's C class between SIN-SEA (via Tokyo).

We'll have 2 hours in KUL between our AK flight and MH flight. An overnight (10pm arrival and 7am departure in SIN) between MH and UA flights. We prefer not to clear custom and immigration in Singapore because of an early departure out of Singapore. Currently, we have a reservation at the transit hotel in Changi.

Would love to hear all suggestions from the savvy travellers flying these routes. Thanks.

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User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3213 times:

I do believe that Air Asia, if they do as is the norm with most LCCs worldwide, do not interline baggage to other airlines.

However, there is interline capability between MH and UA, so the bags could be checked through if you wish.



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User currently offlineEI787 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1513 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3208 times:
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From the Air Asia Website:

Quote:
4. Can I check-in for my onward flight at the point of departure and reclaim my checked-in baggage at the end of the entire journey?
Onward flights are considered as separate journeys or sectors and AirAsia's flights operate on a per sector basis. Therefore, you need to claim your baggage from your first sector flight and re-check them in for the subsequent flight.

http://www.airasia.com/site/en/page....a5f60-c0a8c85d-1410a850-8438d823#3


User currently offlineSeamefly From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 317 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3195 times:

Thanks for the quick respond. Another question; With all the new carry-on restrictions in the US and Europe (no liquid, gel, etc), is this also taken place for flights intra Malaysia?

I may be able to carry all on board (1 roller bag and 1 computer bag) if they don't have such restrictions for my AK flight from LGK-KUL and check my luggage from KUL all the way to SEA.


User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2177 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3170 times:

2. What is the maximum hand baggage dimension allowed?
With effect from 1 August 2004, only one (1) piece of hand baggage per guest is allowed. The maximum dimension of baggage is not to exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm/22” x 14” x 9” and the weight shall not exceed 7kgs. Guests who carry additional baggage/s must attach exemption tags to bags.

http://www.airasia.com/site/en/page....a5f60-c0a8c85d-1410a850-8438d823#3


FYI 180 seat A320's is a bit cramped...that is 4 more rows crammed in than what is on JetBlue as an example....would have a tendacy to make overhead bin space really tight...


User currently offlineEconojetter From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 430 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

Quoting Seamefly (Thread starter):
We'll have 2 hours in KUL between our AK flight and MH flight. An overnight (10pm arrival and 7am departure in SIN)

I would personally feel a little uncomfortable with only 2 hours in between the AK arrival and the MH departure at KUL, especially if that MH flight you are booked on is the last flight of the day to SIN. The low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) at KUL is quite a long bus ride away from the main terminal building (MTB).


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3097 times:

Seamefly,

AK doesn't have an interlining arrangement with MH. And given the time of two (2) hours between your time of arrival from LGK and your time of departure to SIN, I am afraid you may not able to catch your flight. I think the minimum 'comfortable' time which should be allocated is three (3) hours. The LCCT (where your AK flight will arrive) is located 20 km away from the main KUL terminal building (where your MH flight will depart) when travelling by road (although it is located in the same airport complex, imagine travelling outside the airport's perimeter from one point to another). You have to check in, clear immigration and all. If you are travelling with family and small children, I supposed you may miss the flight to SIN for sure.

Quoting Seamefly (Reply 3):
may be able to carry all on board (1 roller bag and 1 computer bag) if they don't have such restrictions for my AK flight from LGK-KUL and check my luggage from KUL all the way to SEA.

AK limits only 15kg for carry on baggage and they are EXTREMELY ENFORCES the procedure. You'll be charged an excess baggage fee should your total carry on baggage weighted 15.01 kg.

Quoting Seamefly (Reply 3):
Another question; With all the new carry-on restrictions in the US and Europe (no liquid, gel, etc), is this also taken place for flights intra Malaysia?

No. It doesn't apply. The new security restrictions only applies to those who'll bound for LHR, TPE/LAX and ARN/Newark only from KUL.
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...06/8/12/nation/15128944&sec=nation

(If I can suggest) If I were you, I'll fly on MH from LGK to be on the safe side. It may cost a bit but it'll turn the journey to be MUCH pleasant and almost hassle free. And since you are earning in USD, the price difference won't be that material. Or you can always opt for an earlier AK flight out of LGK.

One extra (tiny) fact to be considered, AK known to be the king/queen of 'Retimed' perhaps in the whole of South East Asia. 'Retimed' is AK's new definition for 'Delayed'. If it happened to your flight from LGK, again, you'll definitely going to miss your flight to SIN.

I hope you'll have a pleasant journey in my beautiful country.   

Oh, I haven't flew on UA, so I don't know whether you can check in your baggage in KUL straight away to SEA or not. If you can't, given the long stopover in SIN, I suppose it shouldn't be a problem.  Wink

[Edited 2006-08-17 09:09:57]

User currently offlineSeamefly From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 317 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

9MMAR, thanks for your reply. I have yet to contact AK to change my flight schedule. Do you think they would allow us to stand by at the airport on the day of departure for an earlier flight?

I know the price different isn't that much but I wanted to try AK. My MH flight to SIN isn't the last flight of the day. There's another one following that. Also we have FC tickets on MH so hopefully they'll be more accomodating if we missed our original flight.

How does one get from LCC terminal to MH terminal at KUL ? (does MH use Int'l terminal for Singapore flights?? or is it out of their domestic terminal considering the flight time is so short?).


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

Seamefly,

Quoting Seamefly (Reply 7):
Do you think they would allow us to stand by at the airport on the day of departure for an earlier flight?

I am not sure about that as I never flew in AK (MH anytime). I guess you can do that, but November is the school holiday period in Malaysia where Langkawi will be flooded by tourists. Maybe you should contact AK to get a better picture.

I am actually trying to call them on your behalf, but I can't get through their Customer Service line.

Quoting Seamefly (Reply 7):
I wanted to try AK

Being an A. Netter, I do understand.  Wink

Quoting Seamefly (Reply 7):
My MH flight to SIN isn't the last flight of the day. There's another one following that. Also we have FC tickets on MH so hopefully they'll be more accomodating if we missed our original flight.

With MH, I can assure that it is possible. I have experience some problem in similar cases and MH is very accommodating. MH staff as well are fully understanding if the problem is caused by AK.  Wink Or maybe since you mentioned that, you may just opt for a later flight to SIN. MH's tickets unlike AK's, can be changed to whatever date or time, 1,000 times a day, free of charge, as long as it is done 24 hours before the departure time as stated in the ticket. You may done that at MH's office in LGK. I never set myself in a waiting list/standby situation, always a confirmed ticket for me.

Quoting Seamefly (Reply 7):
How does one get from LCC terminal to MH terminal at KUL ?

I believe there is no official mode of transportation to get you from the LCCT to KUL main terminal. Although one mentioned that there's a bus service, I can assure that it is not reliable (at times). Taxi is the easiest choice as you can find plenty of them at the LCCT. It is just that they may overcharge you, considering you are a foreigner. There's no standard fee for the taxi journey between the LCCT and KUL main terminal building.

Quoting Seamefly (Reply 7):
(does MH use Int'l terminal for Singapore flights?? or is it out of their domestic terminal considering the flight time is so short?).

(As far as I concern) MH uses the International (Satellite) terminal for all flights bound for SIN. So, there's international custom and immigration clearance, aerotrain ride and a Cxx boarding gate in the pipeline.


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