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The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Thu Mar 06, 2003 8:45 pm

I plan to fly between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in late June/early July. Can anyone advice the cheapest place where I can buy the ticket? Does anyone have the website? Or the agent's name?

Awaiting your reply.
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Thu Mar 06, 2003 9:20 pm

You might want to buy with the airlines directly as I believe the prices are fixed on this routing as they are shuttle flights joint-operated by MH and SQ.

However, currently JAL flies KUL-SIN-KIX and v.v. and they have tickets on sale KUL-SIN v.v. and is slightly cheaper than on the shuttle flights.

You can check out http://www.airfares.com.sg but as a piece of advise, they are not a very good agent! Bad response and customer service is close to non-existant!
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Thu Mar 06, 2003 10:51 pm

Airbus Lover, have you actually tried the travel agent?

I just booked tickets with them to Bali, and the service provided by them is great, if not, fantastic. The travel agent went all out to ensure that I got my tickets in time, my hotel bookings were confirmed etc. This is especially important when my friend has to apply for a indonesian visa, given the short time to do so. The travel agent called me up everytime there were some progress with the bookings, and I am very impressed.

As for the tickets between SIN and KUL, you might just want to go straight to Changi and get a ticket through the shuttle services. It is cheaper than booking with the airline in advance, and more often than not, you can easily hop on the next plane out.
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Thu Mar 06, 2003 11:16 pm

Rupertvander82, you are from Singapore right? Mind if I ask why you have your country as France, you live there?

Anyways yes I have tried them and guess what, my first time with them was already bad, pre and post sales service was nowhere near good. And guess what it was not a 'small' business from me, it was some Business Class tickets costing SGD6000. And they almost screwed up everything by promising me something that is impossible. It was lucky that as the date of travel is near, there appeared that more people withdrew their bookings or I would have been messed up by them. They could have done it in fact, but they wanted less trouble thats why they did the easier way which is not always the best way.
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 1:15 am

I am actually from Hong Kong. I might go to France in the near future, but nothing is confirmed.

They could have done it in fact, but they wanted less trouble thats why they did the easier way which is not always the best way.

I do not understand your above statement.

 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 4:09 am

Among other carriers beside MAS and SIA that fly SIN-KUL-SIN is Air India and JAL. Sir Lankan flies from KUL-SIN, but not the other way round and Royal Nepal flies only SIN-KUL. (not too sure if these airlines have rights between KUL and SIN, but JAL definitely have rights) From my experience, if you want a confirm ticket, the cheapest would be flying on JAL. IF you are flying with MAS, you are almost guaranteed flying on the brand new leased A332. Every flight to/from Singapore from/to Kuala Lumpur is operated by the A332.
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 12:00 pm

Air India has a ROUNDTRIP fare of 107 Malaysian Ringgits INCLUDING TAX between KUL-SIN. This fare has to be booked at www.airindia.com and is without a doubt the cheapest available on this route.
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 2:13 pm

Sean,

That's a good price. Thanks. I will have a look.

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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 2:15 pm

Odie:

Every flight is operated by the A332? Does that mean they do not fly the B737's anymore??

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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 2:18 pm

But I am not sure whether or not I can fly SIN-KUL-SIN. Coz if I take SQ, I need to stopover in SIN.

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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 3:00 pm

9V-SPK: According to MAS' online schedule, all of MAS' shuttle flights between KUL and SIN will be operated by A332. MAS will operate a total of 7 daily flights between KUL and SIN. However, they don't have a flight leaving KUL around 8-9 pm and returning around 9-10 pm, which means passengers leaving for Europe will spend more time in KUL. They might add a new flight since there's a flight number gap between the last and second last flight. They are using 2 of the A332 on the KUL-SIN v.v. run. MAS operates B734 from Penang (3 times daily), Kuching (2 times daily), Kota Kinabalu (1 times daily) and Langkawi (3 times weekly). The KCH/BKI/PEN/LGK flights doesn't fly via/into KUL anymore.
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 3:11 pm

www.asiatravel.com has had SIN/KUL for ~$100 including all taxes/fees (but not the delivery charge) in the past. Flights are usually on JAL.
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 5:45 pm

I was not aware the Air India has rights on KUL-SIN. SriLankan doesn't have rights and I don't think Royal Nepal will have either. Only JL, AI, SQ and MH.

I believe that fare on www.airindia.com could also be bought here locally in Kuala Lumpur. That is rather cheap but the next time I do this route, I'll most probably be flying MH (for their A332) and JL back to stand a chance for the MD11s (which are soon being phased out).

I don't think KUL-SIN will be A332 every flight but more like every other flight. They won't have enough aircraft to do this either and surely not enough passengers. They will also be flying the A332 to India and China. Their A332 has already started flying into SIN last Sunday on one flight each day since currently MKW and MKX are only doing one round trip daily, i.e. KUL-BKI vv and KUL-KCH vv.
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 6:21 pm

Odie:

Thanx for that. I remember there were numerous flights between MAS and SIN operated by the B737's so that's why it surprised me a bit when I heard that the A332 is the only plane doing this route. You have any ideas why MH are changing to the large plane operating SIN - KUL?

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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 6:40 pm

As far as I know, SQ and MH only offer Y Class tickets and it is cheaper if you buy a KUL-SIN or KUL-SIN-KUL and a SIN-KUL or SIN-KUL-SIN. Normally fares are adjusted but not between KUL-SIN and SIN-KUL.

Last week I flew KUL-SIN with Air India in C Class and SIN-KUL with JAL in C Class as well. I saw plenty of MAS 734 in SIN and no A332 but they might change that in the future.

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How do you want to buy an Air India return ticket when AI only flies KUL-SIN and not SIN-KUL?

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SriLankan Airlines obtained traffic rights between KUL and SIN around 6 month ago and you can book them in the CRS.
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Fri Mar 07, 2003 6:47 pm

My mistake indeed eventually MAS will be flying A332s on all flights into Singapore from KL..

I didnt kno abt UL having rights, I will check with my personal travel agent.
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:43 am

The A332 will be introduced as a rolling programme as they are delivered - by June they should all be A332 flights I think - check Amadeus.net
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:48 am

I mean........ can I start from SIN instead of KUL? Coz it doesn't seem that they have SIN as my departure point, at least on the website.
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Sat Mar 08, 2003 1:53 pm

Why MAS operate A332 on all its KUL-SIN flights? Competition. South East Asian pasengers are extremely particular on which aircraft they will be flying on, despite you are only spending 35 minutes in the air. SIA operates 5 of its 8 daily services to KUL using B772 as well. But later this year, all of SIA's shuttle run to KUL will be changed to B772 as well.

So we have MAS operating 49 weekly A332 flights, SIA operating 45 weekly B772 flights and JAL operating 7 weekly B767/B777/MD-11 flights between KUL-SIN or vice versa. Plus you have Sri Lankan operating 5 times weekly using A330 and Air India operating twice weekly using A310 with traffic rights between KUL and SIN (for Sri Lankan) and KUL-SIN-KUL for Air India. Air Mauritius operates twice weekly KUL-SIN using A340/B767 and Royal Nepal Airlines operate twice weekly on SIN-KUL using B757 without traffic rights. That's a lot of flights for such a short hop, and all of them (with the exception of Nepal Air) are operated with a wide-body!  Wow!
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Sat Mar 08, 2003 2:08 pm

How do you want to buy an Air India return ticket when AI only flies KUL-SIN and not SIN-KUL?

Check your CRS system. AI operates both SIN-KUL and KUL-SIN twice weekly each. Picking a random date and going to Galileo :

WED 16APR03 KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE *AI
1 KUL SIN 16/1125 1220 AI 463 J4 C4 D2 W4 Y4 B4 H4 K4 L4#310 B
2 KUL SIN 20/1125 1220 AI 463 J4 C4 D2 W4 Y4 B4 H4 K4 L4#310 B

WED 16APR03 SINGAPORE /KUALA LUMPUR *AI
1 SIN KUL 16/0625 0720 AI 462 J4 C4 D4 W4 Y4 B4 H4 K4 L4#310 B
2 SIN KUL 20/0625 0720 AI 462 J4 C4 D4 W4 Y4 B4 H4 K4 L4#310 B

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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:26 pm

you can buy a cheap tickets directly from the airline at the airport

I paid $80 KUL-SIN one way, SIA A310 shuttle together with MH.
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Sat Mar 08, 2003 10:57 pm

Take the bus. It will actually be quicker by the time you make up your mind on what to take.
 
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RE: The Cheapest Place To Book A Ticket Btw SIN& KUL

Sat Mar 08, 2003 11:48 pm

lol GuyBetsy1...

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