Malaysia Airlines Zero Fares Around ASEAN

The new logo of Malaysia Airlines.

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Just last Monday morning I just learned that Malaysia Airlines (MH) is offering Zero and discounted fares around South East Asia. This includes travel between Manila/Cebu to Kuala Lumpur/Kota Kinabalu.

Please check it out here. (Please read the terms and conditions fully before you hit submit!) The booking period ends Tuesday 3 June 2008 and travel period is from 1 July to 14 December 2008. I have booked tickets myself and I was only charged about USD 125.00

Here is the actual breakdown:

Philippines: Travel Tax = USD 37.20 (PHP 1620.00) each
Malaysia: Passenger Service Charge = USD 15.80 each
Surcharge = USD 71.90 each

[By the way, I called the MH office in Makati to verify if the taxes on my e-ticket really includes the PHP 1620 travel tax. The representative at reservations confirmed it.]

I’ve tried comparing my fare if I were to fly via Air Asia (AK) but I get a better deal with MH because the travel tax in already included in the total fare. Also, MH lands at NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) and the ultra modern KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) in Manila not unlike AK that uses DMIA (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) and the KLIA – LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal).

I cannot wait until I fly to KL!

[Disclaimer: No compensation received or will be received from MH by posting this on my blog.]

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ümobile is the latest mobile phone operator in the Philippine market. This brand is owned by Connectivity Unlimited Resources Enterprise, Inc. which has recently been purchased by Smart Communications.

This brand markets itself as the first adveritisng sponsored mobile network. Therefore subscribers should text or sms ads from companies in exchange for free phone credit.

It will be a niche player as it targets people between 15 and 35 years old.  According to the website, anyone younger or older will be rejected.

The service will commercially launch on June 1, 2008 but it has started to get customers be referrals.

Some features unique to ümobile are:

  • free 100 pesos credits every month for the first six months
  • SMS between ümobile users is charged 15 centavos
  • SMS from ümobile to other networks is charged 75 centavos
  • access to Fring a mobile VOIP application
  • free one time change of mobile number, subsequent changes is charged 50 pesos per change

Right now, the only way to get ümobile is get an invite code.  You can only get this for free from ümobile events or from other ümobile members. Its like having an invite to use GMAIL when it was launched by Google.

If someone has free invites to ümobile please invite me because I am very much interested and I am stilla couple of years before reaching age 35 . My email is on top (header/banner).

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