Checked Baggage

Checked baggage

The amount of checked baggage that you can take with you free of charge will vary according to the route, class of travel, terms and conditions of ticket and Enrich tier status.

For most destinations, your free checked baggage allowance is determined by weight (Weight System). If you’re flying to and from North and South America, your baggage will be calculated by the number of pieces you check in (Piece System).

 

Weight System (all destinations except North and South America)

CabinWeight / Dimension (length+width+height)
First Class50 kg (110 lbs) / Not exceeding 158 cm (62 inch)
Business Class40 kg (88 lbs) / Not exceeding 158 cm (62 inch) 
Economy Class30 kg (66 lbs) / Not exceeding 158 cm (62 inch)
Infants

One bag with maximum dimensions of 115 cm (45 inch), which may be carried as cabin baggage and;

One fully collapsible baby pushchair or stroller or carrying basket.

The weight of the allowed items may not exceed 10 kg (22 lbs) in total.

The baggage guidelines above will apply to flights from 14 February 2013 onwards irrespective of tickets issued earlier reflecting the lower free allowance.


Piece System (destinations to and from North and South America)

If you’re travelling to and from North & South America, you are allowed to check-in two pieces of baggage regardless of your class of travel.

CabinWeight / Dimension (length+width+height)
First Class32 kg (70 lbs) each piece / 158 cm (62 inch) for each piece
Business Class32 kg (70 lbs) each piece / 158 cm (62 inch) for each piece 
Economy Class23 kg (50 lbs) each piece / 269 cm (107 inch) for 2 pieces
Infants

One bag with maximum dimensions of 115 cm (45 inch), which may be carried as cabin baggage and;

One fully collapsible baby pushchair or stroller or carrying basket.

The weight of the allowed items may not exceed 10 kg (22 lbs) in total.


Additional checked baggage allowance

Enrich Platinum members are allowed an additional 100% extra checked baggage allowance for the respective class of travel.

Enrich Gold members are allowed an additional 50 % extra checked baggage allowance for the respective class of travel.

Enrich Silver members are allowed an additional 5 kg extra checked baggage allowance for the respective class of travel.

GRADS are allowed 10 kg additional baggage allowance based on non-promotional fares paid.


Restrictions to weight of single piece of checked baggage on all Malaysia Airlines services

To comply with Global Health and Safety regulations for baggage handlers, Malaysia Airlines has imposed a strict ruling to ensure that each single piece of item or baggage that is checked in DOES NOT exceed 32 kg (70 lbs).

Irrespective of class of travel, any single piece of baggage weighing more than 32 kg (70 lbs) will not be accepted at check-in counters at any station. Customers will be required to reduce the weight by repacking the baggage into smaller units before they are allowed to check in. This regulation equally applies to transit baggage. 

We recommend that items exceeding 32 kg (70 lbs) such as bulky musical instruments, sports equipment, as well as photo and film camera equipment should be sent through MASkargo, our cargo service.

Customers can still check-in their bulky musical instruments, sports equipment, photo and film camera equipment as checked baggage but the items must be properly packaged in protective bags or wrap and subject to applicable overweight and oversize baggage charge. Acceptance depends on the capacity of the (various) aircraft operating on the passenger’s routing. If the baggage cannot be accommodated on one of the aircraft, it cannot be accepted for the whole route.

a. For some types of special baggage advance reservations should be made.
    Malaysia Airlines may refuse acceptance if deemed necessary.

b. If accepted, the passenger must pack the baggage in such a way that the
    item and/or its contents are sufficiently protected to endure ordinary handling.

c. Limited liability may apply for checked-in special baggage.


Excess baggage charges

Should your check-in baggages exceed the amount stated on your ticket, you may be required to pay the extra charges before we can check them into your flight. All payments of excess baggage charges should be made at the airport upon check-in.

Weight System excess baggage rates

Effective 15 November 2013 (all departures 0001 hours), the charges for checked baggage weights in excess of the free baggage allowance will be calculated depending on zone of travel with a fixed rate applied for every 5 kg of excess baggage weight.

Domestic (within Malaysia) and ASEAN sectorFixed Rate for each block of 5 kg
Within Peninsular Malaysia or within Sabah/SarawakMYR 40
Crossing between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah/SarawakMYR 50

Between Malaysia and ASEAN countries

(for flights to/from countries of Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia)

MYR 60
International sectorFixed Rate for each block of 5 kg

South Asia and China

(for flights to/from India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan)

MYR 85

North Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Middle East

(for flights to/from Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Saudi Arabia and UAE)

MYR 95

Europe

(for flight to/from the cities of London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Istanbul)

MYR 135

For flights departing from international airports, the charges will be based on the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) value of the applicable zonal charge and to be converted into the local currency of payment during check-in.

The above guidelines apply only for travel on Malaysia Airlines and does not cover code-share flights as well as travel involving other airlines.

Piece System excess baggage rates

For Economy Class, baggage weighing over 23 kg (50 lbs) and up to 32 kg (70 lbs), passengers will be charged USD25/CAD25 per piece for the first 2 pieces.

When a passenger has an excess of the two (2) pieces allowed free baggage allowance within limitations (in dimension and weight for class of travel) the charge is 100% or single charge of published rate. For details on the rates, click here


Excess baggage charges for live animal or domestic pet

Please be advised that live animal or domestic pet shall not be included in the free baggage allowance but shall constitute excess baggage for which the passenger must pay the applicable charges.

a. If flight sector apply weight system, the charge is based on 1.5% of the highest normal direct adult one-way Economy Class fare (in local currency) for each kilogram.

b. Animal weight plus the cage.

c. In case the weight of live animal and its cage is less than 5 kg, a minimum of 5 kg will be charged.

d. If flight sector apply piece system, the charge is based on the extra piece as excess baggage rate.

Guide dogs accompanying sight or hearing impaired passengers, together with containers and food, will be carried free of charge in addition to the free baggage allowance.


Value declarations

You may declare a value for your checked baggage in excess of the applicable liability limit. If you make such a declaration, you must pay additional charges in accordance with our regulations. You must not pack in your baggage valuables, fragile or perishable articles including money, jewellery, cameras, video and electronics equipment, silverware, negotiable instruments, business documents, samples, antiques, paintings, furs, manuscripts or similar items, computers and medication.

 

For more information on our Baggage Policy, click here