Published: Saturday August 18, 2012 MYT 6:57:00 PM
1Mísia discount card to include flight tickets, says DPM
By P. ARUNA
PETALING JAYA: In a bid to help reduce the financial burden on university students and their families, holders of the 1Malaysia Student Discount Card (KDS1M) will soon be given discounts on domestic flight tickets.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS), MASwings and Firefly have joined the KDS1M initiative, offering discounts to students from both public and private higher education institutions, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Students will only have to present their KDS1M along with their student cards or identification cards to get the discounts offered,” he said in a statement on Saturday.
The KDS1M initiative was launched on July 2 to help alleviate some of the financial burden faced by students in light of the rising cost of living.
The card is being given to all Malaysian students of both private and public establishments, including those from teaching and industrial training institutes.
The KDS1M entitles students to discounts of up to 60% on a variety of items, including food and services.
MAS and MASwings is offering 25% off ticket prices for domestic flights between September 1 and Dec 31, after which, all card holders will be eligible for a 15% discount on all its domestic flights.
Card holders will also be given an additional 10kg baggage allowance for the domestic flights.
“Their parents will also enjoy a 10% discount on the ticket price when attending induction or convocation ceremonies,” he said, adding that students will get free membership for MAS' Enrich GRADS frequent flyer programme.
Firefly, on the other hand, is offering a one-year 50% discount on its economy class domestic flights to all KDS1M holders.
It is also giving students an additional 20kg baggage allowance on these flights.
“The students will also be given free food and drinks on the flights,” he said adding that Firefly's offer commenced on August 7.
Muhyiddin said the Government's initiative to get more companies to join the programme reflected its commitment to help reduce the cost of living and burden of almost 1.5mil students from public and private institutions of higher learning.