After having a great time in Malaysia for the Formula1 in 2014 I was immediately keen to consider doing the same in 2015. It’s no secret I like the country and find it pretty easy to get about.
So when cheap flights started appearing on Skyscanner I was starting to get a twitchy desire to book early and hope to the heck that the Formula1 calendar would stick to the “normal” late March date for the Malaysia F1 race and Sepang International Circuit.
In 2014 I spent about AUD720 on flights from my home-base in Australia to Kuala Lumpur using a combination of AirAsiaX and Virgin Australia. The price crept up thanks to the me adding the Plaza Premium Lounge at the LCCT Terminal on departure from KL. I also had to add in the shuttle between Sydney International and Domestic terminals. I also up-specced my AirAsiaX ticket into the “Quiet Zone”.
So when flights started coming available via SkyScanners network of suppliers for around AUD630 including luggage, meals and all connections in Australia lets just say “Woohoo”.
Flying Malaysia Airline System (MAS)?
You bet, after air disasters there’s traditionally a massive cut in the cost of ticket prices as the airline affected struggles to attract customers back. We’ve flown with Malaysia Airline before in 2012 on one of the their older Boeing 747s and survived. I’m confident in 2015 the Boeing 777-200 will be an equally safe option.
Aren’t you taking a risk with the F1 dates?
Life without risk isn’t living. Well not quite but when just about every Formula1 race held in Malaysia has been on either of the last two weekends in March, two weeks after the Australian F1 race it’s hard to not see a pattern. I’ll be there for both those weekends but am confident the race will be on the 29th of March 2015.
Some reassurance comes when many of the ticket and event tour companies agree with my “guess”.
So there we have it, now to wait for the F1 calendar to be confirmed (probably December), then snap up some tickets for the Race via Sepang Circuit while they’re fresh (and discounted).
Last step organise the accommodation and a side trip or two. I’d love to spend more time down in Johor and as my only trip towards northern Malaysia was to Bota Kanan Terrapin Center I would like to go up to Ipoh and spend a few days exploring.
We shall see how things go!