AirAsia Bhd has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with 20 local public universities with intention to extend access to its “Waran Perjalanan Udara Awam” (WPUA) service which originally caters only to civil servants.

The new agreement would see students using WPAU enjoying various benefits such as cheaper flights, flexible bookings, flight change (no flight transfer cost incurred for maximum of two flight changes), complimentary baggage allocation up to 40kg, in-flight meals, seat selection, waived service counter fees and coverage by the Tune Insurance AirAsia Travel Protection plan.

The 20 universities invovled are Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Islam Antarabangasa Malaysia (UIAM), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) and Univesiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM).

Despite the favourable announcement however, booking tickets under WPUA service would be quite a hassle as Students would have to arrange their intended trips with specially appointed travel agents, instead of doing so online.

Another observation is that WPUA would only be cheaper if students opt to fly using AirAsia’s normal fares which include the perks already listed under MPAU. Else, it is believed that taking up AirAsia’s constant promotional rates would be much cheaper shall one decide to fly light, minus all the additional chargeable services.

Source: The Rakyat Post