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I'll be flying to Manila then on to Tacloban during the second week in August. I've checked flight schedules till I'm cross-eyed and thought I might find some suggestions from all of you. The flight TO Manila/Tacloban isn't too much of a problem. The best prices I've found are on AA and JAL. I plan on staying over a day in Manila to meet some people, then flying on to Tacloban the following day. The flights arrive in Manila (from Tokyo) late evening so that works well. For the return though, It looks like I'm stuck having to stay in Manila again. All of the flights that leave Manila are:

1. either too early to catch from Tacloban or,

2. have a 20+ hour layover in Japan.

I hoped some of you might have a way you prefer to go, who you fly with and where you get ticketed. I've only flown overseas on China Air so I'm not sure how disappointed (or not), I'll be with American. Loved China Air, but If I use them for this trip, it makes for a lot of stops. Is PAL the best way to fly from Manila? What are the airport "fees" now (I've only found older posts)? Will I pay those fees in Manila and Tacloban?

I appreciate any advise, suggestions or tips you all may have!!


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I'll be flying to Manila then on to Tacloban during the second week in August. I've checked flight schedules till I'm cross-eyed and thought I might find some suggestions from all of you. The flight TO Manila/Tacloban isn't too much of a problem. The best prices I've found are on AA and JAL. I plan on staying over a day in Manila to meet some people, then flying on to Tacloban the following day. The flights arrive in Manila (from Tokyo) late evening so that works well. For the return though, It looks like I'm stuck having to stay in Manila again. All of the flights that leave Manila are:

1. either too early to catch from Tacloban or,

2. have a 20+ hour layover in Japan.

I hoped some of you might have a way you prefer to go, who you fly with and where you get ticketed. I've only flown overseas on China Air so I'm not sure how disappointed (or not), I'll be with American. Loved China Air, but If I use them for this trip, it makes for a lot of stops. Is PAL the best way to fly from Manila? What are the airport "fees" now (I've only found older posts)? Will I pay those fees in Manila and Tacloban?

I appreciate any advise, suggestions or tips you all may have!!

Pal is the best from the US if you want the shortest flight and the have their own terminal in manila, you will arrive in manila around 630 am if leaving from LAX and if you take a taxi to the Domestic airport you can buy ticket from one of several airlines ( zest air, Cebu pacific, Pal is across the street from the domestic) I would not use pal for domestic flights however because they charge a lot for excess baggage.


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I fly out of Seattle ...

I prefer EVA or China Air with one stop over in Taipei then on to Manila ... arrival in Manila is about noon ...

For your Manila to Tacloban flight ... choose PAL ... price may be a bit higher ... but PAL is the way to go ... trust me on that ... stay away from Cebu Pacific ...

I wont try to comment on the airport fees ... my memory is not so good ... most are included in the price of your ticket ... but I do remember paying a fee upon departure ... cant recall how much it was though ...

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I can fly from here in Wichita to LAX, then China air from there to Manila for $1030, then the $60 or so on PAL for the Tacloban flight. That's through a travel agent. I can get it $100 cheaper online but I'm starting to think I might just want to stick with China Air instead of AA and Japan Air. I know what to expect with China Air. Appreciate the help so far!!


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What are the airport "fees" now (I've only found older posts)?

terminal fee for domestic flights is P200.... terminal fee for international flights is P750... i don't know if you also pay travel tax (usually filipinos going out of the philippines pay this) but it costs P1625. this was the fee in june 2009 when i was there...

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What are the airport "fees" now (I've only found older posts)?

terminal fee for domestic flights is P200.... terminal fee for international flights is P750... i don't know if you also pay travel tax (usually filipinos going out of the philippines pay this) but it costs P1625. this was the fee in june 2009 when i was there...

So, assuming I'd pay the travel tax too, I might have to pay -

P200 from Manila to Tacloban

P200 from Tacloban back to Manila

P750 + P1625 from Manila back to the US

Is that how it works? I'd pay a terminal fee at each airport upon departure and perhaps travel tax leaving PI?


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So, assuming I'd pay the travel tax too, I might have to pay -

P200 from Manila to Tacloban

P200 from Tacloban back to Manila

P750 + P1625 from Manila back to the US

Is that how it works? I'd pay a terminal fee at each airport upon departure and perhaps travel tax leaving PI?

Foreign nationals who stayed less than one year are exempt from paying the travel tax.

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I'll be flying to Manila then on to Tacloban during the second week in August. I've checked flight schedules till I'm cross-eyed and thought I might find some suggestions from all of you. The flight TO Manila/Tacloban isn't too much of a problem. The best prices I've found are on AA and JAL. I plan on staying over a day in Manila to meet some people, then flying on to Tacloban the following day. The flights arrive in Manila (from Tokyo) late evening so that works well. For the return though, It looks like I'm stuck having to stay in Manila again. All of the flights that leave Manila are:

1. either too early to catch from Tacloban or,

2. have a 20+ hour layover in Japan.

I hoped some of you might have a way you prefer to go, who you fly with and where you get ticketed. I've only flown overseas on China Air so I'm not sure how disappointed (or not), I'll be with American. Loved China Air, but If I use them for this trip, it makes for a lot of stops. Is PAL the best way to fly from Manila? What are the airport "fees" now (I've only found older posts)? Will I pay those fees in Manila and Tacloban?

I appreciate any advise, suggestions or tips you all may have!!

Pal is the best from the US if you want the shortest flight and the have their own terminal in manila, you will arrive in manila around 630 am if leaving from LAX and if you take a taxi to the Domestic airport you can buy ticket from one of several airlines ( zest air, Cebu pacific, Pal is across the street from the domestic) I would not use pal for domestic flights however because they charge a lot for excess baggage.

My wife and I have over 20 flights on Cebu Pacific throughout the Philippines. The only bad experience that we had was one delayed flight for me only, and early morning flight from the old domestic airport in Manila, to Tacloban. No worse, and probably better then, my experiences with U.S. airlines.

Cebu Pacific now operates out of the new Terminal 3 building of NAIA. It is still a taxi ride from the International terminal for now though. The terminal fee at the new Terminal 3 was P200 for domestic flights. The terminal fee in Tacloban was only P30. The terminal fee for international flights when you leave the Philippines is P750.


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Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the help :)


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