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so my brother is going to meet his fiancee in manila...what is the cheapest yet reliable airline you can recommend... so far in our research it was china airline has the cheapest price but we never used it

china air and reliable don't go along together. Try EVA, Cathay Pacific, United/ANA, Asiana, KAL, Emirates, Etihad, Quatar, etc..


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search in skyscanner.com

it will compare all airlines and all websites


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4/28/16 - AP & EAD approval date

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5/05/16 - EAD card received

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I have flown China Airlines (Taiwanese) and found them spartan but reliable. There is also Air China (PR China) that is a different airline that I have not flown. I have found JAL and EVA to be good, Korean Airline to be superb. I've heard good things about Asiana, Cathay Pacific and (of course) Singapore. I know less about the Middle East airlines, have heard they have good fares, good service, but do not treat their employees well.

Do you live in a major coastal hub, with competitive fares? If not, check routing via say Los Angeles. I sometimes find that searching Nashville-Los Angeles-Manila can give me a cheaper fare than checking Nashville-Manila. I'm surprised the computers don't do that. But check both ways.


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Try asaptickets.com. They are a ticket consolidator and many times they can save you a lot of money. Use them to compare from other ticketing sites you have visited.

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Customer Support Hotline: 800-750-2238

Through data combed by Kayak, they have found that if you book 5 months ahead and travel on a Wednesday you will find the best prices for travel to Asia. Of course you can't use that bit of information when you don't know when you are getting your visa, but just for thought.

Other sites to check for fares:

https://www.google.com/flights/

http://www.kayak.com/

http://www.skyscanner.com/

http://www.seatguru.com/

https://www.hipmunk.com/

These are the people who write the software for most major air carriers that use for their reservation systems.

http://matrix.itasoftware.com/

I often use the ITA Software Matrix, which is one of the most useful tools to search for available flights and low fares. ITA Matrix is awesome, in that you can type in all kinds of commands like which airline you want to fly, certain dates, specific airports and whether you will change airports to get a better price. After you click “Search” you will be taken to a calendar displaying the lowest fare departing each day. Clicking on a particular date will bring up the lowest prices departing on that date.

Unfortunately the ITA Matrix is only for finding airfares. You don’t have the ability to book directly through this site. Write down the dates and flight numbers that work for you, and book directly through the airline site or online travel agency you prefer. I hope this helps.

For advance instructions in using ITA go here for a great article: http://travelcodex.com/2012/01/advanced-routing-language-in-ita/


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AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

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Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Greenbaum,

Another cut and paste????????

Here's another to add to the list: www.airfarewatchdog.com

I'm kinda tied to the AAL-JAL combo to maximize FF miles Good service CMH-ORD-NRT-MNL.

Their 'One World' links to about 15 other airlines including Cathay should I want to explore HK vs Tokyo in the future.


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Always been flying with Delta to LA and San Diego, my fiance also flew thru Delta whem he went to MNL last June. By far cheapest during our dates of travel. Well they are reliable so far.

It will actually all depends on the dates of travel and when to purchase your ticket. I bought my ticket un July for Sept travel to US, Delta was the cheapest got it for $946 to San Diego. I only trrust Drlta, PAL, JAL, Korean Air, Cathay. Singapore air are always expensive whenever I check. You can get good fares with Korean air sometimes and they have excellent service too. I just don't want to lay over in Korea given the recent MERs scare.

Plan on travelling to the Phils on low season. Peak Seasons are during Christmas and Holy week. Travelling now to Nov can be ideal.


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.... any cut and paste? :lol: that is good!


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Greenbaum,

Another cut and paste????????

Here's another to add to the list: www.airfarewatchdog.com

I'm kinda tied to the AAL-JAL combo to maximize FF miles Good service CMH-ORD-NRT-MNL.

Their 'One World' links to about 15 other airlines including Cathay should I want to explore HK vs Tokyo in the future.

Done and thanks! :thumbs:


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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I will be flying to the Philippines in October and I will likely be buying a ticket through Cathay Pacific. I have no experience with them but have read good reviews online and I can get a round trip ticket for about $800. Anyone have any experience with Cathay Pacific?


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Just a suggestion for the admins, whoever they may be that it might be a good a idea to pin the top 5-10 answers to questions that new members always seem to have before their travel date. Over 18 or so months it seems as if there are a few repeat questions that get buried and it may be convenient to pin them to the top, not saying that anyone would read them there either.

Just a thought.


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Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-17
I-130 Sent : 2014-06-23
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-25
I-130 RFE : 2014-08-11 (Wanted NSO Marriage Certificate, not LCR)
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-08-14
I-130 Approved : 2014-08-27
NVC Received : 2014-09-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Submit DS-261 : 2014-09-17
Send AOS Package : 2014-09-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Pay IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Received Interview Letter by E-mail: 2015-03-20 (May 5, 2015)
SLEC completed: 2015-04-22
Visa Approved: 2015-05-05
Visa Issued: 2015-05-15 (221g for no CENOMAR!)

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china air and reliable don't go along together. Try EVA, Cathay Pacific, United/ANA, Asiana, KAL, Emirates, Etihad, Quatar, etc..

did you have bad experience with china air?

Cheap and reliable don't go together. You get what you pay for.

Look on Priceline.com, expedia.com, and kayak.com.

i think it some ways it does

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Try asaptickets.com. They are a ticket consolidator and many times they can save you a lot of money. Use them to compare from other ticketing sites you have visited.

Ask for Sage (A nice guy to deal with & delightful):

Travel Agent | International Travel Network

Direct Phone: 855-975-9223 | General Line: 800-677-2943 Ext #22776

Fax: 800-677-1449 | Email: sage.t@airconcierge.com mailto:sage.t@airconcierge.com

Customer Support Hotline: 800-750-2238

Through data combed by Kayak, they have found that if you book 5 months ahead and travel on a Wednesday you will find the best prices for travel to Asia. Of course you can't use that bit of information when you don't know when you are getting your visa, but just for thought.

Other sites to check for fares:

https://www.google.com/flights/

http://www.kayak.com/

http://www.skyscanner.com/

http://www.seatguru.com/

https://www.hipmunk.com/

These are the people who write the software for most major air carriers that use for their reservation systems.

http://matrix.itasoftware.com/

I often use the ITA Software Matrix, which is one of the most useful tools to search for available flights and low fares. ITA Matrix is awesome, in that you can type in all kinds of commands like which airline you want to fly, certain dates, specific airports and whether you will change airports to get a better price. After you click “Search” you will be taken to a calendar displaying the lowest fare departing each day. Clicking on a particular date will bring up the lowest prices departing on that date.

Unfortunately the ITA Matrix is only for finding airfares. You don’t have the ability to book directly through this site. Write down the dates and flight numbers that work for you, and book directly through the airline site or online travel agency you prefer. I hope this helps.

For advance instructions in using ITA go here for a great article: http://travelcodex.com/2012/01/advanced-routing-language-in-ita/

thank you

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